I usually don't cook elaborate meals for dinner. I usually just sear a good piece of meat in a pan with a bit of fat, and whip up a couple sides of veggies. Dinner, most nights, is on the table in about 20 minutes flat.
Because my meals are so simple, I like to change them up using little tricks that won't add more time to the prep work. Luckily, it doesn't take much to make a meal seem a bit more special.
One trick is to throw together a sauce of some sorts to serve over the meat I'm cooking. I put the meat in the pan, prepare the sauce, flip the meat, prepare a veggie or two, and when the second side is done cooking, the sauce has finished simmering. BAM. Dinner in no time. And it looks special. :)
This is one such sauce. I usually use up odds and ends in the fridge to throw this one together, but here is my basic recipe. Have a couple olives laying around? Throw them in! Is there a carrot that needs using? Chop it up! Want something with a bit of a kick? Add some chili pepper!
But most of all, get in and out of that kitchen quick, and get to spending time around a good meal with the ones you love!