Dinner for Dummies: Five-Ingredient Mouthwatering Meals Made in 30 minutes

Grownup Gripe: Entertaining is such a chore, as if we don’t have enough to do already.

Today is Valentine’s Day so are you in a pinch? Don’t know what to make for your loved one tonight? Look no further, you’ve got this!

These three showstoppers will not disappoint!

Made with only 5 ingredients, no matter what your cooking level is these meals are not only easy but also guaranteed to please EVERYONE.

If you want to go the extra mile and entertain others, just double or triple the ingredients.

3 EASY Dinners YOU can Cook BETTER than a Restaurant

1. Fettuccine Alfredo with a Steamed Artichoke

  • 16 ounces of Fettuccine Noodles
  • 1 1/2 stick of salted butter, separated
  • 2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 artichoke

Bring 2 large pots of water to a rolling boil. One of the large pots needs to have a steamer basket. Prepare artichoke for steaming.

Cut off 1/3 of the top with a serrated knife and pull off the loose leaves on the outside. Snip the sharp top edges of each leaf with kitchen shears.

Cover and steam the artichoke for 25 to 30 minutes in order to get the heart tender. Add more water to pot if necessary.

Add a pinch of salt and all the fettuccine noodles to the other pot. For timing purposes add noodles midway through the artichoke cook.

Follow the fettuccine package instructions and cook till al dente. Strain the noodles.

A trick is to throw a piece of pasta against the wall and if it sticks it’s ready but do it to taste.

During the last 5 minutes of cooking, melt a stick of butter in a large heavy bottom sauce pan.

When it’s melted add whipping cream, heat to a low boil. Add cheese, mix well and take off heat. Add noodles to sauce and serve with artichoke.

Melt the other half a stick of butter for 30 to 60 seconds in the microwave for dipping. Enjoy!

2. Shrimp and Cheesy Grits

  • 4 Packets of Instant Grits
  • 2 lbs of Shrimp
  • 1 Package Center Cut Bacon
  • 1 Stick Salted Butter, divided
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Cook the package of center cut bacon according to its instructions. I like to bake my bacon in the oven. It makes for a very easy cleanup.

Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil. Place bacon flat across. Put in the oven at 400° for 15-25 minutes until crispy. Remove from the cookie sheet when done, place on paper towels to drain. You’ll use the drippings to cook shrimp.

Cook instant grits according to package instructions and leave in the microwave.

For serving purposes (and easier cleanup) it’s easiest to make each package in it’s own bowl and then add all the accoutrements on top.

When each package of grits gets done cooking, add 2T of butter and 1/4 cup of shredded cheese while warm and stir til everything melts. If too thick add more milk or water to loosen it up. Keep warm.

Pour 2T or so of the bacon drippings into a saucepan. You don’t need to use it all.

Cook the shrimp until they are shaped like C’s for cooked not O’s which means they’ve been overcooked.

Split cooked shrimp up amongst four bowls and sprinkle with cheese and bacon crumbles on top.

3. Filets with Blue Cheese and Loaded Baked Potatoes

  • 2 Filet Mignons
  • 6 Slices of Center Cut Bacon
  • 8-10 Tablespoons Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 2 Russet Potatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons Salted Butter

Cook bacon in cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until crispy. Remove bacon to drain.

Wash and dry potatoes, pierce 10-15 around the potatoes with a fork. Put in a paper bag or wrap in damp paper towel for 5-10 minutes.

Flip potatoes over and cook another 5-10 minutes until soft.

Season steaks with salt and pepper (or steak seasoning) then cook steaks in the bacon grease on the cast iron skillet. Flip only once. Depending on size usually only 4-5 mins per side.

When steaks have a few minutes left, take out potatoes and cut lengthwise.

Add 1 1/2 Tablespoons of butter, salt and pepper to taste and 2T of Blue Cheese crumbles. Heat then for one more minute until it’s melted.

Plate steaks with potato and crumble up the bacon to use as a topping for the potatoes.

Bon Appetite!

These three recipes are easy go-to’s anytime you have to cook a gourmet tasting meal quick.

Even if you never cook or have been labeled a bad cook, give these super simple recipes a go and all those haters will change their tunes.

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These crowd pleasers are sure to please!