Advice from you! Best way to make a meal on a weeknight

Ok, so recently, we’ve been doing a lot of quicker, weeknight-type meals. The idea of homemade pizza has come up a few times. As well as the idea of fish that comes canned…besides tuna, and what we can do with it.

Please help! I know you guys are good cooks, so tell me how to make this work!

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13 thoughts on “Advice from you! Best way to make a meal on a weeknight

  1. There is only the two of us as well and I live by my crockpot. Throw just about anything into it, set it, go out to work, play, whatever, come home and all you have to do is spoon it up. Tada! Plus, if you make a good sized batch, when you are done with it, package it in freezer bags, label them, and toss them in the freezer. Come home from wherever, pull out a package, nuke it and bam…dinner. Easy peasy.

  2. Shonna

    I use Jiffy pizza crust mix. But the trick is to have your hamburger or sausage already browned. When browning meat I always save a little out and put in a freezer bag so it is done. When I have enough it is time to make pizza. All that is left to do is have your other toppings and put it on the crust and 15 minutes later pizza is ready!

  3. I’m only engaged at the moment, but I’ve learned some quick meal ideas during the past 2 years of graduate school…. Some quick meals include:
    1) Chicken teriyaki — just cut up boneless chicken breasts, sautee it in a pot and add Teriyaki sauce from the supermarket. You can also add broccoli, stringed beans, carrots, or your favorite veggies during the last 5 minutes of cook-time for a quick steam.
    2) Baked chicken breasts — season over night or before work in the day and pop in the oven wrapped in foil and it should be done in 40 minutes tops.
    3) Baked salmon
    4) Pan seared tilapia
    5) Shrimp and broccoli or asparagus
    6) Penne pasta with ground beef cooked in a tomato basil sauce (or your favorite sauce)
    7) Turkey and spinach wraps — sautee seasoned ground turkey in a pan. In a separate pan, steam frozen or fresh spinach (add some salt/seasoning for taste). Assemble the two in a tortilla wrap for a meal.

    I hope these ideas help. 🙂

    • Wow! Those are all great ideas! I think we’d really like to try a lot of these. Thanks so much for sharing. You seem to have a lot of experience in this department!

  4. Laura

    I don’t have any specific recipes, but I do have an idea that one of my friends has told me about that I am planning to try. She will make her weekly menu out on Friday and go ahead and do the shopping, and she will just go ahead and make most of the meals on Sunday and freeze them so it is just a quick reheat and eat later in the week. It is something that I’d like to start doing I just haven’t had a chance to yet.

    • I have heard about this…but I’m not sure we have enough freezer space at the moment…maybe when we have a house, I will give this a try! Thanks!

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  6. Heather

    I LOVE my crockpot too, and it comes in so handy. There is a GREAT cookbook out there called “Fix It and Forget It Cookbook” a friend gave it to me after I got married. There are tons of recipes and everything from soups to casseroles. It’s great. There are also crockpots out there with timers, which come in especially handy when you’re gone for like 10 hours and the meal says to cook for 6-8. Also, I love the frozen section in the supermarket. I’ve found “ready to cook” grilled salmon that takes less than 20 minutes. I also like to do ham steaks or turkey sausage (4-6 min cook time) with some quick veggies. Not an everyday meal, but something quick. Good luck!

    • That sounds like a great book to have around. I really should use my crock pot more often…I need to take advantage of how easy it can make cooking on busy weeknights. And I love the idea of using more turkey….thanks for the ideas!

  7. Stephanie

    Do you have a grill you could use at your apartment? They make little patio-size electric ones that some complexes allow, if you have outdoor space. IF you could get a grill, that’s great for quick warm-weather meals. You can do hamburgers, chicken, pork chops, steak, sausage, etc. For chicken and pork, you can marinade with Lawry’s or something like that, or use an interesting bbq sauce. For sides, you can get potato salad, macaroni salad, or cole slaw. Slicing up vegetables like cucumbers and tomatoes with salad dressing, or sauteeing zucchini with onion and lemon juice is quick and so good. Corn on the cob is always good. I love summer meals!

    • For sure! Those are great ideas. We do have a tiny grill but we live on the third floor and we have to carry it and the food down before we can use it. Still, we’d like to use it more! Thanks for sharing!

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