Okay, this recipe post is in honor of college-aged people who have an apartment, many friends, a love of cooking and little time on their hands.
Here are some recipes based from our dinner tonight:
Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs from Allrecipes, and it was pretty good. The only alterations to the recipe was to grill in a hot skillet instead of on a grill. It says it serves six, but I'd say four. The dish was rather light and would be good served with wild rice or something. We had it with plain rice and the boys put theirs in taco shells.
For chicken that is more hearty, just put some yummy salad dressing on any cut of chicken and stick it in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour and 45 minutes, rotating (more often for smaller cuts) You can marinade it for a few hours if you like; makes all the difference if you remember! If you chop up some potatoes and toss them in the pan with the chicken, you have yourself an entire meal which takes five minutes to make.
For vegetarians, instead of chicken, or as a side to the chicken use hearty veggies in a stir-fry grill sort of thing and use the dressing as a topping. When grilling, use high heat, oil, splashes of water for steam and garlic salt (taste as you add). Use lower heat and more frequent splashes for more of a saute. If you saute, eat it on rice because it's not a really nice dinner if you're just squishing on that.
I always use zucchini because it releases so much juice. Broccoli is always a winner, as it's really firm and provides texture. Broccoli, zucchini and garlic is a simple and tasty combo, and is the one I use the most.
Pasta is a good emergency dish, and has such a vast variety of variation that you could eat it every day of the year. Be sure to add mushrooms to whatever pasta!
That's all I can think of at the moment. These are a few dinners that will make the whole house smell awesome. They may not be quick, but they're not labor intensive at all and are delicious.
I need to go to plan another menu, but I think that's pretty much what I'm doing right now.