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Easy Weeknight Dinners

Who doesn't love a peek into someone else's kitchen?

It's easy to get in a cooking rut, and often it just takes a little photo inspiration to lace up your apron again with gusto!

I've mentioned a dozen times that Ian and I eat pretty healthy during the weeknights (but don't you dare judge me on how much cheesy pizza I consume on Friday nights in my yoga pants).  Here are two very easy weeknight dinners that I put together recently that were quick and healthy.

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Baked Mediterranean Tilapia with Sauteed Mushrooms and Salad
I like serving fish on Monday nights -- such a light way to start the week after our weekend splurging.  I picked up our fish from Earthfare.  Their prices aren't much higher (if at all, especially during sales) than a typical grocery store, but the quality is great.

For the salad, I tossed arugula with diced avocado, sliced white onion, walnuts, and feta cheese.  I swirled together a simple vinaigrette in a small mason jar (clean baby food jars work great, too) using red wine vinegar, blood orange olive oil, a little sea salt, and fresh pepper.



To make the fish, I just sprayed an 8x8 glass dish with cooking spray, laid down the fish, and then topped the fish with sliced black olives, artichoke hearts, a drizzle of olive oil, oregano, and cannelini beans.  I baked it until the fish flaked easily with a fork -- maybe 20-25 minutes.


I sauteed the mushrooms (cremini taste SO much better than normal white mushrooms -- worth the small extra cost) with olive oil, fresh rosemary, and sea salt.


Finished off with a lemon wedge, this meal was ready to go!



We loved every bit of it.  This type of meal is a staple for us.

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Grilled Steak with Mashed White Beans and Strawberry Salad
Man, I love it when we do grilled steak, grilled chicken, grilled anything -- it's a chance for me to kick back inside and just focus on the sides while Ian does the heavy lifting. 

We like to keep our steaks simple - a little S&P and olive oil rubdown before going on a hot grill.

The salad was an easy mix of spring greens, white onion, sliced strawberries, and goat cheese with balsamic vinaigrette.  I made the vinaigrette using the small mason jar technique above (if you can even call it a technique -- so simple!) and mixed olive oil with balsamic vinegar, a pinch of sugar, and a little squirt of dijon mustard.


Mashed white beans may be no substitute in your eyes for mashed potatoes, but I'll go so far as to say that I prefer them to their potato counterpart!  I cook my cannelini beans a right long time, drain them, add back in some olive oil, and mash well.  This time I added in some white onion and rosemary before mashing, and the result was heavenly.



Two very simple dinner ideas.  If you like seeing these ideas, I'll post more!

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25 comments:

  1. I have never had the mashed white beans, but I must say they look delicious! I will have to give them a try. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. Please come over to our house and cook! This all looks so yummy.

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  3. I am a huge mashed cauliflower fan but I have never tried mashed white beans! I cannot wait to try this recipe out. I may even make them tonight ;) I am always looking for a good healthy potato sub!

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  4. I will definitely be adding mashed white beans to next week's rotation!

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  5. I'm going to have to try the mashed beans! Sounds yummy and healthy!

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  6. These both sound delicious!! I wish we had a grill- I love grilled anything, too!

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  7. These look awesome, thanks for posting! I too get in that rut of the kitchen sometimes.

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  8. Good idea on the mashed beans!! I love strawberries and goat cheese.

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  9. i love white beans, but never thought to mash them - i'm definitely adding that to my "recipes to try list." i love making my own salad dressing, too - its so easy and way more flavorful than store bought versions.

    keep the dinner ideas coming! :-)

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  10. Wow your dinners look so extravagant for "simple weekday dinner" so jealous! Def stealing some of these ideas for sure

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  11. Mashed White Beans is a STAPLE chez BHB. I love them. I'll sometimes add a glug of chicken or vegetable stock to make them a little creamier.

    I posted a quick weeknight recipe today, too - we obviously love olives as toppings :)

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  12. These look awesome! Great ideas

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  13. MUST TRY MASHED BEANS!! genius

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  14. Mashed white beans???!?!? Ugh feel so dumb for not thinking of this. They look and sound amazing. Post more , post more!

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  15. Never thought to do mashed white beans as a sub for mashed potatoes. Not sure I'll ever get my meat & potatoes husband on board with them, but I'm going to try!

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  16. can you come cook at my house? :) love it! now pinning those beans! hope you're having a great week! xoxo

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  17. my mouth is watering--those look amazing!!

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  18. Yes, please post more of these! I'm going to give your dressing idea a go- sounds so much better than most bottled dressings!!

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  19. I will have to try this fish recipie. We are gluten free so we eat alot of beans and veggies!

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  20. My hubby does not like fish! It is such a bummer but thank god he does not have food aversion so I can eat it around him/he can grill some for me. I love a big piece of salmon during the week.

    We love mushrooms. Dried and hydrated with Wild Turkey, en papillote in the oven, or sauteed with beef broth - all of the above please! Yum yum.

    Lovely photos. I am so happy you are enjoying your camera!

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  21. This post speaks to me.. I HATE cooking!! It is the biggest chore for me... (Ironically I LOVE just about other every chore, lol)

    I think these posts should be a recurring theme on your blog! I'd love to see more :) Maybe, just maybe.. it will encourage me to make dinner one night and give the hubs in a break in the kitchen ;)

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  22. Cannellini beans and fish is ingenious! I will definitely be trying that- i've gotten so tired of just seasoning fishing with the same old boring junk.
    Glad I found this blog!

    thegystofthings.blog.com

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  23. Those mashed white beans look delicious! Definitely trying that this week! I must be an idiot, I can NEVER find cremini mushrooms at my grocery store. I've looked so many times!

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  24. yum yum! thank you so much for sharing! I love new recipes and you always have such good ones! I am also glad to know I am not the only person who eats bad on the weekends!

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