Don't Know What to Eat for Dinner? Here Are 78 Quick and Easy Recipes (2024)

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Sheet Pan Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

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Sheet-pan dinners are a dream come true for busy cooks. You can cook everything you need for your meal at one time and on the same dish—in this case, you'll prep chicken leg quarters and sweet potato wedges. This cooking method saves you time and plenty of effort, not to mention there isn't much to clean up once dinner is over.

This meal is quite simple, which is why it's so great for weeknights. Feel free to change up the herbs (the recipe calls for sage, but rosemary would be good, too) and switch the greens from watercress to butter lettuce or anything you have on hand.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Arugula Salad

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A grill is perfect for easy dinner ideas, as is the case with this simple pork chop recipe. The pork chops get a perfect sear since you pat them dry before adding them to the hot, oiled grill. And—bonus!—there's no smoky kitchen to worry about afterward.

Serve the chops with peppery arugula and stone-fruit salad—a perfect savory-sweet dinner pairing. Peaches and apricots are called for here, but any in-season stone fruit, like plums or nectarines, will taste great too.

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Linguine With Cherry Tomato Sauce

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With only eight ingredients and a cooking time of 30 minutes, this pasta recipe is sure to be a hit in your kitchen. Linguine noodles are topped with a tasty cherry tomato sauce infused with pancetta flavor. Then, add Parmesan and basil before serving for a truly delicious dinner.

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Cheesy Chicken Nachos With Avocado and Radish

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Constructing nachos at home allows you to pile on the goodies evenly after arranging the chips in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. For this recipe, this means every chip is gloriously topped with chicken, cheese, salsa, avocado, and, well, more cheese.

Make this an even heartier meal by adding black beans, or swap the avocado for homemade guacamole. The best part? This dish takes 20 minutes to prepare.

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Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs With Salsa Verde

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Dust off your sheet pan because this 30-minute dinner is destined to become a new favorite! The recipe pairs seasoned chicken thighs with fresh vegetables, cotija cheese, and savory salsa verde, which you can then nestle inside a warm corn tortilla for a complete meal.

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Egg Salad Toast with Fresh Herbs and Capers

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These open-faced egg toast beauties are much more than your average egg salad sandwich—the flavors, textures, and even the look are elegant and original. A mustardy vinaigrette, briny capers, fresh parsley, and just-bitter-enough radicchio leaves are folded into the boiled egg salad mixture.

Heaped on top of toasted sourdough, the result is fresh and hearty—a win-win! This mixture would also be delicious if piled on whole grain (like brown rice or quinoa) or served as a salad for a lighter meal.

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Grandma Pie With Pepperoni and Pink Sauce

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Grandma pies—said to have originated in New York—have one highly likable attribute (beyond all the ingredients): You can make the whole thing on a standard baking sheet. The toppings here are mostly classic—melted mozzarella and crispy pepperoni coins—but the red pizza sauce gets a twist courtesy of a few tablespoons of heavy cream, which makes this pizza richer than usual.

Top this pie off with rounds of red onion and a dash of crushed red pepper, and it becomes an unforgettable meal. Or, you can use whichever toppings you and your family prefer. The great thing about homemade pizza is that it's customizable.

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Grilled Halloumi Salad

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There are a few reasons why this delicious grilled halloumi salad will become a new dinner fave. First, it's easy to throw together after work, and it still manages to be super filling. Second, it hits all the right flavor notes—from briny olives to spicy garlic and cool, crunchy cucumbers.

But, the most important reason to make this salad is so you can eat grilled halloumi. The firm cheese can stand the heat of a grill or grill pan and tastes salty, like feta. Go ahead and cut into the planks of crispy, melty cheese with a knife and fork, just like you would tofu or portobello mushrooms.

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Shrimp Lo Mein

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Lo mein (meaning stirred noodles) is a standard takeout order for many people in the U.S. However, making it at home is an opportunity to expand your culinary repertoire and reduce delivery expenses.

Lo mein noodles are stirred into a sauce—in this case, a mixture of soy sauce, lime juice, sugar, Sriracha, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil. What's not to like? You'll also fold in shrimp and sautéed vegetables, like bell peppers, scallions, mushrooms, and fresh baby bok choy.

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Lemony Lentil Soup

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In this simple soup recipe, you'll simmer everyday ingredients like carrots, onion, garlic, and spices with red lentils, which are the perfect soup legume since they break down when heated. Instead of puréeing the entire soup into oblivion, you'll only blend half the batch to retain some texture.

