By Mary Carter
Add the following recipes to your emergency list for weeknight relief. Mealtime is important. It can provide a moment of connection for busy people, nourishing body and soul. Scheduled meals offer an opportunity to relax and reflect.
People who plan regular, balanced meals experience steadier weight control and lower stress and enjoy better health management (even improved sleep). Whether you’re a busy single, a parent of school-age children or an active retiree, the benefits are the same. (Related: Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes)
Stocking the pantry and refrigerator are step one. Take a good hard look at the items you’re storing. Give away the foods you don’t eat and stock your kitchen with delicious convenience.
In the Pantry
Olive oil, sesame oil, vegetable oil, balsamic vinegar, chicken stock, rice, pasta, couscous, ramen, canned beans (a variety of garbanzo, kidney, refried, black, navy, etc.), salsa, seasonings, herbs and spices
In the Refrigerator
Eggs, tortillas (flour and corn), fresh spinach, cheese (some pre-shredded melting cheeses and grated Parmesan), Greek yogurt, slaw mix, fresh garlic, onions
Each of these dishes takes about 30 minutes to prepare (including cooking time). They consist of five main ingredients. Play with the seasonings and sides to fit your taste. But, don’t think too hard. You can save that energy for the project you offered to do at work, or the night class you’re taking. Oh, and remember, you also need to go to the store for supplies for that science project that Junior just told you is due tomorrow.
Migas: A traditional Mexican dish, Migas is made with eggs, black beans and cheese. An easy meal that can be made in no time!
Asian Noodles with Rotisserie Chicken and Vegetables: Whip up a quick and healthy weeknight meal with this flavorful chicken and vegetables stir-fry recipe.
Sweet Potatoes and Pork Over Garlic Egg Noodles: Sweet potatoes, pork and seasonings combine for a flavorful combination over egg noodles for a hearty one-dish meal.
Cheesesteak Pizza: Get the beefy, peppery, cheesy taste of Philly cheesesteak in a different form: pizza! This dish is quick, easy and perfect for kids.
Quick Greek Lemon Soup: Put a Mediterranean spin on dinner with quick Greek lemon soup, which features rice, eggs and lemon juice.
To pack a dish with even more flavor, try one of these four recipes for quick flavor fixes.