Quick Recipes for Dinner

Chilled Tomato Soup with Corn Bread Croutons
Cooking weeknight meals doesn't have to be a daunting task. Featuring fresh ingredients and smart shortcuts, our easy dinner ideas come together in 30 minutes or less. With these quick recipes up your sleeve, you'll stress less and get delicious, easy meals on the table in a flash.

Wild Mushroom Ravioli Skillet Lasagna

Forget spending all day prepping and baking a pan of lasagna. With the help of a skillet, it's possible to enjoy this warm, gooey dish for dinner in just 25 minutes.

Orange Salmon and Green Onions

This gorgeous salmon is flavored with oranges and limes for a burst of freshness. Best of all, this easy entree is ready to serve in just 30 minutes, with only 10 minutes of prep time. 

Chicken with Basil Sauce and Cucumber-Radish Salad

Who knew you could make a delicious entree, homemade sauce, and a fresh side salad in just 30 minutes? This dish proves you don't need much time to create a stunning dinner.

Gingered Beef and Broccoli Salad Bowl

Fast, healthy, and delicious? You bet! Loaded with broccoli and salad greens and topped with ginger vinaigrette, this veggie-filled entree is ready in 20 minutes or less. Even with just five ingredients, this salad bowl is packed with protein.

Chicken, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad

Paired with sliced veggies and crumbled feta cheese, pan-fried chicken makes a quick and easy meal. Drizzle the unconventional salad with our simple homemade vinaigrette.

Mexican Skillet Dinner

We love quick dinners that require only one pan to prepare. Loaded with corn, sausage, and beans, this cheesy rice-based dish contains eight ingredients.

Pan-Seared Pork and Fried Green Tomato Salad

For an easy dinner idea, top watercress leaves with cornmeal-breaded tomatoes and juicy pork tenderloin. Toss with blue cheese crumbles and sweet and sour sauce for a bold kick.

Roast Beef Quesadillas

When it comes to fast and easy recipes, quesadillas are a delicious choice, especially when packed with tender roast beef and sweet and spicy peppers.

Grilled Ham and Chicken Sandwich

This grilled sandwich is ready fast, and it's full of flavor. Ham and chicken breast give this entree a healthy amount of protein, while fresh apple slices add crunch. Best of all, it can be on your dinner table in just 15 minutes.

Gnocchi and Sausage

Potato gnocchi make this dish hearty and filling, while tomatoes and arugula add a burst of freshness. With sausage to add protein, this entree is a quick and tasty weeknight meal.

White Bean-Turkey Chili with Corn Bread Dumplings

Chili and corn bread in less than 30 minutes? Believe it! Leftover turkey and corn bread mix make quick work of the comfort food classic.

Chicken-Broccoli Mac and Cheese

You need seven ingredients and 20 minutes to throw together this easy meal. Dried tomatoes, broccoli florets, and roasted chicken give the childhood favorite a sophisticated update.

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Chicken Taco Tortilla Soup

No need to spend hours stirring at the stove -- this zesty soup is ready for supper in just 20 minutes.

Turkey, Pear, and Cheese Salad

It takes only a few minutes to pan-fry the turkey tenderloin in this easy recipe. Lay the sauteed meat on a bed of peppery arugula along with sliced pears and provolone cheese, then top it all with a tasty honey mustard and cider vinegar pan sauce.

Chicken-Green Curry Noodle Soup

This creamy soup is the perfect comforting dish for a busy night. Even better, this delicious dinner uses one pot, cutting down on after-dinner cleanup.

Farmer's Market Grilled Cheese

This quick meal works for lunch or dinner. Simply layer goat cheese, zucchini, and tomato on sourdough bread, then toast until golden. A homemade spinach mayo adds creamy indulgence to the easy sandwich.

Chickpea Salad with Grilled Pita

For an easy dinner idea, toss garbanzo beans with tomatoes, feta, mint, and a simple vinaigrette. Serve the meatless meal with warm pita wedges.

