I have found cooking dinner to be one of the hardest adulting tasks. These easy weeknight meals have made cooking dinner much simpler. Note: I’ve focused on meals that require no more than 2 pots and can be multiplied for easy leftovers.
Starting off strong with my own recipe – my Grandma’s Beer Chicken is super easy to make. The chicken and sauce is cooked entirely in one pot, and the rice is in the second. Total time to cook is less than 45 minutes, making it quick and delicious for a busy day. Bonus points: the extra sauce can be used on anything including…
I have a minor love for sheet pan recipes. You toss everything in a bowl to season it (or be bold and season it on the tray, you do you). Throw it in the oven for 20-40 minutes, toss around a bit in the middle, and BOOM – delicious and easy dinner that requires very little attention (and very few dirty dishes). Add different sauces for a variety of flavors if this is something you make often.
Sausage and Peppers
I just had this for dinner, a huge sign of how easy this recipe is. Pick up pre-made sausage, 3-4 red and green peppers, and an onion from the store. Cut everything up, toss in a pan with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder (season to taste). Cook over medium heat for 15-ish minutes and serve. You can eat this with any carb, it’s great on sandwiches, or on it’s own.
I’ve posted about this lentil soup recipe before because it is one of my absolute favorites. Briefly cook onions, carrots, and celery in the pot before tossing everything else in. Cooks for 30-40 minutes in 1 pot, is vegan/gluten free. Big win in my book all around. Pro tip: add some Turmeric (1-2 tsp) and skip the lemon for a more savory flavor.
Another 2 pot favorite – cook the meat in one pot and the rice in a second and you’re good to go. I particularly love Asian-style bowls because you can cook veggies in the same pot as the meat and add it to your bowl (bok choy and cabbage are great veggies to add in that soak up the flavor of whatever sauce/seasoning you use).
Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs (ish)
Sometimes the classic easy weeknight meals are always best, but this is Paint the House Pink where we’re going to share the better way to do things. Mini Penne, Rao’s Marinara Sauce, Italian Seasoning (or Basil, Oregano, Garlic Powder, Red Pepper Flakes), Ikea meatballs. Yes, Ikea meatballs should probably be eaten with a cream sauce but have you ever tried them with marinara? Delicious. Also Mini Penne is the QUEEN of pastas, I refuse to hear otherwise.
I’m saving the Instant Pot meal for last just in case anyone doesn’t have one. I usually make it with brown rice and black beans, and eat it with chips on the side. To add extra veggies in, I quick release the pressure in the pot, toss in some cut up bell peppers, and let it steam in the pot for 10-15 minutes before plating. Also serves as a great meal prep meal.
What do you usually cook for easy weeknight meals when you’re short on time? Let us know in the comments. If you make any of these, post on Instagram and tag us!