10 Meals You Can Make After a Long Day at Work

Meals after a long day
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Updated May 14, 2020 @ 4:27 pm

There’s no denying that after a long day at the office, the thought of cooking dinner when you get home often feels like a weight on your shoulders. Grabbing takeout on the drive home or ordering delivery from your couch are two options can all too often seem like the best solution. However, I am here to tell you that if you muster up just the smallest amount of energy, a healthy home cooked dinner can most definitely be yours. These 10 recipes are as feel-good as they are lazy, and proof that no matter what kind of day you had, a wholesome meal is possible.

Shrimp skillet fajitas
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Skillet Shrimp Fajitas from No. 2 Pencil

Keep a bag of frozen shrimp in your freezer and you can make these fajitas without having to take a trip to the store after work. Just remember to move the bag to the fridge the night before to defrost.

Easy One Pot Shakshuka from Joyful Healthy Eats

This is easily one of the most satisfying ways to eat eggs for dinner. While bread is technically optional, there’s so much good stuff to swipe up, it’s well worth having on hand.

Asparagus potato chickpea sheet pan dinner
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Herbed Potato, Asparagus & Chickpea Sheet Pan Dinner from The Simple Veganista

A can of chickpeas turns this colorful mix of roasted vegetables into a satisfying main dish. Feel free to swap in other veggies like sweet potatoes, broccoli, and peppers if they’re what you have on hand.

Quick Chicken Sweet Potato Kale Skillet with Cranberries and Goat Cheese from Well Plated by Erin

To make this one-skillet dinner even easier, reach for a rotisserie chicken and simply shred the cooked meat. Leftovers also hold up well for lunch the next day.

Easy pesto pasta
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Easy Pesto Pasta from Love & Lemons

Tossing a few generous handfuls of arugula into your pasta is a simple way to load it with vegetables, which means you hardly have to worry about serving it up with a side salad.

Roasted Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner from Healthy Seasonal Recipes

This recipe is totally feel-good thanks to flaky salmon filets and colorful crisp-tender vegetables. Serve it with a big squeeze of lemon juice and a generous sprinkling of chopped fresh basil.

Easy chickpea curry
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Easy Chickpeas Curry from A Couple Cooks

Keep a few cans on hand — chickpeas, fire-roasted tomatoes, and coconut milk — and you have the makings of this comforting dinner whenever you need it. Serve it over cooked brown or white rice or even cauliflower rice.

Healthier-than-Egg Rolls from Taste of Home

This fun twist on the Chinese takeout favorite is not only healthier, it comes together a whole lot faster than it takes for delivery to get to your door.

One pot tomato basil pasta
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One-Pot Tomato Basil Pasta from EatingWell

Both the pasta and the tangy tomato sauce cook together in this feel-good recipe, which allows dinner to get to the table even faster and leaves you with one less pot to clean up.

Easy Veggie Quesadillas from Gimme Some Oven

Quesadillas can absolutely make for a fast and wholesome dinner when you load them with vegetables and beans. Serve these with your favorite store-bought salsa or guacamole.


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