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Lemon Butter Chicken

This delicious chicken dinner is super easy to prepare and can be ready in just 30 minutes, making it the perfect healthy meal for a busy weeknight.

Lemon and Herb Grilled Trout Sandwich

Basil mayonnaise and grilled lemon slices brighten this quick and easy trout sandwich.

Pan-Fried Garlic Steak

Buttery cannellini beans infused with big garlic flavor are a fresh and easy side dish to complement a hearty steak. Make the whole easy meal in one pan.

Basil, Beef, and Barley Soup

Need a hearty, comforting weeknight meal that can be prepared in a snap? This soup is the answer! With steak, barley, carrots, and tomatoes, this warm soup will definitely become a family favorite.

Crispy Fish and Peppers

Craving something crispy but short on time? This fish dish is one of our favorite quick dinner recipes. Buttermilk helps the Cajun-seasoned breading stick to the fish, and a basic frying method ensures crispy, golden fish every time.

Pierogies with Meat Sauce

For a budget-friendly meal, cook chorizo sausage with cherry tomatoes and tomato sauce. To serve, spoon the concoction over potato- and onion-filled pierogies.

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Garlicky Zucchini Noodles

Tired of plain old pasta? This super-fast recipe replaces regular pasta with nutritious zucchini noodles for a healthy, 20-minute dinner.

Pork Chop and Squash

For a summery twist on pork, grill chops alongside zucchini and summer squash. Stir chopped oranges into chipotle salsa for a flavorful topping that's ready in no time.

Jerk Chicken and Slaw

In just 20 minutes, you can cook spicy jerk chicken and serve alongside an easy-to-make slaw of pineapple, baby bok choy, and red cabbage.

Buffalo Chicken Cobb

This easy recipe features all the goodness of your favorite buffalo wings, right down to the homemade blue cheese dressing.

Pork Chops in Salsa Verde

This zesty entree will add a pop of bright flavor to your weeknight menu, all thanks to the zippy salsa verde sauce. Not a pork chop fan? This recipe is just as delicious when made with chicken or salmon.

Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings

Fingerling potatoes help make this chicken entree satisfying, while fresh lemon and thyme add flavor to the whole dish. The yummy chicken dinner is ready in 30 minutes, and it uses only one pan, minimizing cleanup.

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Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

This easy chicken dinner is served on a bed of tasty veggies and drizzled with a zippy balsamic dressing. Packed with flavor, it's ready in just 30 minutes.

Soba Noodle Bowl

Who says a hot meal has to take a lot of prep time? This quick dinner recipe puts an Asian spin on chicken-noodle soup with the addition of soy sauce, sugar snap peas, and soba noodles.

Broccoli Spaghetti

Blend cannellini beans with light Alfredo sauce, then serve with spaghetti and broccoli for a creamy, quick pasta recipe.

Pork Tenderloin with Cucumber-Mango Salad

For a 30-minute dinner, serve spice-rubbed pork with a fresh salad of green onions, mango, English cucumber, and jalapeno pepper.

Portobello Fajitas

Stuff warm tortillas with grilled portobello mushrooms and sweet peppers for a satisfying and easy dinner. Sliced avocado, avocado mayo, salsa verde, cilantro, and lime wedges add zip.

A tangy homemade peanut sauce tops a vegetarian pasta dish that you can make in minutes -- no grocery trip needed!

20-Minute Thai Noodles

Move over, takeout. This easy noodle bowl, complete with spicy peanut sauce, is just as easy (and delicious) as the noodle dishes at your favorite Thai restaurant.

Artichoke Flatbread

You probably already have everything you need to make this six-ingredient dinner. In less time than a pizza delivery, you can make and enjoy crispy whole wheat flatbread topped with fresh spinach and tomato, crumbled goat cheese, and artichoke hearts.

Chilled Tomato Soup with Corn Bread Croutons

Cut down on kitchen time with this cold soup. A twist on gazpacho, the quick recipe is bursting with garden-fresh flavor. Creamy avocado slices and corn bread croutons add delicious texture.

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