Today I have a guest poster from ReadySetEat, a fun cooking website. When she pitched me to write about simple and healthy meals, I could resist…I’m always in need of those types of recipes and I thought these sounded pretty yummy! I’m already looking forward to trying a few
When you’re on a busy schedule it can be easy to keep going back to your favorite, quick and easy recipes for dinner—the ones you know will turn out okay and that don’t involve too much planning or prep work. But eating the same few meals all of the time can get boring, so switch up your meal planning a little! The following five recipes all require basic ingredients, no fancy culinary techniques and fewer than 30 minutes of prep time, and are so delicious. Try them out and watch them work their way into your weeknight dinner rotation!
Asian Chicken Noodle Bowl – This is a great alternative to Chinese takeout, which tends to pretty high in sodium and sugar, not to mention can take a toll on your wallet! This recipe uses lots of vegetables and lean chicken for a healthier, yummier way to enjoy a favorite takeout dish. Best of all, you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already!
Baked “Fried” Chicken – Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like fried chicken? Nope, didn’t think so. This baked “fried” chicken uses crackers, parmesan cheese and some garlic powder to give you the crunch you crave without all that grease. It’s baked instead of deep-fried so you can enjoy this “fried” chicken guilt-free. Tell your kids that they’re eating homemade chicken fingers and they’ll eat them right up.
Bean Enchilada Casserole – There are guys out there who may argue with this, but you don’t need meat in every dish to have a complete, incredibly satisfying meal. This bean enchilada casserole is a perfect example; you’ll get loads of protein from the combination of black beans and refried beans, and the corn tortillas will definitely fill you up. Top with sour cream, salsa, avocado and shredded lettuce for a twist on taco night.
Chicken and Bean Quesadillas – One of the easiest ways to use up leftover chicken is to make quesadillas. All you really need for quesadillas are tortillas and cheese, but this recipe takes it a step further with diced tomatoes and chilies, chicken and pinto beans for an especially hearty dinner. They’re a perfect go-to lunch or dinner when you only have a few minutes to spare.
Chili con Carne – There’s nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of chili on a cold or gloomy evening, and it’s one of the simplest dinners to make. This recipe for chili con carne calls for ground beef, onion, garlic, chili powder, tomatoes and chilies, beans and tomato sauce, but feel free to substitute ground turkey or chicken and other spices to suite your personal tastes.
About the Author: Meredith K. writes on behalf of ReadySetEat®. For more quick and delicious weeknight dinner ideas, visit www.readyseteat.com.
What are your favorite quick and easy weeknight meals?