Tired of eating the same thing every day? Looking for some new main dish ideas? Look nowhere! These 15 main dishes are amazingly easy and delicious. I have tried them all and highly recommend them. 

Tired of eating the same thing every day? Looking for some new main dish ideas? Look nowhere! These 15 main dishes are amazingly easy and delicious. Read more at http://www.delishplan.com/15-amazing-main-dishes-for-your-dinner-at-home/

The expert of everything once was a beginner. No one is good at anything without learning, failing, and trying again and again. You know,

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The same concept applies to cooking.

I am by no means an expert on cooking, not even close, especially when it comes to western cuisine. Before I moved to the States, I had very little idea of how to cook western food, and that single-digit percentage of idea came from watching my mom making American Chinese food every once in a while.

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Not owning an oven as well as not being able to afford imported ingredients absolutely didn’t help. Baking was like a miracle to me at that time until our big move. Things changed significantly including my cooking.

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My very first legitimate western dish was a guacamole. Ever since then, I have been actively searching new recipes to try because without the basics, there’s no take-ons; without understanding the history and culture of a different cuisine, no Asian flair could be added on; without practice, no new ideas would come into mind.

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Therefore, I practice, practice, and practice.

Thankfully, I found my favorite homemade recipe site – Food.com. After trying hundreds of recipes on the site along with studying hundreds of reviews of each recipe, I made a list of my keepers out of all the recipes that I had tried by category. Damn, that could be a cookbook right there!

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Starting from now, I am going to share some of my favorite recipes with you from my on-going cooking practice each month in my monthly highlights. It will be one category at a time. What would you like to see in March edition? Desserts, appetizers, or soups? Leave a comment and let me know. 🙂

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Without further ado, let’s start with main dishes. I have included my own take-ons and tips. Here comes to the 15 amazing main dishes for your dinner at home! Hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Cheers!

1. Drunken Garlic Crock Pot Roast

Drunken Garlic Crock Pot Raost

Don’t be scared of the amount of garlic you are going to use in this recipe. After 8-hour slow cooking, the garlic flavor will be completely soaked into your meaty beef roast, just as if the name of this dish indicates. We ate it with mashed potatoes on the side. The gravy is absolutely worth mentioning because it’s way better than store-bought ones.

My adjustments and tips:

  • I cut back brown sugar to 1 tablespoon (the original recipe calls for 3 tablespoons). The sweetness was perfect for us.
  • I recommend to cut the roast in smaller chucks so that it’s easy for browning before slow cooking. It’s also easy to fit into your crock pot if you have a small one.

2. Authentic Italian Meatballs In Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce

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There are two separate recipes for this dish. One is for the meatball and the other one is for the sauce. Prepare 3 hours to simmer the meatballs in the sauce, and then you are going to be in love with both the meatballs and the sauce together or separately, especially when they touch your pasta!

My adjustments and tips:
Since it’s authentic, I didn’t change anything in the recipes but I do have a tip for making same sized meatballs. Use the tablespoon from your measuring cups to scoop up one heaping tablespoon meatball mixture at a time; put it in your palm and shape it into a ball with both of your hands.

3. Garlic Turkey Enchiladas

Garlic Turkey Enchiladas

The recipe calls for ground beef as the main ingredient. I picked another option – ground turkey and I was very happy with the result.

My adjustments and tips:
I skipped the second time baking to keep things easy. Sprinkled all the remaining cheese I had on the prepared enchiladas and baked at 350°F for 30 minutes. Done!

4. Chili Recipe

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This is a very good chili recipe, but in order to be the best as described in the original name of the dish, a little tweak might do the trick. Also, if you have a crowd to serve, this recipe yields 6-8 servings. Otherwise, cutting everything in half is totally fine.

My adjustments and tips:

  • I used half of the ingredients as the recipe states but kept 1 lb ground beef. My biggest change for this recipe was that the sugar amount was significantly reduced. 1 tablespoon was enough for the sweet taste.
  • Instead of using dried cilantro while cooking, adding the herb flavor and garnishing with fresh cilantro at the end worked well for me.

