Easy Recipes for Weeknight Dinners

If you have 30 minutes, you have time for dinner when you dish up one of these quick and easy recipes. Fast cooking methods and shortcut ingredients get these delicious meals on the table in a flash without compromising on flavor. So whether you're in search of a crisp salad, hearty pasta, or tender steak for your next weeknight dinner, we have the perfect recipe for you.


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    • Spicy Chicken Sausage, Pasta, and Greens

      Spicy chicken sausage and healthy broccolini are the stars of this quick and easy skillet pasta dish. Pantry staples like chicken broth, garlic, and herbs add big flavor, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese melts just slightly on top.

    • Chicken Dijonnaise

      A quick Dijon mustard pan sauce with green onions and white wine complements tender chicken in this 30-minute dinner. A light coating of flour on the chicken creates a fried flavor without the calories and fat.

    • Mexican Skillet Dinner

      Spice up your weeknight routine with a bold skillet meal that highlights your favorite flavors of Mexico. Smoky chorizo, prepackaged veggies, and instant rice help slash cook time to 25 minutes. A layer of Mexican-blend cheese on top adds a touch of melty goodness.

    • Mop Sauce Beef Sandwiches

      Put away that canned sloppy joe mix and grill up a batch of irresistible tenderloin sandwiches instead. Strong-brewed coffee lends rich flavor to the sauce, and a quick stint on the grill makes each sandwich deliciously warm and melty.

    • Ham and Asparagus Pasta

      Stir up something new with a hearty and creamy 20-minute pasta dish. Milk and herbed cream cheese make a quick sauce, and crisp asparagus adds delicious crunch.

    • Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Manchego Fricos

      Arugula and strawberries bring a delicious balance of sweet and peppery flavor to this simple dinner salad. Shredded Manchego cheese turns into crispy wafers when browned in the skillet for a tangy finishing touch.

    • Quick and Easy Dinner: Orange-Simmered Pork Chops

      Follow these simple steps for tasty Orange-Simmered Pork Chops with Mango Relish in just 30 minutes.

    • Pesto Veggie Gyro

      Go meatless with a delicious and fast spin on Greek gyros. We've swapped traditional gyro meat for grilled Halloumi cheese and fresh veggies, such as zucchini and sweet peppers. Spread pitas with homemade Parmesan-basil pesto to complete your flavor-packed meal.

    • Spring Chicken Stew

      We've lightened up classic chicken stew with the best of spring vegetables, such as crunchy baby carrots, bok choy, and fresh lemon thyme. Lemon juice brightens up the broth and adds a hint of zest to the chicken.

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      Beef and Blue Pizza

      A premade Italian bread crust helps get this gorgeous pizza on the table in a snap. Tender roast beef, red onion, and sweet peppers bake with bold blue cheese for a fast and easy homemade pizza you'll love.

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      Gingered Beef and Broccoli Salad Bowl

      Cut down on the calories and fat in takeout when you stir up this quick Asian-inspired salad bowl. Broccoli and sirloin steak take on tangy ginger flavor as they sautee, and salad greens make a low-carb substitute for noodles.

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      Shrimp and Tomato Piccata

      A zesty sauce made with lemon peel, lemon juice, and capers lends big, fresh flavor to sauteed shrimp, green beans, and juicy tomatoes in this fast dinner recipe. Toss with your favorite pasta, such as linguine or fettuccine, then dig in.

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      Sunday Dinner Stew

      You don't have to wait until the end of the week to enjoy a bowl of this hearty, comforting stew. It's brimming with new potatoes, carrots, and savory beef. Green onions bring extra flavor to each bite. Best of all, you only need six ingredients and 25 minutes to get it on the table.

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      Blue Cheese-Stuffed Burger with Red Onion and Spinach

      These blue cheese-stuffed beauties are surprisingly quick and easy to make. Simply spoon the cheese onto each patty, then top with another patty. Worcestershire sauce gives the meat a little kick, and fresh spinach lends a helping of vitamins.

