This is Ulixes. Sometimes I really wish the unicorn in my life could cook. Usually on weeknights when it often feels that fast, healthy food is kind of magical!
For me, the absolute maximum amount I want to spend in the kitchen on a weeknight is 45 minutes. Maybe an hour if those extra 15 minutes are of the no-attention-necessary kind.
Which made me wonder - what are YOUR criteria for weeknight meals?
What makes a recipe look appealing and accessible enough that it will inspire you instead of sending you shrieking towards the takeout menus?
Ok, maybe it’s only me that does the shrieking part, but what is it that makes something look weeknight-friendly instead of being relegated to the maybe-cook-on-the-weekend-pile?

This is Ulixes. Sometimes I really wish the unicorn in my life could cook. Usually on weeknights when it often feels that fast, healthy food is kind of magical!

For me, the absolute maximum amount I want to spend in the kitchen on a weeknight is 45 minutes. Maybe an hour if those extra 15 minutes are of the no-attention-necessary kind.

Which made me wonder - what are YOUR criteria for weeknight meals?

What makes a recipe look appealing and accessible enough that it will inspire you instead of sending you shrieking towards the takeout menus?

Ok, maybe it’s only me that does the shrieking part, but what is it that makes something look weeknight-friendly instead of being relegated to the maybe-cook-on-the-weekend-pile?

  1. whattheyum said: I am the worst about being consistent about meal planning. I’m the only one who cooks in our house and sometimes I forget I can’t go so elaborate on the meals with a baby who needs attention/feeding. Hey, at least all my boys are getting fed, right? 😝
  2. blissmanifesto answered: Not too many steps. Either a long slow cook or a short fast one, not in between.
  3. sayhellotocindy said: For wknights I’m generally: 30 min/approx 5 ingredients/one pan. NO TAKEOUT ALLOWED (we limit meals out to the wkend; usually only every few wks & try to choose only something we REALLY love)
  4. getittogether-g said: Ohhhh…. one skillet is good! And I’ll add on, if I can cook it in my crockpot, I’ll love it!
  5. notjustrunnershigh said: If I can do it in one pan/skillet I am 100% for it
  6. getittogether-g answered: I tend to make lots on the weekends and reheat through the week. If i cook midweek it BETTER be fast.
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