Some nights I have very specific food desires, where only what I'm craving or thinking about will do and other times I just can't be bothered to expend the mental energy to figure out what I'll ingest that night. Ebb and flow, people, ebb and flow.
So, if you're coming back from the holiday weekend thinking, God, what am I going to make for dinner? and without that mental energy to decide, here are 5 fast, flavorful meals to get you started. These are the ones that are easy and delicious and therefore the ones I make again and again.
1. Burrito Bowls: Quinoa + protein ( usually chicken ) + vegetables ( bell peppers, tomatoes, and avocados ) + salsa + homemade hot sauce (totally optional!) + "sour cream" ( greek yogurt + lime + salt & pepper) = Easy. Fast. Delicious. Done.
2. Stir Fry: The one above is the Thai Coconut Tofu from the Tone It Up nutrition plan, but I also use tofu and frozen vegetables + soy sauce and ginger or a peanut sauce to make a fast, tasty stir fry that's ready in no time. Tofu is often faster to cook than other proteins but of course you could use anything else if you're not as into tofu as I am.
3. Greek Meatballs: Even if you don't obsessively freeze meal items like I do, meatballs are pretty fast to make. Turkey meatballs + tomatoes + avocado + sun-dried tomatoes + kalamata olives ( + feta cheese if you're into that! ) = a fast yet flavorful dinner. If I'm feeling really ambitious I'll put it on top of zoodles ( spiralized zucchini ) or brown rice pasta, and some times I'll even make a take on a tatziki sauce ( greek yogurt + lots of lemon juice + salt & pepper + dill, if I have it) to go with it.
4. Shrimp + Quinoa + Mango Salsa. My husband is usually kind enough to flavor ( salt, pepper, chili power, and sometimes garlic powder seasoning mix ) and cook up some shrimp from the freezer while I make a mango salsa by dicing mango, avocado, some jalapeños ( if I have them ), and some red onion, mixed with a little lime juice. Dinner is ready in about fifteen minutes and I never get tired of it.
5. Turkey / Black Bean Burgers. I usually freeze these to have on hand but, again, even if you're making them that night they are pretty fast. These can be so versatile -- you could make turkey burgers greek like I did with the meatballs or Mexican like I did with the burrito bowl or you could add pesto or go more traditional with some avocado, tomato, and lettuce. Black bean burgers are great on their own, here, or as taco filling or on top of nachos. Both are fast, delicious, and full of protein!
What are your go-to dinners?