12 easy weeknight dinners I’ve eaten recently

Sharing 12 easy weeknight dinners I’ve eaten recently …

Hi, friend! How are you? I’m doing well. This past weekend was full of work for me (outside of seeing the “Barbie” movie, which I’ll share more about later this week), but that’s okay, because we’re only a week away from our Dominican Republic trip, so I see a break in sight. 

This weekend, I had to prepare a new hour of content to teach in Barbell Strength today and a new hour of content to teach in LifeBarre tomorrow, which was quite the undertaking. I usually try to stagger these programs, so I’m not creating/learning/practicing this much choreography back to back, but that’s just how it happened this time. In addition to that, I filmed some videos for a content project that I’m going to share with you very soon. I also spent some time working on this blog post, and I hope you like it. It’s a simple one, friend.

Today, we’re chatting about food — more specifically — easy weeknight dinners. But before we get started with the meals, let’s cover some basic things about my food and my philosophy for eating:

  • I don’t track my calories or macronutrients, but I know I get enough, because I almost always have great energy, and I feel satisfied after and between my meals and snacks.
  • I don’t avoid any food groups or have a specific diet.
  • I like easy meals, and I’m totally okay with repetition.
  • I like to enjoy every bite, so I only eat foods that I find very tasty.
  • I try to eat about 30 grams of protein at dinner, and I try to consume more than 125+ grams of protein per day. I loosely gauge my daily protein intake, but I don’t officially track it.
  • These dinners have a veggie, a fat and a protein.
  • Most of these dinners are easily assembled and take no more than 25 minutes to prepare.
  • None of these dinners require a recipe.
  • I tend to pick up the same things each week at the grocery store, so we work through a rotation of similar meals. I shop at Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods and Publix, most frequently going to Sprouts.

Also, I think it’s important to note that Dave made most of these meals for me. We have similar tastes and styles when it comes to dinner, so we eat the same thing. You know what’s funny? Long ago, we’d eat separate things every night. It’s nice we eat the same stuff now. He does the cooking, and I do the dishes, and that works for us.

12 easy weeknight dinners I’ve eaten recently

12 easy weeknight dinners I've eaten recently by A Lady Goes West

Remember when I used to share nearly all of my meals? I certainly don’t do that any longer, but if a lunch or dinner is plated somewhat nicely, sometimes I like to take a picture. And here are some recent easy weeknight dinners worth sharing with you …

12 easy weeknight dinners

Two Trader Joe’s chicken apple sausages from the grill, Cascadian Farms frozen maple-glazed sweet potatoes from the air fryer and half of an avocado, all covered in sea salt and pepper …

Ninja air fryer meal by A Lady Goes West

Some organic Trader Joe’s chicken nuggets from the oven, Strong Root frozen veggie fries from the air fryer and half of an avocado, all covered in sea salt and black pepper …

Chicken nugget avo dinner by A Lady Goes West

BBQ-marinated organic chicken from the grill, Trader Joe’s butternut squash cubes from the oven and half of an avocado, all covered in sea salt, black pepper and ground turmeric …

Chicken avo dinner by A Lady Goes West

BBQ-marinated organic chicken from the grill, Whole Foods Caribbean blend sautéed black bean and kale mixture and half of an avocado, all covered in sea salt and black pepper …

Chicken dinner by A Lady Goes West

BBQ-marinated organic chicken from the grill, Strong Root frozen veggie fries from the oven and half of an avocado, all covered in sea salt and black pepper …

Chicken fry dinner by A Lady Goes West

A big bowl of Trader Joe’s red lentil pasta, Trader Joe’s chicken apple sausage and sautéed arugula, all covered in Rao’s homemade marinara sauce, sea salt and black pepper …

Pasta and sausage by A Lady Goes West

Some organic Trader Joe’s chicken nuggets from the oven, Trader Joe’s zig-zag butternut squash fries from the air fryer and half of an avocado all covered in sea salt and black pepper …

Chicken nugget butternut dinner by A Lady Goes West

Some sautéed Kevin’s pre-marinated chicken, Whole Foods frozen cauliflower rice, pea and carrot medley and half of an avocado, all covered in sea salt and black pepper …

Kevin's chicken dinner by A Lady Goes West

Two Trader Joe’s chicken apple sausages, sautéed Trader Joe’s frozen carrot medley and half of an avocado, all covered in sea salt and black pepper …

Chicken sausage avo dinner by A Lady Goes West

One Dr. Praeger’s black bean veggie burger, one Hilary’s Eat Well veggie burger, two Vital Farms eggs, sautéed Whole Foods cauliflower rice and half of an avocado, with some Trader Joe’s pepitas salsa, black pepper and sea salt on top …

Veggie burger dinner by A Lady Goes West

A big bowl of Eat Banza chickpea pasta, with two Vital Farms fried eggs, some sautéed arugula, all covered in Rao’s homemade marinara sauce, sea salt and black pepper …

Pasta and eggs by A Lady Goes West

Some organic Trader Joe’s chicken nuggets, Whole Foods frozen potato and green bean medley and half of an avocado, all covered in sea salt and black pepper …

Nuggets and potatoes by A Lady Goes West

And that’ll do it for easy weeknight dinners. 

As you see, we try to keep it simple, nutritious and colorful during the week — making sure to get in our more fun foods on the weekends. You also see that we repeat a lot of items in our meals, and the portions stay pretty similar. It’s a very easy way to eat healthy, if you ask me. And every weeknight, for dessert, I like to have a couple dates as a sweet bite.

Thanks for checking out this post with 12 easy weeknight dinners. Have a fabulous day!

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