Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 Easy Dinners for Busy Nights

Hi friends! I'm back! It's a while, but I'm so ready to get back in to the swing of blogging and have lots of great content ideas in the works. Today, I thought I'd ease back in with something I've been finding really handy: 5 easy meals for busy nights. Myles and I have been back and forth between our home towns since early May and working non-stop, so finding time to cook, go to the gym, do laundry, etc has been difficult. We've been making these simple meals and loving them, because they're quick, sometimes healthy(!), and so filling! I've linked the recipe pins below, but I've also got a few tips to share since making them a couple of times. 
 
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
This one is a quick fix for chicken Parmesan, and every bit as good, just makes sure to limit the breadcrumbs! Myles and I went a bit overboard and ended up feeling like we were eating saw dust the first time. We ate it over noodles and it was delicious, plus it stretched really far!

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
I love this one because it's easy to mix in some veg but it still tastes indulgent. Pasta is my weakness, so I clean it up a little by adding broccoli and opting for whole wheat noodles! If you want to try a my one pot, lowfat, homemade alfredo, look no further!
 
Baked Fish and Veggies
Again, this one is a good way to get those veggies in your day! I could pretty much live on seafood, plus fish and shrimp are super quick to cook. I always thought I didn't like asparagus because it was so stringy, but I actually have a trick for you! Shave the sides of the asparagus before you cook it and it's so much better! Drizzle the whole pan with a bit of butter, garlic, white wine, and shredded Parmesan and oh.my.goodness.

Slow Cooker Roast w/ Potatoes and Carrots
This meal is what we turn to when we want something that tastes and feels home cooked by your grandmother but takes less than 10 minutes. The trick is to put the carrots and potatoes on the bottom and then pour the spices and sauce over the meat. The juices will sink into the potatoes and carrots but the sauce will keep the meat juicy. So good on a rainy day!
 
Fiesta Bowls
I really like how easily customizable this recipe is. When we made it, we used shrimp, thai rib sauce, avocado, sweet potato, black beans, and corn with jasmine rice. It was delicious and very filling! There were tons of different flavors going on, but somehow it all worked together and I liked having a good mix of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. All in all, a really balanced, simple meal! 
 
Have y'all made any of these? What is your favorite mid-week meal?
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