Five Easy Weeknight Dinners

These five easy weeknight dinners come together quickly on nights when you don’t have the energy to cook. They have short ingredient lists but don’t skimp on flavor, making for healthy meals that are so much better than grabbing takeout!

We’re halfway through the week — hooray for that! You’ve probably noticed my posts the past few weeks have been less consistent and feature fewer recipes. I’m going through one of those periods where life doesn’t seem to slow down for anything. Most nights consist of me coming home from work, cooking dinner, working out and then heading straight to bed. I’m feeling a bit rundown, so I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit. I’m hoping life will slow down a bit soon so I can spend more time in the kitchen testing recipes. It’s my happy place!

Despite how hectic life is right now, I’m trying really hard to cook at least five nights a week. We usually take leftovers for lunch and knowing we have healthy meals to grab on busier days means there’s one less thing to be stressed about. These five dinners are recipes I find myself making again and again because they’re simple, but delicious. The last thing I want to do at the end of a long day is spend an hour in the kitchen. Hopefully these recipes will make your life easier, too!

Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

This is one of my all-time favorite meals. You can prep the pork the night before or in the morning and then throw it into the slow cooker while you’re at work. You’ll come home to an amazing smelling house and will only have to shred the pork before you dig in!

 Spicy Peanut Butter Drumsticks

This is one of my favorite meals to throw together when I’m craving takeout. These drumsticks are slightly spicy with just a hint of peanut flavor. I like to serve them with naan and salad or on top of jasmine rice.

Weeknight Chicken Sausage Pasta

Is there anything more comforting than a warm bowl of pasta? This lighter pasta dish is one you can feel good about digging into and takes less than 30 minutes to whip up.

Chicken Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

This healthy meal comes together in just 30 minutes. Sausage, potatoes and carrots get thrown together and cooked on one pan, making for a delicious dinner that couldn’t be easier.

Mini Turkey Meatloaves

I’m saving the best recipe for last. These mini meatloaves are full proof and so darn good! Friends and family request them repeatedly. If I know I’m going to have an especially busy day, I’ll put the meatloaves together the night before so all I have to do is pop them in the oven when I get home from work.

What’s your go-to recipe on busy nights?

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