@thedinnershift on Instagram
Sheet Pan Snack Dinner

Sheet Pan Snack Dinner

Snack dinner is our favorite way to eat up the leftover bits and pieces from the week, especially during the holidays when little nibbles and noshes abound. Assembling all of the elements on a sheet pan (or serving platter) gives new life to ordinary ingredients. Place the tray in the center of your dinner table […]

How to Steam Green Beans in Microwave

How to Steam Green Beans in the Microwave (Plus 8 Ways to Jazz Them Up)

Like broccoli, green beans are well-loved by my kids, so I serve them often. In a pinch, I rely on my microwave for quick and easy steamed green beans that turn out perfect every time. Use this method to make beans in advance during meal prep or cook them just before dinner. Serve them warm […]

Meal Prep Guide: How to Store Prepped Vegetables

You’ve mapped out a dinner plan and shopped for groceries. Now you plan to get ahead by chopping vegetables to have at the ready when it’s time to cook. Before you do, read up on how to best store them to ensure they’ll be as delicious on day three as the day you bought them. […]

How to make perfect roasted vegetables to use all week

How to Make Perfect Roasted Vegetables

I almost always have my oven running during my weekend prep hour. Something is roasting away, hands free, doing it’s thing, making magic. It’s usually vegetables, because having a stash on hand to reheat during the week makes for quick sides and ensures I am not forcing my family to eat salads all of the […]

Roasted Spring and Summer Vegetables on a Sheet Pan

Perfect Roasted Vegetables (Spring/Summer)

You won’t find a more versatile side dish or make ahead meal prep recipe than roasted vegetables. They shine on their own but can also transform salads, pastas, tacos, bowls, and wraps into something totally satisfying. This recipe is for spring and summer produce, like zucchini and bell peppers.

Butternut Squash Red Lentil Soup

Butternut Squash Red Lentil Soup

Brace yourself for how simple and delicious this Butternut Squash Red Lentil Soup is. It’s creamy and rich without a drop of dairy, and filling thanks to protein from the lentils and fiber from the squash. Also, fast. Red lentils cook in a fraction of the time compared to black, green, or brown. Buy pre-chopped […]

Chili Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Chili Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Roasted sweet potatoes, whether kept whole, wedged, or cubed, are perfect make ahead side dishes for weeknight meals. Unlike white potatoes, which can become dry and mealy after chilling, sweet potatoes reheat like a dream and stay ultra creamy and tender. These Chili Spiced Sweet Potatoes are great as-is alongside any protein and green vegetable, […]

Weeknight Minestrone Soup

Weeknight Minestrone Soup

To build big flavor fast on a weeknight, or when you’re short on time (when are we not?), throw a rind from a parmesan wedge into broth based soups, like this Weeknight Minestrone Soup. Freeze your leftover rinds for these occasions, or ask behind the deli counter at your grocer! Using good quality boxed stock […]

Basic Roasted Acorn Squash

Basic Roasted Acorn Squash is a great make ahead side dish for weeknight dinners. Reheat and serve as-is alongside pan seared chicken breast and a green vegetable. Use as an edible bowl to stretch leftover chili. Or, keep chilled and serve atop a kale salad along with diced apples, sunflower seeds, feta cheese, and a […]