In today's fast-paced world, finding time to prepare elaborate meals can be a challenge. But being short on time doesn't mean you have to compromise on flavor or the pleasure of a well-prepared meal. Welcome to "Gourmet On Go," where the love for mouthwatering dishes meets the constraints of a tight schedule!
Basil Pesto Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes
Time: 15 minutes
Cooked pasta (your choice, but penne or spaghetti works great)
Fresh basil leaves (2 cups)
Pine nuts (1/4 cup)
Grated Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup)
Olive oil (1/2 cup)
Sun-dried tomatoes (1/2 cup)
Salt & pepper to taste
Garlic cloves (2)
Blend basil, pine nuts, garlic, and Parmesan cheese in a blender while slowly pouring olive oil until smooth.
Mix the pesto with cooked pasta.
Stir in sun-dried tomatoes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw
Time: 20 minutes
Large shrimp (peeled and deveined, 1 pound)
Olive oil (2 tbsp)
Taco seasoning (2 tbsp)
Corn tortillas (8)
Cabbage (shredded, 1 cup)
Red onion (thinly sliced, 1/4 cup)
Cilantro (chopped, 1/4 cup)
Yogurt or sour cream (1/2 cup)
Hot sauce (to taste)
Marinate shrimp in olive oil and taco seasoning for 5 minutes.
Sauté shrimp in a hot pan until pink.
Mix cabbage, onion, cilantro, lime juice, yogurt, and hot sauce in a bowl.
Serve shrimp in tortillas topped with cabbage slaw.
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Time: 10 minutes
Chickpeas (canned, rinsed, and drained 1 can)
Cherry tomatoes (halved, 1 cup)
Cucumber (diced, 1)
Red onion (chopped, 1/4 cup)
Feta cheese (crumbled, 1/2 cup)
Olive oil (1/4 cup)
Dried oregano (1 tsp)
Salt & pepper to taste.
Mix chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and feta cheese in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper.
Toss the salad with the dressing.
Life may be hectic, but your meals don't have to be bland or monotonous. With a pinch of creativity and a dash of preparation, you can have gourmet meals in minutes. So next time your stomach rumbles and you're pressed for time, remember delicious can be done on the double!