Often by the end of the day were too exhausted to cook a healthy meal for dinner. There is always the temptation of ordering take-out or snacking on whatever is quick and easy!
Luckily, we have some easy recipes that will ensure you get the most nutritional bang for your buck but won't take up a lot of your time. Because at the end of the day, all you should have to worry about is relaxing.
Start planning ahead for your weekly meals and dinners! We have some amazing tips to get you started with that.
Unique Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas
The great part about fish or shrimp is that they can make a meal seem extra special, without a lot of added effort. Purchase the seafood when it's on sale at the store, and keep in the freezer until ready to use. Try making True Lemon Pepper Shrimp Linguine, or True Lime Garlic and Cilantro Shrimp. Add a side of steamed vegetables to any of these dishes, and you're done!
If you have tortillas available (flour or corn, in any size), you can make pizza in a jiffy! Lightly coat a cookie sheet with non-stick spray, and lay down the tortillas. Have pasta sauce? Start with that, then add whatever sliced vegetables you have on hand and top with cheese. Only have salsa? Make it southwestern-style! Top with beans, corn, onions, and cheddar cheese. Bake at 425 degrees for 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and tortillas are crispy. Slice and enjoy!
With a Crock-Pot or slow cooker and enough foresight, dinner can be ready by the time you get home from work! Add 1 pound of chicken (drumsticks, thighs, or breasts - bone-in adds good fats and flavor, and saves you money), 1/2 a chopped onion, 1 cup of water, a generous sprinkling of True Lemon Pepper, and some sliced hearty vegetables (such as potatoes or carrots). Cover and set on low for 6-8 hours, then serve with leftover rice or quinoa.
Kitchen Sink Casserole
This takes a little planning ahead as well, but this casserole can easily be thrown together while eating breakfast before you leave the house. In a large bowl, combine the equivalent of 6 slices of whatever type of bread you have on hand, torn into pieces (sandwich bread, English muffins, leftover garlic bread, anything will do), 1 cup of milk, and 6 eggs.
Whisk everything together, then add chopped vegetables, sliced leftover chicken or ground beef (pre-cooked), and some cheese if you have it (goat cheese, mozzarella, anything is great). Season with True Lime, Garlic & Cilantro.
Pour the mixture into a large casserole dish or pan that's already been sprayed with cooking oil. Cover and put in the fridge. Let it sit anywhere from 6-10 hours so that the bread can soak everything up. When you get home, pop into the oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Rice and Anything Else
Making a large batch of brown rice at the beginning of the week will make preparing healthy meals a breeze. Make a quick stir-fry for an Asian-inspired feast, or top with chopped veggies, sliced avocado, salsa, beans, and cheddar cheese if you're craving Mexican! It pairs well with just about anything you may have available.