Six Quick & Easy Dinners for Busy Families

Quick & Easy are two things that are a must when it comes to dinner time in the Mamian household. Our nights are crazy busy between dropping off and picking up kids from practices and running last minute errands for whichever child failed to mention they have a huge project due tomorrow that requires some random object to be purchased asap. Lucky for me I always have plenty of Omaha Steaks meats in my freezer including steaks, chicken, and fish thanks to my Omaha Steaks ambassadorship. Combine that with my stack of tried and true recipes and I can have dinner on the table in 30 minutes flat every night of the week. To prove it I am sharing some of my favorite weeknight recipes featuring Omaha Steaks meats.

Six Quick & Easy Dinners for Busy Families

*This post is in partnership with Omaha Steaks.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

My girls love pasta and while my boys are okay with it my hubby typically isn’t a fan. Except when it comes to this delicious recipe.

Omaha Steaks Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz of linguine noodles
  • 1 lb Omaha Steaks Chicken Breasts (defrosted and sliced into bite-sized pieces)
  • ¾ tbsp Cajun Seasoning (more to taste)
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers (sliced)
  • ½ red onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium tomato (diced)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup whole milk
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 scallions (chopped)
  • fresh cracked pepper (to taste)
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • Cooking spray

Omaha Steaks Chicken Recipe

Directions:

  • In a small blender blend milk, flour and cream cheese. Set aside.
  • Season Omaha Steaks chicken breast with cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Cook pasta according to package.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat, once heated spray with cooking spray and cook chicken.
  • Add olive oil to the skillet, once hot add the bell peppers, onions, and garlic. Saute for 3-4 minutes or until onions are translucent and bell peppers are soft.
  • Add tomatoes and stir, cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Season veggies with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
  • Reduce heat, add chicken broth and pour in the milk/ flour/ cream cheese mix.
  • Return the chicken and stir for about 2 minutes, then add in the linguine.
  • Stir, season to taste & serve.

 

Easy Alder-Planked Salmon

After my high cholesterol reading, we have added in a lot more fish into our diet. Salmon can be super healthy as its full of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Quick and Easy Salmon Recipe

One of our favorite Salmon recipes isn’t much of a recipe at all because Omaha Steaks has done all of the heavy lifting. I just have to defrost and grill or bake them.

Quick and Easy Salmon Recipe

How cool is this? They come frozen already on the plank and already seasoned.

Quick and Easy Salmon Recipe

They quickly bake in the oven or my favorite way to cook them is on the grill. I usually serve them with some frozen brown rice that I just pop in the microwave (I get mine at Trader Joes) and a veggie of choice that I usually drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper and cook in a skillet or pop in the oven. Grab your alder-planked salmon from Omaha Steaks right here!

Buttered Cod

Buttered Cod Recipe

Another super tasty (and fast) fish dinner recipe is buttered cod. Omaha Steaks cod is super yummy and on nights where I am really pressed on time, I have even made these with frozen cod loins.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lb Icelandic cod fillets
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • ¾ tsp smoked paprika
  • Lemon slices
  • Fresh parsley

Buttered Cod Recipe

Directions:

  • Stir seasonings together in a small bowl and then rub onto cod fillets
  • Heat 2 tbsps of butter in a medium skillet on high
  • Add cod and cook for 2 minutes (longer if frozen)
  • Turn heat to medium, flip cod and add remaining butter to pan and cook until butter is melted and fish is cooked through.
  • Watch closely because it cooks very fast!

We love to pair our cod with rice and a veggie.

Skillet Steak

My boys LOVE steak, especially ones from Omaha Steaks and I love that they come in individually vacuum-sealed packages so I can cook steak for them and fish for me.

Easy Skillet Steak Recipe

The boys love their steak pretty basic so I season the Omaha Steaks with sea salt and pepper and sear them in olive oil in a skillet.

I then transfer the skillet to the oven and bake on 400 until desired doneness. Once cooked we let it rest and then serve it with herbed butter.

We usually serve our steak with salad and french bread.

Quick Steak, Mushrooms & Onions

This is another quick and easy way to serve a steak that the whole family will love.

Easy Skillet Steak Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Omaha Steaks Beef Sirloin Tips (sliced or cubed into bite-sized portions)
  • ½ large onion (sliced)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 8 oz mushrooms
  • Garlic powder, Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  • Season steak pieces with garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat a large skillet over high heat, once hot spray with cooking spray and add the steak.
  • Cook steak for one minute, then flip and cook an additional 30 seconds. (if you have a small pan split the steak into two portions to avoid overcrowding)
  • Once all of the steak is cooked through, put in a separate dish and set aside.
  • Next up spray the pan once more with cooking spray and add the sliced onions. Cook until translucent.
  • Lower the heat to medium and add olive oil and mushrooms, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook for several minutes, until mushrooms are cooked through then add the steak back to the pan and cook for 1 minute or until the steak, is warm again.

This steak goes great with cubed roasted sweet potatoes, green beans and rice.

Chicken Fried Chicken

Another recipe that feels like you are cheating is Omaha Steaks Chicken Fried Chicken. These thinly pounded chicken fillets come already fried and cooked through so all you have to do is bake them and they taste amazing!!

Omaha Steaks Chicken Recipe

Most of the time I serve these along with veggies and mashed potatoes but I will say we have had them with waffles and syrup and they are pretty hard to beat that way too!

BONUS- Orange-Cranberry Pork (perfect for impressing guests)

This one appears a bit more fancy but really isn’t difficult at all to make. The bonus here is that if you have unexpected company you can serve this and they will be super impressed!!

Cranberry Orange Pork Loin

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs of boneless pork tenderloins from Omaha Steaks
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • ¾ cup of orange juice (divided)
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 4 oz cranberry sauce (with whole cranberries)
  • 4 oz orange marmalade

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Prepare sauce by mixing ½ cup of orange juice, apple cider vinegar, cranberry sauce, and orange marmalade in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Pat pork loins down with paper towels, brush on olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat a medium skillet over high heat. Once hot add pork and sear on both sides (about 2 minutes per side).
  • Once finished searing place pork loin in a shallow baking dish and top with the sauce.
  • Bake for 60-80 minutes or until internal temperature is 140-145. Every 30 minutes pour sauce back over the top of the pork loins to baste.
  • Once cooked through take pork out of the pan and place onto a separate dish, tent with foil and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Add remaining orange juice and sauce from pan to a skillet and cook until the sauce is thickened/ reduced.
  • Pour finished sauce on top of pork loins. Garnish with parsley and fresh cranberries and serve.

This tasted amazing with a salad and some garlic butter mashed potatoes.

What are your go-to quick and easy family dinners?

 

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