Help Me Compile a List of Go-To Weeknight Dinner Recipes

My fantasy version of one H. Harling Ross is a woman who gets to inbox zero every day, folds her clean underwear instead of just crumpling it up and squishing it into a drawer, has perpetually fresh breath, and cooks dinner on weeknights regularly. The latter is a goal I’m particularly annoyed I haven’t achieved, because it seems like low-hanging fruit. Some people cook dinner every day! So why do I always default to cobbling together random snacks from my refrigerator at best, or ordering takeout at worst?? Can I even call myself a real adult if my version of an evening “meal” consists of a heated-up link of precooked chicken sausage, a yogurt, an apple, two bowls of popcorn, and some Hershey’s kisses? Don’t answer that. But do, please, answer this: What’s your go-to weeknight dinner recipe?

I ask because I think if I had a solid starting point–i.e. some reliable, vetted recipes, I could become the type of person who cooks dinner regularly after work. In my mind, an ideal weeknight dinner recipe should be:

+ Easy to make (no fancy cooking tricks or obscure ingredients)

+ Quick to make (under 30 minutes?)

+ Reasonably healthy (because it’s a weeknight and I’m trying to nourish responsibly)

+ Suitable for solo diners (one or two night’s worth of leftovers is fine, but I don’t want to be stuck with eight extra portions of chicken pot pie….)

If these criteria are making your brain go ding! ding! ding! with a recipe idea–or multiple–then feel free to drop the deets, or a link, in the comments below. Let’s compile our very own database for easy, quick, reasonably healthy, solo diner-friendly recipes that will turn any staunch takeout addict into a bonafide chef. Hopefully I’m not the only mooch out there who stands to benefit.

Photos by Suzanne Saroff.

Harling Ross

Harling is a writer and was most recently the Brand Director at Man Repeller.

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