I know that a lot of you are busy. I know I am. But despite my packed schedule, I make dinner a priority. It is important to me to put good, homemade meals on the table (or in front of the TV if we’re being honest) for my husband, as well as for myself. After subsisting almost entirely on fettuccini alfredo for my six year college career, I look forward to experimenting with new recipes and trying out new things.
I know it is hard to get that home-cooked meal on the table at the end of a work day. That’s why I have quite a few go-to meals that are easy to prepare, and they taste good. I have compiled them into a list here, in case you’ve got a busy week coming up and need some inspiration. Plus, lists make my life easier.
All this meal requires of me is a little chopping in the morning. Dice up some onion and some cilantro, throw everything into the crock pot, and leave for work. It is so flavorful, you’d never guess that it practically makes itself.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but nachos are ridiculously easy to throw together after work. Line a pan with foil, season some black beans, and top the chips with beans, and anything else you like. 15 minutes in the oven and you’ve got a filling dinner that rivals any Mexican restaurant.
This is a recipe that I created to fill a need. I didn’t have time to make chicken and dumplings the way I was taught, but we just have to have them in the fall and winter. And sometimes the spring and summer, too. This is a crock pot recipe that was born out of a rather labor-intensive process. The only real prep it needs is to mix the dumpling dough before you leave, then drop it into the crock pot and let it cook for about an hour after you get home.
Pizza is the best way to be creative on a time crunch. I make the pizza dough in the evening, a day or two ahead of time, and throw whatever I have in the fridge on it, plus some cheese. There are several pizza recipes here on Wife Meets Life, in case you need some inspiration.
This is one I discovered recently. I Devote an entire day on the weekend to making ravioli. It is a labor-intensive process, but I make enough to eat for dinner, plus some to freeze. The frozen ravioli is what I fall back on when I have no idea what to have for dinner. It cooks in boiling water for 5 minutes, then you can add store-bought sauce, or whip up some alfredo sauce while the pasta is cooking. Easy, and it tastes like you spent hours making it. Which you did, just not that particular day.
I hope this list gives you some weeknight inspiration.
What are some of your go-to weeknight meals?