Then, you'll top the whole thing with crispy, roasted kale leaves for a modern garnish. For a classic soup-and-sandwich combo, serve a bowl with a whole-grain grilled cheese sandwich.

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Eggplant and Tomato Masala With Chickpeas

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This Indian-inspired vegetarian meal comes together in 25 minutes but is still incredibly bold and delicious. That's because the recipe calls for two layers of seasonings, including cumin, mustard seeds, and coriander.

The spices then stew with onions, eggplant, garam masala, and cilantro stems, which are then simmered with canned chickpeas and fire-roasted tomatoes. Trust us—you'll love this flavorful feast.

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Crispy Chicken Cutlets With Artichoke Dressing

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You can't go wrong with crispy chicken cutlets. Breadcrumb-coated chicken is baked and paired with roasted asparagus, and the whole thing is topped with a lemony dressing made from briny artichoke hearts, fresh parsley, and salty Parmesan cheese. This dish is so tasty that it's hard to believe you can whip it up in just 25 minutes.

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Chicken Curry in a Hurry

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How does curry make a list of quick dinner recipes? Our fast version uses rotisserie chicken to save time—the meal is ready in just over 30 minutes. Pin this one for nights when you're craving Indian food but don't care to order take-out.

A simple sauce of plain yogurt, heavy cream, and a few teaspoons of curry powder evenly coats the shredded chicken. Add a can of diced tomatoes, too, if you'd like, and serve the dish over rice.

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Pasta With Turkey and Broccoli

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This dinner recipe might taste like a traditional slow-cooked Italian pasta dish with vegetables and sausage—but our version is ready in 20 minutes and uses ground turkey, a leaner, healthier alternative to sausage that cooks up quickly.

You'll brown the meat in one pan and boil the pasta and the broccoli together. Chopped garlic and crushed red pepper give the pasta a bit of a zip.

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Zucchini and Bean Salad With Bulgur

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Believe it or not, nothing on this plate requires much preparation—or cooking. The bulgur simply steams in boiling water, so after making a quick vinaigrette and chopping your zucchini, shallot, and dill, you're ready to toss this tasty salad together and serve.

Salted, roasted almonds lend some crunch, while creamy, crumbled goat cheese ties it together. You'll be sitting down within 20 minutes and enjoying a satisfying but unexpected dinner that's as healthy as it is convenient.

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Whole Grain Spaghetti With Kale and Tomatoes

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Craving pasta but not in the mood to load up on carbs? We devised this super easy dinner idea: a pasta dish with garlic, onion, kale, grape tomatoes, and almonds to go with whole-grain noodles.

As you boil the spaghetti, cook the kale on the stovetop with garlic and onion, which only takes a few minutes. Top the pasta with kale, chopped roasted almonds, and pecorino cheese. We're willing to bet the whole family will love this 30-minute dinner idea.

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Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn

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Plenty of chili recipes require you to simmer everything for an hour or two. And it's not that this classic isn't worth investing time in, but when your family wants chili fast, this poblano chile-spiked version (packed with ground beef, black beans, corn kernels, and carrots) comes together on the stove in just 30 minutes.

Double the recipe and take care of dinner for a night down the road, or make the chili last a bit longer by serving it over brown rice.

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Spanish Omelet With Potatoes and Chorizo

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The idea of breakfast for dinner is nothing new, and some nights there's nothing wrong with scrambling up a few eggs (or even preparing oatmeal or pancakes) for an evening meal. But with just slightly more planning, you can cook up this tasty Spanish omelet packed with yellow onion, red potatoes, chorizo, and Manchego or cheddar cheese.

The best part? It's ready in half an hour and can be cooked in a single skillet. Expect this filling omelet to become a comfort-food fixture in your kitchen. (And just so you know, leftover slices are fantastic for lunch.)

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Smoky-Sweet Steak Supper

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While cooking steak for dinner might sound intimidating, this hearty meal is ready in just 25 minutes and certainly doesn't lack flavor. The meat is slathered in a sugar and paprika rub, which delivers an irresistible sweet and smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with blanched green beans and fresh cherry tomatoes. Break out a bottle of pinot noir, and you're good to go!

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Steak-and-Potato Skewers With Orange Salsa

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There's nothing better than a meal on a stick, especially if it sounds fancy but only takes 30 minutes to make. With this recipe, you'll build the steak and spiced potato skewers, then grill bell peppers and onions separately. The whole spread is tied together with a spicy orange salsa, which you'll want to make over and over again.

