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MY FRIENDS! It seems like there have been a handful of posts in the last few months where I’ve listed my few favorite fast weeknight meals. And I tend to list the same few every time. So I thought it was about time that I do a larger roundup of my favorite quick weeknight meals. Especially if you’re trying to follow some of these ways to simplify weeknight cooking.
So here’s a pretty exhaustive list of the weeknight recipes I have made repeatedly. They’re mostly mine (because let’s be honest, those are easiest for me to go through and find my favorites!) and Rachael Ray’s. Because she is LIFE. Well, foodie life.
So here they are! With some minimal organization. 😉
ON THE BARBECUE:
- The easiest foil packet meal.
- Kabobs are so easy! Last week, I made an even easier meal. Chopped up all my kabob ingredients and threw them on my mesh vegetable tray for the grill and just scooped it into bowls.
TOFU + TEMPEH:
- My favorite and most frequently made sweet glazed tempeh of all time.
- And coconut tempeh nuggets are for sure the runner-up.
- Spicy grilled tofu with strawberry-mango salsa is SO fast and super light. The perfect spring meal.
- I’m super happy I did this roundup because I forgot about these caramelized shallot rice and tempeh bowls and they’re SO GOOD. Going to make these like this week…
- Tuna towers win the award for “highest ratio of impressiveness to time needed”.
- Simple sea steak is even easier.
- Bread crumb pasta is Preston’s favorite (and he still doesn’t know I make it with anchovies most of the time).
- Cauliflower alfredo pasta is also way healthier than it seems!
- Pasta primavera is awesome because you can make it your own and stick to your favorite veggies.
- My drunken Tuscan pasta is an awesome choice for a meal that seems way too special for your ordinary weeknight.
- A fantastic lo mein recipe that is such a crowd pleaser.
- My other go-to crowd pleaser pasta is this spicy penne. I have modified it quite a lot (and still make it vegan): tofurkey sausage, tofutti cream cheese, QUADRUPLE the basil (or even more!), and sriracha instead of chile paste (just because I always have it.) It’s fantastic to make for a big group of people – I keep it mild and put a bottle of sriracha on the table so everyone can adjust their spice level.
- Another Rachael Ray favorite is lasagna pasta toss.
- Give me any kind of flavorful tofu or tempeh on a salad.
- Any panzanella salad will do.
- Hoisin glazed salmon salad.
- This is really just for the dressing because I could eat this spicy lemongrass miso salad dressing on plain lettuce and be satisfied for dinner.
- Roasted Brussels sprouts with tofurkey probably wins the award for “I can eat it on repeat without getting tired of it.” Sadly, Preston cannot.
- Sushi fried rice is an awesome option if you have leftovers. If we have spare rice, veggies, any kind of protein, or annoying jars with just a little sauce left… I’ll mix them all into fried rice! This recipe is for a sushi variety, but I love fried rice with whatever you have around.
- My pineapple teriyaki sauce is my longest standing favorite… probably ever. Also probably my most mentioned recipe on here. Sorry if you’re tired of hearing about it, but I am STILL nowhere near tired of making or eating it, so I’ll probably keep bringing it up.
- Potsticker stir fry is SO EASY and SO FUN.
- I’m super obsessed with my crazy flavorful sauce from these hoisin lettuce wraps. And this is a great recipe for a super light dinner that’s so fun you don’t realize how healthy it is.
- I’ve shared this quickie recipe for my cilantro zucchini latkes before. It was an old favorite from Cooking Light. I couldn’t find the original recipe, but here’s the best I remember: 1 giant zucchini + 1 giant potato + 1 small onion + 2 cloves garlic, all shredded. Add 1 egg (or an Ener-G egg replacer!) + 1 T oil + salt and pepper to taste. Form in 4 patties and cook on low-medium heat in a nonstick skillet!
- Rachael Ray’s honey nut chicken was the first “real” recipe I ever made and I was SO obsessed with it my first few years of cooking. I may have overdone it, but I still coat tempeh or fish with this breading now and I love it.
- The second recipe I ever made was shrimp scampi and I just rotated between this and honey nut chicken for probably a solid two months before I felt ready to branch out.
- I don’t know WHY this sweet corn and potato saute side dish is so good but DAMN I love it.
- Lately, I’ve been making this quickie romesco sauce to throw on top of plain fish and whatever sides I feel like throwing together for an awesome quick meal. It helps that I bought a HUGE jar of roasted red peppers at Costco for $8.
THAT’S IT! I hope you like some of these as much as I do. If I weren’t always trying new recipes for blog recipes and inspiration, I could probably stick to these recipes like 85% of the time and be totally happy.