Time-Saving Weeknight Meal Solutions

Whether it’s long days at the office, calendars full of social commitments or evenings spent enjoying your little ones’ extracurricular activities, it’s easy to find yourself short on time to spend in the kitchen. Calling on quick and easy mealtime solutions can be just what your family needs.

Enjoy a twist on Taco Tuesdays with this Baja Fish Taco Bowl recipe, a deconstructed take on classic fish tacos that swap out the tortilla for quick-cooking quinoa mixed with nutrient-dense kale and drizzled with a zesty lime and yogurt crema. As a tasty way to encourage kiddos to eat fish and veggies, it can also help you add hearty whole grains to the weekly menu while savoring a lighter version of traditional Baja sauce.

These bite-sized Beef and Quinoa Meatballs provide a great meal prep option for families, as they can be mixed and matched with your loved ones’ favorite sides from rice to steamed veggies. Adding quinoa to your meatballs is a quick upgrade of plant-based protein that adds flavor to every bite. Baked in marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese, they’re simple to put together before tossing in the oven for an easy weeknight solution.

Baja Fish Taco Bowls

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 bags Quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 white-fleshed fish fillets 5-6 ounces each
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups packed baby kale
  • 1 ripe avocado halved, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced


  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  • In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil.
  • Season fish with Cajun seasoning and salt.
  • Cook 2-3 minutes per side, or until fish is lightly browned and starts to flake.
  • Set aside. In small bowl, stir yogurt, lime zest, lime juice and cumin.
  • In medium bowl, toss quinoa with kale. Divide between four bowls.
  • Top each with fish, sliced avocado and dollop of the yogurt and lime crema.


Substitutions: Use taco seasoning or chili powder in place of Cajun seasoning. Use arugula or baby spinach instead of kale.
Source: Family Features

Beef and Quinoa Meatballs

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 bag Quinoa
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Coat large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
  • In large bowl, mix quinoa, ground beef, egg, carrot, onion, ketchup, garlic, soy sauce, salt, pepper, oregano and thyme.
  • Form mixture into walnut-sized meatballs and arrange on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake approximately 20 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown.
  • Spoon marinara sauce over top then sprinkle with cheese, bake 5 minutes, or until sauce is hot and cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with parsley.


Tip: Make sliders by slicing dinner rolls in half and placing meatballs on bottom halves. Cover with top halves of rolls and serve.
Source: Family Features