Six Easy and Healthy Weeknight Meals

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I know what you’re thinking…

What does FOOD have to do with creativity?

And to THAT I would say…


Food for me is just as much a creative outlet as songwriting, writing stories, or painting a portrait.

Creating and tasting food can be such a sensual, incredible experience.

And as they say in one of my all time favorite food movies, The Hundred Foot Journey, “Food is memories.”

Fueling your body and mind with wholesome, healthy foods impacts every other area of your well being, including your ability to thrive in your creativity.

Since getting married a few years ago, I’ve made and tested literally hundreds of recipes and have landed on some REAL winners that are quick, delicious, and give you lots of leftovers to enjoy for lunch during the week.

Don’t just take my word for it- ask my sisters. We share recipes with each other all the time and these are some of everyone’s favorites!

Here are six of our favorite easy weeknight meals for you to test out and add to your repertoire!

The Best Chicken Tinga Tacos – Pinch of Yum (from The Minimalist Kitchen)

Photo by Pinch of Yum

I simplify these INCREDIBLE tacos by making the sauce and then adding it along with the chicken to a crock pot. Cook it on low for 4-6 hours and then shred and devour when you’re ready to eat! So easy! We make these so often that I have this recipe memorized.

Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice, and Arugula Salad – Pinch of Yum

Photo by Pinch of Yum

I could eat this salad EVERY DAY! I switch out the cashews for toasted pumpkin seeds and add dried cherries or cranberries for a little sweetness. SO GOOD!

Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup – Sisters & Sage

This recipe is so easy and satisfying, and I love that we can enjoy the leftovers over a few days. I usually have all of the ingredients on hand in and it comes together in less than 30 minutes! Win win!

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs – Cooking Classy

This is our go-to grill recipe in the spring and summer. There is NOTHING better than grilled pineapple, friends. NOTHING!

Sheet Pan Chicken Shwarma with Sesame Sweet Potatoes and Hummus – Half Baked Harvest

Photo by Half Baked Harvest

This mediterranean inspired meal is one of my favorite ways to drench everything in the bowl in garlicky hummus!

If you are into easy, fast DELICIOUS meals, please do yourself a favor and try all of the sheet pan recipes from Half Baked Harvest. Our other favorites include her sheet pan poblano fajitas and cuban chicken with citrus salsa.

One Pot Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Salad – Ambitious Kitchen

Photo by Ambitious Kitchen

Two of my favorite foods – quinoa and chickpeas- mixed into a flavorful salad that you can enjoy as a side or as a main dish.

What are some of your favorite weeknight recipes? Send me a reply with links to your go-to meals!