Five-Ingredient Quick-Fix Meals for Weeknight Dinners

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Five-Ingredient Quick Fix Meals for Weeknight Dinners

Add the following recipes to your emergency list for weeknight relief. Mealtime is important. It can provide a moment of connection for busy people, nourishing body and soul. Scheduled meals offer an opportunity to relax and reflect.

People who plan regular, balanced meals experience steadier weight control and lower stress and enjoy better health management (even improved sleep). Whether you’re a busy single, a parent of school-age children or an active retiree, the benefits are the same. (Related: Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes)

Stocking the pantry and refrigerator are step one. Take a good hard look at the items you’re storing. Give away the foods you don’t eat and stock your kitchen with delicious convenience.

In the Pantry

Olive oil, sesame oil, vegetable oil, balsamic vinegar, chicken stock, rice, pasta, couscous, ramen, canned beans (a variety of garbanzo, kidney, refried, black, navy, etc.), salsa, seasonings, herbs and spices

In the Refrigerator

Eggs, tortillas (flour and corn), fresh spinach, cheese (some pre-shredded melting cheeses and grated Parmesan), Greek yogurt, slaw mix, fresh garlic, onions

Each of these dishes takes about 30 minutes to prepare (including cooking time). They consist of five main ingredients. Play with the seasonings and sides to fit your taste. But, don’t think too hard. You can save that energy for the project you offered to do at work, or the night class you’re taking. Oh, and remember, you also need to go to the store for supplies for that science project that Junior just told you is due tomorrow.

Pork and Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Related Recipes

MigasA traditional Mexican dish, Migas is made with eggs, black beans and cheese. An easy meal that can be made in no time!

Asian Noodles with Rotisserie Chicken and Vegetables: Whip up a quick and healthy weeknight meal with this flavorful chicken and vegetables stir-fry recipe.

Sweet Potatoes and Pork Over Garlic Egg NoodlesSweet potatoes, pork and seasonings combine for a flavorful combination over egg noodles for a hearty one-dish meal.

Cheesesteak PizzaGet the beefy, peppery, cheesy taste of Philly cheesesteak in a different form: pizza! This dish is quick, easy and perfect for kids.

Quick Greek Lemon Soup: Put a Mediterranean spin on dinner with quick Greek lemon soup, which features rice, eggs and lemon juice.

To pack a dish with even more flavor, try one of these four recipes for quick flavor fixes.


  1. ruth casebolt

    August 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I would love to have your mom’s meatloaf recipe.I really enjoy watching your shows.I really love the songs you sing and you and Marcy cooking. thank you very much,Ruth Casebolt

  2. pat murphy

    September 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    icannotgettherecipeforthechickenenchiladas thatwasshownontheseptember13broadcastpleasehelp

    • Jessy Yancey

      September 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Hi Pat,

      I’m not sure what you’re referring to, as we don’t really broadcast anything other than Tennessee Home & Farm Radio, which hasn’t included recipes in the recent past. The only enchilada recipe we have are these Sour Cream Enchiladas with Beef, but I’m sure they’d taste great with chicken. Hope this helps!

      Jessy Yancey
      Tennessee Home & Farm

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