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Fishermen's Soup

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Halibut and quick-cooking mussels are the stars of this rich, fragrant meal-in-a-bowl. And while this seafood soup might look fancy—and even a bit time-consuming—it's quite an easy dinner to prepare.

After sautéing leeks, garlic, and fennel in a saucepan, add sherry and canned diced tomatoes before bringing the mixture to a simmer. Add the fish and mussels, and simmer for another five minutes—tops.

Garnish the bowls with freshly chopped parsley, provide some mixed olives on the table, and you're ready to eat. Crusty bread makes a great addition, too.

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Sheet Pan Cod and Potatoes

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Remember that sheet pan you used for those easy chicken dinners? It works for fish too. This simple dinner has everything you need—creamy Yukon gold potatoes, a cod fillet, and crispy chard leaves. The balanced meal gets dressed up with a quick olive salsa that adds richness, acidity, and a little spice to the whole dish.

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Saucy Shrimp and Noodle Stir-Fry

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If you're eager to cook with shrimp but don't know where to start, try this easy stir-fry recipe. The shrimp are stir-fry-proof (trust us), and they're slathered in a sweet and spicy sauce you'll want to put on everything.

Tender rice noodles, shiitake mushrooms, and bok choy round out this 20-minute meal. Feel free to add (or swap in) bell peppers, broccoli, and whatever veggies you have in the fridge.

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Green Curry With Halibut and Corn

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Sure, you can order take-out curry for dinner, but if you want to try making the popular dish yourself, start with this easy recipe. You'll begin by cooking the shallots in green curry paste and adding coconut milk and chicken broth before stirring in the corn and halibut.

Once the fish is cooked (which takes about eight minutes), spoon the curry over already-cooked rice. To add flavor to the meal, add a squeeze of lime and toss in basil leaves and sliced jalapeño.

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Crispy Pork Cutlets With Fennel-Chickpea Slaw

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Thin, crispy slices of pork and a crunchy, zesty salad (made with chickpeas, sliced fennel, celery, red onion, and a quick lemon dressing) provide a great point and counterpoint in this easy supper idea. And that breaded crust? It's homemade—no stale, store-bought breadcrumbs here.

After quickly whipping up homemade bread crumbs using whole-wheat sandwich bread, coat the thin pork cutlets before tossing them in the oven to bake. That leaves plenty of time to mix the slaw before the timer dings and dinner's on the table.

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Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin

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Thanks to a tasty brown sugar and soy-spiked beef stock, this easy-to-make pork tenderloin is anything but dry. While a slow cooker is needed for this recipe, it only takes 20 minutes to make, and the result is tender meat that can be pulled apart with a fork. Serve the sweet and savory pork with fresh cucumber and carrots over hot rice for a balanced meal.

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Broiled Salmon on Rice With Broccoli

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Salmon is a fishy fish—a real turn-off for many picky eaters of all ages. However, this dish features broiled salmon that's buttery, flaky, and won't stink up your kitchen.

Once the fish is nearly done broiling, brush it with a glaze made from brown sugar and low-sodium soy sauce or tamari. This will allow the sauce to caramelize and give each fillet a slightly crispy top. And be sure to save some of the sauce for drizzling over the broccoli rice.

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Quick Lamb and Vegetable Stew

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Carrots, onion, diced canned tomatoes, green beans, chicken broth, and fresh parsley combine to flavor this easy-to-make lamb stew. It's a hearty, warm meal you can make any night—especially on cool fall or spring days.

Feel a tad ambitious? Make an extra batch of this freezer-friendly dinner and save it for a night when you're even more pressed for time. (We've even got detailed instructions for how to freeze and reheat the stew so the vegetables and meat remain perfectly tender.)

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Shrimp and Spinach Pasta with Leeks

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Want a meal that's both light and hearty with vegetables and protein? Our easy, fast recipe for shrimp, leek, and spinach pasta is the answer.

While the pasta cooks, sauté the leeks and shrimp in butter. The spinach will wilt naturally when combined with warm pasta, and a bit of lemon zest adds fresh flavor to the light cream sauce.

Kids (and kids-at-heart) get a "macaroni and cheese"-like supper, which has not one, but two vegetables stirred in. And the adults get a tasty and easy dinner ready in just 20 minutes.

