On those nights I really don't feel like cooking, it feels so easy to resort ultra-quick and comforting fallbacks, like bowl of cereal, a PB&J, or some quick buttered noodles. But I don't. Because while it feels great in the moment to rustle up those options with next to no effort, it's pretty much guaranteed that I'll be hungry again in a couple of hours.
Instead I've learned to keep a short yet reliable roster of high-protein dinners that are sure to fill me up, and come together with minimal effort, ingredients, and time on the clock.
Thanks to quick-cooking ingredients like chicken sausage, frozen shrimp, and orzo, this skillet dinner will satisfy your paella craving in under 30 minutes.
It doesn't get much heartier than a pot of chili mixed with meaty chicken thighs, spiced chorizo, and two kinds of beans.
Thin, quick-cooking chicken cutlets are the key to pulling this restaurant-inspired dinner together in 30 minutes.
In about five minute this skillet full of tangy, herb-flecked shrimp can be yours. I know it sounds too good to be true, but I assure you it's the real deal. Top a rice bowl with them, or stuff them into tortillas for dinner.
This is why I always keep a couple of cans of black beans in the pantry at all times. When I don't really want to cook, but crave a filling dinner, these simple tacos delivery every time.
This recipe calls for ground pork, but it's also delicious with ground turkey or chicken, or any combination of these meats. And starting with a bag of shredded slaw seriously cuts down on prep time.
These saucy chickpeas are a hit served on their own, but if you want a little extra fiber, stuff them into a baked sweet potato.
Pre-made curry paste and a package of frozen broccoli are the smart shortcuts that help bring this flavorful curry to the table in a flash.
It's a good idea to serve this easy salmon dinner with a loaf of bread to mop up all the extra sauce on your plate.
This recipe poaches the chicken breast right in the simmering pot of soup, so it gets infused with the smoky, spiced aroma of the broth — and it means there's one less dish to wash.