I will be the first to admit that coming up with healthy, creative dinner ideas is not my strong suit. I want to meal plan, I really do. But following through with it is a whole nother story. Lately, though, I’ve been better (Ok, I’ve been better since we moved into our new house a few weeks ago…I can’t let a kitchen like this go to waste!!). Meal planning saves time, it saves money and it’s a huge relief knowing that you have food for the week.
I went shopping late last week and got enough meals to last us through tomorrow. The girls and I have enjoyed our days at home without having to run errands every morning, we’ve gone on long walks, made cookies and I’ve had dinner going by the time my husband comes home each night. I’ve realized I actually do enjoy cooking, it’s just all the work that has to happen before the actual cooking takes place (meal planning, shopping, spending money, etc.).
So, what have I been making lately?!
While I’m no gourmet chef, I thought I would share some of my go-to dinners and some simple, yet very tasty, meals I’ve made in the past few weeks. I love seeing what other people eat for dinner as I way to get ideas for myself, and I’m sure I’m not the only one out there!
Simple meal ideas on a budget
Turkey sloppy joe’s on Hawaiian rolls
Super easy – ground turkey, one packet sloppy joe seasoning, 1 can tomato paste, Hawaiian rolls. You could serve with sliced pineapple!
Baked jerk chicken with sweet potatoes and onions
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts marinated in Caribbean Jerk marinade for an hour or so. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Chop sweet potatoes and onion and cook for around 30 minutes. Add chicken and cook another 30 minutes.
Pesto pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and roasted asparagus
This was a huge hit! My girls (surprisingly) gobbled up two platefuls each! Recipe here.
One-pan Mexican quinoa
The quinoa took forever to cook (says 20 minutes, took me about 42) but it was a good meal! Recipe here.
Newman’s Own frozen pepperoni pizza
Newman’s Own frozen pizzas are the best!!
Costco spicy sausage frozen lasagna
One package is about $15 and comes with two lasagnas. We buy this once every two weeks and it makes for easy, delicious dinners with leftovers!
Meatballs with marinara sauce & a side of green beans
We buy frozen meatballs for cheap and add marinara sauce and serve with a side of green beans. Super easy and the girls love it!
Baked chicken with rice or couscous
This is probably one of my biggest “go-to” meals. It’s easy, filling and you can change up the flavors. I love putting a little olive oil on the chicken and seasoning w/ salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder.
Do you have any favorite go-to dinner ideas?! I’d love to know!!