Recipes to Try in 2021: Love What You Eat Again

Are you looking for new tastes and new recipes in 2021? Tired of the lockdown menu, and ready for something new? These fast, delicious recipes will shake up your kitchen and wake up your mouth. They are easy enough for even the least confident cook to master. And they are all gluten free.

Imagine this: It’s Wednesday night. The week has been absolutely insane: your boss constantly checking on your new product launch, customers on the phone, and you dropped that phone in the sink during this afternoon, so you had to mask up, rush out and get another one.

You’re starving. What’s for dinner?

You need a home-cooked meal, not another round of takeout. You can do it, too, even if you’re not the queen of the kitchen.

Try any of these recipes for a satisfying, tasty and healthy meal in less time than you spend waiting for delivery. Your meal will probably cost less too.

Chicken Piccata

delicious chicken piccata is easy to make
image by dagnywalter on pixabay

Pound chicken cutlets until they are very thin. Dip them in beaten egg, then brown quickly in a non-stick sauté pan. You will need about 3 minutes a side for 1/4 inch thick cutlets. When the last cutlet is done, pour ½ to 1 cup of lemon or lime juice into the hot pan. Stir or scrape up all the delicious sticky bits, turn off the pan, and pour the hot juice over the meat. Serve over a salad for light and delicious dinner. I sometimes add some capers or fresh thyme to the sauce just before serving. Change the lemon juice for lime or orange juice for variety.

 Salmon with Peanut Sauce

Salmon filets make a fast, delicious dinner

Sauté salmon filets in a little bit of sesame oil, turning so that both sides get a little crispy but not burned. When you turn the salmon over, toss in some sliced sweet red pepper. Add a bit of chopped chili pepper to get a level of spice that you enjoy. Meanwhile, combine a half cup of peanut butter, 2 T of lime juice, 1 T of cider vinegar and 1 T of honey. Mix well and then stir in 1 teaspoon of grated ginger (fresh or dried). Taste and adjust the texture and flavor using lime juice, honey and ginger until you like the ‘sweet-tartness’ of the sauce. Remove the cooked salmon from the heat and pour the sauce over it. Good with rice, or with a side of thinly sliced cucumber.

Sausage and Apples

grilled sausage hits the spot

This one takes 2 sauté pans but it’s worth it. In one pan, fry some cut up sausages until they have some nice crisp spots on the outside. I like Italian sausages best, but you can use any kind you like.

Thinly slice a small onion and sauté it in the other pan over a medium heat until soft and transparent (use a non-stick pan so you don’t need any oil). Add in 2 thinly sliced tart apples for each piece of sausage. Then add 1 cup of a moderately dry white wine. Cook, covered, for about 5 minutes.

Drain the sausage and add it to the apple mixture. Add some thyme on top – fresh is best but dried works fine too. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes, until about half of the liquid is gone. Yum!

Keep On Cooking!

Whatever you make for dinner, sit down for a minute and enjoy it. You deserve a tasty, satisfying and nutritious meal any day of the week, and there’s nothing stopping you from making one.

These are just a few of my favorite recipes. You can find more of them, plus advice on  how to stock your pantry here– so dinner is easy, fast and delicious, perfect for after a busy day, any day.

Marne Platt

Dr. Marne Platt is the President of Fundamental Capabilities and the author of 3 books (so far): Living Singlish: Your Life, Your Way; Professional Presence; and PREP For Success. Originally a practicing veterinarian, she built a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. She founded Fundamental Capabilities to ‘pay it forward’ by providing career development workshops and coaching for women. ‘Living Singlish: Your Life, Your Way’ is an ‘older sister in your pocket’ packed full of advice for young women on building their own independent and exciting life. 'Professional Presence' and PREP For Success' help you strengthen your spoken and unspoken communication and leadership presence.