With the end of the semester quickly approaching and final papers due (I passed my thesis defense last week though, so there’s one less thing on the list!), finding time to cook dinner at all, let alone a healthy and creative dinner has pretty much gone by the wayside. But I’ve been trying not to completely revert back to my old bean & cheese quesadilla trend that I’ve been eating for the last 25 years or so, and instead, focusing on simple meals that I can put together fast.
Since a lot of the people I know in my life are teachers or students, I thought the rest of you might enjoy a little inspiration for easy last minute dinner ideas this time of year, so I’ve rounded up a few of my go-tos below:
Frittata with Mixed Greens. Jeff and I often make a frittata when we have little time and want something filling. Plus, this recipe adds a few mixed greens on top to make it a complete meal.
Grilled Veggie Paninis. These paninis are another quick and easy recipe that is easy to adapt to whatever you have on hand. Make a quick salad on the side to up the veggie intake.
Spring Kale Salad. This salad has it all–veggies, protein, and carbs–and the kale makes it easy to make ahead and put in the fridge for a truly grab and go dinner.
Peanut Veggie Soba Noodles. This is one of my favorite recipes of all times. I love the nuttiness of the soba noodles paired with the peanut sauce. It tastes truly decadent but is still super healthy!
Asian Kale Salad. Use rotisserie chicken and pre-shredded cabbage to make this salad come together extra quickly.
Teriyaki Chicken Bowls. Either marinate the chicken the night before or skip it altogether and just add extra sauce at the end to make this dinner in 15 minutes or less.
BBQ Tempeh Wraps. These have become a weekly occurrence in our house because tempeh cooks so quickly and is super cheap. Use Just ranch dressing to make it vegan.
What are your go-to easy last minute dinner options?