What’s for dinner? It’s always the golden question every night. Whether you’re low on time, money, or ingredients it’s easy to go straight to takeout or instant meals. These seem like quick fixes in order to get something on the table, but these choices add up in the long run. For example, spending $20 for pizza every week not only adds up on your wallet (at least an extra $80 a month) but also has long term health effects. We have some tips and recipes below to help give you convenient, healthy choices all week. Many of these kill two birds with one stone: they are quick to prep, easy to clean up, have simple ingredients and can be leftovers for later.

 

Batch Cook

Make the most of your time in the kitchen by using the rule of “cook once, eat twice”. Some of our recipes, like our Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps or Grilled Balsamic Chicken, can be made on at the beginning of the week and re-purposed throughout the week for a variety of lunch and dinner recipes. If you are typically short on time, take advantage when you can meal prep and double your recipe, freeze the extra items for a quick meal whenever you need it! We recommend doing this with breakfast recipes too!

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Vegan Black Bean Sliders with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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Eggplant Pizza

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Grilled Balsamic Chicken Salad

 

Breakfast for Dinner

Who says breakfast is only to be eaten in the morning? Eggs are the perfect main ingredient to a variety of dishes and they are easy to prepare. Eggs are also fairly inexpensive and keep in the fridge for quite a while, about a month. Omelets, frittatas, and quiches are great vessels for any leftover veggies in your fridge. Check out our favorite recipes below.

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Caprese Omelet

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Double Swiss Quiche

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Spring Vegetable Frittata

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“Blink and It’s Ready” Breakfast Sandwich

 

Crockpot and One Pot Meals

We love the ease of throwing recipe ingredients all in one pot and calling it a day. Not only does this make dinner prep and cooking faster it also saves on cleanup time (I love disposable crockpot liners!).  Again, double the recipe and freeze the leftovers!

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Indian Inspired Vegetable Barley Soup

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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Quinoa Chili

 

Easy Prep

Recipes where the main components require little to no prep are winners in my book! Sauces are great to have on hand to top pastas, homemade pizzas, and veggies. Easy prep is also essential to having great side dishes as well. The simpler the recipe, the easier it is to get your veggies in!

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Quick Kale Almond Pesto

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Try our 10 minute Pesto Pizza!

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Blackened Fish Tacos

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3 Ingredient Carrot Fries

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Italian 3 Bean Salad

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Low Sodium Tomato Sauce

 

To wrap up all these recipes, below is a guide to to balancing and re-purposing some of our recipes:

Day Dinner
Monday Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Tuesday Spaghetti Squash with Kale Almond Pesto
Wednesday Double Swiss Quiche
Thursday 10-minute Pesto Pizza (Top with Buffalo Chicken if you have leftovers!)
Friday Breakfast for Dinner with Caprese Omelette

 

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