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Easy Dinner Ideas

whats for dinnerDinnertime is a struggle for most people.  My household is super hectic after school and work so I totally understand!  Therefore I need to plan ahead for the week and prep accordingly.  I am going to share with you my staple dinners and prepping process that keeps me on track.  Hope it helps to motivate and organize your dinnertime as well.

Betsy’s 3 Staple Dinners:

  1. Grill Night: Monday night is usually our grill night.  It’s the one meal my husband is better at cooking than me so I take advantage of that.  Over the weekend or in the morning, I usually stuff chicken or salmon plus tons of chopped veggies (peppers, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, sweet potato)  in a large zip lock bag with a simple marinade.  Brian has the whole grill filled with meats, fish and veggies.  Definitely use veggie grilling pans to make life easier.  We always make tons extra – leftovers for the week, yay!
  2. Soup & Salad Night: I always make at least one crock pot meal a week.  My favorite crock pot soups that my whole family love are Chicken Tortilla SoupLentil Sausage Spinach Soup, and White Bean Chili.  They only take about 5 minutes to prep and then you have a hearty healthy dinner and enough leftovers for future meals and snacks.  Remember to balance your soup with a side salad for some extra veggies and roughage.
  3. Mexican Night: I can usually whip up this family favorite meal in 15 minutes.  Most people do tacos but beware of the unhealthy carbs in the processed flour tortillas and fried shells.  As a healthier alternative, we usually have a buffet of ingredients (ground turkey or shrimp, black beans, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, peppers, salsa and avocados) and make a bowl or salad.  Again, I always make extra so I can make a Mexican salad the next day.

3 More Fast Dinner Recipes:

  • Easy Thai Bowl: If I have leftover chicken and rice or quinoa, this meal takes less than 10 minutes to make and no cooking!
  • Asian Chicken and Veggie Stir-fry:  Stir-fries are always quick and easy.  I like to use Bragg’s Amino Acids in place of soy sauce.
  • Kale Mini Meatloaves: These are always winners.  Make lots extra and freeze in a zip lock bag for simple future meals.


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