Hey guys! I wanted to share a round-up with you today that was partly inspired by your requests and a conversation I had with Mr. BB this last weekend. We were out and about pushing the limits on dinner time and found ourselves in the standard issue: pick-up take-out or whip something up at home. My natural reaction is to eat at home: I know it is healthier and more cost-effective to do so (plus, we always have something ready to go in the fridge). But, I also know that is not the norm, nor is it for Mr. BB.
The situation brought to mind questions I receive from the community here around what ingredients to keep on hand for dinner on the ready, how to stick to a budget and great easy, healthy recipes. I hear ya! Once you tackle these hurdles, you’re more likely to cook at home.
Today we are talking recipes. I always keep chicken breasts, fish, ground beef or turkey in the freezer and beans in the cupboard, that way I’m able to tackle dinner on a busy night.
Here are some of my favorite 30-minute recipes with minimal ingredients but awesome flavor:
Warm and comforting like a big Italian meal without the carb-load. Chicken is dressed up with a few high-flavor ingredients (that are likely in your fridge!) in under 30-minutes. The dish serves four, so feed your family or save the extra for lunch the next day.
This was the first 30-minute meal that truly blew me away for two reasons; one, the flavor achieved in such a short amount of time and second, the fact a soup can come together in a flash. For some reason, I always think soups and stews are all-day dishes. And some are, but thanks to a few shortcuts, this recipe will fool anyone.
Speaking of comfort, meatballs are a great option for weeknights. In the time it takes the oven to come to temperature, your mixture will be ready to pop in. Within 20 minutes, dinner is ready. Use those minutes to steam a vegetable as a side. Dinner done.
Sheet pan meals are all the rage. And what is not to love? Much like a crockpot, you add everything into one place, cook and forget about it until the bell signals it is time to eat. Another classic – Skinny Taste. Gina is an OG in the blogging world and an amazing creator – I have not met a recipe of her’s that I did not love. <— no joke. So picking one was tough. One thing Gina does better than others is take a few ingredients and make them into a wow dish. So, while a sheet pan dinner may be basic these days, Gina kills it.
One ingredient I always have in my pantry is beans. Beans are awesome: they add bulk to any dish or can be the star of the show. At an awesome price point and easy to keep on hand, there is no reason to snub beans. Stuffed peppers are a great way to turn beans into something out of this world. I make several variations on stuffed peppers because the recipe is really forgiving. But peppers and quinoa with some spices are staples. The dish is super hearty yet light. This is one of Mr. BB’s favorite meatless dishes!
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What are your favorite weeknight recipes? Share your favorite links or pins!