What are you cooking for dinner tonight?

May, 11 2023 0

Quick and Easy Weeknight Favorites

After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen trying to figure out what to make for dinner. That's why I've compiled a list of my go-to quick and easy weeknight favorites that are perfect for those nights when you're short on time, but still want to whip up a delicious meal. I promise, these dishes are so tasty and satisfying, you'll never believe they can be prepared in under 30 minutes!

One of my favorite quick and easy dishes is a simple pasta with cherry tomatoes, garlic, and fresh basil. Just cook your favorite pasta according to the package instructions, then toss it with a quick sauce made from sautéed garlic, halved cherry tomatoes, and a generous handful of chopped fresh basil. Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and you've got a delicious meal that's ready in no time!

Another weeknight winner in my household is chicken and vegetable stir-fry. Start by chopping up your favorite veggies (I like to use bell peppers, onions, and broccoli) and thinly slicing some boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Heat a bit of oil in a large skillet or wok, then stir-fry the chicken and veggies until they're cooked through. Add a simple sauce made from soy sauce, honey, and a touch of cornstarch, and cook until the sauce thickens. Serve over steamed rice for a flavorful and nutritious dinner.

Comfort Food Classics

Sometimes, you just need a little comfort food to help you unwind after a long day, and I've got you covered with some of my favorite comforting dinner ideas. These dishes are warm, hearty, and oh-so-satisfying - perfect for when you need a little pick-me-up at the end of the day.

For a taste of Southern comfort, you can't go wrong with a classic shrimp and grits recipe. Start by cooking up some creamy, cheesy grits according to the package instructions, then top them with a mixture of sautéed shrimp, bacon, and green onions. Finish the dish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice for a truly mouthwatering meal.

Another comforting classic in my kitchen is homemade chicken pot pie. While this dish may seem intimidating, it's actually quite simple to prepare. Start by sautéing some diced chicken, carrots, celery, and onions in a bit of butter until they're tender, then stir in some flour and chicken broth to create a thick and creamy sauce. Pour the mixture into a pie dish, top with a sheet of store-bought puff pastry, and bake until golden brown and bubbly. Trust me, your whole family will love this comforting, hearty meal.

Vegetarian Delights

If you're looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your dinner rotation, look no further than these delicious and satisfying vegetarian dinner ideas. These dishes are packed with flavor and nutrients, and are sure to please even the most dedicated carnivores in your family.

One of my go-to vegetarian meals is a hearty lentil and vegetable curry. Start by sautéing some diced onion, garlic, and ginger in a bit of oil until they're fragrant, then add in some diced carrots, cauliflower, and canned lentils. Stir in your favorite curry paste and a can of coconut milk, and let the mixture simmer until the vegetables are tender and the flavors have melded together. Serve over steamed rice or with warm naan bread for a delicious, plant-based meal.

Another vegetarian favorite in my household is stuffed bell peppers. Simply cut the tops off of some bell peppers, and remove the seeds and ribs. In a separate bowl, mix together cooked rice, black beans, corn, salsa, and a bit of shredded cheese, then spoon the mixture into the hollowed-out peppers. Top with a bit more cheese, and bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is hot and bubbly. This dish is so flavorful and satisfying, you won't even miss the meat!

International Flavors

Why not take your taste buds on a culinary adventure by exploring some delicious international dinner ideas? These dishes are inspired by the flavors and ingredients of different cuisines from around the world, and are sure to add some excitement to your weeknight dinner routine.

For a taste of the Mediterranean, try your hand at making homemade falafel. These crispy, golden chickpea fritters are surprisingly easy to make, and are perfect for serving in warm pita bread with a dollop of tzatziki sauce, some chopped cucumber and tomato, and a handful of fresh lettuce. Trust me, your family will be begging for this delicious, plant-based dinner on a regular basis!

If you're craving the flavors of the Far East, why not whip up a batch of homemade pad Thai? This classic Thai noodle dish is made with rice noodles, bean sprouts, tofu, and a tangy and sweet tamarind sauce. Top with crushed peanuts, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice for a truly authentic and delicious meal that's sure to impress.

Family-Friendly Favorites

When it comes to pleasing picky eaters, I know that it can be a challenge to find dinner ideas that the whole family will enjoy. That's why I've compiled a list of some tried-and-true family favorites that are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

One of my go-to family-friendly meals is homemade pizza. Start by whipping up a quick and easy pizza dough (or use store-bought dough if you're short on time), then let everyone in the family choose their favorite toppings. Whether you keep it simple with cheese and pepperoni, or get creative with veggies and unique ingredients, this is a fun and interactive way to get everyone involved in making dinner.

Another crowd-pleaser in my household is taco night. Simply brown some ground beef or turkey, and season with your favorite taco seasoning. Set out an array of toppings like shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream, and let everyone build their own perfect taco. For a fun twist, try setting up a taco salad bar or a DIY nacho station instead. The possibilities are endless, and everyone is sure to find something they love!