The Ultimate Quick Fix!

While we, at Zoink!, love to eat, a lot of us like to cook too. Though the joy of preparing good food isn’t half as enjoyable as eating it altogether. Cooking always helps bring our team together, and we love to do those crazy meetings, brainstorming sessions, internal debates, et al over some really good food we whip up in a jiffy. Which is why this blog is dedicated entirely to giving you some great recipes which you could make in less than ten minutes. Fifteen tops (we’re human too!)  🙂

1.       Grilled Salmon Sandwiches

These sandwiches are delicious, nutritious and a big hit among kids and the adults. You can make it  in no time, and it will last for several days, if you refrigerate it in an airtight container. Use it as a cold sandwich spread or smooth spread it for toasted sandwiches.

Ingredients:

1 (14-ounce) can salmon, drained, skin and bones removed if desired

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1 Granny Smith apple, chopped

1-1/2 cups shredded Swiss or Gruyere cheese

16 slices whole grain bread

3 tablespoons butter

Method:

In medium bowl, combine all ingredients except for bread and mix gently to combine. You can serve this as a cold sandwich spread, or put about 1/3 cup between two slices of bread, butter the outsides of the bread, and grill salmon sandwiches on a dual contact grill for about 5 minutes, or on.

2.       Gazpacho Salad:

The Gazpacho Salad has a lot going on for itself – celery, beans, tomatoes, peppers. This is the best way to use all those vegetables in the refrigerator and toss it up with some yummy salsa and herbs, making it quite a hearty dish, which is very healthy, yet yummy. This delicious side dish salad is such a wonderful combination of textures and flavors; and it’s so easy.

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups sliced celery

15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed

4 plum tomatoes, sliced

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup salsa

3 Tbsp. light sour cream

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Lettuce leaves

Method:

Combine celery, black beans, tomatoes and peppers in salad bowl. In small bowl, combine salsa, sour cream and lemon juice. Pour over bean mixture and toss. Serve over lettuce.

3.       Swiss Vegetable Soup:

Cheesy Swiss Vegetable Soup

Quite popular all over the world for all the goodness of Swiss cheese and vegetables, this soup is good as it gets. Try this at home and you won’t stop with just one bowl. Guaranteed.

Ingredients:

1 (10-ounce) can condensed onion soup

2 cups frozen mixed vegetables

1 cup water

1 cup four cheese Alfredo sauce

1-1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese, divided

1/2 cup garlic croutons

Method:

In large saucepan, combine soup, frozen mixed vegetables and water. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until vegetables are hot and crisp-tender.

Stir in Alfredo sauce until blended. Stir in 3/4 cup Swiss cheese until melted.

Serve immediately, sprinkled with remaining cheese and croutons.

4.       Chicken and Fettucine:

Chicken and Fettuccine can be made with other types of pasta too. Linguine or spaghetti are good. And you can substitute cooked chopped turkey, or canned tuna or leftover salmon for the chicken.

Ingredients:

1 (16-ounce) package fettuccine pasta

2 cups frozen broccoli florets OR frozen green beans

2 cups chopped cooked chicken

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 (15-ounce) can Italian diced tomatoes, drained

1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Method:

Cook fettuccine as directed on package, adding frozen broccoli or green beans during the last three minutes of cooking time. Drain well and return to pot.

Add chopped cooked chicken, cream, and diced tomatoes. Sprinkle on Italian seasoning. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

5.       Easiest Fudge Ever!

Dessert in five minutes? You think we’re kidding, right? The good news is that we’re not. This really can be made in ten minutes, and is

ridiculously easy. Hence, the name. Be sure to use sweetened condensed milk in this recipe, not evaporated milk – that’s a common mistake.

Ingredients:

Chocolate Fudge Chunks

1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon cream

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, if desired

Method:

Place chips and milk in microwave safe bowl. (You can use just the one package of semisweet chocolate chips, or add the milk chocolate chips for a fudge that is slightly sweeter and creamier.)

Microwave on medium power for 2-3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Microwave, stirring at 1 minutes intervals, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth and thick. Stir in butter and cream until combined.

Pour into greased 8″ square pan and cool. You can also melt the chips and milk in a heavy saucepan over low heat.

You can add just about anything to this easy recipe. Stir in a cup of chopped nuts, add a cup of marshmallows after the cooking time is done, stir in chopped dried fruit or some white chocolate chips. Have fun with the recipe!

Try all of these yummy recipes at home, and tell us how it went. We for a fact know that they are pretty yummy ourselves 🙂 If you did add any variations and it turned out to be even better, share it with us! We’d love to hear about it!

Bon Appetit!

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One comment on “The Ultimate Quick Fix!

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