My recent favorite easy dinner recipes

on August 14, 2016

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My summer salad inspired by The Proud Italian Cook

As you may know, I haven’t been meal planning lately. I shared a weekly meal plan for about a year here on the blog (you can view all of my meal plans here) and I felt like I had accumulated enough “go-to” recipes that I didn’t need a formal meal plan to guide my shopping and cooking anymore.

That said, I have found some awesome recipes lately that I’ve been wanting to share! What I love about these is that they are simple, delicious, and (of course) frugal. I’ve been doing a a lot of grocery shopping at Costco (check out my recent post for five items that make a Costco membership worth the $55 fee) and been using what I get there to make some yummy and really cheap dinners.

So here’s what we’ve been eating at my house recently:

2016-08-14 14_42_54-Loaded Chicken and Potatoes _ Singing through the Rain

Loaded Chicken & Potatoes – Singing Through the Rain (this recipe is so simple and yummy… my husband’s new favorite)

Red Beans and Rice in the Slow Cooker |

Red Beans & Rice in the Slow Cooker – A Pinch of Healthy (this has started a slow cooker bean revolution for me… I’ve been cooking all kinds of dried beans in the crockpot lately!)

Quick and Easy Chicken Burritos

Quick and Easy Chicken and Avocado Burritos – Gimme Delicious Food (I’ve also added bacon to the mix with excellent results)

Mini Italian sausage meatballs cooked with Bow Tie pasta in a creamy tomato sauce. Ready in 30 minutes!

Italian Sausage Bow Tie Pasta – A Dish of Daily Life (totally yummy comfort food)

The BEST Baked Fish. I made this and it was absolutely easy and delicious. I made some changes: I used thick tilapia loins and Panko Crumbs only. My recipe is basically 1/4 c mayo, 1 T. dijon mustard, 1 T. lemon juice and 1 tsp of dried dill. Stir and smear on fish. Place on parchment and press on a mixture of Panko, 2 tsp. dill and seasoned salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 450˚ for 15 min. No turning!:

Baked Tilapia with Panko Coating – About Southern Food (I’ve served this with broccoli and rice for a quick and super healthy dinner)

You can get these and lots of other yummy recipes on my Pinterest What’s for Dinner board. What have you been making for dinner lately? Please leave a comment below!

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  • Kathryn Sneed

    Glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for sharing! <3

    August 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm Reply
    • Leah

      I make this recipe all of the time! Thanks so much Kathryn!

      August 17, 2016 at 3:09 pm Reply
  • Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

    Thanks for including my red beans and rice! I am happy that you like it. 🙂

    August 14, 2016 at 3:25 pm Reply
    • Leah

      You inspired me to use dried beans in the slow cooker on a weekly basis, Marjorie! Thanks again!

      August 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm Reply

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