Although some of these dishes may sound intimidating to the average bachelor, don’t let the names or the pictures dissuade you. These are quick and relatively simple plates that will impress your friends and add some variety to your meal plan. So start preheating the oven because these are 25 easy dinners everyone should know how to cook after college!
Spicy Salmon with Bok Choy and Rice
By basting the fish in a combination of red peppers, soy sauce, and honey you’ll get the best homemade glaze you could hope for.
Baked Pecorino Chicken
Spice up your chicken breasts with a crunchy outer layer of butter, pecorino cheese, and bread crumbs.
Whole-Grain Spaghetti with Kale and Tomatoes
Starting with the “whole-grain” you can probably already tell that this the healthiest spaghetti on the block. The rest of the recipe requires almonds, kale, garlic, and tomatoes.
Shrimp With Tomatoes and Olives
Here’s a secret they might not have taught you in college – couscous. That’s right, one word that might save you a lot of time. It cooks fast and when you combine it with olives, tomatoes, and seafood…instant deliciousness.
1 10-ounce box couscous (1 1/3 cups)
1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small onion, chopped
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
3/4 cup pitted green olives
1/2 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc) kosher salt and pepper
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
Salmon With Creamy Cucumber-Fennel Salad
Last time the salmon was with rice, this time it’s with cucumber salad. To save time you can make the salad in advance and then keep it cool in the fridge. It tastes better chilled anyway.
4 6-ounce pieces skinless salmon fillet
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper kosher salt and black pepper
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced, plus
2 tablespoons chopped fennel fronds
1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced rye bread, for serving