Easy weeknight meals

  • Roast a chicken early in the week for chicken leftovers to use all week (in noodle soup, quesadillas, enchiladas, salad, fajitas, or casserole)

Pasta with tuna red sauce (sauce made with oil-packed quality tuna, canned diced tomato, herbs (think basil, chili flakes, parsley, oregano)


Turkey Meatloaf with quick buttermilk mashed potatoes (boil potato cubes in water, drain, add buttermilk and mash)


Tomato meatball pasta bake (boil pasta al dente, add canned tomatoes, frozen meatballs, basil, oregano, sprinkle with grated cheese, cover and bake for 45 minutes or until hot)


Salmon cakes with quinoa (mix canned salmon with one egg, breadcrumbs, salt/pepper, and herbs (dill, parsley, etc). Form into patties and fry in a little oil until crispy brown. Cook quinoa following instructions on box. Only takes 15 minutes!)


Sweet potato oven fries (slice into fingers, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake on cookie sheet at 400 for 30 minutes.)


Braised white fish with tomato and onion (braise fresh fish with a can of tomatoes and a sliced onion, adding vegetables if desired. Fennel, zucchini, peppers, capers, or olives are great!)


Sopa (small noodles, diced tomato, broth, vegetable, optional: meat)


Baked chicken teriyaki with rice and simple stir-fry (sauce: ½ cup soy sauce, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon both fresh ginger and garlic. Cover chicken pieces with sauce and bake. For stir-fry: sauté frozen bagged stir-fry mix with soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic)


Crockpot soup/stews (pull out that old pot and search for recipes online. The possibilities are endless! Start it in the morning and have dinner ready when you get home!)


Casseroles (Our moms and grandmas had something! Great and easy way to get dinner on the table. Toss some grain, protein, vegetable and sauce together in a pan and bake. Check online for ideas)


Chicken/fish with TJ’s sauce (sauté chicken/fish with on of the various jarred sauces, cooking some rice or quinoa while it heats.)


Easy layered enchiladas (Layer tortillas with cheese and/or meat, and sauce, topping off with cheese. The canned enchilada sauce comes in handy here.)


Braised chicken breast with mushrooms and easy baked polenta (braise chicken with mushroom, white wine and 1 cup of broth. For polenta: combine ¾ cup course cornmeal with 3 cups water in covered dish. Bake 30 minutes. Add splash of milk, salt/pepper, parmesan cheese and enjoy!)


Tortellini pasta salad (add vegetables and some vinaigrette to cooked tortellini)


Soba noodles with peanut sauce and spinach (sauce: can coconut milk, ½ cup peanut butter, ¼ cup soy sauce. Boil noodles, add warmed sauce and fresh spinach.)

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