How twitter saved dinner: 24 ideas for #weeknightmeals
I put out a plea on twitter:
I’m in desperate need of 15 minute weeknight dinners. We’re all overscheduled, and cooking ahead hasn’t worked.
Within 20 minutes (about the time I have to make a Wednesday-night dinner), I had 20 ideas. Thank you to @Papertyger, @Littlefluffycat, @Bostonbibliophile, @BobbieC, and @TinkuGallery. I’ve added a few of my own, in the spirit of sharing, at the bottom. Enjoy!
Rotisserie chicken + frozen spinach + Alexia prepared mashed potatoes = roast chicken w/mash + veg!
Butternut squash puree + coconut milk + curry paste + thinly sliced chicken breast (or not) + pkg baby spinach = thai-ish soup.
Precooked turkey meatballs, whole wheat pasta, sauce = basic, delicious grain + veg + protein.
Frozen dumplings/gyoza, chicken broth, sliced green onion = wonton soup!
Canned black beans + little broth + chopped onion if you like + hot sauce + stick blender = black bean soup topped w/sour cream.
Pkgd Asian noodle dish + frozen shrimp/tofu/precooked chix + frozen veggie mix = actually nutritious!
tortillas spread w/refried beans, topped w/shredded cheese + pickled jalapenos, toaster oven + rolled up = makeshift burritos!
Frozen chicken/fake-chicken fingers + bbq sauce for dipping + sliced bell peppers, carrots, etc. = lazy + pleasing kid food!
Chicken apple sausage (or other yummy precooked sausage) + favorite sauce (we like raspberry chipotle) + bun + raw veg for side.
Ham steaks heated in pan, Annie’s mac & cheese, frozen broccoli or spinach = totally looks like worked-upon grownup meal!
Never forget the easy magic of grilled cheese (tomato, bacon, or jalapeno are all nice as add-ins) + tomato soup. :)
In warmer months, we often do Salad As Big As Our Head for dinner, add chicken, goat cheese, hb egg, edamame for protein.
fun one: diced tomatoes, stirred with pesto, then stir the cold sauce over angelhair pasta that has been finished w/shrimp.
rotisserie chicken reheated upside-down w/can chicken broth & rice, till rice is done. Carrot sticks.
frozen pot stickers, chicken tenders, sliced cabbage w/onionsground beef/artichoke hearts/tomatoes/red bell pepper/onion, fave pasta.
Frozen fish filets, cornbread dressing, raw/frozen/quick veg.
Boboli pizza w/chili, mole sauce and cheese
Crockpot? did an awesome BBQ pulled pork this weekend, just threw it in and bingo, dinner 8 hours later.
good microwave recipe: instant brown rice, black beans, corn, salsa, onions. Microwave, serve w/cheese in bowl or tortilla.
Pasta with pesto & arugula tossed in near end to wilt. Can also add in sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes.
And me, @AnnKingman:
Here are some of our staples — we love them, but we get tired of having them too often, which is why I made my original twitter plea:
Mix ricotta in w/jarred pasta sauce, heat, put on pasta. Ricotta makes it a bit heartier w/o needing meat
Tortillas filled w/refried beans, sauteed bell peppers & onions and cheese
frozen tortellini cooked in chicken broth, topped w/parmesan,
Breakfast for dinner – scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, whatever you have the ingredients for.