In 2018, everyone is busy. Long hours, side hustles, kids. Rather than get overwhelmed and bogged down with “busy”, we go with the flow by making smart decisions throughout the week that go a long way in the kitchen.
In order to keep on top of all your family obligations, you have to eat well. Most of us have learned the hard way that sacrificing good meals when your schedule is jammed packed only works against you. So we created four killer recipes that are not only easy to make, but they all share a number of simple ingredients that are either pantry staples or basic items you can grab at any supermarket in one trip. Most importantly, these dishes are filling and healthy!
Sheet Pan Olive Pork Chops
Sheet pan meals were made for busy weeknights. This delicious dinner consists of fast cooking pork chops and things you already have in the house: potatoes, cherry tomatoes, olives, and basic seasoning from black pepper, oregano and garlic powder.
Chop up all ingredients and arrange on a sheet pan. Bake for 35 minutes and you’re done. Pro tip: Use baking paper or aluminum foil on the pan to make cleanup even easier!
One Pot Lemon Chicken Fettuccine
After a long day you can’t go wrong with comforting pasta. But in the spirit of healthy fuel, this pasta is full of veggies and dressed in a light, citrus sauce. It also capitalizes on basic ingredients: chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, olive oil, and lemon. We bet you probably have all of these things in your pantry right now.
You can have this on the table in under 30 minutes—even less if you have pre-cooked chicken.
Instapot Lemon Chicken with Olives
Some people will tell you that the most revolutionary invention of the 21st century was the iPhone. They’re wrong; it wasthe Instapot. If you don’t believe us, you haven’t made chicken thighs that are perfectly crispy on the outside and deliciously juicy on the inside in under 20 minutes.
All you need to pull this one off is 30 minutes, chicken thighs, olive oil, lemons, olives, and some garlic and onion.
Taco Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Busy people can’t afford to slip into a food coma. When you’re swamped and you get the urge to eat a giant burrito, we urge you to try this veggie packed, low-carb, paleo, and keto-friendly take on Mexican instead.
Yes, spaghetti squash takes some time to bake, but you can use this time wisely. Pop it in the oven, prep your filling and get it cooking on the stove top. While that simmers you now have plenty of time to throw on a load of laundry / pay some bills / do a little cleaning / help out with homework… you get the idea.
Fifty minutes and some standard Mexican dish ingredients like jalapenos, shredded cheese, tomatoes and ground chicken yields four delicious stuffed squashes . An extra bonus, these pack super well for lunch the next day.Get the recipe.