If you are like me you dread the nearing of dinner time. Why can’t going out to eat be healthy and inexpensive? I enjoy making food for my family, but I just don’t have much time! With a lot of research and a little bit of preparation you can overcome the dinner time woes. Below I have 5 of my go to meals listed with instructions. What are your favorite quick and easy dinners? I am building a repertoire so please share in the comments!
Avocado grilled cheese & Kale chips – Inspiration from 100DaysofRealFood.com
Whole Wheat Bread
White Cheddar Cheese – I prefer the sharp variety
- Spread a small amount of coconut oil on each slice of bread
- Put two slices of white cheddar cheese on one slice
- Slice up an avocado and place slices on top of the cheese
- Place both pieces face up in the oven for 60 seconds or until cheese is melted. Be careful, if you walk away to do something else the bread could burn.
- Take 4 cups of kale pulled away from the stem and place them on a cooking pan. Make sure the chips are all touching the pan
- Mix it with 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Put in the oven on 425 for 3 minutes. Remove pan and flip all of the kale pieces. Replace for 2 minutes.
- Remove from oven sprinkle with sea salt to taste and enjoy
2lb of Grass Fed Ground Beef (8-12 servings)
Freshly Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese – we prefer to shred our own cheese, but you could buy shredded to save a step
Tortilla Chips – Garden Fresh Gourmet Strips are my favorite
Power Greens or Spring Mix
Salsa – Garden Fresh Gourmet Brand is my favorite
- Brown meat on medium high heat until cooked through
- Add 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning until it covers the beef well
- Drain excessive water off of beef
- Place plates of meat, cheese, greens chips and salsa on the table and have everyone make their own
- Hint: Make sure that you put all items in resealable containers so after dinner you can store leftovers quickly.
Veggie Quinoa Pasta
Shredded veggies – I prefer zucchini or squash, carrots and broccoli
Any type of Quinoa Pasta
Parmesan Cheese Finely Grated
- Boil water and add Quinoa pasta until cooked
- Shred veggies – this step can be done in advance to save time
- Pan fry veggies with olive oil, garlic and salt to taste
- Add veggie medley to top of pasta and top with parmesan
Ingredients: Whatever you have in the fridge!
Directions: This is one of my favorites. Everyone picks whatever they want to eat for dinner. H usually has yogurt and fruit. Andy and I usually eat leftovers or a sandwich. It is quick, easy and we all still get to be together.
Eggs in a Basket & Berry Fruit Salad – Inspiration from 100DaysofRealFood.com
Whole Grain Bread
- Place a pat of butter in a frying pan on medium heat
- Using a cookie cutter cut out shapes from the center of your bread
- Place the cutouts and the bread in the heated frying pan
- Crack one egg into the whole you made in the bread
- Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste
- Once the egg is cooked flip
- You can also add kale or spinach to your egg basket
- Put on a plate and serve with cut up strawberries and blueberries
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