Hello and happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going well and you’re getting all the things done!
Wanted to hop on and share a few dinner ideas we’ve been loving lately. Dinner can be a tricky time for a lot of families. Kids are starving and acting crazy, parents are rushing home from work, and all of a sudden you have to figure out what to put on the table at a moment’s notice! I find that planning ahead is the biggest help for us, even if we don’t prep much. As long as I have a plan, I can go into the evening a little less stressed, and a little more prepared. I also want the dinners I make to be nutritious and have some leftovers for lunch the next day.
Here are a few ideas for quick, nutritious dinners that we’ve been loving at our house (i.e. toddler AND husband-approved).
Skinny taste’s Korean Grilled chicken w/ roasted stir fry veggies & rice
This meal takes a little bit more prep, in that you just need to make the sauce ahead of time to soak the chicken in. However, if you don’t have time to soak it, I’ve made this dish without soaking the chicken and just using it to cook the chicken in and it’s turned out great. The original recipe is HERE. I like to add a frozen mix of stir fry veggies and sauté them in a pan with the sauce and add some rice on the side. Makes a yummy dish that tastes like takeout, but provides a little more nutrient-dense food.
Roasted fish/shrimp w/ olive oil and balsamic vinegar with roasted asparagus & tomatoes
This may be one of my favorites as of late. I LOVE shrimp. I could eat it every single day and not get sick of it. Madeleine also loves shrimp, but Andrew does not, so I just make him some fish. I mix together some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder then toss the shrimp, fish, asparagus & tomatoes in it. I then put the fish and veggies on a pan and roast them at 425 for about 10 min. Then I toss the shrimp on the pan for another 5-10 min until they get pink. It’s a great sheet pan option, and you have dinner in about 20 minutes. You can also add rice on the side to make it a little more filling.
Homestyle chicken & veggies
This is one of Andrew’s favorites as one batch makes enough for dinner plus a few days of leftovers. I throw everything in the Instant Pot with the seasonings and in about 20 minutes, dinner is done. You can find the original recipe HERE.
Fish w/ olive oil & herb mix w/ roasted green beans & potatoes
Another sheet pan winner is this fish w/ olive oil and herb mix. I mix olive oil with parsley, dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Then spread that mixture on the fish. I then toss green beans and potatoes in the mixture until they’re coated. I roasted the potatoes first (since they’ll take the longer) at 425 for about 30 min, then I add the fish and green beans for another 10-15 min, until they’re cooked through.
Egg roll in a bowl
I got so many requests for the recipe I used after I posted this one on my Instagram. I used this recipe. This is a favorite in our house. I usually cook some rice to add to it, as it makes it more filling and helps the meal go longer (i.e. leftovers for lunches). Even Madeleine loves all the cabbage mixed with rice.
I try and keep things simple by providing a tasty protein of some kind along with a vegetable and some kind of starch to make the meal more filling, last longer, and cheaper. Rice and potatoes are great as they allow the meal to go longer and keep everyone full.
Hope this helps next time you need some inspiration for dinner time! Let me know if you try any of these and if your family approves!