Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes for Weeknights
When busy days hit you need some easy dinner recipes to get your through. Here are my three best go-to easy dinners plus 27 more from my blogging friends.
COOKtheSTORY.com recently got a makeover with a new logo, new color scheme and new navigation. I love it and I hope you do too.
The most important part of the new navigation is the Weeknights button at the top left. I wanted an obvious place where you can find easy dinner recipes for your busiest days. And I wanted that button for me too; when I’m meal-planning that’s my new favorite place to go for ideas.
In honor of the new Weeknights button I asked my blogging friends to each tell me about their best quickest meals. I’m sharing those links with you at the bottom of this post. They all sound so good. I can’t wait to try them.
I’m also telling you about three easy dinner recipes that rescue me on busy days.
This is my go-to recipe for evenings when we open the door to a cold dark house. There are a couple of tricks to getting this soup to come together so quickly: Pre-shredded carrots, cutting the chicken into small pieces and using quick-cooking noodles are key. There’s also a secret ingredient that makes it taste like it was simmering all day.
This is my go-to recipe for when I haven’t planned ahead. If I don’t have any chicken or meat defrosted and ready to cook, I reach for frozen fish fillets. With this cooking method the fillets goes straight from the freezer to the oven (with a brief pause for seasoning). They cook while I make a salad and either slice bread or cook a quick batch of quinoa. The trick to this recipe: The breadcrumbs that coat the fish are toasted separately and then added for the final minutes of cooking. This is much quicker than breading the fish prior to cooking it.
#3: Pasta Carbonara Made With Greek Yogurt (30 minutes – most of it spent waiting for the noodles to cook)
This is my go-to meal when I’ve procrastinated about going to the grocery store. When we’re running low on food, I usually have the required ingredients: Pasta, olive oil, eggs, Parmesan cheese, yogurt, salt and pepper. The recipe also calls for Canadian bacon but I use whatever bits of meat we have, whether that’s leftover chicken, a half-full pack of turkey lunch meat or both. It tastes great every time. Since it’s made with yogurt instead of cream, it’s healthy too.
Those are my three best weeknight rescues. I hope they help you on your own busy nights.
For even more help, here are some quick and easy dinner recipes from some of my blogging friends:
If you’re looking for more great weeknight ideas don’t forget to visit the Weeknights section of my site. There will be new quick and easy recipes coming up over there all the time so visit often. Or subscribe to get the recipe ideas sent to you by email. When you subscribe, you’ll also receive this ecookbook for free. It’s full of healthy slow cooker recipes that are also perfect for busy weeknights.
Have a wonderful day! -Christine :)