Need some quick weeknight dinner ideas? We’ve got ya covered.
Just because we work at home doesn’t mean we have extra hours to spend in the kitchen whipping up a hot meal. Just like traditional office workers, telecommuters should have a handful quick meal solutions at their fingertips. Here are five of our favorite ideas for quick weeknight meals:
Learn to love the crockpot. I use my Crockpot a couple of times a week because I can prep everything in the morning when I make breakfast and then set it and forget it. Food cooks slowly throughout the day, filling my house with mouthwatering aromas.
One of my go-to crockpot meals is pulled pork. All you need is a pork roast, a bottle of your favorite barbeque sauce, an onion and a little ginger ale. I turn the Crockpot to low for 8-9 hours and when it’s done, I toss the meat into my Kichenaid mixer with the dough hook attachment, which pulls the pork for me in just a couple of minutes. Easy!
About an hour before dinner is ready, I cook a batch corn muffins from a mix. Add in a little coleslaw from my local deli and I’ve got everything for an indoor barbecue. Click here for our favorite pulled pork recipe.
Pampered chef is the way to go. If you haven’t tried a Pampered Chef recipe, it’s time to give one a try. One of my favorites is this Skillet Lasagna. Click here for the recipe.
By adding a can of marinara sauce and some fresh Italian sausage to the dish, you can create a meal that tastes fresh. This is a great summertime meal because you don’t have use your oven to cook the lasagna.
One pot meals. A great quick meal for a busy work-at-home mom is a one pot meal like a soup or a stew. A family favorite that my kids love is a Cowboy Stew and the best part is it’s really easy! You sauté onions in the stew pot and gradually add each ingredient in order. This dish takes about 40 minutes from start to finish. The clean-up is easy too, so when you’re tired from a long day you don’t have to spend hours washing a dozen pots pans. Click here for the recipe.
Quick casserole. A standby for moms everywhere is a trusty casserole. Much like the one pot meal, you don’t have to dirty a lot of dishes and it requires a small amount of effort for maximum taste. Enchilada Casserole is a big hit in my house. Then again, anything with cheese on it gets the thumbs up from my kids.
Who doesn’t love mushrooms, black beans, tortillas, and cheese? Combine them with a few more ingredients, add 30 minutes of cooking time, and dinner is served. Prepare this casserole the night before or in the morning and put it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook it. Click here for the recipe.
Baked Potato Bar. Most people love baked potatoes so why not create a potato bar? Cook your potatoes in the oven, microwave, or Crockpot ahead of time. Put out a serving dish full of cheese, bacon bits, broccoli, chives, sour cream, salsa, olives, canned chili and anything else you like on a baked potato.
This works as a quick meal for a busy telecommuter and pleases everyone from small kids to picky adults because everyone gets to choose what they want on their potato.
What do you do for a quick meal after a long day at work?
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