Meal planning can be a struggle, especially if you’re indecisive about what to make. But don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with some easy meal ideas.
5 Meal Ideas for the Indecisive Home Cook
Here are five easy weeknight meals that will take minimal effort to prepare, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy your meal.
This one-pot meal is about as easy as it gets. All you need is some pasta, canned tomatoes, broth, and whatever vegetables and seasonings you have on hand. Just toss everything in the pot and let it simmer until the pasta is cooked through. Top with cheese and voila—dinner is served!
You can easily add in any vegetables or seasonings you have on hand to make another delicious meal. Try out different combinations, like adding mushrooms and spinach with garlic and oregano for an Italian-inspired dish, or using red peppers, black beans, and cumin for a Southwest twist. There are countless possibilities with this simple dish. With one-pot pasta, you can create an easy yet flavorful meal in just minutes.
Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? This version has added nutrition thanks to the broccoli florets that are stirred into the cheesy sauce right before serving. You can also add cooked chicken or bacon for extra protein, if desired. This is a great way to incorporate broccoli into your child’s diet, and you can even make it with them!
To make broccoli macaroni and cheese, begin by cooking the macaroni noodles according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain off any excess water and set aside. Next, in a separate pot, melt butter over medium heat and whisk in flour to create a roux. Slowly add milk while continuing to whisk until the sauce thickens. Add in grated cheese, stirring until melted and fully incorporated. Finally, stir in the cooked macaroni noodles and broccoli florets before seasoning with salt, pepper and any other desired herbs or spices. Serve hot and enjoy!
Sheet Pan Fajitas
Fajitas are always a hit in my house! All you need to do is cut up your favorite bell peppers, onions, and chicken (or steak). Toss them together with some oil and fajita seasoning then spread out on a baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and serve with tortillas or over rice.
Baked Fish Tacos
These tacos come together quickly when you use store-bought fish filets like tilapia or cod. Simply bake at 375°F for 20 minutes or until cooked through then serve in warm corn tortillas with your favorite toppings like cilantro, sour cream, cheese, plus any other fixings you like.
You can change up this recipe by using different types of fish, such as salmon or tilapia, and adding different toppings like salsa, cole slaw, and even refried or baked beans. For an extra kick of flavor, try adding spices such as cumin or chili. Be sure to serve with your favorite sauce or guacamole.
When Out of Options, Go for Pizza
Sometimes the easiest and quickest fix for an indecisive home cook is to just order pizza! With so many types of toppings, crusts, and sauces to choose from, you can always find something that everyone in your family will enjoy. Plus, it takes a fraction of the time it would take to prep and cook a meal from scratch. Local pizza places and Italian Fiesta Pizzeria joints will offer all of the best options, and more often than not, deliver, to help make your weeknight meal a breeze.
If you’re feeling more inclined to making your pizza yourself, here’s a simple recipe that anyone can make. Making homemade pizza is an easy and fun weeknight meal.
- Start by preheating the oven to 425°F.
- Then, roll out some store-bought pizza dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet or large round pan.
- Add your favorite sauce, followed by toppings such as tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, olives, peppers, and onions.
- Finally, bake for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust has golden brown edges.
Enjoy your homemade pizza with a side salad or garlic bread for a delicious meal in no time.
These meals will be sure to please even the pickiest eaters—without taking too much time away from your evening plans! All of these dishes require minimal effort while still delivering maximum flavor so they’re perfect for busy weeknights when there isn’t much time for cooking but you still want something delicious to eat! Don’t feel bad about being indecisive—these recipes have got your back.
About the Writer: Dixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves to write for business, health, and women’s interests. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook.
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