Hi there Creating a Better Tomorrow fans!
I’m Tara, the girl behind the healthy-living blog Treble in the Kitchen. My blog features bits and pieces of my life, my yummy kitchen creations, and how I stay fit. Feel free to pop on over to say hello!
I live in Indianapolis with Sarah, and we have actually met in person a couple of times! She came to my Bodypump class last summer and when she was working we met up for lunch because our day jobs were SUPER close to each other. I love our little get-togethers!
As Sarah prepares to become an awesome mommy to two little twin boys, she asked me to write up a guest post for her. I thought this would be the PERFECT opportunity to share some of my favorite and EASY weeknight meals with all of you.
Easy Weeknight Meals
When I know I have a busy week ahead, the crock pot and I become BEST friends.
Being able to dump all of the ingredients for a nutritious and tasty meal into the slow cooker in the morning to have it ready for dinner at the end of the day with minimal effort is seriously invaluable. Another benefit of using the crock pot is having leftovers! Leftovers are easily frozen for use at a later time, or they can be eaten later in the week. You pick!
A favorite of ours!
If you love breakfast for dinner like me, then you will LOVE this frittata for your evening meal. Making frittatas takes about 20-30 minutes total and the possibilities for vegetable mix-ins are endless. A favorite combination of mine is kale and artichoke with a little touch of nutmeg to give it that little “something extra!” Pair a slice of this frittata with a side salad and you have got yourself a delicious meal. Since this recipe makes 4 servings, you could eat the leftovers for breakfast the next morning. Two meals in one 🙂
Batch cooking is another way to save time during the week. I like to pick a day on the weekend where I make one or two items that are bigger “batches” that will last me for a couple of meals through the week. I love making veggie burgers because I can enjoy them as a burger, crumble them over my salad, or just eat them on their own as a quick snack. These Chickpea Lentil Veggie Burgers have lots of flavor, hold together well, and are chock-full of veggies.
I am a seafood lover through and through, so any meal that includes something from the sea sounds good to me! When I am running short on time, SHRIMP is a great way to add some protein to a meal. It is tasty, a great source of protein, and it cooks up unbelievably fast. There are a number of ways to prepare shrimp, but baking it is one of my favorites! It’s so easy to just season it up and toss it in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Now that is a speedy meal.
When it comes to veggies, I can never get enough. I love them raw and in salads, but sometimes nothing sounds better than a hot meal. This veggie bake is deliciously satisfying and features summer squash as the star of the dish!
Quinoa is a great source of vegetarian protein, and it’s such a versatile ingredient. Quinoa is the core of this tasty salad, which makes this salad really versatile too. This is another one of those meals that can be made as a batch ahead of time and then used multiple ways during the week. This salad can be enjoyed hot or cold, as an entree or a side dish, added to a big green salad, or eaten on it’s own. The options are endless!
Questions of the Day:
- What is your favorite, EASY weeknight meal?
- What is your family’s go-to weeknight recipe?