Easy Weeknight Meals | Michy's Foods

Easy Weeknight Meals

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Michelle Della Penna | 1 Comment

We asked and you answered! I wanted to know what topics you wanted us to cover most on our blog and overwhelmingly, you all said "QUICK, EASY MEALS"! So, I've created a 5-day dinner menu along with shopping list, that I will post over the next 2 weeks. Most of the prep and even some of the cooking can be done ahead of time and all of the recipes require 30 minutes or less of active cook time. Do your shopping and prep on Sunday or before the week and your meals will be a breeze. These recipes are designed to feed up to 4 people, so if you have a larger family or in my case, a really big appetite, all of these recipes can easily be doubled without loosing any integrity. 

Lastly, these meals are so versatile. If a recipe calls for broccoli but you prefer cauliflower swap it in. They can totally be customized to your family’s taste buds! Oh, and don’t forget to post pictures of dinners and post them to twitter or instagram @michysfoods. Enjoy, friends!

We'll be making:

  • Lentil Tacos
  • Healthy Fried Rice
  • Vegan Chili
  • Lentil Bolognese
  • Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Here is your shopping list for all of the recipes:

12 hard taco shells/soft tortillas (your preference)

1 lb pasta of your choice

2 cups brown rice (uncooked)

2 14 oz cans brown lentils OR 3 ½ C cooked brown lentils

1 14 oz can white beans

1 14 oz can black beans

1 14 oz can pinto beans

2 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

2 avocados

4 small yellow onions

4-6 large sweet potatoes or garnet yams

1 head garlic

1 bunch green onions

1 package taco seasoning (or you can make your own mix, see below*)

1 packet chili seasoning (or you can make your own mix, see below on "Chili Night" recipe)

dried oregano

terriyaki sauce (or you can make your own, see below on "Healthy Fried Rice" recipe)

½ C cashews (or nut of your choice)

sesame seeds (optional)

1 ½ C frozen stir fry vegetables

Olive Oil, Coconut or Non-GMO vegetable oil (whatever you have on hand)

vegan cheese of your choice

salsa (optional)

vegan sour cream (optional)

 

First Up: Lentil Tacos

My family absolutely loves this recipe. I make it almost every week. Once you fill your crunchy taco shell with the hearty lentils and top it with all the fixin's, you won't even realize it's vegan! Enjoy!

Taco Filling:

1 14-oz can brown lentils (or about 1 3/4 C cooked lentils)

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 packet taco seasoning (OR use the homemade recipe below*)

1/4-1/2 C water

Taco Toppings:

12 taco shells or tortillas

1 avocado, sliced

1/2 C vegan cheese, grated

vegan sour cream

salsa

Warm up a large skillet to medium heat with a light drizzle of oil. When the pan is hot, add the onions and a dash of salt.  Cook for about 2-3 minutes until they are translucent.  Add the garlic and mix, making sure not to burn.  When the garlic is fragrant, add the lentils and taco seasoning; mixing well.  Add about 1/4 cup of water to loosen up the mixture and bring to a boil.  Stir frequently and then lower to simmer for about 10 minutes to let the flavors meld.  While that is cooking, prepare all of your toppings and warm your shells or tortillas in the oven (325 for about 3-4 minutes).  Taste the lentils and adjust seasonings in necessary.  Spoon into shell and top with your favorite toppings and enjoy! See, wasn't that easy?!?!!?

 

*Homemade Taco Seasoning

2 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp corriander

1/2 tsp oregano

 

 


 

 

 

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Jennifer Serebrenik
Jennifer Serebrenik

March 04, 2014

Fabulous idea! I’m always looking for healthy alternatives to everyday recipes that I can feed my kids … And fast.

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