What To Do Tonight When You’re Starving AND Exhausted
5:15 pm, April 9th | by
After a long day of work, coming home to cook can be the last thing you want to do, but a girl’s got to eat, right? I rounded up 5 of my favorite healthy, easy-to-make recipes (that don’t include Chinese take-out) to help make after-work relaxation a little more feasible. Keep reading for 5 dinner options that can be cooked up in 30 minutes or less.
1.Fried Goat Cheese and Roasted Beet Salad
recipe has the word “fried” in the title, don’t let this fool you — this salad is anything but a greasy Southern meal. For more protein, feel free to add grilled chicken strips or, for the vegetarians out there, canned chickpeas. Use balsamic vinegar to reduce extra caloric intake that accompanies elaborate packaged dressings.
2.Pesto, Tomato and Spinach Naan Pizza
This is not your typical pizza recipe. Using already-cooked naan as the crust ensures that preparation time for this dinner is kept to a minimum. Using just three simple ingredients — pesto, tomato and spinach — this pizza includes a ton of unexpected flavors. You can make just one pizza at a time, freezing any leftover naan, or multiple versions at once to have meals that will last you through the week. Once you’ve mastered this recipe, mix up your toppings — I’m partial to mozzarella, broccoli and slightly-sautéed zucchini on mine.
3.Black Bean Quesadillas
Mexican food is always a good option for dinner when time and money is a concern. This recipe takes only 15 minutes and is less than 400 calories per serving. The black beans bring plenty of protein to the table, and the quesadillas can be easily modified for taste and preferences — you can choose the level of spice in your salsa, and look for whole wheat tortillas at your local grocery store to keep the meal even healthier.
dish with an egg base is a classic go-to for quick and easy meals. Speaking from recent experience, this frittata is delicious and simple to make. As long as you remember to preheat your oven while whisking together the eggs and vegetables, this main course shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes from start to finish. And featuring ingredients that are common to most refrigerators, you’re likely to have all the necessary ingredients to make this dish any night of the week.
5.Baked Eggplant Parmesan
recipe, epitomizing Italian comfort food, is a hot entrée that can take you through these last chilly nights as we finally transition into warmer spring weather. The other good news about a dish that uses a full eggplant and serves up to 6? There will be plenty of leftovers to be consumed as lunches or dinners later in the week. The best way to ensure you don’t have to spend a lot of time cooking after work is to make your leftovers last.
Katie Gonzalez is a recent Dartmouth graduate working and living in Boston, MA. Follow her on Twitter!