1. Easiest Noodle Bowl
This recipe amps up whole wheat spaghetti by tossing it in a simple sauce that includes garlic + soy sauce. Recipe here.
4. Lentil & Butternut Squash Chili
Loaded with inexpensive pantry staples — like canned tomatoes, beans, and lentils. To make it vegetarian and vegan-friendly, just swap the chicken stock for veggie stock. Recipe here.
5. Restaurant-Style Fried Rice
This version saves time by using frozen peas and carrots, and saves money by going meatless. Recipe here.
6. Margherita French Bread Pizza
These are completely customizable depending on your budget — and for easier cleanup, you can line the sheet pan with foil before baking. Recipe here.
9. Black Bean–Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Packed with protein, and you can add toppings (like avocado, sour cream, or herbs) depending on your budget. Recipe here.
10. Fettuccine Alfredo
This lightened-up version goes easy on the cream. Recipe here.
17. Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken
Three steps to dinner: 1) Toss chicken breasts into a slow cooker. 2) Pour your favorite salsa on top. 3) Let the meal make itself. Recipe here.
19. Creamy Tomato & Spinach Pasta
Is there anything better than a heaping bowl of pasta? (There is not.) Recipe here.