Easy Weeknight Meal & Spring Recipes

By Kara Simpson, Health Coach & Trainer at Milestone Fitness

It’s that time of year when more fruits and vegetables are becoming available, we’re grilling and craving lighter, fresh foods. I’ve rounded up a few of my new favorites I’ve been eyeing to share with you as well as an easy weeknight meal I made using Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi.

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It was one of those days that got away from me in the afternoon and I was left with 30 minutes to make and eat our dinner before a baseball game. I hear this so often from moms about having limited time to make meals and not knowing what to make. Usually, I’ll leave out a protein to defrost and have some chicken sausage on hand so I can quickly whip something up. After thinking of a few choices, my time was super limited so I decided to keep it simple.

I love having chicken sausages on hand because they’re usually fully cooked already so you just have to heat them up in a pan. My recent trip to Trader Joe’s left me with their newest hit of Cauliflower Gnocchi. I’ve had the sweet potato gnocchi before (comes in a sauce- SO GOOD), so I decided to try the cauliflower. They heat up in 8 minutes on a pan- which paired it perfectly while my chicken sausages were heating up.

Once the gnocchi was cooked I simply added frozen spinach and peas to the pan and let that cook for about 5-8 minutes. Then I added the garlic alfredo sauce and chicken sausage to let the flavors combine and simmer for 5 minutes. I’m not kidding when I say this was done in 20 minutes leaving us 10 minutes to eat before we needed to leave. The kids both ate it with no complaints (they didn’t try the gnocchi though) and I thought the meal was tasty combined together. The gnocchi was a little bland but I’ll have to find some new ways to cook that.

Having simple ingredients on hand that you can easily cook and pair together is key when it comes to creating healthy meals in a pinch. You don’t always need to have fancy recipes. Sometimes all you need is a protein, vegetable, fat and some carbs to create a healthy meal.

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Now that spring is here, I wanted to share some recipes I’ve been eyeing around the internet lately. Although I can’t drink alcohol due to being pregnant, I will definitely be trying out that real food margarita! I’ve never thought to use coconut water in mixed drinks and love the idea of it.

https://therealfoodrds.com/real-food-margaritas/

This caprese salad made with spiralized zucchini would be great to bring to a cookout.

https://therealfoodrds.com/caprese-zucchini-salad/

I love anything Mexican so stuffing some peppers with enchilada chicken sounds great to me! I love having extras for lunch the next day too.

https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/chicken-enchilada-stuffed-peppers-paleo-whole30-keto/

Making breakfast ahead of time to easily heat up and eat can be super convenient, so finding new recipes is nice for this!

https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/breakfast-sweet-potato-skins-with-chicken-sausage-spinach-and-eggs/

I love a good black bean burger so these ones made with sweet potatoes sound great!

https://fitfoodiefinds.com/quinoa-sweet-potato-burgers/

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