Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals

  • Pin It
  • print
  • email to a friend
By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Lather, rinse, repeat. Right?

Coming up with weeknight meals, especially for those of us on the go or chained to an office desk can seem like a daunting task. It’s easy to get stuck in the same rut of takeout or microwaveable meals.

Paula and the Test Kitchen have come up with four easy tips to help you become a weeknight mealtime warrior.

imageKeep it Simple
Let’s face it. After spending eight or more hours at work, the last thing we want to do is to come home and spend another portion of our day slaving away in the kitchen. Your weeknight meals don’t have to gourmet, so keep it simple! Here are some quick recipes to get you started:
Hurry Up Chicken Pot Pie
Fast and Furious Thai Chicken Pizza
Walk Away Baked Spaghetti

imageOne Pot Wonders
Furthermore, not only are we not keen on spending all of our time cooking, we’re also not looking forward to spending all evening cleaning up after dinner either. Take it from us, one dish meals will really save you time and money when you’re preparing weeknight meals, which will give you more time to spend with your family.
Chicken Chili Stew
Quick Crab Stew
Tastes Like Lasagna Soup

imageBreakfast for Dinner
Take it easy! Offer your family one night a week where breakfast is on the menu! Most breakfast dishes are a flash to prepare and don’t take a lot of preparation.  We’ve got some quick and easy breakfast dishes that will have you sitting at the table in no time.
Omelette for a Crowd
Hash Brown Quiche
Sausage Pancake Egg Sandwich

imageWe Love Leftovers!
…and we’re not talking about yesterday’s microwaved meatloaf, either! (Although, Paula’s meatloaf recipe is one of the staples in our kitchen.) We’re talking about a good old-fashioned dinner remix. Take last night’s leftovers and reinvent them to become a second (or sometimes third) completely different and absolutely delicious meal.
Pot Roast into Pot Roast Soup
Buffalo Chicken Po Boys
Baked Ham into Simple Southern Ham and Bean Soup
Prime Rib Sandwich
Grilled Tilapia into Creamy Coconut Soup
Ham Fried Rice

Read More From Recipe Collection.

You May Also Like These Blogs:

You May Also Like These Recipes:

Leave a Comment

Reader Comments:

54321

Paula i love you !!!

By Amanda Valentine on January 06, 2014

54321

I love your recipes and your cookbooks will always be in my kitchen.

By Carletta Kennedy Thomas on January 03, 2014

54321

Thanks for sharing....I have several of your cookbooks and I use them daily. Your sweet potato casserole is a family favorite!

By Mary Parrish on January 02, 2014

54321

Enjoy your recipes always

By Anonymous on January 02, 2014

54321

Is awesome meal and love to cook.

By mary castillo on January 02, 2014

54321

I love your recipes, have been a fan of yours for a long time. Can you send me a good recipe for Potato Soup?

By Cindy Goddard on January 02, 2014

54321

I made your Butter Bean soup and we loved it. All of your recipes are easy and very delicious.

By Anonymous on January 02, 2014

43211

so very good on cold night

By wanda leck on January 02, 2014

54321

I made your Southern greens for New Years day. My husband who is from Texas absolutely loved them. He said they were like his MawMaws. I finally had to tell it was a good thing that Paula shares her recipes. Now let's hope they bring him good fortune. Thanks for coming to my rescue.

By Sue Williams on January 02, 2014

43211

Love all the food you present

By Annette Crawford on January 02, 2014

54321

I just love you and a lot of your favorite receipts you are awesome.

By teri lesher on January 02, 2014

54321

Dear Paula I need advice to what I can eat.I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes .My Doctor has give me a pill and told me to control my sugar with diet could you recommend a menu and links to recipes and best product .I do not like artificial sweeteners but it was not bad in my coffee.I would appreciate your advice.Thank you so much for your time and down home recipes.

By Cathy Parks on January 02, 2014

54321

PAULA, I HAVE BEEN A GREAT FAN OF YOURS FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND NOTHING WILL OR CAN EVER CHANGE THAT! I USE LOTS OF YOUR RECIPES THAT I'VE HAD FOR THESE SEVERAL YEARS. DON'T EVER STOP DOING WHAT YOU DO! LOVE YOU GIRL!

By jacktharp@msn.com on January 02, 2014

54321

Love all of the recipes I have tried from the many cook books I have Paula and I love too!

By Helen Ashley on October 19, 2013

54321

Hey Paula i am 17 years old i have been cooking for 4 years. i use ur recipes all the time but sometimes i like to experiment. i have been accept to Johnson ans wales university for culinary arts. you are my role model. I have to give all credit to you thanks you are my inspiration.

By Allen Wheeler on October 02, 2013

54321

We love you Paula..... You got the raw end of the deal. And we do believe you were set up. We will never stop visiting your website and thank you for being such an inspiration to us and our children.. Love always, Melanie fugate

By Melanie Fugate on September 30, 2013

54321

love every thing she makes recipes for crock pot.

By THERESA LINDEMANN on September 28, 2013

54321

Paula, I love your recipes, over 3 years ago I found I had diabetes, so I hated to give up my southern foods, so I began using splenda and honey when the recipes called for sugar, and lite brown sugar for the flavor I was trying to maintain. I hope your new products come out with soulfoof seasoning. I currently use a dollar store brand, but it would be nice to be able to your get your products. Love you, have been watching for about 10 years. You are looking good, keep it up. Say hello to Michael.

By Margaret Myers on June 11, 2013

54321

Tuna burger sound very good to me. Paula deen i like to meet you and want to see you. and i to talke you

By Donna on February 15, 2013

54321

Those that judge you do not walk in your shoes. I love that you can be yourself and do not care what people think. You are beautiful within and out. If everyone were like you, this would be a better and happier world. There will always be those that will have a superior attitude and these people will always be critical of others. We love you Paula . . .your wonderful personality is infectious and would love to meet you.

By Mary B on March 05, 2012

image
Paula Deen
Paula Deen
The Lady's Blog
The Queen of Southern Cuisine muses about her recipes, life and family. See Posts

Brooke Deen
Brooke Deen
Deen Mother
Advice on raising two boys (three counting Jamie). See Posts

Brandon Branch
Brandon Branch
Southern Style
Decorating Inspiration from Paula's Design Director. See Posts

Julia Sayers
Julia Sayers
Hot off the Press
Step behind the pages and let the Associate Editor of Cooking with Paula Deen fill you in on what goes into creating every issue. See Posts

Lisa Scarbrough
Lisa Scarbrough
Thrift Store Mommy
Mom on a dime advice from Paula's Digital Properties Manager. See Posts

Andrea Goto
Andrea Goto
Mom 2.0
Tips from a real-world mom with comedic tendencies. See Posts

Martha Lee
Martha Lee
Earth Mother
Practical, earth-conscious ways to live and parent in the 21st century. See Posts

Susan Greene a.k.a BUBBLES
Susan Greene a.k.a BUBBLES
Bubbles' Corner
Ideas and advice from a 21st Century young at heart Grandmother. See Posts

Cindy Edwards
Cindy Edwards
Southern Proper
Etiquette advice from a true Southern belle. See Posts

image

hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm