Easy Dinners For Finals Season

As finals season slowly starts to creep in, we all know that ordering a bowl from Chipotle is much easier than spending the time to make yourself a wholesome and nourishing meal. It's quite ironic because eating a balanced diet is extremely important to succeed on your finals. I figured I would share some of my favorite go-to dinner recipes that are quick, easy, and healthy.


Roasted Artichoke Hearts

This recipe is probably my favorite ever. I love artichokes and they are packed with vitamins and nutrients to keep you full. This recipe is less than 10 minutes of active time, so throw them in the oven and enjoy!


Ingredients

1 bag of frozen artichoke hearts

1 whole lemon

2 Tbsp of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese to taste


Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Defrost artichoke hearts as the bag instructs. Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper over artichoke hearts on baking pan and mix around. Bake for 25 minutes until the tops are golden brown and slightly crispy. Squeeze juice of half the lemon over them and add Parmesan cheese. Put back in the oven until the Parmesan has melted. Serve warm.


Cauliflower Fried Rice


Ingredients

1 bag of cauliflower rice

Mixed vegetables of your choice... I like broccoli, carrots, onions, mushrooms, and peppers.

3 Tbsp olive oil 1 large egg

2 strips of turkey bacon

Garlic

2 Tbsp soy sauce


Preparation

Chop the garlic and sauté it in the olive oil for two minutes in a pan. Add in cauliflower rice for three minutes. In a separate pan, sauté vegetables until soft. When the rice is crispy, make a hole in the center to add an egg. Let egg cook and then mix in with rest of the rice. Add two strips of sautéed turkey bacon, cut into small pieces, to the rice mixture. Add in vegetables. Mix together until combined, add soy sauce, and enjoy!


Spaghetti Bolognese

This recipe may seem daunting, but it really takes only 15 minutes to whip up and is so delicious.

Ingredients

1 box of spaghetti

16oz of ground turkey, beef, or chicken

1 jar of Rao's tomato sauce

2 Tbsp olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Parmesan cheese to taste

Dried Oregano to taste


Preparation

In a pan, add the ground meat and season with salt and pepper. Add olive oil and cook until meat has browned (about five minutes). Mix in tomato sauce and other vegetables if you like. I like to throw in some chopped carrots, spinach, and mushrooms. Turn the heat on low and cook your pasta, making sure you add a generous amount of salt to the water. Pro tip: Always cook pasta for one minute less than the box says. It makes the pasta chewier and more savory. Add in pasta to meat mixture and season with Parmesan. Enjoy!

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