Today I came back from my lunch break smelling of garlic, olive oil, and sizzling chicken cutlets. Why? Because I live 7 minutes from my job and thought it would be a good idea to make tonight’s dinner on my break. Logistically, it was marvelous. While the chicken cutlets were cooking, I even got to put in a load of laundry. It also allows me more time to spend with my children tonight, rather than spending an hour preparing a home cooked meal. Win / Win, right?
For me, today: yes.
But, most people don’t have the same luxury. Hell, some days I don’t either. I typically take my 60 minutes to run errands (and occasionally shove some food down my throat while driving.) This is why I decided to share some of my favorite easy meals with you. Here’s a few reliable one’s that will hopefully make weeknight cooking for your family a little simpler.
- Chicken Enchiladas : this first recipe from Skinny Taste is delicious. I love how the chef, Gina, makes her dishes both healthy and delectable.
- Beef Stirfry : Love this fellow mom blogger’s site & you can’t get much simpler than this. Frozen veggies & meat with an easy sauce. I sometimes swap out the beef for chicken too.
- Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chickpea Chili **note: this is a vegetarian recipe. to make it non-vegetarian, swap out the chickpeas for a pound of ground turkey or beef.** This one may sound like a lot of prep, but I try to do that the night before, then throw everything in the crockpot in the morning before leaving the house.
- Lasagna Grilled Cheese: yes I know, I know, this is a carb-loaded recipe. But it’s delicious, easy, and kid friendly. Live a little and enjoy it 🙂
- Chicken Pesto Kebabs : this is a favorite of mine, as the kids get to help me in the kitchen and feel involved. That way we are getting in family time and being productive. Even my hubby likes these!
- Crockpot Pulled Pork : I swear I make mine a little different every time. This particular recipe is one from the Pioneer Woman, because if someone knows how to season a piece of meat, it’s Ree Drummond lol.
- Cheesy Chicken Casserole : you can’t go wrong with a casserole. Especially one with chicken & cheese in it. What’s great is that you can add veggies, swap out noodles for rice, and make any dietary changes you want. The above recipe does say it takes “40 minutes” so I typically prep this a little in advance and just pop it in the oven when I get home.
- Cookie Cutter French Toast with Strawberries: This one is probably the most basic, but kids love breakfast for dinner (I do too!) Take your favorite French Toast Recipe, but use cookie cutters to make fun shapes prior to soaking the bread. Once the french toast is cooked, serve with your favorite fruit (I typically use strawberries) and a local, good maple syrup (my go-to’s are Crown Maple or Soukup Farms).
- Honey Garlic Salmon : this is more adult-friendly than kid-friendly in my home, but it’s very tasty. I usually serve it over a bed of instant quinoa.
- Lemon Pepper Flounder : this is a super simple, tasty seafood recipe, which usually appeals to kids too. If you prefer grilled fish you can make it on your BBQ as well. I typically serve my flounder with quinoa and asparagus. (The kids have it with french fries and either carrots or apple slices)
Wishing everyone a great rest of the week…..oh and good news…..I just realized it’s WINE WEDNESDAY! Enjoy!