5 Easy Weeknight Meal Ideas

5 Easy Weeknight Meals Ideas brought to you by Alexia and Crumbs and Chaos

Dinner, supper, time to chow down…whatever you call your last meal of the day, it’s one that has a few requirements. Be relatively simple, who wants to slave away after putting in a full day of work, mothering or whatever else. Be tasty and flavorful, because no one wants to eat boring food. And be different, eating the same things week after week gets a bit boring, don’t ya think?

Pairing simple main dishes with Alexia Smart Classics, sweet potato fries or onion rings make dinner as simple as can be. I like to use them to make a one dish meal, add an interesting twist to a classic or bake them as usual with an enticing dipping sauce. Today I’m sharing 5 easy weeknight meal ideas that make actually making dinner a little bit less of a chore and are delicious and tasty!

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Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers

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This super simple appetizer {Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers} is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

I love fall and its holidays!!  Planning the Thanksgiving dinner menu is something I look forward to every year.  We always have the classic feast, but I like to add a few new things each year too…you never know when you might find a new favorite!  Stove Top Stuffing is most definitely on the menu every year.  My husband has always been a fan of it and I can’t imagine that will ever change.  This year however, we won’t only be enjoying Stove Top Stuffing alongside our turkey and taters.  I’m including it in this fast, flavorful and hand held appetizer to be enjoyed while things are coming together in the kitchen…. 

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Double Chocolate Eggnog Bread

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This tempting holiday treat is perfect for giving or to enjoy on your own – Double Chocolate Eggnog Bread is simply divine!

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I love taking time to share homemade treats and goodies during the holidays.  That’s part of the holiday fun for me – making yummy treats to share with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers…this list could go on and on.  You can see more of our faves in the C&C holiday treats archives.   With the bit of snow that we received this week, I’m in the holiday kind of mood.  Is it too early to put up the Christmas tree?

International Delight has you covered for all of your seasonal favorites – creamers like Peppermint Chocolate Truffle, Gingerbread Latte and Frosted Sugar Cookies and Nog, which comes in classic and very vanilla varieties.  I love using eggnog in baked goods, so incorporating it into mini loaves of double chocolate quick bread was a no brainer.  Baking it in disposable mini loaf pans makes it easy to transport and give to the eggnog lovers in your life!… 

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Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms

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Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms are just the thing for your next tailgating spread!

I adore any reason to enjoy appetizers. Be it football games, holidays or just dinner with friends, I can always find a reason to make a tasty bite to include in our spread. Stuffed mushrooms happen to be one of my faves. These bite sized gems have been kicked up a notch with all of the goodness you’ll find in a jalapeno popper. Cheesy, hot and sooooo good!

Do you enjoy game day and tailgating at home? I can handle the food for just about any occasion, but I’ll take all the help I can get with other aspects of planning. Red Baron®, Freschetta® and Tony’s® Pizza are here to help with www.TailgateAtYourPlace.com – your one stop digital destination for throwing an unforgettable college football party. Head over to grab college football trivia and traditions, party tips, recipes (like the one I’m sharing today) and more. … 

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Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Pie

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Yep, you read that right.  Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Pie.  ‘Tis the season for pie.  And this pie, my friends, will bring a smile to your face.  Its creamy pumpkin layer sandwiched between a slightly sweet sour cream layer (tastes better than it sounds) and a super chocolate-y, almost fudge-like layer of goodness set in a graham cracker crust is what dreams are made of.   Pure pumpkin pie bliss, y’all.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?  Mine is all.the.food.  My mom would always make traditional pumpkin pie and pecan pie to take to dinner at my grandparent’s house.  There’s a special place in my heart for traditional pumpkin pie, but I think it’s always fun to mix things up a bit.  Chocolate + pumpkin = true love :)… 

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Thai Coconut Curry with Lime Basil Rice

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 Thanks to Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces, dinner is only minutes away.

Thai Coconut Curry with Lime Basil Rice is packed with flavor and super simple to make!

Last week I took the kids and visited my family for a while, then we came home and closed on our new house and then we moved.  I’m a lot of things right now…mostly grateful to be sitting still for a few moments before all of the unpacking begins.  All that craziness means time for cooking anything went right out the door.  Putting the kitchen back together is a whole ‘nother story.  That is why I love meals like this one, which starts with a tasty Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauce and is ready without a lot of fuss.

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Conveniently packaged in a 10 oz. pouch, Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces are made without preservatives, artificial ingredients or MSG and are gluten free and vegetarian.  You can choose from 4 fantastic flavors – Portobello Red Wine, Latin Veracruz, Thai Coconut Curry and Louisiana Creole.  You pick your favorite protein, quickly sear it and add a veggie or two and then the sauce and dinner is ready.  Super simple for any home cook…or a food blogger short on time and energy ;)

I love Thai food and this meal really hit the spot.   I enjoyed all the flavors I love without having to eat out.  Through the end of November, you can enter to win an Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauce prize pack – visit the Imagine® Facebook page to enter!

