3 SIMPLE Weekday Meals

Juggling kid schedules, homework, & activities is a true task in itself! These simple weekday meals will help you during the panic hour of "what's for dinner, Mom"? while trying to juggle your busy evening. 

"Potatoes, Onions & Franks" was a staple growing up. It is on the cost-effective side, and it tastes deeeelicious! It fills you up and leaves you satisfied. Now that I am raising little ones, I want to add nutrition every chance I get. I turned our classic family recipe into a healthier version. It's still mouthwatering and will have everyone running into the kitchen wanting to eat since it smells so tasty! Nom nom. 

Potatoes, Sausage & Veggies

  • 1/2 onion (sliced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (diced)
  • 2 TBSP avocado oil
  • 6 potatoes (halved, then quartered)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1-2 cups of spinach (spinach wilts as you cook it, so don't be afraid to add lots of spinach) 
  • 1 package of organic precooked sausage (sliced)
  • sea salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat avocado oil in large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion & garlic for 2 minutes. Add potatoes and fry & stir for about 10-15 minutes until almost browned. Add sausage & peppers and cook until peppers are soft. Add the spinach last and cook until it wilts. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper in to taste. Don't be afraid to use sea salt (different than table salt)! It adds so much flavor and contains beneficial minerals. 

Tips:

Substitute tofu for sausage if you are cooking vegan 

Buy organic & local ingredients if you can.

Get creative on the veggies! You can add mushrooms, zucchini, & squash as well. This recipe is so flavorful, you can't go wrong by switching the veggies up. 

Quesodillas

  • 1 package Food for Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas
  • 1 can Amy's organic Refried Beans
  • 4-5 avocados
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • sea salt
  • avocado oil or butter

Directions:

Heat butter or avocado oil (we use butter for this recipe) in a medium sized skillet on medium heat. Make my easy version of guacamole first. Scoop out avocados in a bowl. Add sea salt to taste and 2 garlic cloves, minced. Mash & stir until you have a thin consistency. Spread "guacamole" on one side of Food for Life Sprouted Corn tortilla. Spread a scoop of refried beans on top of guacamole. Add prepared corn tortilla to the pan with butter and let fry for about 3-4 minutes. Fold tortilla in half and place on a plate. Top with your favorite fixings like olives, salsa, sour cream or a non-dairy sour cream like Red Lotus "Sour & Creamy" (located in the vegan aisle at Heinens), cilantro, parsley, cheese, etc. We really love the dairy-free cheese FollowYourHeart. This dish is a kid FAVORITE! 

 

Pasta Night

Ok, ok! This one is so easy, it's almost not even considered "cooking". But this recipe is packed with a lot of nutrients I can't leave it out. This is for nights when you feel like there is no time for cooking. Making Tolerant Green Lentil Pasta is just like serving your kids a plate of beans! And beans are packed with a lot of nutrition including fiber & vitamins like iron and magnesium. It makes for a great "meatless Monday" dinner to start the week off without stressing over dinner! 

  • 1 package of Tolerant Green Lentil Pasta
  • 1 jar of Heinen's Organic Herbed Spaghetti Sauce 
  • Optional: add marinated artichokes & olives

Directions: 

Cook pasta according to directions. Stir Heinen's Organic Spaghetti Sauce (or your favorite sauce) in with pasta. Serve & enjoy! 

Toast Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free bread with butter and garlic powder for a yummy side along with a salad. 

Tips:

Brown grass-fed ground meat with sauteed onion & garlic. Add in spaghetti sauce & pasta. 

Add sauteed mushrooms & peppers if you would like more veggies.


You can also find this article on the Heinen's blog :) More recipes coming soon! What is your favorite kid-friendly dinner recipe?