Dinners Lately

by Cait on January 26, 2012

Dinner gets a bad rap  but I daresay I like it more than lunch!

Here are some of the dinners I’ve been eating lately:

1. Easy Mexican

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If you’ve been reading Cait’s Plate for a while – you know that 5 minute Mexican dinners are one of my go-tos.  If you have a can of beans, an avocado, some lettuce, salsa, chips and whole wheat tortillas on hand, you’re good to go!

2. Pasta

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I’ve never really been a huge pasta person but every once in a while, there is just nothing else I want.  I always stick with whole wheat and most usually penne (it’s my favorite) – throw some low-sodium store-bought sauce and some turkey meatballs on top,  a salad on the side and you’ve got yourself a pretty well-rounded meal in no time!

3. Vegetarian Gumbo

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Meatless chicken, sausageless sausage and brown rice…can you really go wrong?  Throw a hunk of whole wheat bread on the side for sopping up the extras and you’re good to go!  Plus, you can make a huge batch of it and eat it all week if you want to!

4. Turkey Meatloaf

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It may not be the most photogentic, but it certainly is easy!  You can make this on the weekend and have a nice comforting meal ready for you when you come home exhausted from work.  Throw some steamed veggies or a side salad together to eat with it and you’ve had a fully homecooked meal in less than 10 minutes.

5. Pre-Cooked Chicken Sausage


I love chicken sausage because it’s so versatile. Chop it up and throw it over some whole grain pasta, wrap it up in a whole wheat bun and eat it like a hot dog (with some sweet potato waffle fries and veggies on the side!), slice it and use it as a pizza topping or simply eat it plain with other sides to round out the meal.

What are your favorite go-to dinners?  Do you like to have things prepared or do you take pleasure in the cooking each night?

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Corinne January 26, 2012

Chicken or Shrimp stir-fry is our go-to weeknight meal! Or any leftovers in the freezer.
meatless chicken…interesting lol…


Katie January 26, 2012

Because of your Mexican dinners, I have to say that our favorite go to dinner is Mexican. Every time you talk about yours, we have it the next night. We call it “pile on” (which sounds awful) but you just keep piling on that tex-mex goodness and five minutes later…dinner!


Emily January 27, 2012

Your vegetarian gumbo looks delicious!
Steamed veggies, tofu, and a baked sweet potato is my (extremely basic) go-to meal. It never disappoints though! Trader Joes Chickenless Nuggets and huge salads are also staples in my kitchen. Quick, easy, and tasty. Can’t beat that!


Erica @ For the Sake of Cake January 27, 2012

Pasta & turkey meatloaf are two of my go-tos as well!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 27, 2012

looks fab to me! Delish :)


Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life January 27, 2012

I like whole wheat spaghetti with marinara and lean ground beef, bagged salad on the side. I also can throw together baked sandwiches with sliced turkey or chicken, Swiss or cheddar, wrap in foil and bake in the oven! I love cooking and if I had time would probably make a fresh dinner every night, but sometimes time just doesn’t allow and that’s when we heat up frozen leftovers!


Emily January 27, 2012

We eat similar easy dinners! : ) I also really enjoy eggs (omelets, scrambles) for easy dinners too. I randomly bought ground turkey meat because I have a unexpected craving for meatloaf. I don’t crave meat so it’s a little weird! Gotta answer those cravings!


Britne @ Shabbott's Habits January 27, 2012

My favorite go-to meals are frozen dinners that I put aside from larger homemade meals that I make. If I make soup, chili or meatballs, then I often make more than my husband can eat, then I throw a batch in the freezer for those nights where I’m too tired or busy to cook a full meal.


sarah January 27, 2012

I recommend adding goat cheese and coconut oil to all your avocado salads. Yum.


Life's a Bowl January 27, 2012

Super simple, no-cook dinners were the theme this week! Thank goodness for tasty treats from TJ’s and a fiance who will eat anything haha :) Our easy go-to’s include chicken sausages, frozen turkey meatballs, soup, or bfast for dinner!


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