Dinner Recipes: Hacks for When You’re Short on Time
If you are never running short on time, never work later than you intended to, and never arrive home so tired that you auto-speed-dial your go-to takeout place, neglecting the food you bought on Saturday (again!), then stop reading right now. You just go on living your perfect life… and please send us your Periscope how-tos! For the rest of you, here are 13 easy dinners you can make in under 30 minutes.
I like to cook, but I’m not a big planner when it comes to grocery shopping. Food shopping is more like the chore that I “trick” myself into doing in between other Saturday chores. So, I’ll either find myself strolling leisurely through my local greenmarket, winging it with a half-assed list that I accumulated on my mobile notes throughout the week. Or I’ll find myself in the grocery aisle stymied about what I can possibly make with some super-great cut of meat that’s on sale. The latter is what happened to me last week, and it inadvertently led me to stumble on a cook-once-eat-all-week hack that worked so well that I will do it again in the future.
Organic whole chickens were on sale super-cheap, so I picked up two. I seasoned them with salt and pepper and stuffed them with whatever I had on hand — which that day was simply garlic cloves, rosemary and thyme. I agree with Cathy over at What Should I Make For; when it comes to perfect baked chicken, don’t overthink it. I stripped off the meat, making two piles, white and dark. The white meat was set aside for tossing into salads for lunches all week. The dark meat was set aside for soups for dinners. The roasted bones were tossed into the Instant Pot with rough cut celery, onion and carrot to make bone broth, which I used all week as the base for several different soups. I changed up the soups with easy flavoring substitutions — one night it was classic chicken soup, another night coconut and lemongrass, another night congee with fish sauce, and so on.
I’m eating on the Whole30 plan this month, so having all that organic chicken on hand was a bonus. If you’re also living gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and legume-free, here are some of the Paleo go-tos you’ll want in your recipe box.
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(Photo via What Should I Make for…)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)