8 EZ Weeknight Meals

Oct 25 2017
Question@2x Hi Hungry Girl,

At the end of a busy weekday, the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing dinner. Do you have any go-to weeknight meals... preferably with LARGE portions?

Weeknight Warrior
Answer@2x Hi Weeknight Warrior,

I totally get it... After a long day, who wants to mess with lots of ingredients or spend more time than necessary just to get food on the table? Here are eight of my favorite weeknight meals with big portions, all fast & easy!

Lisa :)

Mediterranean Shrimp & Veggies

1/2 of recipe (about 1 1/4 cups): 204 calories, 6g total fat (1g sat fat), 515mg sodium, 13.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 23.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 4*

This recipe has all the Mediterranean flavor you love for around 200 calories per serving! Pair it with a side salad or soup, and dinner is served. Bonus: It's baked in a foil pack, which means cleanup is a snap... More foil packs, this way!

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Potato

Entire recipe: 310 calories, 1.5g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 774mg sodium, 49.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 10.5g sugars, 24g protein

SmartPoints® value 8*

A loaded baked potato in 20 minutes? Thank you, microwave! This yummy stuffed potato is bursting with BBQ chicken goodness. For a fun spin, try it with a sweet potato. Or swap out the BBQ sauce for some Frank's RedHot, trade the cheddar for a bit of blue cheese, and you've got yourself a Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potato. Yes!

Chicken & Eggplant Teriyaki Stir-Fry

1/2 of recipe (about 1 1/3 cups): 297 calories, 4g total fat (1g sat fat), 764mg sodium, 28.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 17.5g sugars, 34g protein

SmartPoints® value 5*

A stir-fry dinner is so convenient: It's the ultimate one-pan meal! This one has just six main ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes. To make the portion even bigger, serve it over steamed ready-made cauliflower rice. Stir-try it!

No-Harm Chicken Parm Casserole

1/4th of casserole: 271 calories, 9g total fat (4g sat fat), 723mg sodium, 10g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugars, 35.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 6*

Ah, the mighty casserole... A weeknight savior, for sure! This take on an Italian classic is heavy on the chicken but light on the calories. You can even make it on the weekend and simply reheat on a weeknight. Here are two more tasty casseroles ready in an hour or less!

Fully Loaded Burrito Bowl

Entire recipe: 317 calories, 5.5g total fat (2g sat fat), 603mg sodium, 37.5g carbs, 10g fiber, 14g sugars, 33.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 3*

The name of this burrito bowl lets you know it's large and in charge: It's FULLY LOADED! Enjoy a huge bowlful of Mexican deliciousness, complete with chicken, cheese, beans, and cauliflower rice. P.S. Premade cauliflower rice is a real timesaver!

Mexican Taco Soup

Entire recipe (about 2 2/3 cups): 351 calories, 11.5g total fat (4.5g sat fat), 669mg sodium, 29g carbs, 4g fiber, 7g sugars, 33.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 8*

This one-pot soup eats like a meal: You get nearly three cups for about 350 calories! The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled for a big ol' pot of soup. (Hello, leftovers!) It also fits perfectly into the Hungry Girl Diet, if you're looking for a foolproof way to drop some pounds.

BBQ Stir-Fry

Entire recipe: 336 calories, 5g total fat (2g sat fat), 871mg sodium, 41.5g carbs, 12g fiber, 24g sugars, 31.5g protein

SmartPoints® value 8*

The secret supersizer in this saucy stir-fry? Broccoli slaw! It's also a major timesaver -- precut veggie medley that cooks quickly -- and incredibly versatile! For an Italian twist, try this Shrimp 'n Slaw Marinara. Slaw yeah!

Tuna Quinoa Bowl

Entire recipe: 307 calories, 3.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 542mg sodium, 44.5g carbs, 7.5g fiber, 10.5g sugars, 25g protein

SmartPoints® value 6*

I love StarKist Tuna Creations so much: ready-to-eat protein with loads of flavor! This mega bowl calls for the Sweet & Spicy pack, but feel free to use your favorite variety. Only FOUR main ingredients in this 20-minute dish! It makes a great lunch, too, since it's delicious hot or cold.

Hungry for More?

My new cookbook, OBSESSED!, is loaded with easy weeknight meals... all of 'em natural and under 375 calories. I especially love the 30-minute Z'paghetti Bolognese, four-ingredient So Money Honey Mustard Chicken Nuggets, and 25-minute Egg Roll in a Bowl!

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