These Quick Food Prep Dinners are perfect for busy nights. Learn what food to prep ahead of time and how to use it to assemble quick and healthy weeknight dinners.
Just popping in with some quick dinner ideas for you. As you know, I tend to focus more on food prepping ingredients during my food prep sessions and then assembling them into quick meals during the week. Some of these use recipes that are on my blog and some are so simple they don’t really require a recipe. So, I rounded up 15 or so of the photos I’ve snapped of our dinner plates over the past few months so I could share them with you guys all in one place.
For each photo I tried to do three things:
- Tell you what it is
- Tell you what you can prep ahead of time
- Tell you how to combine what you prepped with a few other simple steps to make a quick dinner when you’re ready to eat.
There’s no right or wrong way to make these. You could make simple swaps with different kinds of meat or vegetarian proteins based on your preferences or swap in different fruits, vegetables or grains than what’s pictured. My hope is you’ll just use these as a guide to spark some ideas!
Prep: Bake meatballs. I often use these Crockpot Meatballs but cook them in the oven at 400 for 20 min, flipping once.
Serve: Add sauce, cheese & broil until warm and melty. Microwave Steamfresh veggies.
Prep: Cook plain chicken. I do mine in the crockpot or Instant Pot with some garlic, onions and chicken broth and then shred and store. Chop veggies for Greek Hummus Topping.
Serve: Layer chicken, hummus topping and salsa over chips.
Honey Garlic Chicken
Prep: Cook Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs or Instant Pot Asian Chicken and roast sweet potatoes.
Serve: Reheat chicken and sweet potatoes, microwave 90 sec rice and Steamfresh veggies.
Shrimp and Eggs
Prep: Saute shrimp with garlic and sweet chili sauce.
Serve: Scramble eggs, add shrimp for last minute to reheat. Top with salsa. Microwave veggies.
Turkey & Egg Wraps
Prep: Make egg wraps.
Serve: Add guacamole & turkey to egg wraps, make pb toast & slice apple.
BBQ Chicken with Veggies
Prep: Cook chicken and shred.
Serve: Cook sweet potato fries, add bbq sauce to chicken and microwave veggies.
Ground Beef or Turkey Tacos
Prep: Cook ground meat and chop lettuce.
Serve: Reheat meat and fill tortillas with meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese and avocado.
15 Minute Beef & Broccoli
Prep: Assemble Asian Flank Steak Marinade.
Serve: Slice and cook beef, steam broccoli, add sauce and microwave 90-second rice.
Peanut Chicken Salad
Prep: Cook chicken in the crockpot or oven and prep lettuce.
Serve: Cook rice noodles and make a simple sauce of peanut butter, chicken broth, sweet chili sauce and soy sauce.
Mix sauce with chicken and noodles and serve over lettuce.
Salmon Cakes & Pasta
Prep: Bake salmon cakes.
Serve: Cook pasta according to package directions, reheat salmon cakes, top pasta with sauce and steam veggies.
BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Prep: Bake chicken, cube and mix with black beans, corn, peppers, onions and bbq sauce.
Serve: Spoon into lettuce leaves and serve with chips.
Meatballs & Tortellini
Prep: Bake meatballs and chop carrots. (Try these Thai Chicken or Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Meatballs.
Serve: Cook tortellini, top with sauce, reheat meatballs and add carrots & hummus.
Pesto Shrimp & Egg Sandwich
Prep: Roast the sweet potatoes and thaw the shrimp.
Serve: Saute shrimp for 5 min and add pesto. Fry an egg, toast bread & top with cheese.
Pesto & Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Prep: Pound chicken thin, top with pesto & cheese, roll up and bake ahead of time. Cook farro. Chop and wash lettuce.
Serve: Reheat chicken and farro and add toppings to lettuce for a salad.
Chicken & Black Bean Quesadillas
Prep: Cook chicken and chop peppers and onions.
Serve: Put chicken, veggies, black beans and cheese in a tortilla. Microwave or cook in a skillet.
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