Say goodbye to boring Monday thru Thursday dinners with this collection of easy weeknight meals. These family friendly dinners will have you sitting down to eat delicious food in no time flat.
What to Make For Dinner
The act of getting dinner on the table during the week can be a real struggle, even in the best of times. Weeknight dinner ideas are especially difficult when you’re juggling a busy work and family schedule and have no idea what to put on the table for dinner.
“What should I make for dinner tonight” is one of the most asked and repeated questions in kitchens around the world. Or maybe, “what are you making for dinner tonight” is what you are hearing? Either way, we all want healthy meals, easy dinner solutions and budget-friendly ideas that are above all…ready quickly.
One of the best ways to avoid the pitfalls of ordering takeout, giving in to a bowl of cereal or snacking your way through the pantry is to create and lean on a directory of reliable quick and easy weeknight meals.
I hope with this collection of easy weeknight dinners you’ll find the inspiration you need to get something yummy on your dinner table tonight.
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1. Sheet Pan Pork Chops
Sheet Pan Pork Chops – a delicious and healthy meal you can prep in minutes and leave it to the oven to do the rest.
2. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
Sheet Pan Fajitas were invented with weeknight meals in mind. Perfectly seasoned, tender chicken and crunchy veggies make this tasty meal one you’ll revisit often.
3. Chicken Piccata Meatballs
Chicken Piccata Meatballs are a tasty twist on the classic recipe made with chicken cutlets. This simple and easy meal is guaranteed to shake up your weekly dinner repertoire in a very good way.
4. Boneless Pork Chops with Balsamic-Fig Glaze
Ordinary pork chops turned extraordinary with a quick and easy balsamic vinegar sauce. This sauce is a secret weapon when it comes to jazzing up a midweek meal.
5. Corn Chowder
A quick and easy corn chowder that can be made year round. This pot of delicious has the richness of your favorite potato soup, but with bacon in every bite.
6. Stuffed Spicy Italian Spaghetti Squash Boats
All the flavors of a hearty spaghetti dinner packed into a tender, roasted spaghetti squash. This Stuffed Spicy Italian Spaghetti Squash Boats recipe are the answer to comfort food made in a healthy way. A fork is all it takes to separate the pale orange strands of the gourd into vegetable noodles. It couldn’t be easier to make.
7. Creamy Beef Stroganoff
Rich and creamy beef stroganoff with its tender pieces of beef is the very definition of comfort food. Served here over rice, but this stroganoff also tastes amazing over a bed of buttery egg noodles or mashed potatoes.
8. Vietnamese-Style Beef
Vietnamese-Style Beef – an easy and absolutely delicious weeknight meal you need to feed your family! All the flavors, both sweet and savory, of garlic, pepper and lime come shining through.
9. Pork Chops with Peach-Ginger Chutney
Take advantage of peach season with this quick and simple dinner of juicy pork chops with a sweet-spicy chutney you’re going to love.
10. Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup
A deliciously creamy weeknight soup made in thirty minutes and loaded with chicken, cheesy tortellini and all your favorite soup season vegetables.
11. Air Fryer Salmon
I would have never guessed making salmon in an air fryer would have produced the most tender and juicy salmon every time. I promise this Perfect Air Fryer Salmon will become your new way to conquer salmon in the kitchen.
12. Taco Noodle Casserole
This Taco Noodle Casserole will have your family running to the dinner table.
13. Southwest Chicken Salad with Homemade Southwest Dressing
My homemade southwest seasoning is a flavorful blend of many spices used in southwest cooking. Even the pickiest eater will love chicken seasoned this way.
14. Spicy Curried Pork and Rice Bowls
A truly savory and spicy dish, these Curried Pork and Rice Bowls just might become a regular meal around your house. They are packed with flavor and there are many options on how to flavor your finished dish with fresh herbs.
15. Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Everything you love in Hawaiian Pizza stuffed into a yummy grilled cheese sandwich.
16. Beef Burrito Skillet Dinner
This simple beef burrito skillet recipe combines ground beef, corn, enchilada sauce and tortillas into a delicious one-pan meal. The flour tortillas soften during the cooking process and take on a pillowy-soft texture that helps make this dinner a slam dunk.
17. Orange Glazed Pork Chops
Orange Glazed Pork Chops with only five ingredients are ready in minutes and make a delicious dinner on a weeknight or weekend.
18. Simple Chicken Tenderloin Parmesan
When you don’t have time to pound out chicken breasts, make red sauce and shred several kinds of cheese, but still want a to make and serve a comfort meal, this Simple Chicken Tenderloin Parmesan is for you.
19. Air Fryer Fish Nuggets
Deliciously flakey fish nuggets made right in your air fryer. These crunchy bites just might replace your kid’s chicken nuggets all-together.
20. The Best One Pot-Stove Top Chicken and Rice
It has taken years to perfect this recipe. This is The Best One Pot-Stove Top Chicken and Rice I have ever tasted (yes it’s true!). So easy to throw together on a weeknight, but has all the flavor you would expect in a weekend dish.
