Easy Weeknight Meals
It’s 6 p.m. on a weeknight. You’ve worked an 8-hour day and sat in at least 30 minutes of traffic both ways – and you’re starving. You open your refrigerator and stare longingly wishing there was something edible before dialing your local pizza shop or Chinese restaurant. It’s the point of no return that we all know too well. And once you pass that point one time, it can turn into a habit that might not be the healthiest in the long run.
More than 20% of Americans set their New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight and eat healthier foods. Now that the clock has reset, it’s your time to take control of your meal planning. Breaking old, unhealthy habits can be difficult – so let’s start with some easy dinners that take little to no prep work and leave you full and happy.
Stock up your kitchen with these simple ingredients and then click the links below to see how these meals are prepared!
Mondays Are Rough: Eat Rigatoni
Total Time: 20 mins. Ingredients: 4 cups Tomato Sauce, 1 pound ground beef, 4 cups cooked rigatoni (about 2 1/2 cups uncooked pasta), 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided, Cooking spray, 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Taco Tuesday: The Easiest Tacos
Total Time: 15 mins. Ingredients: 1 lb. ground meat, ¾ c. water, 1 packet McCormick taco seasoning (or equivalent brand), 12 taco shells.
Halfway There! Wednesday: Tikki Masala Style Chicken and Veggies
Total Time: 20 mins. Ingredients: 2.5 cups diced chicken, ½ red onion or 2 shallots, finely sliced, 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered, 1 jar Patak’s Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce (or equivalent brand), 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, juice of ½ lemon (optional), salt, to taste, sugar, to taste, 1 tablespoon coriander, chopped
Thirsty Thursday: Buffalo Beer Can Chicken
Total Time: 60 mins. Ingredients: 1 can beer, 1 whole chicken, 1 tbsp. paprika, 1 tbsp. chili powder, 1 tbsp. salt, 1 tbsp. garlic powder, 1 tbsp. sugar, ½ c. hot sauce, ¼ c. butter.
Forgiveness Friday: Treat Yo’self
It’s important to change up your routine once or twice a week so you don’t get sick of cooking every night. With Friday being the start of the weekend, it’s a nice day to treat yourself to your favorite Grubhub order or go out to dinner with friends or your significant other. There’s always time to cook next week!
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