With the busy day-to-day lifestyle of a female entrepreneur, making a nutritious meal can seem quite daunting. But, healthy meals don’t have to be as hard as they seem. With these 5 easy, low-ingredient weeknight dinners for busy women, you can achieve healthy, delicious meals made in 30 minutes or less so you can conquer dinner on even the busiest of weekdays. All of these meals are easily interchangeable and can be adjusted and modified based on your personal and dietary preferences.
The Ground Turkey Teriyaki Bowl is an under 20-minute, veggie and nutrient-packed, gluten-free meal. All you’re going to need is ½ medium chopped yellow onion, 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1 lb. of ground turkey, 1 bag of frozen cauliflower rice, a bunch of different vegetables of your choice (fresh or frozen), and a store-bought teriyaki sauce of your choice to taste. A delicious store-bought teriyaki sauce with no added artificial sugars, soy, or gluten is the Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce & Marinade. The best part of this meal? Make extra to save for lunch the next day or to meal prep for the week.
To make: After sauteing onion and garlic in a little oil of your choice, begin to brown the ground turkey. While the turkey is browning, cook your frozen cauliflower rice in the microwave. When your turkey is halfway browned, add in your vegetables. When the turkey and vegetables are all cooked add in your teriyaki sauce and serve over the cauliflower rice.
Don’t have time to defrost your salmon during the workday? Then this is the perfect last-minute, weeknight dinner that cooks in only 12 minutes. The ingredients include however many frozen salmon filets you would like, honey, soy sauce or coconut aminos for a gluten-free choice, and garlic to taste!
To make: To begin, place the frozen salmon into the air fryer at 400 degrees for six minutes. While that is cooking, combine soy sauce, honey, and garlic in a bowl and mix to make the sauce. When the salmon is done cooking, take it out of the air fryer, add the sauce, and put it back in the air fryer for another 5-6 minutes at 400 degrees. It’s that simple! Serve with some rice and your favorite veggies.
Stuffed pepper soup is easy to cook in bulk, perfect for female entrepreneurs cooking for a family! It’s also another meal that’s great for meal prepping and lunch leftovers. This meal is also made all in one pot minimizing the clean up after. The ingredients include; onions, bell peppers, seasonings, ground meat of your choice, chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, and rice of your choice.
To Make: Start by sauteing your onions and bell peppers in the oil of your choice. Then add in your ground meat, basil, parsley, Italian seasoning, and any other seasoning you would like. Once the meat is fully cooked, add in chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Then add some rice, cover the pot, and let it simmer on low until the rice is cooked. Season with more salt and pepper if needed and serve with any cheese you would like..
Another delicious meal perfect for busy weeknights: a high protein twist on Marry Me Chicken! The ingredients include: 1 tsp. oil of your choice, 150g diced white onion, 1 tbsp. garlic, 75g sun-dried tomatoes, seasonings, 12 oz diced chicken breast, 60ml tomato paste, 240ml chicken broth, 10 oz pasta, 80g parmesan cheese, 150g greek yogurt, and fresh basil.
To make: First, season your diced chicken breast with the seasonings of your choice. Then boil water to start cooking the pasta of your choice, use Banza Chickpea Pasta for an even higher protein option. While your pasta is cooking, sautee your onions, garlic, and sundried tomatoes in oil. Add salt, pepper, and oregano. Then add in your chicken and let it begin to cook. Next, add in tomato paste and then your chicken broth. Once the chicken is cooked add in parmesan cheese and greek yogurt to give it a creamy texture. After stirring, mix in your pasta. Serve topped with fresh basil and more parmesan cheese.
This easy meal is perfect for vegetarians and tofu lovers looking for a quick, low-effort meal. The best part about making bowls for dinner? They are buildable and interchangeable, meaning you can adjust ingredients based on your preferences and what you have lying around the house. The ingredients are; ¼ cup sesame oil, 3 tsp. sriracha, 1 tbsp. Agave, 1 tbsp. miso paste, ½ block of cubed tofu, 1 cubed avocado, 1 small chopped cucumber, ½ lime juice, cilantro, and 1 tbsp. mayonnaise.
To Make: To make the tofu marinade, combine sesame oil, sriracha, miso paste, and agave. Spread it all over the tofu and air fry for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. While the tofu is cooking, chop your cucumber, avocado, and lime. Combine all ingredients in a bowl over rice and serve with spicy mayo drizzled on top, or make your own combining 1 tbsp. sriracha and 1 tbsp. mayonnaise.
To connect with the creators who inspired these recipes, check out their Tik Tok Channels!
Ground Turkey Teriyaki Bowls: @whatmollymade
Airfryer Honey Garlic Salmon from Frozen: @maryswholelife
Stuffed Pepper Soup: @bowlofdelicious
High Protein Marry Me Chicken: @lexishadle
Sriracha Tofu Bowl: @alexakilman