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Salmon With Creamy Cucumber-Fennel Salad

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While you probably have a go-to chicken dinner and maybe a quick shrimp recipe ready for busy nights, shake up the dinner routine with this simple approach to salmon. To speed up pre-dinner prep time, you can make the side salad (which gets its crunch from cucumbers and fennel) up to 12 hours in advance.

Make sure to reserve a few fennel fronds to garnish the plate. Store the salad in the fridge in a sealed container and serve cool or at room temperature alongside freshly roasted salmon.

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Linguine With Shrimp and Artichokes

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A crisp, golden brown topping on the pasta (sautéed panko crumbs mixed with chopped parsley) elevates this dinner dish, making it look far more elegant and time-consuming than it truly is. Believe it or not, this protein-rich pasta requires just 25 minutes of hands-on time in the kitchen.

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Spicy Grilled Chicken With Shaved Zucchini Salad

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Forget your standard grilled chicken recipe and use this one instead. The chicken, which is anything but dry, is rubbed in Aleppo pepper for a little kick, then paired with a lemony-marinated zucchini salad. The whole dish is then drizzled with garlic and herb dressing.

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Slow-Cooker Chipotle Short Ribs With Tangy Cabbage Slaw

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Short ribs become fall-apart delicious when simmered with onion, garlic, tomato paste, chipotle peppers, and cumin—and this quick dinner idea only requires 20 minutes of hands-on time. Cook the rice 20 minutes before you plan to serve dinner, add some cabbage slaw when it's all good to go, and you're done!

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Grilled Turkey-Zucchini Burgers

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Let's be honest: Turkey burgers can be a tad dry. However, these are anything but. The secret here is zucchini, which makes these patties extra juicy and delicious.

Eggs help bind the patties together, while garlic powder and cumin bring extra flavor. Top the burgers with a combo of honey mustard and mayo (not to mention sliced tomato and crispy lettuce) and you won't be disappointed.

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Hummus, Tomato, and Feta Pita Pizzas With Arugula Salad

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Layers of hummus and feta replace classic tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese in this non-traditional personal pie. The best part about this fun and creative dinner is that it only consists of four steps—including plating the meal.

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White Pizza With Artichokes, Rosemary, and Olives

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It's hard to find someone who doesn't love pizza, and this white pie is bound to please just about anyone. Instead of tomato sauce, it's topped with ricotta cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, and olives. While the dough is baking, whip up an easy side salad for a complete meal.

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Coconut Chicken Cutlets With Mango Chutney Slaw

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Ready in 30 minutes, these delicious chicken cutlets get added flavor from the shredded coconut breading. Served with a tasty mango chutney coleslaw—which pairs perfectly with the coconut flavor—you'll have a new dinner recipe for your menu.

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Summer Nachos

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Full of flavor and nutritious summer vegetables, these vegetarian nachos are perfect for a quick dinner—for yourself or the family. Featuring corn, zucchini, and avocado, you'll enjoy every cheesy bite. Plus, they're ready in 30 minutes, from start to finish.

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Smoky Sheet Pan Salmon and Potatoes

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Sheet pan dinners are a favorite for cooking a fast dinner. This recipe features roasted salmon and potatoes flavored with an easy smoked paprika and orange zest dressing. Topped with an avocado and orange salsa, you can enjoy this easy meal with just 15 minutes of hands-on time.

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Chicken Pot Pie Empanadas

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This twist on a traditional chicken pot pie only requires 25 minutes of hands-on time and is ready in under an hour. The secret is using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken and store-bought pie crust. It's a simple trick for a delicious and comforting dinner. Serve with salad or roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

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Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps

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Fun to eat and easy to make, these chicken lettuce wraps feature a delicious coconut-peanut sauce and rice vermicelli noodles. Top with your favorite vegetables, and let everyone assemble their own. This meal is ready in only 25 minutes from start to finish, and it's sure to become a family favorite.

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Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

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Take advantage of pre-cooked chicken to make this creamy pasta dinner. You'll love how the wider noodles combine with the sauce and are full of nutritious mushrooms. It's simple to make and quick to cook—enjoy!

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Chicken Paprikash Soup

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Inspired by the traditional Hungarian dish of the same name, we take the robust flavors and turn them into a comforting soup that's ready in just 30 minutes. Using store-bought rotisserie chicken helps this dinner cook faster. It's a perfect dish for any weeknight dinner or when you're in a rush.

