Easy, fast, and somewhat healthy is the watchword these days when it comes to making dinner. I have always taken great pride in cooking (its the most effective way to catch a husband TeHe! 😉 ) I always try to put an effort into making attractive, comforting meals at the end of a long work day. But alas….who wants to cook at the end of a long work day? Anyone?

It’s the universal household problem, I know. No woman is immune. Sigh. College students struggle with this. Working girls struggle with this. Mommies struggle with this. Everybody struggles!

Is it wrong to make spaghetti noodles and eat them bare?

But at least we have Pinterest to ease the load, right? (I wonder what people used to do without Pinterest? I mean, seriously, how did they come up with new ideas every week?) These links below send you to our favorite dinner time meals. They are yummy, husband approved, and pretty easy to toss together for the working, busy, overloaded woman (or for the man who doesn’t do complicated recipes.)

  1. Brazilian Grilled Flank Steak by My Man’s Belly
Photo Credit My Man’s Belly

I’ve been on the lookout for a good steak marinade and we finally found a robust one that suits our taste buds. This is perfect for Spring/Summer! Just add a garden salad and voila! Easy as pie. The marinade not only tastes fresh and savory, but the lime juices soften the meat. It melts-in-your-mouth! And the best part is, Blake cooks it on the grill so I don’t have to cook. #sneaky

  1. Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa by Pinch of Yum
Photo Credits Pinch of Yum

I love me some shrimp, and Quinoa is the yummiest superfood ever. I honestly love the flavor in this quinoa rice recipe alone. She sautés the raw grains with onion and chili powder to insert intense flavor before adding broth to cook it. It’s seriously easy, hearty, and healthy.

  1. Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole by Easy Family Recipes
Photo credits Easy Family Recipes

When I was on bed rest, I could only get up for a short amount of time. If Blake couldn’t make dinner one night, then I would get out of bed and toss this together. It literally took me 15 minutes to put this in one pan and throw it in the oven. Then I’d go back to bed until it was done. And the flavor? YUMMMY! Blake loves this and willingly eats whatever leftovers we have the next day.

  1. Quinoa and Beef Stuffed Peppers by Plating’s and Pairings
Photo Credit Plantings and Pairings

I’ll just say, making this was out of my comfort zone. This combo sounded kinda weird to me, but Blake begged me to make it after he saw it on my Pinterest feed. I was pleasantly surprised! Super yummy, super healthy, not too hard to make, and its so filling you don’t need a side with it! The rise and veggies are all put together. Don’t forget to add lime juice to the top for a southwestern flare. Serve with ice tea!

  1. Cheesy Bacon and Egg Hash by Café Delights
Photo credits Cafe Delights

This is actually the recipe that inspired my own version of this one pan meal. I use Potatoes O’Brien (the diced potatoes with bell peppers found in the frozen food section) instead of regular potatoes. If bacon is too time consuming to make (it always is for me,) then I cook up a pound of ground sausage (any flavor) before adding the rest of the ingredients to the pan. Or ham, or any meat you like! You can add avocados, cheese, Italian sausage chunks, more peppers, onions, the options for this are endless! It also makes for a great freezer meal, and you can cook it all in one skillet.

We eat this for dinner, but it’s easy enough to whip together for breakfast (served with pancakes.) This is literally Blake’s favorite meal and we eat it a lot. It fills him up with carbs, veggies, and protein to keep his body going strong on long night shifts.

6. Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pulled Pork by Pioneer Woman 

Pioneer Woman Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork (photo credits Pioneer Woman)

This took me about 5 minutes to toss in the crock pot (I used that instead of a dutch oven) and it was amazing! It makes a ton for the two of us, so I divide it into separate portions and freeze it for a quick snack or dinner option.  This is good on bread, with BBQ, in tortillas, or by itself with cheese. Blake makes BBQ pizza out of it with a little Italian seasoning and red pepper. SO many options!

This pork literally smells like my childhood while it’s cooking. This is a comfort food must have recipe and it only takes minutes to put together!

Since I’m still postpartum and not my 100% yet, any other easy dinner recipes would be much appreciated! Feel free to send me your favorites!

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