What Quick Dinners Do You Make at Home?

What do you make on those nights when you’re tired, starving and just want something yummy before watching Homeland? We’re super basic cooks, so we’ve come up with a rotation of quick meals. We usually turn to Real Simple, since their recipes are legitimately easy with only a few ingredients. Then Alex will cook while I lean against the counter, drink white wine and chat:) Here are the 10 dinners we’ve made a million times at home, and I’d love to hear yours…

Tofu, Spinach, Corn and Goat Cheese Tacos (pictured above)

Pasta with Peas and Ham

Spaghetti with Salmon and Leeks

Linguine with Artichokes and Leeks (and lots of grated parmesan cheese)

Mustard Salmon paired with whatever vegetable you have

Shrimp with Feta

Grilled Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas (we make these ALL THE TIME)

Salmon Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Steak with Chickpeas, Tomatoes and Feta

Vegetable Chili (the prep takes a while, but it’s awesome to make for a group of friends and tastes even better the second or third day)

Back-up meals, when we don’t have much in the fridge:
* Scrambled eggs and sausages
* Baked potatoes with cheddar cheese
* Big salads with spinach, avocado, parmesan, tomatoes, pine nuts and vinaigrette
* Melted cheddar cheese sandwiches with avocado slices and dijon mustard
* Any pasta with Rao’s Homemade Sauce. Have you ever had it? My friend Erin introduced me to Rao’s jarred sauces a year ago, and now I can never go back. They’re a splurge, but they’re bursting with so much flavor that you feel like you’re eating at an Italian restaurant, and I rationalize that if we went out to dinner, we’d spend way more, right? They’re really that good.

What quick dinners do you make? Where do you find your recipes? I’d love to hear. Leave recipe links in the comments, if you’d like!

P.S. Which foods don’t you like?

(Photo by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo)

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  2. Jill says...

    Dinner a love story’s pineapple shrimp tacos are life changing. So good and SO easy.

    “Egg roll in a bowl” — brown ground turkey (I try to always keep some in the freezer, it defrosts quickly) in a pan in sesame oil if you have it, add a bag of store-bought coleslaw mix, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and ginger, onion, and garlic (fresh if you have it but ground works just fine), and stir it all around a few times. Stir again if you remember.

    And ditto to so many things others have shared: roasted veggies and sweet potatoes over any sort of grain or pasta, store-bought salad and rotisserie chicken, taco bowls, eggs, and snack dinner (hummus or any other dip, cheese, crackers, baby carrots, etc).

    When I’m in a rut, I search Cup of Jo for Trader Joe’s meal hacks! So many great and easy ideas.