If you’re like me, there is nothing you hate more than getting on the phone after work and asking your significant other, “Hey, what are we doing for dinner?”
Literally, if I never heard that question again my life it would still be too soon.
I spend a LOT of time stalking Pinterest and looking for recipes. Most of my searches start with “easy,” “cheap” and “with what I already have in my kitchen.” I have found so many good options, and most of my favorites are one pan/one pot meals. Lately, I’ve tried to put together a plan for the week so we know what we’re making ahead of time; this is partly to avoid the dreaded post-work decision and partly because we’re so dang busy we do our grocery shopping on the weekends. In all my recipe-hunting and meal-planning, I’ve noticed that our meals are all built around the same key items: pasta, potatoes, or rice.
MIND. BLOWN. We literally plan all of our meals around those three items, based on what we have, what we’re in the mood for, and how much time we have. I’m going to break my favorite recipes down into these three categories, so check them out below and happy planning!
Pasta has always been our go-to, and we just recently learned how to make our own pasta. It’s so easy and a total game changer (literally 2 ingredients). The best part is pasta keeps for SO long so it’s easy to stock up when it’s on sale. Also it goes with everything. Not a fan of carbs? Get whole wheat or a bean-based pasta. Do I really need to make any more points in favor of pasta here???
Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli
Mushroom and Garlic Spaghetti
One-Pot Creamy Chicken Mushroom Florentine (probably make this once a month)
Chicken and Bacon Pasta with Cream Sauce
Pasta Pie (you need a springform pan for this but WORTH IT)
Shrimp Pasta with Garlic Butter Sauce
Yeah, okay, this one is not the healthiest option. BUT, potatoes are great. You can fix them a million different ways, they’re the all-time best comfort food (don’t @ me), and a little goes a long way. There’s a reason we have an ENTIRE holiday based around mashed potatoes (re: Thanksgiving). These are a little bit different- some of these are just “entree” recipes that we pair with potatoes. PRO TIP: If you want mashed potatoes but you don’t want to do the work, DON’T get the powdered kind, DO get the frozen steam-in-bag ready to mash potatoes. You’ll thank me later.
Lemon Chicken Skillet with Broccoli
Roasted Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp and Asparagus (one of our FAVES with mashed potatoes)
Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken (this one took me a few times to get right but SO good)
Sheet Pan Flank Steak with Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Garlic Butter Salmon
I love rice of all kinds: white rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice. If it’s in rice form, I’ll eat it. We have a rice cooker, which I highly recommend, and we also make instant rice in the microwave if we’re in a pinch. One of my ALL-TIME favorite things is riced cauliflower. You can buy a massive bag of frozen riced cauliflower at Costco, or you can buy single servings at pretty much any grocery store. (You can also make your own with fresh cauliflower, but who has time for that???)
Cauliflower Fried Rice (we make this once a week bc it is literally my favorite food)
Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet
Autumn Wild Rice Soup
Sheet Pan Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Veggies
California Roll Sushi Bowl (OK I haven’t tried this one but it’s on my list so I think we should all try it together and see how it goes!!!!)
Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do! What are your go-to dinner items or recipes? Let me know in the comments below!