1. Mexican! This is great for a family because everyone can add what they like. Ingredients I usually add to mine are whole wheat tortillas, brown rice, black beans, avocado, corn, salsa, lettuce or spinach, plain greek yogurt (instead of sour cream), mozzarella or cheddar cheese, and a protein source if you'd like (ground turkey, chicken, or vegetarian ground "beef").
2. Pasta dinner! I normally make a big pot of whole wheat spaghetti, a tomato sauce (tomato puree, spices, mushrooms, onions, spinach, black olives), cheese (mozzarella, parmesean), and a protein source if you'd like (ground turkey/chicken, homemade meatballs, or vegetarian "beef").
3. Pizza! Everyone loves pizza... right? I like to use a p28 flatout, whole wheat pitas, or flax flatouts as my base. I either use a tomato sauce, cheese, and any veggies of choice or use basil pesto, spinach, cheese, and tomatoes as a margarita pizza. Protein can also be added if you'd like!
4. Salad, brown rice, and protein. Super simple dinner! Any kind of salad you like, brown rice, and any kind of protein you like. One of my favorites is a greens salad with sunflower seeds, black olives, and a healthy dressing, baked fish, and rice.
5. Chicken nuggets and salad. Kids love this one too! I've posted my recipe for oatflour crusted baked chicken nuggets before and I like to freeze them to have on hand. Quick to pull out, reheat, and devour!
6. Burgers! As a healthy and delicious alternative, I like to b]make black bean burgers and freeze them to also keep on hand. I like to serve mine with a green (broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans), and top with salsa, avocado, cheese, and a fried egg. The runny yolk on top is to die for!
7. Stirfry! Another simple dinner you can quickly make in bulk. Ingredients I use a lot are brown rice, olive oil, any veggies I have on hand, whole eggs, bragg's liquid aminos (an alternative soy sauce), shimp/chicken/black beans, and water chesnuts. This is a one-pot dinner so clean up is nice and easy!
8. Eggs! Sounds like something you may forget about cooking in bulk, but they are delicious and have lots of amino acids and micronutrients. You can bake them into a quiche (I have made a quinoa crust before and it turned out delicious) or bake a big omelet. Throw in any veggies, cheese, or proteins you like! I usually top with avocado and salsa then serve with sweet potatoes and almond butter.
9. Soup! This is so versatile. You can make a tomato, chicken, taco, chili, thick, thin, side dish, main course... the list goes on and on! If you are a vegan this is easy to fit into your diet. We like to make extras and freeze some for busy nights.
10. Breakfast for dinner! My family likes to call this "brinner". Each time is different but some of the items in our roation are waffles, pancakes, hash brown, bacon/turkey bacon, sausage/turkey links, scrambled eggs, and fresh fruit. Not too many veggies in this one, so make sure you have eaten plenty during the day!