21. Sweet and Sour Pork
Homemade Sweet and Sour Pork, a delicious, alternative to the overly sweet version found on the take-out menu.
22. Dill Pickle Soup
This Dill Pickle Soup recipe has swept the nation! A tangy, delicious and over-the-top version of Dill Pickle Soup to be exact. This recipe will become a staple in your household.
23. Chipotle Beef Tostadas
Chipotle Beef Tostadas – crunchy tortillas topped with a flavor packed beef and veggie mixture. This is an easy last minute meal that feels a little more sophisticated.
24. Tangy Shrimp and Avocado Taco Salad
Shrimp and avocado salad packed with all your favorite ingredients and tossed with a simple homemade dressing. This salad is bright, flavorful, zesty and the weeknight meal you are going to make all summer long.
25. Chicken and Snow Pea Stir-Fry
This Simple Chicken and Snow Pea Stir-Fry is the answer to a quick-fix dinner meal. Packed with crunchy veggies and an authentic tasting Chinese savory sauce, this meal is the perfect substitute for takeout.
26. 15-Minute Mexican Chicken Soup
This Mexican Chicken Soup with Avocado will have a delicious and satisfying dinner on the table in 15-minutes. Some nights we need all the help we can get.
27. Weeknight Dan Dan Pork
Weeknight Dan Dan Pork, a favorite Chinese take out dish, made simpler with easy to find ingredients and served over readily available spaghetti noodles. Almost guaranteed the whole family will ask for a repeat performance of this dish on the regular.
28. Weeknight Chicken Saltimbocca
This Weeknight Chicken Saltimbocca is a quick and easy recipe for the busiest of home cooks. The literal translation of this Italian classic meal is “jumps in the mouth”. After one bite of this delicious dish, I guarantee you’ll see why.
29. Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Chicken Pot Pie Soup – a thick and creamy base, with lots of body and richness. All the best flavors of chicken pot pie, but in soup form.
30. Low Calorie Turkey Chili
This Low Calorie Turkey Chili is so jammed with flavor, you’ll forget you are eating something healthy.
31. Antipasto Squares
A complete antipasto tray baked between the flaky and tender crust of refrigerated crescent dough. Serve a a main dish or a party starter and watch them disappear.
32. Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp
Bang Bang Shrimp made in the air fryer and tossed in its well-loved creamy, sweet and spicy chili sauce is simple enough to make on the busiest of weeknights . This crispy, breaded shrimp will be on your dinner table faster than it takes to order take out.
33. Frito Pie
Super easy Frito Pie made right on the stove top and dinner is ready in fifteen minutes.
34. Quick Chicken and Pesto Pasta
Get dinner on the table with this Quick Chicken and Pesto Pasta. It’s full of flavor and makes great leftovers for lunch.
35. Gingery Pork Ramen
A life-changing Gingery Pork Ramen recipe because honestly, it’s going to rock your world. The ground pork turns this ramen into a hearty meal with a pop of flavor you’ve never quite tasted before.
36. Air Fryer Caribbean Chicken
Every bite of this Air Fryer Caribbean Spiced Chicken is juicy, luscious and a testimony to the fragrant spices, flair and exotic flavors of the Caribbean. As usual, the air fryer locks in the juiciness and creates the perfect chicken every time.
37. Shrimp and Plum Stir-Fry
This Easy Shrimp and Fresh Plum Stir-Fry will have you in and out of the kitchen and eating fast.
38. Zesty Pork Tenderloin
Simple Zesty Pork Tenderloin that is quick and simple to prepare. You will absolutely love this tried and true recipe.
39. 10-Minute Fettuccine Alfredo
The smoothest Fettuccine Alfredo you’ll ever taste. As the cheese melts into the liquid and coats the pasta, you’ll understand why the most basic of pasta recipes is truly one of the best!
40. Wild Rice Soup
If you’re craving a pure comfort meal, this Wild Rice Soup with its robust flavor and unique texture is not only visually appealing, but is the sort of thrifty luxury we should all master in the kitchen.
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40 Easy Weeknight Dinners To Make Tonight
Easy Weeknight Dinners:
- 6 tbsps honey
- 3 tbsps sriracha
- 3 tbsps rice vinegar
- 2 tbsps low-sodium soy sauce
- 5 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp table salt
- 4 lbs chicken drumsticks and thighs
- green onion, sliced
- cilantro leaves, fresh
- toasted sesame seeds
Easy Weeknight Dinners:
- Whisk together honey, sriracha, rice vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt.6 tbsps honey, 3 tbsps sriracha, 3 tbsps rice vinegar, 2 tbsps low-sodium soy sauce, 5 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp table salt
- Add chicken to the marinade and toss well to coat.4 lbs chicken drumsticks and thighs
- Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, but up to 12 hours.
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Place chicken on the hot grill and immediately turn the temperature down to medium. Cover and cook until chicken is fully cooked, flipping once. (It should register 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer in the thickest part of the meat not touching a bone. This usually takes about 10 minutes per side over medium heat with the grill closed.)
- Remove chicken, garnish and serve!green onion, sliced, cilantro leaves, fresh, toasted sesame seeds
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