5. Oven-fried Chicken Chimichangas

Oven-Fried Chicken Chimichangas

I recommend to watch this video before making these chimichangas. It will make a difference. 🙂

My adjustments and tips:
I pan-fried the chimichangas on each side for 2 minutes according to the video. They were just perfect!

6. Hooters Buffalo Wings

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I say that these are better than Hooters’. Well, at least they are better than the chicken wings I had at Hooters in Shanghai! Deep frying at home seems to be too much hassle. But it’s well worth it!

My adjustments and tips:

  • You don’t have to own a deep fryer in order to make this dish. I just filled up my sauté pan with vegetable oil and heat it up on the stove. Worked just fine.
  • Coating the deep fried chicken wings with hot sauce is a crucial step for this recipe. An easy way to do so in order for the wings to be covered evenly (especially if you use whole wings) is to brush the hot sauce on each wing by using a pastry brush.

7. Broil A Perfect Steak

Broil a Perfect Steak

Before this, “broil” was not a word in my dictionary. After this, I love broiling everything because it’s a very fast cooking method and solves the problems for us who do not have a griller – broiling is basically up-side-down grilling.

My adjustments and tips:
I learned about broiling not only from the detailed recipe instructions but from watching this video. It covers how to broil beef, chicken, and fish. Very beneficial.

8. Ceviche Style Shrimp Avocado Tacos

Ceviche Style Shrimp and Avocado Tacos

Very authentic! To take things a little further, we ate these with my Authentic Mexican Salsa. It was the perfect combination!

My adjustments and tips:
While warming up your corn tortillas, add some mozzarella cheese to make it cheesy.

9. Pizza Roll-Ups

Pizza Roll-Ups

After I made these, Han and I literally had them for breakfast, lunch and dinner in one day! Used ground turkey as filling again. I didn’t find any bread dough so I followed an easter bread recipe (minus the sugar) to make my own bread dough. So good and fun to make.

10. Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

The original recipe yields 10 servings. I cut everything in half including only using 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Easy to make and very yummy. I especially like the pecan topping!

11. Classic Baked Ziti

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This is probably one of the most popular homemade main dishes for decades. Never gets old. It’s very simple and comforting.

12. Crock Pot Lasagna

Crock Pot Lasagna

I know! I didn’t know that lasagnas can be cooked in a crock pot. It’s surprisingly good. The noodles were not soggy as they were expected to be. Another good use of your crock pot.

13. Hashbrowns Casserole

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Writing about this dish reminded me of how good it was. You know what? I am going to make some for dinner tonight.

My adjustments and tips:

  • I used a 8″ x 8″ baking dish to feed only two of us and we had nothing left after one meal. Would suggest you use up 2 lbs hash browns as the recipe states.
  • Less butter, more cheese!

14. Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken

Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken

“Almost too easy, the chicken cooks in a creamy, cheesy sauce that is delicious over noodles. This freezes well too.” – said by the recipe poster. So true!

My adjustments and tips:
I threw a bag of frozen mixed veggies in my crock pot together with the butterflied chicken breasts. Served with pasta and it was a very hearty dinner.

15. Balsamic Chicken Breasts With Pepper and Onion

Balsamic Chicken Breasts With Peppers and Onions

Before making this dish, I knew it would be a good one. Why? Because it calls for basil, bell peppers, and onion to pair with the chicken. I couldn’t resist.

My adjustments and tips:

  • Butterfly your chicken breasts if they are too thick and make a few short cuts on each fillet. It will help cook chicken faster and lock the flavor in quickly.
  • I added some soy sauce and brown sugar to bring some extra flavor to this dish.

Here you have all the recipes. I am going to turn around and keep practicing and creating! Talk soon!

P.S. If you can’t wait until the end of every month to find out my practice recipes, please follow me on Instagram. I share my food photos pretty much on a daily basis. (#cookingpractice will be added.)

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