I’m sure everyone has those days when making the extra effort to cook up an elaborate meal is just not an option. Trust me, I know. That’s me. EVERYDAY. I enjoy cooking, but I like eating even more, so the sooner I can cut to the chase, the better.
I’ve compiled a list of a few dinner ideas that are fast and simple to make – perfect for a busy weeknight.
1. Soba Noodles with Ginger Scallion Sauce – A fresh and light vegetarian meal. Play around with the measurements to suit your taste. I like an extra squeeze of honey, a bit more sesame oil and little less scallions.
2. Herbed Turkey Burgers – These burgers are really flavorful and they’re a hit with guests (so far, just my parents and Bob’s friends). I’m always more generous with the spices than what the recipe calls for.
3. Chicken Parm Bake – People give me funny looks when I tell them there’s no breading or frying in this recipe. I know, I was skeptical too. And now, it’s my one of favorite things to eat. Try it with homemade tomato sauce and extra garlic – because always extra garlic.
4. Marinated Tuna Steaks (with a roasted veggie on the side and a salad) – Just as filling and tasty as a regular steak, but with omega-3s. I only sear the tuna for 2-3 minutes on each side for a rare middle.
5. Kale and Walnut Pesto (or any kind of pesto) – A regular in my kitchen. Super healthy, super tasty and if the kale is bought in the winter, super cheap.
6. Shrimp en Papillote – Cooking in parchment is fun! Once it’s done, you have to carefully unravel the parchment, kind of like how you would unwrap a delicate gift. And no dishes to do afterwards! If you’re not counting the dish you eat on, of course.
7. And speaking of parchment, this Baked Salmon with Lemon I like to make once in a while, if not once a week (wild salmon can be pricey). Sometimes, I sub the olive oil for butter. Okay, who am I kidding? I always use butter for this.
As you can probably tell, these meals have been tried, tested and thumbs-upped by yours truly. Maybe you can take an idea or two from here and bring it to your own kitchen. Or if you have any easy dinner suggestions of your own, I’d be happy to read them (links are welcome!). I’m always looking for some fresh ideas.