Today I’m excited to share some of my go-to easy weeknight dinners in partnership with Safeway and featuring Open Nature® products. We always like to have somewhat healthy meals during the week so we can indulge with whatever we want on the weekends — it’s all about balance right? Because I’m usually alone with the girls for dinner time a few nights a week I like to have a repertoire of quick, tasty meals that Piper will eat, too! Generally speaking I try not to modify her meal too much but sometimes I do since she’s become such a picky eater.
Safeway is one of our go-to spots for groceries, especially since it’s literally right up the road and we pass it every single day! We’ve been stocking up on Open Nature products for years – we love that they are composed of minimally processed ingredients, are non-GMO and have the same quality as some of the pricier equivalent brands on the market.
Here are a few of my QUICK + simple weeknight meals that our whole family loves.
Let’s start with the Open Nature Rotisserie Chicken which is free from added hormones- I became obsessed with eating rotisserie chickens when I was breastfeeding Piper and on a dairy & soy-free diet for a year. They were my go-to when I was too tired to cook- I love them with fries and a salad or to use in recipes like tacos, salads, burrito bowls, soups and more. The Open Nature chicken is so delicious – moist but not greasy and is great on its own or in recipes. I also love to sneak shredded Open Nature Rotisserie Chicken into Piper’s meals – anything from pasta to rice and beans.
Here’s how I make my tacos, it literally takes 10 minutes and is such a satisfying and delicious meal. If only I always had margarita ingredients on hand!
Quick & Easy Chicken Tacos
2 cups of shredded Open Nature Rotisserie Chicken
2 tbs taco seasoning
½ cup Open Nature Plain Greek Yogurt
½ cup Pico de Gallo
1 cup of warmed refried beans
Optional: Shredded cheese + lettuce
*Usually I make a quesadilla for Piper with the same ingredients (minus the avocado which I serve her on the side).
We always have pesto in our fridge – I use it on any and everything and two of my favorite dishes to make with it are baked salmon and pasta, of course! Since I’m currently on a dairy and nut free diet because of Flora’s allergies I’ve been making my own pesto but this would be just as good (and easier) with store bought! When I was dairy free I loved making “parmesan” with cashews but recently discovered that hemp seeds are a wonderful alternative! We love Open Nature’s Salmon and their raw frozen shrimp that are already de-tailed and peeled make weeknight cooking a BREEZE! I love the petite shrimp for mixing with pasta because they are the perfect bite size – and Piper will even try them if I’m lucky!
Pesto Pasta With Shrimp
1 cup pesto (add according to your sauce preference)
1 tbs red wine vinegar
Package of Open Nature Wild Caught Petite raw frozen shrimp THAWED
1 box of pasta
1 cup of chopped cherry tomatoes
Salt + pepper
Parmesan to top
Nut & Cheese Free Pesto
1 large container of basil leaves
Handful of spinach
¼ cup + 1 TBS olive oil
2 Tbs lemon juice
3 Tbs vegan parmesan (you can make your own using this recipe or buy pre-made vegan parmesan that’s made with soy protein)
Salt + pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until finely ground. If you find the pesto is too thick just add a little more olive oil or lemon juice. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Wild Caught Open Nature Sockeye Salmon
½ cup pesto
I buy my Open Nature products at my local Safeway, and you can also find them exclusively at all of the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, and Carrs/Safeway. Visit Safeway.com to find a store near you and discover more meal prep tips and recipe ideas
Thanks to Safeway for sponsoring this post!