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.
Keep 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
One 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
Breakfast 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
We 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