It’s time to get a head start on your meal plan for next week. From a meatless take on fajitas using chickpeas to a tasty Thai twist on burgers, we’ve got 5 quick and easy weeknight meals that will get you through the week. So grab a pen, make your shopping list, and stock up before the weekend’s over.
Chorizo-Spiced Chickpea Fajita Pitas | Vegetarian Ventures
The Chickpea Shwarma Sandwich that we found at Minimalist Baker has become a favorite weeknight dinner in my house, so I’m happy to have found a similar meal in these Chorizo-Spiced Chickpea Fajita Pitas at Vegetarian Ventures (pictured). These look fresh, easy and full of kid-approved flavor. In fact, to keep with the theme, I might even serve these with tortillas instead of pitas for #MeatlessMondays.
Noodle Salad with Chicken and Chile-Scallion Oil | Photo by Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott for Bon Appetit
Grab a rotisserie chicken to beat the heat with this Noodle Salad with Chicken and Chile-Scallion Oil at Bon Appetit (pictured; photo by Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott). Refreshing and cool, this is perfect for nights when those heat wave temps continue to soar into the evening. Plus, you can make every element ahead of time for quick assembly the night of.
I love how a clever cooking method and a little prosciutto turn frozen tortellini and peas into a pretty sophisticated dinner—at least by weeknight standards. Deb at Smitten Kitchen tops her Crispy Tortellini with Peas and Prosciutto with a dollop of creme fraiche, but regular sour cream or even a pat of butter will do just fine too. One quick note: Her recipe is for 2 people, so be mindful of increasing amounts if you’re feeding more people.
You might normally think that a recipe the requires 15 minutes of marinade time is not for you, at least not during the week. But it is when putting the marinade together takes 5 minutes and cooking only takes 7. It turns out, the arithmetic of this recipe for Asian Salmon Kabobs at Damn Delicious works in your favor—even on Thursday night.
We love Jaden at Steamy Kitchen and have relied on her recipes for years, so I’m pretty stoked that she shared one that she loves from my very own cookbook, Make It Easy. Because if Jaden says a recipe works and is tasty, well then, it is. It just so happens that these Thai Chicken Burgers with Quick Pickled Carrots are also my favorite recipe in the book. The carrots pickle in the time that it takes to make the burgers, which are always a fun way to end the week.