Quick Weeknight Dinner Ideas


In all honesty, I rarely remember to pull meat out of the freezer, prep veggies for the crock pot, or do anything that would avoid a night of Kraft Macaroni n’cheese shaped like Sponge Bob. However, I keep a few {fall back} recipes saved in Chrome to have when I’ve failed as a mom in the dinner department. They’re actually really good, and don’t involve too much effort, but taste delicious. Another plus? My toddler eats all of them. Win.

Jessica over at HowSweetEats nailed these chicken tacos and they’re so easy to make. Chicken thighs browned and in the oven, seasoned and shredded. Throw in tortillas, cheese, tomatoes, avocados, and chipotle lime crema sauce. Boom, dinner. I do, however, alter the crema recipe since it wasn’t quite my cup of tea. I used chiles in adobo sauce, sour cream, half/half, smoked paprika, chili powder, some salt and pepper. So good.

My husband found this recipe for sausage, peppers and onions and for someone who doesn’t ever eat that, it’s amazing. Ask my mom, #pickyeateraward. Throw them on some rolls with some of Trader Joe’s Aioli Garlic Mustard Sauce and it is HEAVENLY. Also, I may have used a whole jar of that sauce eating two separate batches of the sp+o. Oops.

[Photocredit: Husband]

Martha Stewart had this recipe for Pork Bolognese and again, for someone who hates meat sauce, it’s delicious. My toddler shovels bowls of this down for dinner. I did tweak the recipe because I’m related to my sister and that’s literally all she does. I skipped the celery, thyme, and added more bacon. It’s so good and it’s that perfect comfort food you need during the winter months.

Pork Bolognese

Last but not least, the recipe that people ask me for constantly. Like, all the time. Besides my risotto. This Chicken Lazone recipe is not for the diet followers. Butter, cream, chicken and spices make up this yummy dinner. I double the sauce so there’s plenty to drown your chicken in, and I’ve made it over garlic mashed potatoes, brown rice, and pasta. All winning options. It’s so quick and easy, you’d be surprised how flavorful it is with how few ingredients you use.

That’s it! Those are my quick favorite dinners (or late lunch) recipes that I love to throw together that everyone will like. Also, I did this entire post while my baby napped for 17 minutes and my daughter ate a popsicle. Just so you can tell, my mom game is strong.

What’s your favorite weeknight recipe for when you forget you have to feed other humans? Ideas  are appreciated, as are bottles of wine on my doorstep in exchange for risotto.




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