“Hmmm, what am I going to make for dinner tonight?” Hands up if you ask yourself this daily… yup, me too! As much as I want to be one of those people who meal preps on Sunday and has a layout of what I am going to eat all week, I’m just not. If you are, kuddos to you, that’s amazing! I’ve tried many times and I just can’t seem to follow through with it… I’m just not a meal prep kinda gal. Maybe it will be my 2020 resolution but until then I thought I would share my current favourite go-to dinner recipes. These are recipes I have been making for years and continually fall back on when I just don’t know what to make. They are tried, tested, and true!
1.) Frittata– This is the newest recipe on the list, but in the last year I can say I have made frittata easily 10 times! I’ve always loved eggs. When I first moved out and was living that single life, adjusting to cooking for one, I LIVED on eggs. Boiled, scrambled, fried, and if I was feeling spicy, FRITTATA! Some people go crazy and party like they’re 19 again and experiment doing lord knows what when they are newly single. Nope not me, I experimented with eggs and let me tell you it paid off. I can make a mean frittata… even saying it is fun! Haha!
I can’t take all the credit though. I owe it all to The Pioneer Women. I started by following this recipe and then adjusted to my liking (as always) after. After following her recipe (which is amazing btw) a few times I got brave and basically just started throwing whatever vegetables I had in my fridge that needed to be used up and it always turned out! If I haven’t already convinced you that you need to start making more frittatas this will:
– the leftovers make the best breakfast for you and your family
-it uses up all those veggies that you’ve been feeling bad about letting go rotten
2.) Lemon Butter Chicken– this has been a favourite of mine for years. It’s easy, delicious, and the ingredients are super simple. I would suggest doubling the sauce recipe, it’s so good you’ll literally want to drink it or put it on top of your rice… whatever floats your boat. This recipe is from one of all time favourite food bloggers, Damn Delicious! I have been making recipes from her blog for years now and it is rare she puts out a bad one. If you haven’t heard of her I would highly suggest you try a few of her recipes!
3.) Mexican Quinoa – this isn’t the first time I’ve talked about this dish on TMS. The recipe is actually published on here! I am not sure where/when or how I originally came up with the idea but I do know that it originally had rice instead of quinoa and trust me it is much better with quinoa and it’s healthier, too! This is a throw everything in one pot kinda deal which let’s be honest is the best kind of deal! It’s spicy, filling, and freezes well making it perfect for lunches. I make this at least once a month and then freeze the leftovers into individual containers. It’s perfect for those days when I’m running out the door and forgot to pack my lunch the night before.
4.) Kale Caesar Salad – this is from my all time favourite blogger, Jillian Harris’ blog. I like caesar salad but I LOVE this kale caesar salad! It is SO good. What’s different you ask? I’m not sure if it’s the fresh crunchy kale, the lemony dressing, the homemade croutons, or the combination of them all… but whatever it is, it’s delicious! She has since recreated the recipe to make it vegan friendly so if you’re plant based or being more conscious of that, here is the vegan version.
5.) Tortilla Soup – I grew up on homemade soup so I will admit I am a bit of a snob when it comes to them. You can thank my wonderful parents for that… yes, my mom and dad both love making soups, how lucky am I? We rarely (if ever) had soup from the can. After trying several different tortilla soup recipes I created my own version and I must say it is pretty damn tasty. It’s packed with flavour and has delicious toppings that take it from amazing to FREAKING AWESOME real quick. Make a big batch on Sunday and it’s perfect for lunch during the long cold winters!
There you have it! I hope this helps and gives you a little inspo the next time that “hmmmm, what will I make for dinner?” thought pops into you head!
Ps. HAPPY NEW YEAR… lol are people still saying that?! I’m a little late to the game. I’ll admit I was enjoying the holiday time a little too much!
I missed you guys!