When it comes to meal planning, it can sometimes appear as if I’m constantly trying and testing new things. But really I have my staple meals just like everyone else… the ones I consistently go back to because they’re so dang good (and/or easy!).
I’m a big fan of having a few meal ideas in your back pocket that you can basically make in your sleep. When things get busy and there’s no time to plan, I love the comfort and consistency of old favorites.
There are a few cookbooks I look to often, cooking magazines and of course my own recipes. But here are the recipes by other bloggers that I make over and over again.
Spring Roll Bowls with Sweet Chili Lime Sauce. This is a summer favorite because it’s a cold dish and tastes great as leftovers. I use thawed, pre-cooked frozen shrimp for the protein.
30-Minute Black Pepper Tofu. My go-to meal when I’m on my own for dinner. It’s simple but so flavorful and you can pair with whatever vegetables you have.
Instant Pot Cauliflower and Butternut Thai Curry. I use frozen squash and cauliflower and usually keep them both stocked so I can make this in a pinch (it’s almost all pantry staples).
Italian Sausage, Kale & Tortellini Soup. This is one of Jacob’s favorites in the cooler weather. I love the sausage/kale combo. It’s comfort food that’s also loaded with vegetables. I cut down on the sausage to make it more plant-forward!
Spicy Peanut Tofu Bowls. These are the best because I always have the sauce ingredients in my pantry and it’s just three fresh ingredients: tofu, broccoli (I always go for a bag of pre-washed/pre-chopped) and a red bell pepper. Bonus: it’s a sheet pan meal!
Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Kale Salad with Apple, Gorgonzola & Candied Pecans. My go-to holiday side dish. I’m often tasked with bringing a salad or a vegetable to family gatherings and this one is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s also a a no-cook dish so doesn’t take up any oven space.
Smoked Salmon Platter. It doesn’t get much easier than this when you’re hosting friends for brunch. You can do all of the chopping ahead of time and just arrange everything on a pretty platter just before serving (with fresh bagels of course). Less brain power when hosting = win.
Healthy Carrot Muffins. These are equal parts healthy, satisfying and delicious. And they come together in a blender super fast. The flavor and texture are amazing and they are packed with nutrient-dense ingredients (sweetened only with dates).
Peanut Chicken Wraps. All you really need to grab for this is chicken and a bag of coleslaw mix (I usually have all of the sauce ingredients in my pantry). Instead of tortillas, I use it for lettuce wraps, or serve in bowl form with leftover rice.
Sushi Bowls with Sriracha Mayo. I make a version of this with subs based on what I have (usually salmon for the protein) and it’s so simple and delicious. Then again, what isn’t when sriracha mayo is involved?
What recipe do you tend to make over and over again? Leave it in the comments so we can give the blogger some love!