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Grilled Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas

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Quick and simple to make, these quesadillas are also filling and nutritious, thanks to the spinach. Use pre-cooked chicken to speed things along—dinner will be ready in 20 minutes. Serve with salsa, sour cream, avocado, and any other toppings you enjoy.

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Meatless Meatball Subs

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Filling, savory, and vegetarian, these eggplant-mushroom meatball subs are perfect for a quick and easy dinner. They only need 30 minutes of your time—from start to finish. Serve with a side salad for a complete meal the whole family will enjoy.

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Sunny-Side-Up Sheet Pan Breakfast

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A delicious combination of roasted potatoes, crispy prosciutto, sunny-side-up eggs, and fiber-rich spinach makes this a wholesome dish that is perfect any time of day—not just breakfast. Everything cooks on a baking sheet, making this recipe easy and convenient. You'll only need 20 minutes of hands-on time, then let the oven do the work before enjoying your meal.

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Potato, Egg, and Avocado Hash

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This quick 25-minute hash is perfect for busy nights when you want to eat a nutritious meal but are low on time (or energy). While it's a vegetarian recipe, you could add pre-cooked chicken for extra protein. Serve with a nice chunk of crispy baguette, or eat as-is—you'll be full either way.

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Crispy Bacon and Egg Tacos

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Tacos are a favorite weeknight dinner—and rightfully so since they're easy to make. This version uses traditional breakfast items like bacon and eggs to create a delicious dish that works for dinner, too. Top with avocado, slaw, or your favorite veggies for a well-rounded meal.

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Turkey Sloppy Joes With Coleslaw

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You only need 15 minutes total to get this dish on the table. It doesn't get simpler than browning some ground turkey and mixing it with a few ingredients to create a juicy mixture for a delicious sandwich. Round out the meal with fresh homemade coleslaw that pairs perfectly with these flavorful sandwiches—try adding it on top of the turkey mixture for added crunch.

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Turkey-Barley Vegetable Soup

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Comforting and hearty, this soup recipe combines ground turkey and barley with nutrient-filled vegetables for a delicious meal. With only 15 minutes of hands-on time required, you can sit back and let the soup simmer on the stove while relaxing. Serve a warm bowl with crispy bread to help sop up all the broth.

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Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti

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Classic lasagna is turned into a cheesy, delicious baked ziti dish. Twenty minutes of hands-on time is all you need before enjoying a comforting meal. Bake in separate ramekin bowls for individual servings your family will devour.

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Beef and Cabbage Skillet Supper

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In just 25 minutes, you can make this unique ground beef recipe that mimics beef cabbage rolls. Green cabbage adds a dose of nutrition, while raisins bring a touch of sweetness to the dish. Serve with rice for a complete and hearty meal.

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Eggplant and Chicken Caponata Pizza

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Transform store-bought pizza dough and rotisserie chicken into a delicious pizza for the family. It's perfect for pizza night and requires only 30 minutes from start to finish. The eggplant relish adds a unique flavor that pairs wonderfully with chicken and roasted bell peppers.

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Greek Lamb Burgers With Baked Eggplant Fries

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If you feel like switching up your burger night, give these Greek-style lamb and feta burgers a spin. Served with cucumber yogurt sauce and a side of eggplant fries, you get a delicious and nutritious meal—all within 30 minutes.

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Spicy Summer Squash Stir-Fry

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We're fans of a quick, easy, yet filling stir-fry dinner. This 20-minute version is a vegetarian stir-fry featuring summer squash and eggplant. Red jalapeño and crushed red pepper bring a bit of heat to the dish, which pairs perfectly with white rice.

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Curried Eggplant With Tomatoes and Basil

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Full of protein and fiber from canned chickpeas, this vegetarian curry dish comes together in only 25 minutes. Eggplant, tomatoes, and basil boost the nutritional value and flavors while (optional) Greek yogurt tops the meal for a refreshing contrast. Serve with rice for a filling and complete meal.

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Ratatouille

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Our quick take on traditional ratatouille combines eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, and red bell pepper for a hearty and comforting meal. Ready in just 30 minutes, it's nutritious, filling, and easy to make. Serve on its own, with bread, or toss with pasta.

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Seared Tilapia With Watercress-Mango Salad

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Light and refreshing, this seafood dinner is perfect for busy nights when you don't want to spend a long time cooking. Tilapia fillets are perfectly seared, served atop a watercress and mango salad, and topped with a peppery ginger-lime dressing. It all comes together in just 20 minutes—perfect for relaxing the rest of the evening.

