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Quick Weeknight Meals

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By combining decent quality store bought items with homemade sides (or vice versa) you are cutting your nightly dinner prep time in half. For those days when you don’t want to spend an hour making dinner, try these mealtime hacks.

  1. Meatballs or Steak Pie with Mashed Potatoes
    Mashed potatoes are a cinch when they are the only item you need to prepare – easier still if you buy pre-made frozen mash. They’re also a hearty side for Swedish meatballs from Ikea, or a tavern inspired pie from Trader Joe’s.
  2. Fresh stir fry with frozen vegetables
    Sautee your protein, add your pack of pre-cut, snap-frozen veggies, squirt on some sauce – and voila! All you need now is to throw some rice in the rice cooker. Done.
  1. Pre-marinated fish
    Trader Joe’s has some excellent pre-marinated fish, with the absolute winner being Mojito Salmon. While you’re in the frozen aisle at TJ’s, check out what kinds of rice or quinoa sides are available.
  2. Pasta, pasta, pasta
    Mac and Cheese, marinara sauce, pesto with parmesan… the list goes on. For an unassumingly delicious meal, look no further than pasta. Keep some pasta and sauces in your pantry for a low-key, fast dinner.

The more homemade dinner hacks you collect, the less you’ll be eating out. Dinner at home promotes connection with others, not to mention the benefits for your wallet and waistline.

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