Yep, another weeknight dinner ideas post. I love doing these because we all need ideas! I am always looking for more ideas to mix things up, so be sure to leave your favorite dinners to cook or links to your recipes below!
Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
I always used to associate soups with being complicated and time consuming, but this is semi-homemade cooking at it’s finest. Honestly, if you are ok with using boxed or canned chicken broth, chicken soup is a no brainer and a sure-fire crowd pleaser. We always have some cooked chicken on hand for some reason or another- sometimes I even buy the packages of pre-cooked chicken for extra lazy days… Sauté whatever vegetables you have on hand (onion, celery, carrots, frozen veg, etc!), pour in the broth, add the chicken and heat through. We make a lot of rice for meal prep and sometimes add that to soup or cook the noodles right in the pot. If you want to skip the starch, you totally can too!
Yes, I already mentioned this recipe from Add a Pinch in my last post, but I cooked it twice so I figured it was worth mentioning twice, right? Plus, every weeknight meal post needs a crock pot recipe. I used pork instead of beef because that’s what we bought that week, it worked just fine! Add in some mushrooms, carrots and onion (like us) and make it a meal! Sweet potatoes and potatoes would be an awesome addition too.
My favorite kinds of casseroles are the kinds where you combine already cooked things and throw them in the oven until it’s heated through. For this “Mexican-Inspired” casserole, cook some rice then take some leftover or pre-cooked chicken or beef and whatever vegetables you have on hand. I sautéed some peppers and onions and found a can of corn and black beans in the pantry. Layer the rice, meat, veggies and cheese then throw in the oven at 400 for 15 minutes or until heated through!
Soy Glazed Salmon with Edamame
The best part of this recipe is that actually the shorter you marinate it, the better! What a nice change. I don’t like over-marinated salmon. For the marinade just combine, soy sauce, brown sugar or honey, garlic and rice wine vinegar if you have it. Bake it at 450 for about 10 minutes. Serve with some rice and edamame (my new favorite protein-packed veggie that we buy frozen and my whole family devours), and you’ve got yourself a real Asian-style meal straight out of your favorite restaurant.
As I always say with my weeknight meal idea posts, get your butt out of the house and go out to eat. It’s Friday, I’m pretty sure that you and your kitchen probably deserve it by now 😉
Remember, tell me what are your go-to weeknight meals? I am always in need of more ideas!
If you want any detailed recipes from this post (aka measurements and all that stuff I love to eyeball), just ask and I’d be happy to share!