What’s for dinner?

“What’s for dinner?” It’s a common question in households across the world. And one I am sure causes frustration and stress for those who are supposed to be preparing the dinner.  Fortunately for me, Mr Neil knows better than to ask that – thanks to this blog, he’s pretty well fed and mostly I am pretty organized in that I will know what we are having for the week to come. But not always. Some nights I arrive home completely exhausted and even though I have tons of ingredients on hand, have no inclination to cook and just want something to present itself – and fast!

So when I was asked if I would like to participate in a campaign from Knorr Canada that’s all about providing delicious meal solutions to help home cooks answer the question “What’s for Dinner?”, I was keen to see if the recipes could help me figure out what to make for dinner in a pinch, when I haven’t had much to think about what I want to cook and in fact, don’t have much time to actually cook it. Knorr Canada has recently re-launched their website with a fresh new look along with the “What’s For Dinner” Meal Ideas book  – a collection of chicken, vegetables, dairy, beef and seafood recipes.  I loved that the book comes with shopping lists to make grocery store visits (and list making on the subway on the way home) even easier.  I’m a big fan of the Knorr stocks and broths and bouillons (because let’s face it, I don’t always have time to make them myself) and generally have a few on hand. It’s such a useful ingredient.

I tried out three of the simpler dishes in the Meal Ideas book – the perfect steak rub, chicken with white wine and cream sauce and shepherd’s pie.

None of these recipes required very many ingredients and I managed to have dinner on the table in anything from 15 minutes (the steak) to an hour (the shepherd’s pie).

I was interested to try the perfect steak rub – a quick way of giving a steak a lot of flavour with not much effort.

A little bit of crumbled stock cube mixed with olive oil gave this steak a great flavour without having to marinate it for hours. A great trick that I might have to try with some other meats.

We both loved the shepherd’s pie (here, made with beef mince):

Yes, we like it a little crispy on top 🙂

The mince was mixed with onions, carrots, water, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and stock. Made for a very flavourful gravy that tasted even better the next day!  Didn’t care much for the creamed corn just under the mashed potato layer but I guess it adds another vegetable. I might use fresh corn kernels next time around.

The chicken with white wine and cream sauce is going to be a standard in our house this winter, I think…

Again, such a great depth of flavour with so few ingredients (the sauce is simply cream, wine and stock). It made for an impressive weeknight dinner with very little effort.

What I liked about the recipes was the clear layout of the recipe cards themselves (and the shopping list feature) and the fact that many of them are so quick to prepare.  Most of the ingredients are everyday items you probably already have in your house so you really WILL be able to figure out “What’s for Dinner?” in a flash.


What’s for Dinner – a contest for Canadians!

Canadian Knorr fans – Knorr Canada wants to see YOU rise to the challenge – simply choose one of the recipes from the Knorr What’s for Dinner recipes and post about it on your blog for a chance to win a Knorr gift basket (value $350 CAD).  To enter, leave me a comment below with a link to show me what you made.

For a second entry (or for an entry if you do not have a blog, upload a picture to the Knorr Canada Facebook Page and tag it #whatsfordinnerknorr and come back to leave me a comment letting me know you did.

Contest will run until 6pm EST Wednesday October 31st and the winner will be chosen using Random.org from the eligible comments. Open to residents of Canada only.

Edited on Wednesday October 31st at 8.30pm. Congratulations to Cindy who won the basket! I hope you enjoy it!

Disclosure: I received a gift basket containing ingredients, utensils and grocery gift cards in exchange for writing this post and hosting this contest. All opinions are my own.

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* Want to win a trip for two to Montreal to dine with ME during restaurant week in November? It’s easy – enter the Dine with a Blogger contest here! (US/Canadians only, sorry international friends!)

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30 Responses to What’s for dinner?

  1. Lindsey October 10, 2012 at 07:42 #

    That chicken in wine sauce is RIGHT up my alley. And what a divine photo to “sell” it! Great dishes Mardi!

  2. Kate@Diethood October 10, 2012 at 10:52 #

    Oh that bowl of goodness has made my mouth water. I want some crunchy bread to sop up all that sauce! 🙂

    Knorr always reminds me of my mom’s kitchen – she’s got a pantry stocked with Knorr products. 🙂

  3. Ann Mah October 10, 2012 at 10:53 #

    Yum, your cottage pie looks delicious (though agree creamed corn is a little odd). I like it crispy, too! And like Lindsey, I’m drooling over that chicken in wine sauce. Mmmm.

