Sometimes making dinner at the end of a full or stressful day can feel overwhelming. Or maybe you’re just tired or not in the mood. You’re allowed—there is no law that says you have to be pumped to cook every night.  

I recently shared some delicious easy recipes from my fellow RDs. To give you even more inspiration, here are some more easy meal ideas that are no-recipe friendly. 


1.) Baked chicken thighs marinated in lemon, olive oil and herbs (try garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper) basted with BBQ sauce, served alongside a cucumber, tomato, and avocado salad. Add potatoes or brown rice if you need more. 

2.) Healthy baked chicken wings are one of my favorite healthier comfort foods. Marinate with olive oil and spices like garlic, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper and bake at 375 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Serve with salad or your favorite veggies. 

3.) Pan-seared steak served over a simple greens salad with balsamic and olive oil dressing. Need more? Garnish with a store-bought chimichurri sauce and serve with roasted potato wedges. Here’s a recipe for inspiration

4.) Baked or poached salmon served with grilled or roasted veggies and/or salad and a yogurt-dill sauce is so satisfying. If you want a little more carbs, this is great with brown rice or your favorite whole grain.  Here’s a simple sheet-pan recipe to get you started. 

5.) Seared scallops (from frozen makes this sooo easy) with grilled or roasted asparagus and sautéed cauliflower and tomatoes with lots of garlic. Here’s my go-to recipe. 

6.) A veggie-filled frittata paired with salad. I love this summer squash one. For my egg-avoiding friends, I have these vegan chickpea flour frittatas

7.) A deconstructed falafel bowl made with roasted chickpeas, cauliflower rice, greens, hummus, and feta. Here’s a recipe I shared with SHAPE  for a delicious meatless dinner option that’s super-easy. 


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