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Thai Coconut Curry with Lime Basil Rice
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon CANOLA OIL
  • 1 lb. BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 RED PEPPER, cut into thin strips
  • 1 pkg. IMAGINE® ORGANIC CULINARY SIMMER SAUCE THAI COCONUT CURRY
  • 2 cups INSTANT RICE
  • 1 cup WATER
  • 1 cup COCONUT MILK
  • ¼ cup FINELY CHOPPED FRESH BASIL
  • JUICE of ½ LIME
  • SALT to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in skillet until hot. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring water and coconut milk to boil in a saucepan. Add rice. Stir and remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Add red peppers to skillet with chicken and cook 2 minutes. Add sauce and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir basil and lime juice into rice. Divide into 4 bowls and top with chicken mixture. Serve immediately.


 

  Thai Coconut Curry with Lime Basil Rice | Crumbs and Chaos

 

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Steak and Mushrooms with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Steak and Mushrooms with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos

An easy, flavorful dinner can be on the table in minutes with the help of Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces.  Steak and Mushrooms served on top of Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes is what’s for dinner tonight!

Do you ever feel like you fall short a making dinner?  {Raises hand}  Even food bloggers feel that way more often than they’d like to admit.  I’m a firm believer in having a few tricks up your sleeve when making dinner.  Whether it’s having a favorite quick appetizer, simple dessert or an easy way to make a flavorful meal in no time at all, it’s possible for anyone to feel like a rock star in the kitchen…. 

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Caramel Pumpkin Spice French Toast Bake

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This decadent breakfast dish {Caramel Pumpkin Spice French Toast Bake} is brought to you by International Delight.

I can’t not express how much I love french toast – made in the traditional way, in an overnight bake, made with croissants or even as muffins.  It is breakfast comfort food at it’s finest.  Adding any International Delight flavored creamer to your french toast bake sweetens things up and adds flavor without any effort on your part.  In today’s recipe, I used pumpkin pie spice creamer, but I can think of a lot of delicious flavors that would stand in really well for the pumpkin pie spice {like salted caramel mocha or vanilla caramel creme}.  I love using seasonal flavors when they are available though.  Can’t.get.enough.

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White Chocolate Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats

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Festive and delicious, today’s recipe is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

Ahhhh, fall is in the air!  My absolute favorite season – I love everything about it…the weather, the leaves, the wardrobe, the food and the holidays.  We love heading out each fall to the local pumpkin patch to enjoy the festivities there – the hay rack rides, kid’s play area and apple cider slushies.  Every year we also host a pumpkin carving party complete with food and activities for the kids.  My kids look forward to this party each year…. 

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Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread

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A quick and delicious appetizer or light dinner dish, Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread is a total crowd pleaser!

You guys, we are in the middle of packing our house to move…that means I’m writing this post at my dining room table while sitting next to a juicer, other randomness that came off of the top of the fridge and 3 frothing pitchers, among other things.  I’m doing my best to focus on the prize at the end of the challenge called moving – a new home sweet home for this sweet family of mine.  We’ll get there, heck, I’m optimistic after  yesterday – we actually already cleaned the fridge out completely {that’s never happened in all of our 10 moves – #notmyfavoritetask}.

So about this Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread…it’s the right combination of all of the good stuff – bacon, cheddar cheese and dill pickles all on a thin flatbread crust.  So many things that I love, putting them all together in small amounts on a flatbread is the way to go.  All the goodness of that huge bacon cheeseburger in a smaller dose.  Add a side salad and dinner is served ;)

I’m joining Rachel and the Fabulous Flatbread challenge and so can you!  You can get all of the challenge details on Rachel Cooks, get the deets on prizes and link up your own fabulous flatbread recipe!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread
 
Serves: 4 flatbreads
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. PIZZA DOUGH
  • OLIVE OIL
  • ½ lb. GROUND BEEF
  • ½ Tablespoon KETCHUP
  • ½ Tablespoon YELLOW MUSTARD
  • ½ teaspoon SEASONED SALT
  • ¼ teaspoon PEPPER
  • ¼ teaspoon GRANULATED GARLIC (or garlic powder)
  • 4 pieces CRISP COOKED BACON, chopped
  • 4 oz. SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE, shredded
  • DILL PICKLES, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons MAYONNAISE
  • 2 Tablespoons SOUR CREAM
  • 2 teaspoons HOT SAUCE (I used Frank's Red Hot)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef and drain any grease.
  3. Add ketchup, mustard, seasoned salt, pepper and garlic. Stir to combine and set aside.
  4. Divide pizza dough into 4 pieces. Roll out one piece into a oval/rectangle. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Drizzle dough with about a teaspoon of olive oil and brush to the edges. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven.
  5. Divide meat mixture and distribute evenly over each flatbread. Top with chopped bacon and cheddar cheese. Return to the oven for 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted.
  6. Cut into pieces. Top with chopped pickles and drizzle with sauce.
To make sauce:
  1. Combine mayo, sour cream and hot sauce.


 

  Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net