(Closed) Weeknight meal ideas?

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
1628 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

Hmm I’m not sure if you guys are vegetarian or not but if you aren’t you usually can’t go wrong with chicken baked potato and salad or steamed vegetable of your choice. Because I am pregnant and too sick to cook like usual we put all of our chicken or meat of choice in foils in the freezer and store it. You can also soak it in some sort of light dressing before you store it too for flavour. Sometimes we freeze it with a small amount of butter on top too. It gives me different flavours since I’m the one who gets bored with food.

Then when you cook it while you pre heat the oven you can wash a baked potato or two and stick them in foil in the oven and cook it with the chicken. We usually do ours for a  hour and 10 but your mileage may vary ๐Ÿ™‚ Add your salad or steamed veg and other than the potato it’s not too bad and super easy. If you don’t want the potato it can be skipped. Just make more chicken or salad ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 3
77 posts
Worker bee

We have the same problem and tend to end up cooking the same meals every week! Gets quite hard to mix it up, we do like quite a lot of pasta dishes which are quick and easy.

home made carbonara – made with Philadelphia, salad or bread on the side

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/super-smoky-bacon-tomato-spaghetti – this is a delicious pasta dish and so easy to make with very little ingredients

home made curry, search google and there are loads of easy simple recipes that don’t take long.

Stir fry’s are quick and easy also healthy

do you have a slow cooker? Could put a joint of meat in and it would be ready when you get home, this could then be used for a few meals over a few days?

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/quick-and-healthy – if you have a look on here this could maybe give some insipiration? I love this website as the dishes are usually very simple to create 

hope that gives some options for you ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 6
9437 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016


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zoey830 :  The drumsticks are one of my husband’s favorite recipes, he’s always asking me to make it.

Post # 7
30399 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We use a steamer regularly. Start a chciken breast or piece of fish, then add some veggies when it’s half way done.

Another lazy or quick day idea, we nuke a yam in the microwave, top with some broccoli and either salsa or a small amount of cheese.

Post # 8
237 posts
Helper bee

One of our favorite healthy, easy meals is Zucchini noodle “pasta.” You can by already spiralized zuchinni at Whole Foods or do it yourself. And we just throw our favorite pasta sauce on the top and call it a day. Not very exciting, but great when you are exhausted after work and don’t want to cook anything labor intensive lol. If you like Indian food, we also love vegetable korma. It’s easy to make and vegetarian. Theres a bunch of different recipes on Pinterest. And this isn’t very healthy, but my DH’s favorite easy meal is chicken tacos. You just throw some chicken breasts in the slow cooker with a jar of salsa and taco seasoning and cook it until it’s suoer tender, and then just shred it and make tacos out of it (you could do like burrito bowls or something a little healthier if you want.) They are so good and super simple to throw together. 

Post # 9
719 posts
Busy bee

We use the slow cooker a lot! It’s easy to do healthy soups and stews. Also if we buy a rotisserie chicken we will use that for a few dinners through the week. Chicken carbonara, chicken quesadillas and chicken Caesar salad. 

Post # 10
3383 posts
Sugar bee

Commenting to follow ๐Ÿ˜Š

Post # 11
1037 posts
Bumble bee

Have you considering trying a menu planning service? I use eMeals (around $60 a year) and it’s a lifesaver. You get to choose a meal plan (ex: clean eating, vegetarian, classic foods, etc…) and you get 7 recipes per week. You choose the recipes you want and it puts a shopping list together for you. It’s made menu planning a snap for me and I no longer dread that question of “What’s for dinner?”

Post # 12
6232 posts
Bee Keeper

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zoey830 :  We made a chart listing meals we liked in different food areas – vegetarian, fish, chicken, beef, soup, etc.  When we can be bothered, it really helps us come up with ideas.

In the meantime – buy a precooked rotisserie chicken.  Serve the first night as-is with a veggie (broccoli or green beans for us) and mashed potatoes or stuffing.  Cut up the leftovers.  Serve later in the week on a salad, curried with carrots and rice, with pasta and spinach/tomato, diced on a baked potato, chicken quesadillas with pico and guacamole… you get the idea.  We can usually get 3 meals (for 2) off the chickens at our local store.

Post # 13
1814 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

Vegetarian lasagna can be a possibility, chilli in a slow cooker is another possibilty

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