  4. Paula October 10, 2012 at 18:08 #

    We love Knorr in this household and their sauces are wonderful. You may want to try their Roasted Garlic and Herbs for pasta….so good.

    All your food look wonderful but that chicken dish is amazing!

  5. Cindy October 22, 2012 at 05:11 #

    Hi Mardi.

    Nice to have met you here through Knorr’s Facebook Page. I am up for the Challenge and will post back with my blog link when I have done so. I also have shared your Blog link for this challenge on my Recipe Exchange on Facebook, which now has just over 300 wonderful members.

    Most kindest regards, “Just Me”

    • Michelle October 22, 2012 at 08:50 #

      I am going to try both the shepherd’s pie and the chicken in mushroom sauce ..both look delicious..!! My favorite recipe from Knorr is meatloaf using vegetable soup mix ! yummy

  6. Lexia Nash October 22, 2012 at 16:35 #

    I just entered! I don’t have a blog but am a facebook fan (Lexia Joy Nash on facebook). Thanks, love Knorr!!!

  7. Cindy October 22, 2012 at 19:27 #

    My Entry for the Knorr Canada Challenge is here: http://justnorthofwiarton.blogspot.ca/2012/10/another-challenge-it-is.html?spref=fb

    • Cindy October 22, 2012 at 20:41 #

      Also photo submitted to Knorr Canada FB page tagged #whatsfordinnerknorr

  8. Patricia McClure October 22, 2012 at 20:05 #

    I put my chicken with wine/cream sauce photo up tonight. I served mine with roasted cauliflower and green beans (in photo too)

  9. Eva October 24, 2012 at 17:46 #

    Sounds like a fantastic week night meal! But I’d have to agree the creamed corn would be overkill for me too but just the kernels s perfect amount of sweetness to the dishonor sounds like a perfect and easy flavour booster!

  10. Lexie October 24, 2012 at 23:44 #

    I’ve entered my masterpiece! Savoury mashed potatoes with my own recipe pineapple chicken.


  11. Stephanie Briand October 28, 2012 at 10:05 #

    I made stuffed chicken with asparagus and cheese with your white mushroom sauce and it was so amazing 🙂

  12. Colleen C October 29, 2012 at 14:51 #

    Here is my post on Facebook. Still working on the blog post.

  13. angela m October 29, 2012 at 19:05 #

    I uploaded a photo to Knorr Canada Facebook Page and tagged it #whatsfordinnerknorr


  14. Colleen C October 29, 2012 at 21:23 #

    I have my post up on my blog now – thanks for getting me off my duff and writing again! Have a peek, I hope it is an interesting read!


  15. Sarah R October 30, 2012 at 10:18 #

    I made the Spring Vegetable Chicken Soup and it was great! I was surprised by the flavours and ease! http://delishinadish.blogspot.ca/2012/10/spring-fling.html

  16. Sarah R October 30, 2012 at 10:21 #

    I also posted it on Knorr Canada’s Facebook page with your tag #whatsfordinnerknorr

  17. Cindy October 30, 2012 at 15:59 #

    I made the Mushroom Risotto. It was delicious, even though my pictures don’t reflect it!


  18. Cindy October 30, 2012 at 16:18 #

    I posted on the Knorr Facebook page tagged #whatsfordinnerknorr

    Thanks so much for the challenge! Wasn’t so hard, and was delicious! 🙂

  19. Luke A October 31, 2012 at 00:24 #

    I made Knorr’s Onion-Crusted Chicken and it was great. I posted my pic on Knorr’s Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=979410721849&set=o.184614221568498&type=1&theater

  20. Luke A October 31, 2012 at 00:26 #

    I made Knorr’s Onion-Crusted Chicken and it was delicious. I posted my pic on Knorr’s Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=979410721849&set=o.184614221568498&type=1&theater

  21. anna October 31, 2012 at 01:32 #

    I’m a huge fan for Knorr,I just can’t cook anything good without knorr bouillin or knorr stock,I don’t have a blog,but I put up a picture of two my fav recipes,chicken noodle soup,and mexican tacos:)


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