"What's for dinner?" It's a question many people dread because eighty percent of the time they don't know the answer. Hopefully that's not you, but if it is, you're in for a treat.


These recipes will set you up for a week full of simple, tasty dinners. And even better, they're designed with athletes in mind, so you'll get your share of nutrients to support muscle growth and meet your daily requirements.


Let's start with the basics: meat and potatoes, plus a little bit of greenery. This recipe from Kari Lund's article, Simplistically Delicious: A Quick Seasonal Dinner Recipe is one of my favorite meals to make on evenings when things are a little hectic. I like to precook the meat and kale so I can just throw the potatoes in the oven, go for a run or do a workout while the kids set the table, and come home to a delicious meal.


Kale and Sausage Sauté Over Baked Potatoes


Prep time: 60 min

Yield: Serves 4



  • 4 baking size potatoes of any kind (yukon gold, russet, sweet, etc.)
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bunch fresh kale (about 3 cups, chopped and de-stemmed)
  • 2-3 tomatoes, diced (or use 1 can diced tomatoes, drained)



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash potatoes and prick liberally with a fork (for venting steam when baking).
  3. Bake potatoes about 1 hour until tender.
  4. With about 15 minutes left until potatoes are finished baking, place Italian sausage, garlic, oregano, and green onions in a fry pan and cook until sausage is browned.
  5. Add tomatoes and kale. Sauté until kale is bright green and warmed. 
  6. Serve baked potatoes sliced open with a generous spoonful of kale and sausage sauté over top.


Click to page 2 for a set-it-and-forget-it crockpot recipe.