After a grueling day on the job, it’s far too easy to make a pit stop at the nearest fast food joint and stuff down a tired burger with salty fries on your ride home. In today’s fast-paced world, nearly everything comes at the click of a button (or tap of a touch screen). However, unless you have the metabolism of a budding pre-teen and no concern for your nutritional health, you’ll soon discover that this bad habit not only ruins your fitness goals but makes you feel like a bucket of crap later on down the line. Take a look at these quick easy recipes for dinner if you’re aiming to get something delicious on the table fast without the usual pomp and circumstance that comes with a long, complicated meal. We’ve laid out a short list of some hella tasty dishes that should take you no longer than 30-45 minutes to prepare.
Whether you’re a lone soldier holding down the fort or a super-mom feeding the whole family, you’ll enjoy the hell out of these quick easy recipes for dinner.
For all the pasta lovers out there, we’ve got a special dish for you. Try this delicious spaghetti dish when you’re pressed for time but still want the full pasta experience. This meal goes great with a homemade tossed salad.
16 ounce package of spaghetti noodles
20 ounces chopped spinach, thawed & drained
15 ounces ricotta cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 green onions, sliced thinly
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
27 1/2 ounces spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
12 oz of shredded Mozzarella cheese
Start by cooking the spaghetti as directed on the package then drain. Mix together spinach, ricotta, eggs, Parmesan, green onions, pepper & nutmeg in a medium bowl. Combine spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, basil, oregano, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Place half of the spaghetti mixture in a 12.5 x 8.5 baking dish. Spread spinach mixture over the spaghetti. Sprinkle on half of the mozzarella cheese. Top the dish with the rest of your remaining spaghetti mixture. Cover everything and bake for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Sprinkle on the remaining mozzarella cheese and bake for 5 more minutes. Let it cool down for 10 minutes before serving.
SOUTHWESTERN STUFFED PEPPERS
Are you a big fan of stuffed anything? With the assistance of your handy slow-cooker, you and three others (possibly more if you’ve got a monster of a crock pot) will enjoy these quick and easy stuffed bell peppers. Prepare these bad boys on your way to work and they should be ready by the time you get home.
4 green bell peppers
1 can of black beans, rinsed & drained
1 cup of shredded pepper jack cheese
3/4 cup of medium salsa
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/3 cup uncooked long grain white rice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 jar sour cream (optional)
Chop a thin slice off the top of each bell pepper. Remove seeds & membrane until you’re left with an entire pepper. Combine beans, cheese, salsa, corn, green onions, rice, chili powder, and cumin in a medium bowl. Spoon the filling evenly inside the opening of the peppers. Place peppers in your slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve with a fat slab of sour cream, if you’d like.
SKILLET VEGETABLE LASAGNAlasagne-1178514
Looking for a lasagna recipe that won’t take hours upon hours and millions of layers? Try this skillet vegetable lasagna for a healthy alternative to your mother’s traditional 90 cheese throw down.
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
15 uncooked oven-ready (no boil) lasagna noodles
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed & well-drained
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Heat up the vegetable broth in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low then cook for 3 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Stir in the soup, tomatoes, and spinach into the skillet. Cook for 5 minutes or until mixture is bubbling and hot. Remove the skillet from the heat. Spoon the ricotta cheese on top and sprinkle on mozzarella cheese. Let cool and serve.
Now that you’ve got these quick easy recipes for dinner under your belt, you should have no problem preparing a fast and healthy meal no matter how crazy your schedule is looking.
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