Monday, October 9, 2017

five easy weeknight recipes

One of my 2018 goals was to start cooking at home more and overall I've been pretty successful. I've always enjoyed cooking but cooking for one is a little intimidating and seems like so much more effort than just throwing a Lean Cuisine in the microwave. While that initial cooking is obviously more work it's always worth it plus you end up with leftovers for the rest of the week! Today I wanted to share five easy weeknight recipes. These are some of my favorites that I keep going back to, perfecting my recipe.

1. Stuffed Bell Peppers - My current favorite meal to make. I cheat and always make these after I've made ground beef tacos because it is the perfect way to use the leftover meat and Mexican rice. There are tons of great recipes for these all over Pinterest so you can experiment until you find your favorite. I bake mine empty for about 25 minutes at 400 than fill with leftover taco meat, mexican rice, salsa, and cheese and pop back in the oven for about another 15-20 minutes.

2. Cowboy Casserole - This is one of my favorite meals because it's so simple yet so filling, plus it freezes well for leftovers down the road. It's one of those meals that you can serve by it's self for an entire meal or with a side salad or cup of soup if you're trying to be fancy.

3. Foil Sausage Packets - The easiest clean up that exists in cooking. Just combine chopped veggies and smoked sausage with some seasoning and EVOO in little tin foil packets throw in the oven on 400 for about 40 minutes (depends on veggies / chopping size). I really like sweet potatoes, bell pepper, and zucchini with garlic salt and red pepper flakes.

4. Stuffed Mushroom Caps - One of my favorite dishes to prepare when I'm trying to add more veggies to my diet and cut the carbs. This version is stuffed with spinach, bacon, and cheese, but you could do so many variations. Recently I've been opting for the mini caps instead of the giant ones because eating three little caps is more fun than just one big one.

5. Crockpot Pork Chops - This is one of my favorite crockpot meals because you can easily switch up the sides depending on what's on sale at the grocery store. Not ideal for a day you have to work because they only take about 6 hours to cook, but oh so perfect on a day when you're bogged down with little errands and house chores.

What are some of your favorite easy weeknight recipes?

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