Every season, we hit a point where we’ve reached the dreaded food rut. We’ll ask our friends, What are you making for dinner these days? Bonus points for easy peasy! We’ll trade recipes back and forth, and we hold tight to the ones that we can recreate in 30 minutes or less.
Our go-to treads the line between seasons. It’s bright and fresh for spring and summer (thanks to the lemon and broccoli), and it’s also hearty and filing for fall and into winter (thanks to the pasta and bacon!). We originally found a variation of this recipe here, which uses zucchini noodles. We used zucchini once or twice, but for a more effortless meal, we sub with good ol’ spaghetti!
I always make extra for lunches in the following days, and we never, ever grow tired of this meal! Friends have asked for the recipe after first bite. Tip: Rather than wipe the skillet clean after the bacon, I toss the cooked noodles right into the bacon grease and nix the olive oil. And the saltier the cheese you grate on top – like pecorino romano – the better!
This is another round of Collective Q+A, a blog series focused on sharing voices other than our own to promote new ideas and encourage outside-of-the-box thinking. Today we’re asking: What is your go-to easy weeknight dinner?
One of our kids’ most favorite meals to request is “breakfast for dinner,” and the easiest most delicious choice for us is quiche! — Jessica Akemon
Jessica Akemon, @mrsjessicadarling | We are a big foodie fam over here, from authentic Thai meals, to stir fry on the blackstone, baked fish, or juicy burgers… anything goes in our home!
However, one of our kids’ most favorite meals to request is “breakfast for dinner,” and the easiest most delicious choice for us is quiche! Sometimes it’s a hodgepodge of whatever meats, veggies and cheeses we currently have in the fridge, using an organic, gluten free frozen pie crust, and other times it’s a buttery pie crust made from scratch kind of quiche. The best part is, you really can’t go wrong with quiche, and there are so many ways to make it!
This strawberry salad is delicious, but it’s also incredibly fast, super easy to make, and it’s absolutely gorgeous to look at. — Anthony Rodriguez
Anthony Rodriguez, 136 Home| Cooking is my happy place, aside from creating a beautiful home one detail at a time. For me, it’s both a creative outlet and an opportunity to take care of myself. Living in San Francisco, there’s never a lack of amazing and delicious places to grab a great meal. But there’s just something special about a home cooked dinner or lunch alfresco that makes my heart sing.
This strawberry salad is one of those go-to meals in my home time and time again. Of course it’s delicious, but it’s also incredibly fast, super easy to make, and it’s absolutely gorgeous to look at. What’s not to love? I’m obsessed with the fact that this salad calls for generous amounts of strawberries, fresh mozzarella, and crisp basil. It’s sweet and bursting with flavor. Just don’t forget some balsamic drizzle at the end and a dash of salt and pepper. That’s the magic!
This salad is substantial enough to be a full meal all on its very own, but it can also serve as an incredible first course to a paced dinner too. The choice is yours!
Meal planning can be a pain, so I love that we have one night already decided every week. — Blair Staky
Blair Staky, The Fox & She | Taco night! Every Tuesday we make tacos, or sometimes enchiladas or tostadas. Meal planning can be a pain, so I love that we have one night already decided every week.
My go-to recipe is crazy simple! Thin chicken breasts seasoned with adobo seasoning and a little smoked paprika. Just bake at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes and slice thin. We top with red cabbage tossed with lime, cilantro, red onion, guacamole and salsa. Our kids both love this night, which makes me happy!
Chicken smoked in our Traeger! It might sound like a fancy meal, but trust me, it requires very little prep. — Fariha Nasir
Fariha Nasir, Pennies for a Fortune | Our go-to easy weeknight dinner is chicken smoked in our Traeger! It might sound like a fancy meal but trust me, it requires very little prep and is a hands-off cooking situation. My husband, Hassaan, is the one who does all the grilling and smoking and the wood pellet grill is his favorite for easy meals. All he does is put some dry rub on skin-on chicken, and we use whatever we have on hand whether it’s cut up or a full bird.
He mixes in a roasted garlic seasoning mix by McCormick with a classic salt and pepper rub and in she goes at 450F for about 30 minutes. Make sure to pat dry the chicken before putting the seasoning on and season right before you’re putting it in the oven or wood pellet grill. If you’re making the chicken in an oven it’ll take longer, closer to 40 minutes. For the Traeger, Hassaan checks the temperature at about 20 minutes in and then goes from there.
For sides I usually do some potatoes and a salad – if it’s a rushed dinner (it pretty much always is haha) I just get a bag of frozen roasted potatoes and a bagged salad for a quick fix!
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