Shake Up Mealtime—Easy Dinner Inspiration

Roasted Vegetables
Let’s be honest: Cooking ruts happen. But they don’t have to last forever. Here are our top tips on how to get re-inspired in the kitchen!

Freshen Up Mealtime With Veggies

Maybe you’ve wanted to experiment with a specific vegetable or haven’t learned how to prepare one the right way. Now’s the perfect time to try.

Cook Brussels sprouts you’ll love. It’s no secret that Brussels sprouts have a bad rap, but if you slice them thinly and cook them with olive oil, garlic, lemon, and pasta, then you may realize you love them!

Roast to perfection. Roast veggies at 425°F (220°C) for 20–45 minutes, depending on the vegetable.

Brussels Sprouts Being Shaved With a Simple Slicer
Simple Slicer

Add Your Own Spin With Seasonings

Herbs and spices let you cook creatively, so you avoid
a bland meal. You can season the same protein with different blends for completely new flavor profiles.

Dive in with dried herbs. If you’re a novice when it comes to seasonings, start with dried herbs. Dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh herbs, so you only need half as much to get
the right flavor.

Add hearty herbs early. It’s best to add fresh, hearty herbs—like thyme, rosemary, and oregano—early in the cooking process, so their flavors infuse with the dish.

Save delicate herbs for last. Delicate herbs—like parsley, cilantro, basil, and chives—are generally chopped, snipped, or torn and added as you finish cooking.

Fresh Thyme

Bring New Life to the Classics

Taco night can be fun, simple, and comforting, and even picky eaters will clean their plates. If you’re ready to change it up a little, here are some easy ways.

Reinvent favorites with proteins or veggies. Instead of ground beef, try shredded chicken, steak, pork, or fish. Or go veggie with black beans and roasted vegetables.

Sweeten up mealtime with fruit! Diced pineapple or mango pair well with cilantro, lime, and green onion (plus they add some vitamin C).

Mix it up with a new cheese. Cheddar is great, but Monterey Jack, mozzarella, or cotija add different, exciting flavors.

Flank Steak Tacos

Refresh Your Leftovers

We’ve all stared into the back of our fridge and discovered a mysterious container of leftovers—overlooked or forgotten for weeks. Think of leftovers as makeovers! Instead of ordering in or buying new ingredients, save time, effort, and money by turning leftovers into awesome meals. The key is to repurpose leftovers into something exciting!

Double your veggies. If you make twice the vegetables you need for dinner, you’ll have a starting point for soup or pasta later that week.

Work with what you have. Use leftover roasted chicken on sandwiches or cook twice the rice you need and freeze the extra batch for later.

Take inventory at a glance. Using glass storage containers can help you see what’s inside with ease. You’ll be less likely to lose track of leftovers and find surprises lurking in your fridge!

Leakproof Glass Containers
Leakproof Glass Container Set

10 Responses to Shake Up Mealtime—Easy Dinner Inspiration

  1. Lisa Barrett March 6, 2021 at 12:14 pm #

    Such great ideas!!

  2. Angie Berkley March 17, 2021 at 10:34 am #

    Great ideas!!

  3. Carol Resneder March 17, 2021 at 11:46 am #

    Casandra. I love box Choi but have no idea how to cook it.
    I do not do messenger.

    • BEVERLY J MCNERNEY July 11, 2021 at 4:48 pm #

      You fry it in a pan. I add leeks or even fresh onion; maybe soy sauce; adding a little salt and pepper. It depends what you’re making.

  4. Pam Lopez March 17, 2021 at 1:32 pm #

    Great ideas! Thanks so much.

  5. Mary March 21, 2021 at 11:13 pm #

    Great ideas

  6. Bobbi March 25, 2021 at 10:57 am #

    For brussel sprouts, try frying some bacon and mixing the reserved bacon grease with the sprouts before roasting. Then serve with the bacon crumbled on top!

  7. Edith Anderson March 31, 2021 at 11:59 am #

    we love Brussell Sprouts any way you cook them and really like them roasted.

  8. DeeDee Newport April 4, 2021 at 2:55 pm #

    I love the thinking outside the box for how you can make a meal that feels fresh from left overs.

  9. Lisa Puls April 6, 2021 at 12:26 pm #

    Roasting veggies in the PC air fryer is so easy!!

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