2 Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas


What should we have for dinner? It’s the question you’d rather avoid at the finish line of your workday.

Here are two dinner ideas to try this week that take less than 15 minutes to prepare, are loaded with fiber, and are well suited for picky family members.

Dinner #1 for beginners - A burrito in a bowl

If you’re a fan of the Chipotle restaurant chain, then you’re already familiar with the idea of a burrito in a bowl. If you’re new to the idea of Powering Up your meals with high fiber foods, then this dinner idea is for you.

What’s so cool about a burrito in a bowl is that it can be customized fifty different ways, depending how adventurous you are.

You start with a bed of rice, or you can use chips. After that the options are close to endless. My favorite are:

  • Black or chili beans
  • Grilled peppers and onions
  • Protein garnish of your choice
  • Corn
  • Lettuce or spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Black olives
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

Serving a burrito in a bowl for dinner is a way to allow each of your family members to experiment with Full Plate Superfoods at their own pace. They are also a great way to use up leftovers.

Dinner #2 for more experienced beginners - Barley & Bean Soup

If you’re not afraid of using the stove or a crock pot, here’s a recipe that takes 10 minutes to prepare, it introduces barley, a lesser known Full Plate Superfood, and it’s also easy for the family to customize.

I don’t like barley but I liked this soup, Barley & Bean Soup by PlantBasedOnABudget.com. We garnished the soup with a little sour cream, a sprinkle of cheese, diced avocado and crushed tortilla chips and it was amazing. It really felt more like a chili than a soup.

A great resource for high fiber recipes The folks at PlantBasedOnABudget.com do a nice job featuring easy to try high fiber recipes. While all of their recipes are vegan, you certainly don’t have to be vegan to enjoy their recipes.


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