One of the common complaints of people who prefer not to cook during the week is, they don’t know what to make. Many times, they run out of ideas for side dishes to pair with their entrees. So to tackle both of those problems, I put together a nice roundup of a flavorful side dish and easy entrees that you can add to your weekly fall menus.
First, Let’s Check Out Some Easy Entrees
I’m gonna start off by showing you some delightfully spicy dishes to boost morale at your dinner table. This first one is a meal option by Zatarain’s and can be easily customized with your favorite meat. Check out this super delicious Jambalaya dinner. This is really a 1 dish meal. But, I always like to pair mine with a veggie. Some good vegetable options are garlic butter green beans, steamed broccoli or corn.
Quiche is another great entree to add to your weekly menu. Not only are many variations easy to make, but this can be served for dinner, breakfast or lunch. Another reason to add this to your list is it works out great for meal planning since some of the staple ingredients are already on hand in many kitchens anyway. My Spinach & Bacon Quiche recipe yields 2 9-inch pies. I usually devour half of 1 of them.
This is a pretty popular dish on the menu at my house. It’s really easy to make and quick. My 2 favorite things. All you will need is some smoked sausage, an onion and a bag of potatoes o’brien. Get ready to be hooked on Bacon Smoked Sausage O’brien.
Side Dish Inspiration
I believe in stocking up on sides, both fresh and packaged. That way I’m never at a loss trying to figure out what to pair with a meal. So I load up on things like different varieties of rice, frozen veggies (steamable packages are perfect time savers) and fresh veggies. Some of my favorite fresh vegetables to fill my fridge with are carrots, squash, broccoli and asparagus spears. Also, I almost always have something available with cheese in it, like a quick mac & cheese or some au gratin potatoes.
This Cilantro Lime Rice by Zatarain’s goes best with seafood or tacos. But I sometimes like to pair mine with chicken. Things I like to add to it are onions, a little garlic and I substitute chicken broth for water, when preparing.
I hope this post helps with your fall meal planning and sparks some ideas for tasty meals for your table. As always drop me a comment about anything you see here and if you have questions about meal planning, feel free to ask those as well.
What are some of your favorite easy entrees and sides?