5 Go-To Weeknight Dinners

Most weeknights my husband and I make dinner at home. We usually only eat out on the weekends…or, at least we try to. It seems like regardless of the new dishes we try to incorporate into our weekly rotation, there are a few tried and true recipes we keep revisiting over and over. And, as a bonus, these meals are all very winter-friendly—perfect for colder temps!

Turkey ChiliTurkey Chili

This turkey chili is easy. It takes less than 30 minutes to put together than the stovetop does the rest. I use this recipe from the Food Network. You can top it with tortilla chips, slices of avocado, sour cream or greek yogurt, scallions or shredded cheese. This recipe makes a lot, so we always have leftovers. To keep things exciting, serve chili over a baked potato.

Fresh Tomato and Ricotta Whole Wheat PastaFresh-Tomato-and-Ricotta-Pasta-foodiecrush.com-009

I love pasta. Too much. My husband makes this dish for me and it’s quickly become one of my favorites. The combination of tomatoes, spinach and fresh ricotta is really hard to beat. You can find this recipe on Foodie Crush.

TacosChicken Tacos

There’s really no recipe needed for this one. Although, this one for Chicken Tacos from How Sweet It Is, looks delicious. Just pick a protein, favorite tacos, some tortillas—crunchy or soft, and dinner is served! Tacos are so versatile and quick, they’re a perfect weeknight dinner. And, you can build them the way you like. We usually set up a “taco bar” and line up all our taco toppings: lettuce, tomato, avocado, salsa, cilantro and sour cream—are a few of our favorites.

BLT and SoupBLT

It’s really hard to beat a classic BLT. If you haven’t had one in a while, I highly suggest you revisit one. Most nights, all I really need for dinner is a simple sandwich and soup combo. Bon Appetit has a great article on how to spice up the basic BLT. (Not that it needs it!) It’s also a great buffer for leftovers. Which also reminds me to mention, don’t make all these dishes in one week unless you’re cooking for a crowd—you’ll have leftover overload. I’m usually happy with a simple tomato soup. Or, Trader Joe’s has a lot of really great, ready-made options if you want to save time. However, this is my all-time favorite soup: Potato, Sausage & Kale.

Raw Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Tahini-Maple Dressing

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This one is probably great all year long. But the hearty combination of brussels sprouts & kale make it great for the winter months. This is just like a salad I used to order from a favorite sandwich place in Chicago. The taste combination is delicious. This version from Cookie and Kate doesn’t call for bacon, but I highly recommend you add it, if you’re into that sort of thing.

So, what’s for dinner?

Have a nice weekend y’all. See you next Friday! xx, Devon