It’s time for another round of weeknight dinners! These meals were on a fly-by-my-seat type of week so I figured it would be a good week to record. Hope you enjoy and get some ideas! I know dinner is the last thing on your mind right now on Halloween, but hopefully, it still gives you some inspiration for other weeknights. I’m gearing up to start creating and shooting recipes again here soon (I’ve been reposting old recipes that I had help with photographing.) Because I know so many of you are in a similar crazy life stage as me, I want to focus on quick weeknight dinner recipes and ideas that taste delicious, but can be made in 30 minutes or less and maybe your toddler will at least lick them.
I’m making pumpkin face cheese crisps for the kids for dinner tonight. I’ll let you know if that’s a win or a fail ha ha It’s going to be neither if I don’t get to the store for some shredded cheese. Mr. Hungry and I are having leftovers of my sheet pan sausage, cauliflower gnocchi, and broccoli meal.
I hope everyone has a fun trick-or-treating! Stay safe!
Shawarma and Leftover Sausage
Made my air fryer chicken shawarma and ate it with hummus (not pictured) and dairy-free tzatziki sauce from Trader Joe’s. We also had some leftover sausage I wanted to eat up and I love sauerkraut with sausages. For veggies, I ate a bunch of mini sweet peppers while cooking, but I also put some on my plate!
Snacking on veggies is something I do a lot when I’m starving and cooking dinner. I also offer the veggies to the kids who then ask for a snack since I’m eating. They usually decline the veggies and wait till dinner (after whining profusely, just keeping it real.)
For this meal – KJ ate the chicken and a few crackers. KK ate hummus, crackers, and milk for dinner.
I made my tuna cakes one night and ate them with leftover dairy-free tzatziki. We ate these tuna patties/cakes two nights in a row. One day we had just finger veggies and hummus. Another night I made roasted tricolor cauliflower with it! (No picture though.) I doubled the tuna patty recipe so we had plenty for lunches etc. One thing I learned from my mom’s group is when you can make two batches of something (especially if it’s freezer-friendly) DO IT.
KJ tried a few bites of tuna cake (he really likes seafood like shrimp, lobster, and salmon so we were able to convince him to try it.) KK ate hummus, crackers, and milk for dinner. One night they both had an apple with dinner since we ate this two nights in a row.
When I realized that the packet I picked up from TJ’s was an Asian salad and not a stir fry, I decided to pivot from the shrimp stir fry I had planned. I made my crispy tofu from my Meal Prep for Weight Loss book. I LOVE the high-protein tofu from TJ’s because you don’t have to press it! Again I doubled the batch so we could eat leftovers for lunch!
Tofu was new for the kids, they weren’t super fans. They mostly ate peaches for dinner that night.
What I liked about this week was that I did a lot of batch cooking. However, without a set plan, it felt pretty hectic! Some weeks are just like that.
More weeknight dinner posts:
For the last 2 years, I’ve basically been pregnant or nursing and that does affect the way I eat and the types of meals I make, so I made notes as to whether it was dairy-free for breastfeeding or pregnancy (when I could barely stand to cook.)
- My Back To School Weeknight Secret Weapon (sept 2023, Breastfeeding, Dairy-Free)
- Weeknight Dinners – August 2023 (dairy-free, breastfeeding)
- Weeknight Dinners – July 2023 (dairy-free, breastfeeding)
- Weeknight Dinners – March 2023 (7 Months Pregnant with third baby)
- Weeknight Dinners – Feb 2023 (6 Months Pregnant with 3rd baby)
- Weeknight Dinners – July 2022 (Dairy-Free Breastfeeding Edition)
- Weeknight Dinners – October 2021 (Dairy-Free Breastfeeding Edition)
- Weeknight Dinners – Sept 2021 (Dairy-Free Breastfeeding Edition)
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