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Here’s what an average dinner time in my house looks like, in case you ever wonder. I’m taking this from last night, but it pretty much always looks like this.
Around 4:30pm I start trying to round up my kids. It takes about 10 minutes, because my oldest doesn’t want to stop racing the baby walkers around the house with his brother. Instead of yelling, I offer them a few more minutes to play while I start prepping frozen veggies.
Next they sit and I dole out vegetables, so we can get that over with first. My youngest eats them fast and is ready for the next course. But my oldest distracts easily and draws it out, because that’s just more fun. Which works for me, because while the kids eat, I start cooking dinner for me and my hubby.
After that, it’s back and forth between trying to cook food for us, and prepping or serving more food to my littles. It’s all a little chaotic, but usually when my husband gets home at 5:30 or so, the kids have already eaten and are ready to play again. And we have a chance to sit and grab some food ourselves.
So in summary, whatever I make for myself and my husband better be simple and fast. And since he’s rather a healthy guy, we like it to have some nutritional value too.
Currently, we’re also limiting meats and dairy. I used to have meat with every meal, which gets expensive, and wanted everything covered in cheese, which isn’t the healthiest. So limiting those two items has been healthier and less expensive for us. It sounds like it cuts out a lot, but actually we are finding many options with it.
Here are some of our very favorite tried-and-tested options for quick, easy, healthy dinner recipes. If you like these, follow my board “To Eat and Drink” on Pinterest – it’s my top source for recipes, and I’m constantly updating with new things. (I also often share our dinners on Instagram Stories, if that’s more what you’re into.)
20-Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp – Only 6 or so ingredients, depending on what you want to put in. I use just a bit of dried ginger instead of fresh. Make sides of rice and baked broccoli for a filling meal.
Pan-Seared Salmon – Again, swap the fresh salsa with pre-made, if you need. Someday I will have time to make fresh salsa.
Spicy Peanut Noodles – This calls for “Tenderstem Broccoli” – I just use defrosted frozen broccoli. This dish is even better as leftovers.
Sheet Pan Crispy Teriyaki Tofu and Broccoli – Give tofu a chance. I love it baked and crispy like this. And the sauce is delicious!
Teriyaki Noodle Stir Fry – Totally my favorite. Use whatever veggies you have in the fridge.
Red Thai Curry Gnocchi – If you’re not into gnocchi, this sauce tastes good with veggies and rice, tofu, chicken… But gnocchi takes 2-3 minutes to cook, take that into consideration.
Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken – My favorite fancy-looking but easy-to-make dish. Serve with pasta and salad.
Instant Pot Minestrone Soup – Comfort food in a bowl with this veggie, tomato-based soup.
Dairy-Free & Whole30 Zuppa Toscana – Tastes like Olive Garden’s. You don’t even know what you’re missing from this soup.
Vegan Garlic Pasta – A great substitute for a typical creamy sauce like alfredo.
Grilled Zucchini Hummus Wraps – Greek, right? Anyway, easy to cook and assemble, and usually makes for a lot of leftovers.
One-Pot Mediterranean Quinoa – So much goodness packed into one bowl – greens, protein, quinoa, and flavor.
Greek Power Bowl – Also has a lot of goodness, but a bit more to assemble. Have everyone assemble their own to save time. Put each element into a storage container for easy clean-up.
Chili Roasted Sweet Potato + Black Bean Quinoa Salad – Another option people can assemble on their own. Only a few ingredients, and minimal prep. I just swap an avocado salad dressing or non-dairy ranch from the store – here’s our fave.
Blackened Chicken and Avocado Salad – Such a yummy salad! I made this once on a Sunday afternoon for lunch – which goes to show how easy it was. Because I do NOT like to cook on Sundays after church.
What recipes are your go-tos? I’m always looking for some to add to my repertoire. Also, bookmark or pin this page – I’ll continue to add recipes we find functional for our family!