With summer approaching our schedules get packed and downright nutty, and often I don’t have time to sit down and plan out meals for the week. Today I’m sharing part 3 in this easy weeknight meals series. These are some of our tried and true, favorite, crowd pleasing, healthy weeknight meals I love to serve that are easy to throw together.
Also, if you missed the others in the series: here’s part 1 and part 2. What do you make when you haven’t had time to pull out your cookbook and need something healthy and crowd pleasing, or even last minute?
Keep reading for three more favorite weeknight meals, including one that we make on a weekly basis…
Image above by Liz Stanley
This first one is a new favorite! Lemon scented skillet chicken from Kelsey Nixon’s great new cookbook, Kitchen Confidence (the croutons make this delicious dish and a great way to use up stale bread). I also Love that it’s a one pot meal too. Can’t go wrong with chicken, veggies, potatoes and crunchy bread croutons! Find the recipe here.
Baked Potatoes. Super easy prep but it does take some time in the oven (so not great for last minute). Coat potatoes with a little olive oil, stab with a fork, wrap with aluminum, and place in 400 degree oven for about an hour. When they start to get soft, pull them out and serve a variety of toppings: cheese, bacon, scallions, broccoli, leftover chili (we freeze small amounts of beef chili for this purpose).
Sausage and Lentils: I crave this meal! It’s one of my top 3 for sure. 10 minute prep and then it all cooks in one pot in the oven. Does take a little planning ahead as it can cook up to 2 hours. I’ve been thinking about trying this in the crockpot even!
1 1/2 cup of brown lentils, rinsed
4 cups of water
6 T of apple cider vinegar, divided
1 onion, diced
1 apple, chopped small
2 stalks of celery, chopped small
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp thyme
2-4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp salt
1 kielbasa sausage (probably next to the hot dogs in your grocery store)
Mix everything in a large oven safe pot or casserole dish, except only 2 T of the vinegar (save the 4 T for later- important not to add it all in before!). Nestle the sausage in last on top. Cover with a lid or foil. Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Add remaining vinegar at the end. Cut the sausage into chucks before serving. Yum! Hearty and great leftover too.
I’d love to hear though, what are your family’s favorite easy weeknight meals?