Top 5 easy dinner recipes for your busiest weekdays.

My favorite busy weeknight dinner solutions.

Quick ‘n Healthy Round Up: Tacos

If you've been following One Hungry Mama for a while, you know that I'm the queen of tacos. If you haven't been following One Hungry Mama for a while, you're about to see how I've earned the crown. Tacos are a family cook's dream meal. Cook a protein, chop some veggies for on top, and mash or slice avocado: dinner's done. Tacos come together quickly and with whatever you have on hand, from leftover chicken to a stray can of beans. And don't think that you have to stick strictly to a Mexican or even Latin flavor profile. As you'll see, in my world, tacos are pretty much any protein and veggies stuffed into a folded flat bread. Greek, Caribbean, whatever goes! Oh, yea, and the best part? Kids. Love. Tacos. Grownups do, too. They make a beloved weeknight meal that can easily be on your meal plan in some form week after week. These recipes are proof. Check them out for some healthy taco inspiration! (more after the jump)

Everyday Pancakes

Do you know how many pancake recipes I've posted on One Hungry Mama? A lot. Allow me to demonstrate: Apple Pie Pancakes Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes (gluten-free adaptable) Coconut Quinoa Pancakes (gluten-free) Orange Scented Hazelnut Quinoa Pancakes (gluten-free) Cook's Country Better Than The Box Pancake Mix Coconut-Banana Pancakes Orange Cranberry Spice Pancakes Corn Griddle Cakes with Strawberry Syrup (gluten- and dairy-free adaptable) And this does not include crepes, savory pancakes, Japanese pancakes, potato pancakes, or waffles. Yet for all of these recipes, over all of these years, I have never posted a recipe for perfect, simple, basic pancakes. Until now. (more after the jump)

{recipe} Quick ‘n Healthy Roundup: Oatmeal

Nutritionally speaking, there's nearly no better way to start the day than with a warm bowl of oatmeal. Still there? I realize that starting a post with "nutritionally speaking" isn't the best way to draw you in, but I speak the truth. Oatmeal is super healthy. And I bet that's exactly how you think of it—as a health food—because it can be hard to turn good old fashioned oats into a mouthwatering meal, especially when you're moving fast on weekday mornings. And who pulls out oatmeal for a special weekend breakfast? You, that's who! At least you will after checking out my ideas for how to turn oatmeal from tasteless glop to scrumptious power breakfast. (more after the jump)

{recipe} Quick ‘n Healthy Roundup: Pesto

Green Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto The fall/winter busy season has begun: back-to-school, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the rest. For some, ahem, you can throw in kid birthdays, too. I've got two that flank the holiday madness—one next week and the other on January 5th. Though I love this time of year and all of the fun excuses to cook, celebrate, be with family and friends, it requires a great deal of planning and self-control to keep from going totally insane. I created this mini-series of quick and healthy recipe roundups to help you build an arsenal of easy, go-to dishes and dinner solutions that I hope will save you from take-out when thing get busy. You know that I'll proudly call grilled octopus family-friendly (hey, I ate it regularly as a tyke!), but I'm focusing this series on foods more commonly accepted as family-friendly. I kicked things off with a homemade pizza round-up and now we're onto pesto. (more after the jump)

{recipe} Quick ‘n Healthy Roundup: Homemade Pizza

The kids have been back to school for one, two, maybe even three weeks. You in the swing of things yet? HA! Yea, me either. Which is why I'm working on a mini-series of Quick 'n Healthy Roundups. During super busy and transitional times like back-to-school and the upcoming winter holidays, I especially rely on quick go-to recipes that I know everyone in the family likes. This series is about sharing those recipes by category so that you can rely on—and easily find them—too. Because without these recipes, I'd surely fall back on take out and eggs. Oh, wait. Eggs are great. In fact, look for Quick 'n Healthy: Dinner Eggs coming soon. Either way, you get the point. The first in my series is on homemade pizza. (more after the jump)