Happy Monday!! School starts next week (how!?) and it is time to start thinking about how we are going to adjust our schedule as things start to get busy again. There will be school, dance & gymnastics, but for a few hours, three days a week, I will have no kids in the house!! Time management has never been my strong suit so while I would like to think I will be meal prepping, cleaning & checking things off my to do list, I’m well aware that I may end up just drinking coffee and rearranging pictures on our walls. Either way, we are back to late afternoon activities & early bedtimes so dinners need to be quick & easy!
I thought I would share a few of the things we are loving lately & plan to make often on weeknights!
Meatloaf + Sweet Potatoes // Meatloaf is a major favorite in our house, my kids love it & it really is super simple to make. I like to make ours in a muffin pan, they cook a little quicker & are already in individual serving sizes. This was actually something we started doing when we had our first apartment because I only had one cookie sheet & one cupcake pan, limited options so we had to get creative. There are so many recipes for meatloaf, but what we do is super simple, 2 lbs. of lean ground beef or turkey, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, 1 finely chopped onion & 1/3 cup of ketchup. Mix ingredients together in a large bowl, add salt & pepper to taste & form into individual meatloaves in the muffin tray. Top each one with ketchup or BBQ sauce (we do six of each) and bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour. For the sweet potatoes, cut 4 large potatoes into small cubes & cook in a skillet with olive oil + sea salt. Top with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan!
Chicken Tacos // We make this every week. Sometimes twice a week. I throw together 3-4 large chicken breasts cut into small pieces with a large onion sliced into the cast iron skillet with olive oil, and add our favorite taco seasoning. Cook on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes until everything is starting to get blackened, and serve with corn tortillas, shredded mexican cheese & avocado! Super easy to turn these into chicken quesadillas for the girls too if I don’t feel like sweeping up shredded cheese for eleven hours after dinner.
Skillet Lasagna // I love anything that can be made in one pan & we love pasta in our house, so this will be on rotation for us weekly once the weather cools down! This is the recipe I use, but usually do ground beef instead of sausage, it is a 30 minute, one pan meal that everyone will love!!
Crockpot BBQ Pork // Season a 3-5 lb. boneless pork shoulder with 1 tbsp salt, 1 tsp pepper & 1 tsp paprika. Combine 1 cup BBQ sauce (we use sweet baby rays!), 1 cup chicken broth & 2 tbsp brown sugar, pour over meat in the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred with a fork (be sure to pull out any fat) & serve on hamburger buns!
Turkey Club Sandwiches // This has been a summer staple for us! Open faced crescent rolls, turkey & provolone cheese on a baking sheet, pop in the oven for two minutes on broil! Or just toast the rolls if you’re feeling lazy or don’t want to turn on the oven. Add some bacon, mayo & lettuce and call it the easiest dinner ever!
If you have any quick & easy dinners that you love, be sure to share them below! Would love to hear what is on your dinner menu! XO