Michael and I cook at home most nights during the week. Since we moved to Houston, I’ve been enjoying our bigger kitchen space and trying out new recipes. It’s easy for me to get in a funk with weeknight meals and repeat the same 4 to 5 meals over and over. But lately, I’ve been bookmarking different recipes from bloggers I love and making an effort to switch things up during the week.
5 Easy Weeknight Recipes
Today I wanted to share a few of the recipes that have been big hits in our house if you’re needing a little weeknight recipe inspiration this week!
They are so easy to make and incredibly flavorful! I’ve even used the same recipe with ground beef, and they turned out just as yummy (but a little bit greasier). Another twist on the recipe is to use the same ingredients but make the meatballs into turkey burgers!
If we’re going the traditional route, I’ll usually pair the meatballs with linguine and Raos’ Marinara Sauce. I always have greens on hand so we usually have salads with the pasta as well. My favorite salad dressing as of late: Tessamae’s Green Goddess, so good!
Another one of Liz’s recipes that we make often is her chicken enchiladas. Liz’s recipe calls for rotisserie chicken, but I usually cook three chicken breasts in either my crockpot (cover the chicken with water, cook on high for 4 hours) or Instant Pot (see instructions here).
A pro tip for shredding the chicken once it’s cooked – if you have a KitchenAid mixer, throw the chicken breasts in the mixing bowl and use the spatula attachment (the one it comes with) to shred the chicken in less than a minute!
If you’re looking for a delicious and easy Instant Pot recipe that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser, check out this Thai chicken rice bowl recipe! It’s so easy and so delicious! It yields a large amount, perfect for leftovers! Michael usually packs any leftovers for lunch the next day. #winwin
Also, a side note about the Instant Pot – Michael’s mom gifted us one and I’m so glad she did! I probably wouldn’t have bought one on my own, but now that I have it, I’m obsessed! It makes weeknight cooking fun, quick, and easy to clean up! If you’re on the fence about it, I say give it a try! We even made burgers in it one night and they turned out great!
If you’re a ramen fan, you need to add this Thai peanut ramen recipe to your weeknight meal plan immediately! Half Baked Harvest nailed it on this one! This ramen recipe is easy, quick, flavorful, and yields a lot for two people!
The ingredients might not be ones that you’d normally have on hand, but they’re all ingredients that keep well so once you stock up, you’ll have almost everything you need to whip this recipe up in a pinch!
Michael loves Indian food. I recently tried out this Chicken Tikka Masala recipe, and he approved! Even though this is an Instant Pot recipe, it’s a little more intense than most quick and easy IP recipes. It’s still totally doable on a weeknight, and the recipe makes a large portion so it’s great for leftovers too!
I usually pick up a pack of the Tandoori Naan from Trader Joe’s to pair with the Tikka Masala – perfect for dipping in the sauce!
What are your go-to weeknight recipes?! Do you get inspiration from specific blogs and/or cookbooks? Share them below!