Every Sunday morning I sit down and take the time to plan out our dinners for the week. If I don’t do this, if I don’t prepare for the week ahead, I 100% know I will just end up ordering pick-up every night. And there is a really good chance that what I pick-up will not be all that healthy.
I don’t get home until after 6 during the week and because I like to get up early, I have approximately 3.5 hours in the evening before I head to bed. Between cooking dinner (thankfully the hubby cleans!), taking some time to unwind from the workday, preparing The Middle Edit for the next day, having a nightly chat with my husband and reading, my nights go incredibly quick. To say the least.
Because of my lack of time and because I don’t really want to be ordering dinner every night, I make sure that the meals I plan are not only healthy, but also easy to prepare and quick to cook. My food board on Pinterest is filled with these types of meals. I’m constantly searching for new ones to avoid getting too repetitive. However, I do have a few I go-to when I’m not feeling inspired or when I’m just needing something I can throw together last minute.
So, if you are like me and have super busy evenings (who doesn’t?!), but still want a home cooked meal, here are 5 of my go-to dinner recipes when I’m short on time.
5 Go-To Dinner Recipes When Time is Short
I used to never eat seafood. However after learning how good salmon actually is for your skin (and so much more), I decided I had to work it into our weekly meal plan. Once I started cooking salmon, I fell in love with just how quick and easy it was to prepare/make. These salmon tacos are super flavorful, healthy (could add over cauliflower rice to cut out the carbs), and don’t take a ton of time to make. Win-Win-Win.
When I go grocery shopping I always make sure to grab the ingredients for fajitas. They are always my go-to when I’m not really in the mood to cook. I usually serve them over brown rice (or cauliflower rice if I’m feeling really healthy) and topped with guac. Any kind of meet will do, but I usually go between chicken, salmon and shrimp. I also prefer to make my own seasoning to avoid the packaged stuff!
When I first made this meal, I did not think it would be nearly as easy as it was. I leave out the sugar and add whatever and any veggies I have in the fridge. Again I usually service this over brown rice. It’s one of my favorite meals!
I originally saw this recipe on Instagram and it has become a favorite of mine. Anything with pesto is a win in my book. Plus the fact that this recipe takes just enough time for the orzo to cook, makes it the perfect weeknight meal. I also like to add shaved Brussel Sprouts or asparagus to make sure I’m getting some veggies in there as well!
Another recipe that allows you to use any and everything in your fridge. This recipe is incredibly simple and clean, but full of flavor. I always make sure to use chicken sausage that doesn’t have any added sugar. Once again I like to just serve this over brown rice. A stir fry in general are always a weeknight go-to for me. They are incredibly fast and a great way to fit in all the veggies!
As you can see, my go-to dinner recipes tend to just be ones I can throw all the ingredients together and be done. Being able to add in all the vegetables and making tweaks to make them healthier is also key. Oh and when it can be eaten out of a bowl, that makes it even better!