I am in no way a food blogger, but I spend a fair amount of time experimenting in the kitchen. We live in a small town so I need simple and easy-to-find ingredients. I will stop by Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s a couple of times a month when we’re in Louisville, but otherwise need readily available meat and other products. We cook every night (aside from the occasional night out) and it’s important to me to provide healthy options that we both enjoy. I’m also not a health expert (obviously) and don’t measure or count out every single calorie and gram of fat. That being said, here are a few meals that are relatively easy and quick that we cook often:
I am a big fan of Mexican food (who isn’t?) and make classic fajitas regularly. I still love tortilla shells but I wanted to lower the damage a little. I used this recipe, but substituted thin-sliced chicken breasts (shortens the prep time) and added onions. I also managed to roll the chicken without the aid of toothpicks. #blessed They were delicious and filling! I serve these with cilantro lime cauliflower rice – I cook Trader Joe’s cauliflower rice and mix in cilantro and lime. A quick and delicious side!
Roasted Turkey Sausage and Veggies
This is one of my absolute favorite meals and you can add whatever you have in the fridge. I generally buy a package of turkey smoked sausage and add mini sweet peppers, onions, and whatever potatoes I have on hand (I prefer sweet potatoes). I’m not one to measure, but here’s what I do: I cut up the turkey sausage, potatoes, peppers, and onions, and put them on a pre-lined cookie sheet. I pour a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over them (this is my favorite) and add garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper or Tony Chachere’s seasoning. I cook it on 425 for around 25-35 minutes – I like mine a little burnt. You could also add zucchini, squash, broccoli, banana peppers, or anything else you have on hand!
Whole wheat thin spaghetti and veggies
I’m such a carb lover that I don’t even care about sauce – give me all the pasta instead! We only do pasta a couple of times a month. I try to limit our intake, even though it’s one of our favorite meals. Adulting. I sauté zucchini, spinach, artichokes, and tomatoes (and anything else I might have on hand) in a little olive oil and garlic and mix in the cooked pasta. Sprinkle a little feta or parmesan on top and you have a meal.
This is arguably more of a fall or winter dish and became one of our favorites this year. I prefer mine stuffed with brown rice, but I add spicy Italian sausage to J’s (and will occasionally add it to mine, too). I always make four peppers so I can have leftovers for lunch the following day. They’re even better warmed up, believe it or not!
I do a very similar dish to this recipe, only I cut down on the olive oil and season with Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning. I try not eat potatoes too often, but this is an easy dish that I can throw together quickly that J loves. I’m not a big green beans fan but they’re delicious in this recipe.
We also grill a lot this time of year. We generally grill seafood, like salmon, scallops, and tilapia. Typically we’ll do one of the aforementioned meats with a salad or other side, such as roasted sweet potatoes (I slice and cook them in the oven with garlic and cayenne pepper), zucchini and squash, or, my new favorite, crack broccoli.
What are your favorite quick meals? Share your recipes below!
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