five on friday: 5 fast dinners

Between closing on our house today (eek!), unpacking from the baby shower, and an overall case of third-trimester exhaustion, my latest focus for weekly meal planning has centered around being fast and healthy.  No Bolognese this week.  I am not running anymore in this pregnancy, as I promised myself I’d stop at 30 weeks.  Although I am still getting in some speed walking/light jogging and lots of cross-training, I don’t need as many calories as I once did.  However, baby girl still needs to eat…and she needs to eat well!

This Friday, I decided to share 5 of my favorite healthy, go-to dinners.  Some are old favorites, and some I tried for the first time this week.  Every one of them have been battle-tested by me, with minimal ingredients and maximum flavor.


Creamy Avocado Pasta 


This has been a staple in our weekly meal plan for years.  I love Creamy Avocado Pasta because it is full of good flavor and good fats.  The creaminess comes from the Avocado, and I like that I don’t need to add any heavy cream or butter.  I always add chicken or chicken sausage to this dish to make it a full meal.  To make things faster during the week, try cooking the chicken ahead of time!


Bell Pepper and Potato Frittata

Bell Peppers

I tried this recipe from SkinnyTaste (link) for the first time last night, and it was fantastic!  “Breakfast for Dinner” is always a good way to break up weekly dinner monotony, and I love this recipe because it is light.  I added chicken sausage and onion to make it a little more filling…and between 2 adults, we couldn’t finish it.  This recipe is definitely something I plan to repeat, and I am excited to create my own variations!  I see a southwest version in our near future.


Chicken in a Sack

Chicken in a Sack


I originally saw this recipe on Rachel Ray last year, and it’s been another staple in our weekly meal plan ever since.  I started out following the recipe exactly, but as time has passed, I’ve done things like substitute asparagus for haricot vert, large tomatoes for cherry tomatoes, and fresh lemon juice for white wine.  I don’t usually use wine and/or butter to keep things extra light and fresh.  This dish is great served over egg noodles, or with a side of brown rice or quinoa.


Asian Noodle Salad

Asian Noodle Salad

This is a recipe that Jon and I came to love while marathon training last year.  I purchased the Runner’s World cookbook (link) in January, and by the time May came, I bet we’d had this meal 20+ times.  It’s simple and fresh, and another recipe to which I always add chicken.  Again, I am sure to cook the chicken ahead of time.  Sometimes, I double the recipe of dressing for this dish…it’s so good, and the noodles really soak it up!


Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork

I know I mentioned this 2 weeks ago, but this Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork is one of my new fast-dinner staples!  It’s amazing how much faster the slow cooker makes dinner.  I start this in the morning, before work, and I come home to a completed meal…what’s better than that?  I wanted to share this again because, besides being an easy/fast meal, it easily makes 2 dinners for 2 adults (at least, it does for us).  I have been serving this pork on buns/wraps on the first night, and reheated over a baked potato later in the week.

With baby on the way, I plan to keep searching for quick and healthy dinner ideas that require as little effort as possible; I hear that babies make you tired.  In the near future, I’m excited to use this meal plan for a week of healthy crockpot meals in order to make even better use of our slow cooker.  I may even give it a shot this week, since we will be so busy with packing.

Let’s share more dinner ideas on Pinterest!  Find me @mywesternnest.

On our way to close on the house as we speak!  Have a great weekend.

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2 thoughts on “five on friday: 5 fast dinners

  1. So my babygirl is 12 weeks, and months ago I was totally where you are too with meal planning. Pinterest is amazing and I’m so glad for its foodporn. You should check out thai green curry turkey & zucchini meatloaf over a green curry coconut sauce. I’ve literally made it 3 times this week fresh – and had amazing leftovers. I still haven’t got tired of it!

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