When it comes to cooking at home, I’m a total creature of habit. I tend to make the same healthy things every week and when I was thinking about why, I came up with a number of reasons. 1) It makes going to the grocery store a breeze. I’m in and out, mostly because I’m picking up all of my usual things. (And I know where everything is!) 2) These recipes are SO EASY to make. I’m not sure if it’s me being lazy or simply preferring eating to be a breezy, enjoyable experience. Let’s go with the latter. 3) Kind of like how we’ve talked about uniforms and decision fatigue, cooking is kind of the same for me. It’s nice taking the guesswork out of it!
I shared What I Eat in a Week a few months ago and it was fun to see how much you resonated with that post! (Three months later, I’m still swapping a smoothie for one meal every day!) I shared a lot of my go-to lunches and dinners in that post, but I figured it would be nice to share a list some of my favorite healthy recipes for easy reference…
1. Baked Meatballs | I shared this recipe a while back and I was so, so thrilled to see how many of you made them and loved them! I make a batch of meatballs every week and add them to my typically veggie-based dinners for protein or even have one with lunch.
I’ll typically cook brussels sprouts or broccoli (my two faves) and pair with the meatballs!
2. Zucchini Noodles | I’ve been making Merritt’s zucchini noodles for months and the recipe is great. I swap ingredients in and out all the time depending on what I’m in the mood for and what I have on hand. Sometimes I add ground beef or turkey, sometimes I swap the artichokes for mushrooms, sometimes I don’t add any parmesan… Just depends how my body is feeling!
3. Butternut Squash Noodles | (Pictured in the first photo!) These are SO good! I put a little bit of butter (1 tbsp) in the pan when I’m cooking them and there’s a bit of cheese, so these always feel like more of a splurge. If I’m craving something creamy or dreaming of ordering pasta for dinner, this is usually what I make instead. They’re also great with ground Italian sausage added in!
4. Burrito Bowls | I don’t know about you, but I crave Chipotle OFTEN. I finally started making burrito bowls with cauliflower rice and they’re SO GOOD. And more importantly, they feel like you’re splurging on Mexican food. (But it’s all veggies!)
I don’t have a specific recipe for these (I typically just make things up as I go…), but I start with cooked cauliflower rice in a bowl (you can buy fresh or frozen at Whole Foods) and build it from there. Again, I base my ingredients on what I’m in the mood for and what I have on hand! I’ll sauté some bell peppers in a little bit of olive oil, heat up some black beans, slice an avocado, and top with salsa. Sometimes I’ll add lettuce or spinach if I want some extra crunch. You could definitely add a protein, too!
5. Breakfast Burritos | Did I mention I f*cking love burritos? Whether I’m craving BFD (breakfast for dinner) or making these in the morning, I loveeee me a breakfast burrito. About two years ago, Hallie and I mixed up the time that Goddess & the Grocer stopped served breakfast and we were literally devastated because we had our hearts (and bellies) set one their AMAZING breakfast burritos. Instead, we went to the store for ingredients and I’ve been making them at home ever since. (Unless I decide to splurge and get one on the weekend from Goddess.. They are SO GOOD, but definitely not as healthy as making one at home.)
Same thing, here… Use whatever ingredients you like with your eggs! I scramble 2-3 eggs and then add in black beans, veggies, spinach, and maybe a little bit of cheese or light sour cream if I’m being adventurous. Avocado, too! And then I top with a lot of salsa! (I buy the 365 brand at Whole Foods. Always make sure to check the sugar content!)
As for tortillas, sometimes I go for the “bowl” route or I buy the Tumaro’s 60-calorie whole-wheat wraps.
Of course, there are nights that I use cooking as more of a therapeutic hobby. I actually really do enjoy cooking and on those nights when I’ve got the time, I love trying out new recipes. Whether it’s a recipe I’ve found online or something I’ve ordered from a meal-delivery service, it’s nice to switch it up and take my time making a nice dinner. FYI: I use Plated whenever I do a delivery service… I love how all the ingredients come right to your door, but you still fully prepare them yourself! I started using the service back in 2014 or 2015 and I’ve always been happy with the quality (and great taste!) of the food, as well as the ease of the meals. I feel like I learn new cooking skills without getting frustrated or ruining the dinner! This is totally NOT sponsored, just sharing because I’ve always genuinely enjoyed using the service.
Weigh in: What are some of your go-to recipes for weeknight dinners?! I’d love to add a few more to my repertoire.