5 Delicious and Easy Dinners You’ve Got to Try This Week!

September 18, 2017

Happy Monday! We've got just a few days left of Summer before we welcome the Autumnal Equinox on Friday. I love the sound of Autumn in lieu of Fall, don't you? Fall just sounds so, well, less peppy than Summer. While I'm saddened that our temperatures have suddenly dipped plunged into the low 60s from the 80s in nary a week's time, I'm eager to pull out my sweaters and hunker down in front a cozy fire while something simmers on the stove or roasts in the oven. But before I get ahead of myself I want to share some lovely recipes from a few of our dedicated recipe contributors here at Foodista, easy recipes that are wonderful for this last week of Summer and the beginning of Autumn. I think you'll love the sweet and spicy Maple Sriracha Grilled Bone-In Pork Chops and the Smoky Paprika Chicken, both of which have less than 5 ingredients if you're not counting salt and pepper. 

I could literally eat soft corn tortillas every day, so I never turn down a dish like this Cheesy Enchilada Casserole. This easy recipe features sharp and Mexican blended cheeses, onions, corn tortillas, olives, and green enchilada sauce, but you could also add some leftover chicken or beef if you want to bulk it up even more. I love to garnish mine with fresh cilantro, sour cream, avocado, and lots of hot sauce. Make it your own.  

For a last summer hoohah go with this vibrant Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Salad. It's loaded with summer vege like tomatoes and zucchini and is topped with a divine tasting Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette. Last up is an Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff recipe. This recipe was contributed by Or Whatever You Do who is the mom of 7 kids (yes, seven, bless her), so if she can pull this dish off then you know it's easy enough for the rest of us! It's creamy, scrumptious, and hearty. Check your local weather forecast because this dish is perfect on a cooler night and totally fitting for the first day of Autumn.

Let's get cooking!

Maple Sriracha Grilled Pork Chops

Maple Sriracha Grilled Pork Chops
Contributed to Foodista by Taste and See

6 one-inch thick pork chops (I used bone-in pork loin rib chops )
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Sriracha Sauce
3 tablespoons maple syrup
½ lime, juiced
Cooking spray

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Smoky Paprika Chicken

Smoky Paprika Chicken
Contributed to Foodista by Cooktoria

1 lb boneless chicken thighs
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 large bell peppers (chopped into medium pieces)

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Cheesy Enchilada Casserole

Cheesy Enchilada Casserole
Contributed to Foodista by Culinary Envy

10 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut into quarters
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, cut into cubes
2 cups Mexican blend cheese, shredded
1 can (3.8 oz) sliced black olives
1 onion, chopped
1 can (16 oz) green chile enchilada sauce
Garnish with green onions and sour cream, if desired

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Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Grilled Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Contributed to Foodista by Taste and See

For the salad:
2 large chicken breasts
2 small yellow squash
2 small zucchini
1 large red pepper
Salt and pepper
20 Kalamata olives (about 5 per salad)
½ red onion, sliced thinly into rings and separated
10 ounces cherry tomatoes cut in half
4 ounces French Feta, crumbled (regular feta if preferred)
5 ounces mixed lettuce greens
For The Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing:
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
3 tablespoons aged Balsamic Vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

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Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff

Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff
Contributed to Foodista by Or Whatever You Do

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup diced onion
4 cups sliced mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/3 cup dry sherry
4 cups beef broth
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 pound homestyle egg noodles

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