These easy recipes will make you want to cook dinner (again!)

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CHELSEA KYLE

Let’s face it; our kitchens haven’t seen so much action in years. We’re putting on our aprons and churning out banana bread, roast chicken and maybe, maybe our own sourdough breads, at a faster rate than ever.

After a while, planning three meals a day (after day) can seem daunting. We find it infinitely easier to get creative when there’s ready-made protein in the fridge or freezer. With just a little prep at the start of the week, you can set yourself up for a million quick meals that feel like hour-long accomplishments. And if you want to simplify things *even* more, go for chicken breasts that are Grilled and ready go. Here are seven ways to use precooked protein in dishes that have a high flair factor.

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Take Taco Night to the Next Level

Create remarkable salads

Summer is salad season. Add a pre-cooked protein, like shrimp, salmon, beef, or chicken to make a hearty meal that’s hearty enough for dinner.

Have a gluten-free day

Even carb lovers will agree, a portobello mushroom can be a delicious and hearty substitute for a standard bread base. These Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Portobellos are super cheesy AND use leftover steak.

Swap breakfast for dinner

Ok, so it’s not a precooked protein, but the eggs cook quick. Omelettes, frittatas, and quiches come together in minutes and are the perfect base for the bric-a-brac you need to use in your fridge. Add vegetables, cheese, charcuterie, everything is allowed.

Bank Inspo for later

The possibilities with a pre-cooked protein like chicken are endless! This list of some of our absolute favorites is a great place to start, whether you’re craving ridiculously satisfying salads and stir-fries, or a bit of pasta action (including zoodles, of course).

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