You probably need this post. At least, I know I would need this post. In fact, if you could go write a similar post or even just shoot me an email with all your favorite easy recipes, it would be greatly appreciated. Because feeding yourself is difficult. Meal planning can be overwhelming.
I only started meal planning about a year ago when I found myself living in a strange new city and unemployed. I suddenly had time to actually try new recipes rather than resorting to baked chicken breasts every night. Now I am no longer afraid of trying new recipes, and I meal plan every week.
I guess what I’m trying to say is– I am killing it at adulting. HAHAHAHAHA. Just kidding. Please don’t ask me to get the oil changed in the car. If I didn’t meal plan then we would be living on cereal and popcorn. Which I really wouldn’t mind, actually.
While I enjoy cooking, I also enjoy doing other things, like petting cats and working on our continuos project of a house. That’s why all of the recipes you’ll find below don’t require much prep. They also don’t have too many odd ingredients that you won’t find in your pantry, because I hate buying a food product that I will only use once and then will waste away in my fridge until I throw it away two months after it has expired.
I also have no idea how healthy/unhealthy any of these meals are, but I do know that most have lots of vegetables in them and that’s how I try to live my life: eat lots of vegetables to outweigh my cookie habit.
I considered taking my own photos of these recipes, but then I realized that my stove is usually rather messy and I don’t have pretty white countertops. So, let’s leave the photographs to the professionals, shall we?
Salad Sundays: Southwestern Chopped Salad by Damn Delicious
First off, it’s really surprising that my top favorite recipes includes a salad as I am allergic to about 95 percent of the items usually found inside of a salad. I left out the avocado (I’m allergic) when I made this dish for the monthly supper club. It still tastes good as leftovers (hello, work lunch!), but keep the tortilla strips separate if you want to eat it later. I have no idea how to use my food processor, so I used a blender to create the dressing instead, and it worked fine. I never thought I would be the kind of person who made salad dressing from scratch.
Meatless Mondays: Black Bean Spinach Enchiladas by the Garden Grazer
I try to sneak in at least one meatless meal once a week. Sometimes it’s just your standard spinach and mushroom quesadillas or the veggie frozen lasagna from Trader Joe’s. I am obsessed with these easy enchiladas that my sister shared with me a few months ago. Every time we make this meal, I get excited like a little kid– maybe because cumin and cilantro remind me of my childhood. Weird? Not if you grew up with Tex-Mex! The first time I made this recipe, I totally forgot the green onions and we still devoured the whole dish.
Taco Tuesday: One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet by Sweet C’s Designs
This dish promises cheese and it delivers. It also has tons of vegetables and lots of flavor. If you’re on a low carb diet, you can enjoy this meal without a taco shell or tortilla, or if you love carbs way too much and can never give them up (aka myself), then put this concoction on top of anything (I prefer taco shells). Hide all those vegetables under all that cheese and the kiddos won’t even know how many greens they are eating.
One Pot Wednesdays: One Pot Chicken and Potatoes by Let the Baking Begin
This meal is easy peasy and is great if you’re having someone over for dinner and don’t want to have to worry about cooking five different things. I am having a love affair with chicken thighs lately because they are cheap, easy, and juicy. I made this for my sister and brother-in-law and they enjoyed it. So that means you will too.
Travel Thursdays: Korean Beef by Lizzy Write
Ok, so you might need to buy some new items for this recipe- like sesame oil and fresh ginger- but you can use that sesame oil to jazz up any Asian cuisine and you could even use ground ginger in a jar. Enough excuses, just try this DELICIOUS recipe. You can skip the green onions, or use the leftover ones that you bought for the enchiladas.
Fancy Fridays: 5 Ingredient Lemon Chicken with Asparagus by Pinch of Yum
It’s Friday. Time to get fancy. This meal is pretty easy to make but manages to look very fancy. If you love citrus as much as me, then you’ll enjoy this recipe. The skin on the outside is just the right amount of crunchy thanks to the flour coating. If you don’t already own lemon pepper, get thee to the grocery store! It’s a great seasoning to have on hand for veggies. If you’re like, “whoa, this is not NEARLY fancy enough for my Fridays,” then check out this pork tenderloin recipe instead.
Skillet Saturdays: Skillet Pasta with Sausage by Taste and Tell Blog
One pot meal FTW. You can use any bag of frozen mixed veggies, I use one that doesn’t have peas because Brad dislikes peas (you can ask him why if you really need to know). I also like hardly ever garnish the dish with fresh parsley because who has fresh parsley just sitting around? Unless you do, then that’s cool and you should use it for this dish. This recipe also taught me that a block of parmesan is a great staple ingredient to have on hand.
1 Method to Make Your Meals More Delicious
Where you waiting for this? Are you mad that you had to scroll past photos of yummy food to get here? Sorry.
What’s my method for more delicious food? BRINING.
Pork chops are cheap, y’all. But I have always found them so dry. Then I started soaking them in salty water and BAM. We have arrived in Flavortown, USA. You can also brine chicken breasts and then cook them however you want.
Click here to learn how to brine pork chops and chicken breasts. Or watch the video below: