If you are discouraged and struggling to find the best quick week night meals, look no further. These toop 5 picks for quick week night meals are scrumptious to say the least. They are also perfectly quick week night meals that won’t exhaust your weekly shopping budget! Check out these quick week night meals and add them to your quick week night meal arsenal!
Fajitas are a quick and nutritious way to start your week! Also, not to mention cost effective so no room for disappointment there! At the grocery store pick up corn or flour tortillas, chicken (or your preferred protein), a couple of bell peppers (color doesn’t matter just choose your favorites) and an onion and some garlic and you are in business! Start by heating up a saute pan with some olive oil. Throw in the peppers, onions, garlic and chicken (or whatever) and let it cook until your veggies are tender and your chicken is cooked through. If you would like it spicy, add some seasonings! Left over taco seasoning from a previous quick week night meal tends to add something interesting to the dish and so does paprika or even crushed red pepper! Don’t forget your salt and pepper. Pop those tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds, or on the stove top and set your table! If you wanted to add some rice for an extra carb it would go delightfully! White, yellow or brown rice would be a fantastic edition but if you are trying to keep things light, brown rice may be the best choice for you! After just a little bit of prep and a short period of time, you are ready to eat a flavorful and amazing quick week night meal!
2.) Rotisserie Chicken
I know, I know. It’s a short cut, but a fantastic and genius one because it is so quick! You can’t blame me if it’s true and we all know it is. Picking up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store is a sure win, without a doubt in the world. They taste fresh and flavorful, they’re cost effective, healthy and so fast to grab! There is nothing better than coming home from a long week day that lasted for a hundred years and knowing that your easy and quick week night meal will be ready in less than 10 minutes! You can serve this chicken with anything! Roasted potatoes and cranberry sauce make for a good combo on a cool winter day when you need some food to stick to your stomach! And last, but definitely not least, the leftovers are to die for! Chicken salad for lunch the next day (just shred the chicken and add mayo), homemade chicken noodle soup for next week, I mean the options are endless! You will absolutely keep winning with this dinner choice! You will not be disappointed!
3.) Pasta Aglio Y Olio and Sausage
This instant classic will bring you comfort right to the country side of Italy on a week night in no time! Simply, it is a pasta dish with olive oil, garlic and the pasta and sausage of your choosing. Start by warming the olive oil, garlic and sausage until it is cooked through. Sweet and spicy sausage are very flavorful in this super quick week night meal so choose your favorite or add in both! Meanwhile, boil some water and toss your pasta in! This recipe works well with long or short pasta but farfalle and spaghetti seem to be two favorites! Once the pasta is cooked aldente strain it and put it in a bowl with some fresh olive oil. This will help to coat the pasta and keep it from sticking and clumping up. Then pour your wonderful garlic and sausage mixture over top. The warm and room temperature olive oil will meld perfectly! Finish with a touch of basil and some grated cheese (romano or pecorino) and you have yourself a five star pasta for a quick week night meal that would rival any fancy restaurant meal!
4.) Cauliflower Rice
Oh the wonders of the frozen food section. Full of enticing ice cream and cookie temptations that are to be enjoyed as needed! But nestled in amongst the treats and desserts is a reliable and delectable necessity. And that necessity is called cauliflower rice. Have you ever tried this new phenomenon? This will soon become a favorite of yours because of the sheer ease and versatility. It takes only a few minutes to defrost and can be paired with anything. Pasta sauce and meatballs, meat sauce and ground beef, buffalo sauce, chicken and blue cheese or ranch or even soy sauce, eggs and chicken. The other great thing is that there are very few calories in this dish of cauliflower rice! Add some protein or make it part of another meal and you will have full bellies and happy palates! This quick week night meal will not disappoint you on any given week night!
5.) Rosemary Steak with Egg Noodles
Start with butter. The beginning of every great recipe. If you have a cast iron skillet, even better. If not no biggie, just use a normal frying pan. This will be super quick! Start with butter in a medium heat skillet. Throw in some rosemary. Once the butter and rosemary are bubbling, add in your steak. Whatever cut you like is best but nothing too thick otherwise it won’t cook fully and your butter will burn! A true tragedy. I know that steak tends to be a little pricey so if you don’t want to do steak, you can really use any protein and it will still be just as delicious. Also, if you don’t eat meat, try this method with tofu to make it a full and quick week night meal. You may have to cube it and add some more spice but it will turn out great! Once your steak is properly searing, throw your egg noodles into boiling water and cook those until they are aldente. Once you strain them immediately add a good amount of butter to stop them from clumping up and set them aside covered to keep the heat in. Watch your steak. Once it is cooked to your liking, plate up your meal, use that butter rosemary mixture to drizzle over the steak and egg buttered noodles and enjoy this amazingly quick and easy week night meal! There is no way this quick week night meal will disappoint!