I love cooking but I hate cooking during the week. It’s always stressful when you’re coming in from work and you’re ALREADY hungry. Then you have to figure out what you’re in the mood to eat, how much effort you want to put into cooking, and if you even have groceries to make anything.
It’s a whole ordeal.
That’s why we came up with some go to options. We can make these in until 20 minutes and everything can be tailored to whatever groceries you have in your kitchen. Also, they’re all fresh and healthy and can be made gluten/dairy free if needed!
This is a big go-to because they’re simple and don’t take too many dishes. Or really any effort at all.
1 lb of protein + taco seasoning (ground turkey, chicken, shrimp, or just do veggies!)
1 bag of tortilla chips(we like Tostitos Lime but will use whatever we have in the pantry. Can use cauliflower like this recipe here)
Toppings (Green peppers, tomatoes, Rotel, corn, black beans- literally whatever you want!)
1 bag of cheese (or skip this for dairy free)
Preheat oven to 350. Cook protein with taco seasoning. Spread out chips on baking sheet- you shouldn’t be able to see the bottom! Layer in protein, cheese, and toppings. Bake for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Add in any fresh toppings and serve in the baking sheet!
We LOVE spaghetti but we’re always making fun pasta dishes with what we have on hand.
1 lb of protein (ground turkey for spaghetti, chicken for chicken parm, shrimp, sausage etc.)
1 box of pasta (literally ANY type of pasta)
Vegetables fresh or frozen (our faves are mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, and spinach, but you can use ANYTHING!)
Pasta sauce (tomato sauce, pesto, alfredo, or if you have time, MAKE YOUR OWN!)
Boil pasta according to pasta instructions. Cook protein in skillet and add vegetables. When protein is cooked and vegetables are soft/browning, add pasta sauce and simmer. Combine with pasta or serve separately!
Literally the easiest thing of all time. Basically you prep just like nachos, but you can put everything in separate leftover containers and take a lil taco bowl/taco salad for lunch the next day!
SHEET PAN MEALS
This is another good one- everything cooks together in one pan and the possibilities are endless.
1lb protein (chicken, salmon, shrimp- if you have a chance, marinate for 5-8 hours!)
Vegetables (mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, etc., anything fresh or frozen)
Side/starch (mashed potatoes, rice, cauliflower rice- so many options)
Preheat oven to 400. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and olive oil. Season protein and place on pan. Add vegetables with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic (or other seasoning as you choose!) Bake until protein is done- if needed, remove vegetables earlier. Serve with rice or potatoes and voila!
These are all no-brainers, but I hope they make your weeknights easier. If you’re a planner, you can easily make a month of fun, unique meals out of these options. This way you never have to go back and forth and ask “what’s for dinner” ever again.
What are your weeknight go-to meals? Let me know in the comments below!