3 Rules Every Home Cook Should Follow + Free Weekly Dinner Menu

I love cooking, but I realize that’s not the case for everyone. Some people struggle with the meal planning and prep, others hate grocery shopping, and most people hate the clean up. I totally get it, so I’m here to help where I can.

At a minimum I cook dinner 5 days a week, but most weeks I cook everyday. I wanted to share a few tips with you to help make weekday meal prep and cooking a little easier.

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Weeknight Naan Pizza

These naan pizzas are a weeknight shortcut in our home. The elevated flavor of the naan mimics a gourmet pizza crust. These pizza are ready in less than 15 minutes. The best thing about them is that they are individual so they can be customized to any flavor profile!

Easy Naan Pizza

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 naan (Approximately 6 oz)
1/2 tsp olive oil
1 tablespoon pesto (green or red)
1/3 cup grated mozzarella cheese
additional toppings of your choice

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place your naan on an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush the olive oil on the top of the naan, making sure you reach the ends. Add the pesto to the top of the naan leaving about 1/2 inch of “crust” Add additional toppings of your choice. Top with cheese. Bake for 8 minutes.

Serve warm.

Non -Alcoholic Lemon-Thyme Spritzer

If you’re anything like me, then you alway have a ton of leftover herbs after doing all of your holiday cooking. Today I’m sharing a recipe for a refreshing lemon-thyme spritzer that you can make with leftover thyme or rosemary.

One thing I’ve noticed is that cocktail recipes are everywhere during the holidays so I wanted to share a family friendly, non-alcoholic beverage recipe that anyone can enjoy.

My friends over at Sincere Fare were so kind in sharing their Lemon-Thyme simple syrup recipe with me. Sincere Fare is an experience centric brand that focuses on creating memorable moments, centered around the culinary arts. I used Sincere Fare’s simple syrup recipe as the basis for my spritzer.

Non-Alcoholic Lemon-Thyme Spritzer

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Ice
1 oz Lemon Juice
2 oz Lemon-Thyme Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
4 oz Lemon Flavored Sparkling Water

Directions

Add in all ingredients and stir to combine.

For an added layer of complexity, rim the glass with a mixture of lemon zest, minced thyme, and granulated sugar.

**For a lighter beverage, use 1 oz of the simple syrup.

Lemon-Thyme Simple Syrup (Compliments of Sincere Fare)

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Ingredients

7-8 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
Juice of 1 Lemon (approximately 2 tablespoons)
1 Cup of Sugar
1 Cup of Water

Directions

In a small saucepan combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil and then cook on low until the sugar has dissolved.

Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and let sit for 1 hour.

Discard the thyme sprigs.

Once the syrup has cooled, pour it into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

**You can replace the thyme with rosemary for an alternative flavor profile.

Big Batch Non-Alcoholic Lemon-Thyme Spritzer

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 Part Lemon Juice
2 Parts Lemon-Thyme Simple Syrup
4 Parts Lemon Flavored Sparkling Water

Directions

In a pitcher, combine all ingredients. Serve over ice and garnish with thyme and lemon wedges.

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