These are my 3 easy go-to meals for busy weeks.
So, to be completely honest, every week is a busy week... Time is a hot commodity when you have a toddler. Laundry, dishes, play-dates, work... It adds up pretty quickly. And, even if you're not running around like a total momzilla, crazy person, wouldn't your time be better used on something more productive? You know, like browsing Pinterest? (Lol.)
Also, this past weekend was our last few days of free time that my family had before we host back-to-back visitors for the rest of August. I truly love that our guest room regularly rotates new, friendly faces, but it makes these meals even more needed! They're budget friendly, and eating-preference friendly as well. So, your vegan cousin who is also allergic to gluten will enjoy these too.
Farro + Steak
Honestly, this meal would work with any easy-to-make meat (or meat alternative), but my husband and I particularly like to throw a couple of small steaks in the cast iron with simple salt and pepper seasonings. What makes this easy too is we throw the farro in the rice cooker with a little bit of butter, and it turns out perfectly creamy and delicious. I like this quick cook packet from Alessi with butternut squash and kale here. Takes about 30 minutes all together with little to no prep work.
BBQ Pork + Sweet Potato Boats
This one is a real family favorite, as it is also paleo and gluten/grain-free. It takes a little more planning to bake the sweet potatoes, which takes 45-60 minutes. We buy pre-cooked BBQ pulled pork (whichever brand looks healthiest for microwave food. Lol.). You could also replace the pork with a meat alternative in BBQ sauce. Once the sweet potatoes are done, we cut them in half and put the heated pork in there. Done. Easy. Delicious. This takes about an hour with little to no prep work as well.
Green Chicken Chili
This has turned into an extended-family favorite since we have access to really good green chili here in Colorado! This one is a little more in depth than the others, but still fairly easy. When it comes to proportions, I usually just wing it... I will try to give a little more detail here. I chop up about half an onion and 3-4 pieces of garlic and put it at the bottom of the crockpot on low with a little bit of olive oil. While that's starting to cook up, I shred a rotisserie chicken. (I have also had people make this with veggies instead of meat, and it's delicious!) Once the onion and garlic are sizzling, I start adding in a couple jars of green chili salsa/ sauce, usually a local brand. Then I add in the shredded chicken. Based on how thick it is, I may also add in a couple extra cans of green chilis (if it's too thin) or a can of verde enchilada sauce (if it's too thick). My husband likes it with a squeeze of lime as well. I just let the flavors mix on low for about an hour or two, then eat it! If I'm feeling extra ambitious, I will throw some rice in the rice cooker to pour the chili over. Or we eat it with tortilla chips too. This takes about 2 hours with about 10 minutes of prep time. [Did I mention these leftovers are amazing though and last for a fews days? Worth it.]
ALSO, a simple side salad would go well with any of these.
What are you quick go-to meals? Leave us a comment!