I have always been a fan of easy dinners, especially since I am sometimes eating dinner alone. It is always more exciting and better making/sharing dinner with someone else! For me, easy dinners are defined as having few and/or on hand ingredients, and take little time to make.
Here are some examples of easy dinners I’ve made that don’t necessarily require a recipe:
- roasted vegetables & a grain: it is easy to just get out a large (casserole-sized) baking dish, toss veggies in oil, salt and pepper, and then throw the whole thing in a preheated (400-425ish) oven for just a few (15-20) minutes. I like serving the veggies over pasta, and to make it healthier, and for more protein, you could serve it over brown rice or quinoa. Play around with the veggie combos: squash, peppers, carrots, onion, garlic, broccoli, etc. Make it with a different grain: pasta, rice, quinoa, farro, etc.
- salads: basic components of a salad are just as simple as the above-mentioned roasted veggies & a grain. just swap out roasted veggies for fresh, replace the grain with a lettuce (although some grains, such as qunioa make for a good texture addition). Again, play around with the basics to make this meal exciting every time! Want more protein? Add tuna, chopped or shredded chicken or beef. A simple splash of oil & vinegar make for a fresh salad dressing.
- Related recipe I’ve made (and liked): Tacos with Roasted Vegetables and Red Cabbage Slaw
Other recipes I’ve made recently that are easy and result in some awesome leftovers:
- Farro risotto with mushrooms
- Spinach soup with garlic thyme croutons
- Roasted acorn squash soup (with homemade croutons)
Basically, I am a fan of “set it and forget it” recipes that make a lot of portions so as to not have to worry about lunch the next day! ;)
What are your favorite easy dinners? Share with me in the comments!