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      Spanish Rice with Chicken and Shrimp

      Dish up the flavors of Spain with a fast, easy take on paella. Sautee chicken breasts with sweet pepper, red onion, and thyme, then quick-simmer with shrimp in a delicious red wine-tomato sauce. Green chile peppers add just the right amount of heat.

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      Classic Minestrone

      Put your can opener in its place when you serve a made-from-scratch batch of hearty minestrone soup. Easy ingredients like canned diced tomatoes and garbanzo beans keep this dinner's cook time to 20 minutes. Sweet yellow pepper and spinach add color and flavor to each bite.

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      Fish Tacos with Lime Sauce

      Enjoy full-flavor fish tacos for an easy  to weeknight dinner. Fresh lime juice adds a nice zip to lightly breaded, delicate tilapia.

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      Garlic Pork and Sweet Potato Hash

      Soy-brushed pork pairs with golden garlic and hearty potatoes in this satisfying meal. Bump up the nutrients by throwing in a handful of kale and green onions.

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      Bucatini with Shrimp and Spicy Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce

      Put down the canned tomato sauce and try our easy pan sauce, bursting with fresh tomato goodness. Toss with shrimp, feta, basil, and bucatini -- which is slightly thicker than a spaghetti noodle -- for a foolproof 30-minute dinner idea.

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      Pork Chops with Fennel Salad

      Orange-glazed pork chops get a kick of fresh flavor when paired with green beans, fennel, and apples for a fast weeknight dinner recipe that's delicious, too!

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      How to Bake Pork Chops

      In less than 60 seconds you can learn how to make juicy pork chops. Watch our quick video for our three-step secret!

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      Dogs with Avocado and Chips

      Here's a great way to introduce kids to avocado: Spoon some onto a hot dog and top with crushed potato chips. If you don't want to take the time to heat up the grill, these hot dogs are just as easily cooked on an indoor grill or grill pan.

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      Open-Face Italian Beef Sandwiches

      Top ciabatta rolls with tangy shredded beef, peppers, and provolone cheese for a simple, warming meal that's ready in just 20 minutes.

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      Pork Loin with Parsnips and Pears

      Add a drizzle of Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, and pear nectar over succulent pork and sauteed pears and parsnips for an irresistible weeknight dinner the whole family will enjoy.

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      Mustard-Crusted Steaks with Herb Butter

      This hearty yet fast steak recipe calls for just five ingredients, so it's ready in a flash. Serve it alongside steamed carrots or sauteed zucchini and squash to make it a meal.

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      Maple-Bourbon-Glazed Salmon

      Maple syrup, orange juice, bourbon, and chopped pecans put a fall spin on good-for-you salmon. Quick-broiling gives the fish delicious texture while sealing in the flavors.

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      Turkey Reuben Loaf

      Classic Reuben flavors, including caraway seeds and homemade Thousand Island dressing, give leftover turkey a delicious makeover for a quick and easy dinner (or lunch).

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      Citrus Salmon with Broccoli

      Top these tender salmon fillets with a traditional flavor combination of lemon and fresh dill. Serve with garlicky broccoli for a wholesome and fast meal.

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      Grilled Steaks with Cheddar Crisps

      For a quick and beautiful dinner salad, top crisp romaine lettuce with grilled steak, cheesy potatoes, and tangy raspberry vinaigrette.

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      Greek-Style Pizza

      Top flatbread with feta cheese, fresh spinach, roast beef, and potatoes, then broil until warm and bubbly for an irresistible and dinner that's ready in just 25 minutes.

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      Papaya and Coconut Chicken Salad

      Coconut-crusted chicken tops crisp greens, sweet papaya, and blueberries in this fresh and fast dinner salad. A homemade vinaigrette adds a spicy-sweet kick.

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      Quick and Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes

      With 30 minutes, you have enough time to make a healthy dinner that's tasty, too. Our quick and healthy recipes are a snap to make, and each easy recipe features lean protein with creative ways to cook fruits and vegetables so the whole family will eat them. With delicious ideas for easy chicken recipes, healthy salads, and quick stir-fries, these simple recipes make meal planning a cinch.
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