For me, when it comes to cooking on weeknights, sometimes it’s there and sometimes… it definitely isn’t. A day in the life of the former case: When I’m on my meal prep game, I’m fully prepared for whatever comes my way. Need to work late? I have my tried and tested staples stacked in the fridge in beautifully colored containers. A friend wants to pass for an impromptu meeting? There’s an extra serving of one of my soups (and bread!) ready to reheat. When I don’t have everything together (which, admittedly, takes more weeks than not), frantically scrambled and sadly, less than healthy options come into my rotation. I decided it was time to regroup and give my weeknight dinners a chance to be a source of joy, not stress. And that, my friends, is when these easy weeknight dinner recipes came into my life.
While it’s true that we have to eat to survive, many people (myself included) like to cook to unwind at the end of a long day. And while it would be ideal to have the time and space for that Monday through Friday when the joyful chaos of the week takes its toll, it’s these 12 easy and airy, healthy, and hearty weeknight recipes that I don’t. don’t get tired.
To help you refuel and protect your peace of mind on weeknights, I share the recipes that help me get through the weekend feeling full and less stressed. Without further ado, here are the laborious dishes that will have you craving dinner any night of the week.
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Egg Roll in a Bowl from Fed + Fit
Why we love it: This meal is all about color, variety and incredible convenience. Plus, a single bowl has so many veggies (carrots, scallions, and red and purple cabbage) that you won’t even have to make a salad on the side. Truly a unique dish.
Hero Ingredient: A teaspoon of grated fresh ginger is all you need to introduce some subtle spice into your life.
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Vegan Chorizo Tacos
Why we love it: Your Taco Night Tuesday taste buds will never be the same after trying this recipe. Chorizo tacos are a delicious thing, but vegan chorizo tacos? Something totally different. Brought to you by Everyone’s Favorite Food Heaven Tacos based in Austin, Well, these yummy balls of happiness are (spoiler!) even anti-inflammatory. Your body, your mind and your schedule will thank you.
Hero Ingredient: Nothing gives you the tender, spicy bite of chorizo (minus the meat) like chickpeas.
Get the recipe for vegan chorizo tacos.
Deep Green Lentil Stew with Spinach, Tahini and Lemon from The First Mess
Why we love it: Call me crazy, but I firmly believe that a bowl full of lentil soup is always capable of curing whatever ails you. This interpretation puts a bright green twist on the classic, packing your dinner with lots of spinach, herbs, lemon and tahini for a creamy, perfectly pureed bite.
Hero Ingredient: Golden Yukon potatoes give this soup a very satisfying sweetness.
Get the recipe from Deep green lentil stew with spinach, tahini and lemon.
Love & Lemons Vegan Alfredo Sauce
Why we love it: A rich Alfredo sauce as good as its cheese counterparts, creamy and buttery? You better believe it. This recipe is simple yet elegant, making it a perfect choice for a random Monday night or that night at home you’ve been planning for weeks.
Hero Ingredient: Alternate naming option for this recipe: Nutritional Yeast, A Love Story.
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Miso Glazed Salmon
Why we love it: We are quite passionate about having multiple servings of salmon spaced out throughout the week. Fish is delicious, contains protein and even gives your skin love. Pair it with the traditionally Japanese flavors of miso, mirin, soy sauce, and ginger, and you have a beautiful dinner that only takes about 20 minutes.
Hero Ingredient: A topping of toasted sesame seeds is just the crunch this salmon needs.
Get the recipe for Miso Glazed Salmon.
Full of Plants Vegan Pad Thai
Why we love it: In my book, sweet, salty and sour is the trio of flavors – and this recipe relies on the combination of all three to create a flavor worthy of envy.
Hero Ingredient: The tamarind juice is the secret to obtaining the fruity-tangy balance of the sauce.
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Why we love it: Nachos? A full meal? You better believe it. This recipe totally transforms the popular bar snack into a low carb dinner that’s high in fiber and flavor. It’s cheesy thanks to the nutritional yeast and spices from the chili, garlic, and onion (and jalapeno!) powders. Plus, topping your nachos with black beans makes this dinner light yet hearty.
Hero Ingredient: Round of applause for the genius exchange that replaces traditional fries with cauliflower.
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Crispy roasted sweet potatoes with yogurt, herbs and spices
Why we love it: All spicy and…all good (that’s how the saying goes, isn’t it?). I may have confused my idioms, but when it comes to this recipe, it doesn’t matter. I’m laser-focused on the crispy, creamy balance of these sweet potatoes.
Hero Ingredient: The toppings are entirely up to you, but the Greek yogurt? A non-negotiable. You can swap out a vegan alternative if you make this dish dairy-free.
Get the recipe for Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Yogurt, Herbs and Spices.
Orecchiette with peas, asparagus and mascarpone by Florissant Foodie
Why we love it: Spring serenity, on a plate. Pasta with peas and asparagus is always the dish I crave at this time of year when February gives way to March and the sky turns from gray to happy blue. Lemon, parmesan and mascarpone bring me back to life and are always sure to add a spring to my step.
Hero Ingredient: Tiny orecchiette shells are the perfect complement to this pasta’s love of light, fresh vegetables.
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Slow cooked citrus salmon with fennel and herbs
Why we love it: It’s impossible not to include Camille’s must-have salmon in a roundup of the tastiest weeknight dinner recipes. This take on protein uses a slow roasting method, which means that while it may take a little longer in the oven than broiling, it’s almost hands-off and gives you the most tender salmon you’ve ever had. ever tried.
Hero Ingredient: Fennel brings a licorice-like anise flavor to the party that’s undeniably good.
Get the recipe for Slow-Cooked Citrus Salmon with Fennel and Herbs.
Salmon with red curry and roasted root vegetables
Why we love it: Tons of flavor and nutrients, all in one cozy bowl. Although I consider myself a curry connoisseur, I hadn’t tried salmon curry until I found this recipe. Now it’s completely solidified as my all time favorite curry. Lots of vegetables complement the salmon (red peppers, carrots, and broccoli), and the heat of the red curry paste is lifted by the addition of basil, lime juice, and ginger.
Hero Ingredient: Creamy curry, brought by coconut milk.
Get the recipe from Salmon with Red Curry and Vegetables.
Rainbow Vegetable Edamame Bowls with Teriyaki Sauce from Minimalist Baker
Why we love it: Don’t you love your dinner to capture all the beauty of the rainbow? These bowls give you tons of fiber and protein and are 100% vegan and gluten-free. So not only are they easy to gather at the eleventh hour (when hunger becomes unbearable), but they are also suitable for all dietary needs.
Hero Ingredient: Teriyaki (homemade or store-bought, depending on your schedule) ties all the dynamic components of this bowl together perfectly.
Get the recipe from Rainbow Vegetable Edamame Bowls with Teriyaki Sauce.