Cooking is simple (once you’ve mastered a few basics), but planning meals isn’t always so easy. In fact, coming up with a meal plan that you know you’ll actually stick to and shopping for the ingredients to make it possible can be a real pain in the ass. I know this because I regularly find myself totally stumped on what to cook for dinner, and I’m someone who literally writes recipes for a living.
To take the guesswork out of your weeknights, we put together seven easy, healthy dinner recipes you should cook this week. Several ingredients appear in multiple recipes—potatoes, cabbage, zucchini, quinoa, dark leafy greens, and basil—which helps keep your grocery list short. There are three chicken recipes, one salmon recipe, and three meatless recipes, so you won’t get bored. And, since quinoa appears in five of the recipes, it’s worth it to make a huge batch and store it in the fridge to repurpose for recipes throughout the week. Anything you’re not eating within five days should go in the freezer and thawed as needed.
Each recipe serves one or two people, but you can easily halve or double them as it suits you. Plus, they all make for excellent lunch leftovers. If you cook one of the recipes, post a photo on Instagram and tag @selfmagazine and @xtinebyrne (that’s me!)—we love a good food pic as much as you do.
Oh, and if these recipes don’t do it for you? We have a whole archive of healthy, easy dinner recipes right here.