After a long day at work or school during the week, for most of us, the last thing we feel like doing when we finally make it home is cooking a meal. Some days the commute is just extra miserable, and by the time you make it home, you’re absolutely exhausted. Or maybe you had a few after-work drinks with your friends, and when you stumble through your front door a little tipsy, all you want to do is crash on the couch and binge-watch your current TV obsession. And hey, this is all totally fair.
But an important part of being a responsible adult and taking care of yourself is maintaining a balanced diet (or at least trying to). Unfortunately, that usually involves cooking. Luckily, you don’t have to sweat it out over a hot stove every day — we’ve found you 8 delicious recipes that you can make tonight that’ll leave you will leftovers all week.
With a little effort tonight, you totally won’t have to settle for stale cereal and wine for dinner for the rest of the week.
Unless, you know, that’s your thing. We don’t judge!
1. Spinach Artichoke Quesadillas
Quickly whip up a batch of these yummy quesadillas packed with peppers and caramelized onions. Not only are these super easy to make, but they’ll double as a lunch or dinner fix for the rest of the week. Have them as is for lunch or combine with a salad and rice for dinner. See full recipe here.
2. Pumpkin Chili
It’s fall, which means it’s the perfect time to indulge in all your pumpkin-flavored faves. This chili only requires a few ingredients so it won’t take you too long to make, and you won’t regret the effort after your first bite. It’s vegetarian friendly, gluten-free, and will probably become your go-to mid-week pick-me-up. See full recipe here.
3. Crock-Pot Sloppy Joes
You loved them as a kid and you’ll love them even more as an adult, especially with a recipe that’s a bit healthier. Your crockpot does most of the work here, and the longer you all it to cook, the yummier it gets (as is the case with most crockpot meals). See full recipe here.
4. Sweet Potato Beef Stew
This is a healthy twist on a classic cold weather dish. Serve this up with bread to make sure you get all the delicious gravy! See full recipe here.
5. Grilled Chicken Breasts
Grilled chicken breasts are kind of the king of versatility. You can keep them in individual bags and use them for tacos, in your pastas, or with this dressing of fresh avocado, mozzarella and basil leaves. See full recipe here.
6. Breakfast Omelette Muffins
If you’re one of those people who enjoys having breakfast foods for dinner, then these omelette muffins will be perfect for you. You can enjoy them on nights you’re craving a lighter dinner, or grab one with your coffee in the AM. See full recipe here.
7. One-Pot Weeknight Beef Stroganoff
Perhaps the worst part of cooking is having to clean up and do the dishes afterward but this one-pot wonder will solve that problem for you. Cook up some sautéed mushrooms, onions, and ground beef with a hint of paprika and a surprise dollop of mustard. Then treat your tastebuds for the rest of the week. See full recipe here.
8. Chicken Ramen Bowl
Instant ramen bowls may bring back memories of your old college dorm room budget dinners, but there’s something about the salty soup that makes it hard to shake, even as adults. Plus, it’s fully delicious. For a healthier alternative that’s super easy, try this recipe which requires a the slow cooker to do all the heavy lifting. See full recipe here.