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If a part of your New Year’s resolution was to eat a more balanced diet, cooking at home is a key factor. Not only does it save money, but you know exactly what ingredients are going into each meal, and you’re less likely to indulge if you’re preparing it all yourself. With that being said, it can be tough to find the energy to prepare dinner after a long day of work. It’s cold and dark outside, and you’re tempted to just throw in the towel and order delivery. Before you take the plunge, check out some of our recent favorite weeknight dinner recipes that are painless to prepare and delicious to eat.
Before we share our go-to weeknight meals, we thought a few tips might be helpful. First and foremost, try and do your grocery shopping for the week when you have free time on the weekend. If you’re trying to summon the motivation to cook, a fridge full of ingredients helps immensely. You’ve made the investment and don’t want your food to go bad. Plus, nobody wants to stop at the grocery store after a full workday. If you have everything you need, you’ll be ready to go as soon as you walk in the front door. Bonus points if you can do some meal prep on Sunday evening before the workweek begins.
First up on our list is a classic, homemade chicken noodle soup. This tried-and-true winter option is easy as can be. All you have to do is add the ingredients and wait for the Crock Pot to work its magic. It can be cooked on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-3 depending on how much time you have. Although you have to wait a few hours for your soup to be ready, this is a perfect option for busy nights when you have things to do around the house. Once you’re done with household tasks, your soup awaits.
There’s nothing like a one-pan meal. This classic wintertime chicken-and-veggies dinner is as simple as it is delicious. All you have to do is whip up a quick marinade, chop some vegetables, and load up your pan. Your dinner will be done in about a half hour, and if you line your pan with aluminum foil, almost no clean-up is required.
Whether you’re leading a vegetarian lifestyle or are simply looking to pack in more whole ingredients to your weekly menu, this creamy chickpea curry with a hint of coconut flavor is the answer. Gather and prep your ingredients, sauté, and serve in just 20 minutes. Plus, the leftovers (if you have any) make for an easily portable lunch to bring to work the next day.
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