Cooking can sometimes be a hassle, especially when you're trying not to eat take out. Some nights we have time to cook elaborate dinners and other nights, we basically want to go home and go to sleep. Finding ideas for simple dinners is not always an easy task, as many recipes require a lot of time and ingredients. If possible, try to look for any way you can fit more fruits and vegetables into your diet, even if the main entrée isn't the healthiest of meals. Making a quick and easy dinner can be a relief on busy days. Here are seven easy dinners for the nights when you just cannot.
1. Grilled cheese
Who doesn't love this American classic? And it's so easy to make. You just grease the pan, cook on medium heat, and slap on some bread and cheese. Pro tip: add tomato, it's amazing. Personally, I don't eat meat but a lot of people choose to add bacon as well to spice up the simple sandwich. Grilled cheese also pairs really well with tomato soup.
2. Breakfast for dinner
This is my personal favorite, because why should breakfast foods only be consumed in the morning? Pancakes, eggs, coffee, bacon, waffles, toast, etc. aren't just for the early crowd. When I was a kid, I would always get super excited to come home to my mother making breakfast for dinner. As an adult, well, I just make my own life more exciting by cooking breakfast for dinner at least once a week (sorry, not sorry).
Additionally, if you're trying to add more nutritional value, you can make a vegetable omelet or serve breakfast with fresh fruit.
Tacos are so easy to make and literally so good. Cook up some arroz con frijoles (rice and beans), along with your choice of meat (and/or roasted vegetables), cut up some lettuce and tomatoes, add some cheese/sour cream/hot sauce/corn, and throw it in a shell. Who knew perfection could be so easy? ¡Olé!
Speaking of Mexican food, did somebody say nachos? All you need are some chips and Mexican shredded cheese, then you can basically add anything you want (chili, salsa, beans, rice, sour cream, jalapeños, tomatoes, avocados, and so on).
Spice up your normal lettuce salad with carrots, chickpeas, cheese, tomatoes, croutons or go a less traditional route and add blue cheese, blueberries, almonds, walnuts, or my personal favorite, strawberries!
Spaghetti or any type of pasta is so easy to make. You just heat the water to a boil, add salt, and wait 10-12 minutes. Then add your sauce of choice, some parmesan cheese, and you're set!
7. English muffin pizzas
I've been making these since I was a kid, and I don't really care if it's not "acceptable" as an adult. It's so easy to make and requires a very little number of ingredients. You just put the English muffin in the toaster (heat to 350) until it starts to get crispy, then add mozzarella cheese (bonus points if it's fresh mozzarella) and tomato sauce. Also optional: pepperoni (or basically any other pizza topping you like).