Let me start this post off with a confession: I have a selfish, ulterior motive for writing it. I am hoping by sharing my go-to, easy weeknight meals, you might share some new idea with me because I am in a R. U. T. right now.
I know I don’t need to do this, but I’ll set the scene for you:
It’s Monday, 5:00 pm. One kid is crying, the other is running circles around me while he yells at the top of his lungs. I’m mentally spent after a long day at work and want to just sit down for 10 minutes. Alas, all the humans (adult and children alike) need to be fed. And it’s not just Mondays.
Apparently, they need to eat every night.
If I was super mom, I would pull out my pre-prepped meal, whip together something tasty, as well as healthy, and we would all be sitting around the table by 5:45 PM.
The reality is that I try to start dinner between 5:30 and 6, my 30-minute meal always turns into an hour because I constantly get interrupted. Inevitably, the new recipe I chose turns out to be a flop, and I end up giving my kids cereal at 7 pm.
Over the past few years, though, I have managed to build a small arsenal of semi-nutritious, mainly edible meals:
This is the best chicken salad I’ve ever had. I am a person who hates onions, especially if they’re raw, so finding a chicken salad recipe that doesn’t call for a ton of raw onion is huge. Don’t skip toasting the walnuts – that adds some serious flavor!
This is my favorite chili recipe. It only needs to simmer for 30 minutes, so I don’t have to remember to put it in the crock pot the night before. The leftovers are amazing as well.
This is also another family favorite. I’ve made it so many time that I know the recipe like the back of my hand. Served with a side of roasted broccoli and you’re good to go.
These are great during the summer, but can definitely be made during the winter. I get frozen shrimp from Aldi and the spice level can easily be adjusted.
Hands down, the best chicken fajitas I’ve ever had at home. And they’re super easy. Instead of topping them with lettuce, I top them with chopped cabbage for some added boost of vitamins and minerals.
6. Baked Ziti
I add Jimmy Dean Sausage to Prego spaghetti sauce, as well as mushrooms when making this recipe. It’s so easy and makes a ton of left overs.
Here’s a trick I just learned, use a cookie scoop to make the meatballs. Takes out the guess work so you don’t end up with oddly shaped meatballs. We serve this over rice.
I’ve been making this for years. Well, before we had kids. Luckily they love it as well and it heats up pretty well for lunch the next day.
You can also use turkey in place of the chicken – great for holiday leftovers.
This makes a ton of meat, so I will freeze half of it and use it a few weeks later to make another batch. My husband loves this dish.
Sometimes we eat this in sandwich form and sometimes just as meat and potatoes. This is my favorite way to make roast though. Tons of flavor!
13. Chicken Pot Pie
I only recently discovered this recipe, but it is one of our favorites. I love that it is packed with veggies and protein.
Now, help a mama out and give me some of your favorite weeknight recipes. Everything I listed is good, but I need some new inspiration in my kitchen!
Share your links in the comments! Pretty Please?