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Spiced Cod With Broccoli-Quinoa Pilaf

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Pairing cod and quinoa with vegetables and almonds makes for a healthy and nutrient-dense easy dinner recipe. Ready in 30 minutes total, you'll enjoy the contrast of paprika-flavored fish and the broccoli-quinoa pilaf that gets a hint of sweetness from raisins. Then, sit back and enjoy your evening.

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Sausage With Smashed Potatoes and Cornichons

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This take on British bangers and mash comes together in a quick 25 minutes. Smashed potatoes (roughly mashed potatoes) are mixed with onions and chopped cornichons (tiny pickles) and are served with Italian sausage. It's a fast dinner idea that's flavorful and filling.

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Orange Chicken With Bulgur Pilaf

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Orange-flavored chicken is paired with bulgur (a nutty grain) in this quick dinner recipe. Cook the bulgur per package directions, then mix with tomatoes and kalamata olives for a pilaf-like side. Serve with boneless chicken breasts for a nutritious and filling meal.

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Skillet Gnocchi With Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

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Full of healthy vegetables like fennel and broccoli rabe, this easy dinner idea cooks in just 30 minutes. You get a hearty combination of sausage, gnocchi, and veggies in every bite, plus creamy ricotta cheese. Bonus: Aside from the broccoli rabe, everything else cooks in a single skillet.

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Shrimp and Chorizo Stew

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Smoky chorizo, shrimp, and chickpeas combine for a delicious stew that's perfect for cool nights. What's best is it cooks in 30 minutes from start to finish. Eat as-is or serve over rice or pasta for an even more filling meal.

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Smoky Fish Chowder

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Hearty, warm, and comforting, this fish chowder is full of flavor and nutrients. Combine white fish (cod or halibut are perfect), chorizo, and vegetables like potatoes and leeks, and this tasty meal will come together in only 30 minutes. Serve with crusty bread to help soak up the delicious broth.

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Rigatoni With Roasted Sausage and Broccoli

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This quick pasta dish needs only 25 minutes of your time before it's ready to eat. Roasted broccoli and Italian sausage combine with tender pasta noodles for a filling and hearty meal. It's simple, delicious, and perfect for any night of the week.

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Pasta With Chicken Sausage, Corn, Leeks, and Mushrooms

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We're betting this easy pasta recipe will become a new favorite in your household. It's full of tasty vegetables like mushrooms, corn, and leeks, and you only need 20 minutes to complete this simple meal. Pre-cooked chicken sausage helps speed things along.

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Spicy Chorizo-and-Pinto Bean Chili

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Spicy chorizo and poblano chiles combine with pinto beans and tomato broth for a hearty 30-minute chili. Top with diced avocado, cable, cilantro, or any other toppings you enjoy. It's a perfect weeknight dinner that's filling and delicious.

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Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

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Sheet-pan dinners come to the rescue again in this quick 30-minute shrimp fajita recipe. After cooking in the oven, serve with warm tortillas and preferred toppings (avocado, sour cream, and pico de gallo are perfect). The best part is the easy cleanup!

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Saucy Shrimp and Noodle Stir-Fry

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This easy stir-fry recipe is packed with protein, nutritious veggies, and umami flavor from shiitake mushrooms and soy sauce. Chile-garlic sauce and honey mix for a tasty sweet-and-spicy coating for the shrimp and rice noodles. Since it's ready in 20 minutes, you're sure to add this dish to your dinner repertoire.

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Speedy Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches

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Our take on classic Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches comes together in just 30 minutes. Tender roast pork is glazed with honey, lime, and sesame flavors, while carrots and cucumber are quick-pickled in lime juice. You'll enjoy the fresh flavors in this simple-to-make light dinner topped with a spicy Sriracha mayo.

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No-Bake Summer Veggie Lasagna

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It's hard to imagine cooking lasagna in only 25 minutes, but this no-bake vegetarian lasagna meets a busy night's time constraint. Full of summer vegetables like cherry tomatoes and zucchini, you'll enjoy a nutritious and comforting meal with this recipe.

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Gnocchi With Corn & Miso

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It only takes 20 minutes to prepare, but this corn and miso gnocchi feels sophisticated despite its ease. Here, tender gnocchi combines with butter, corn, and miso before being topped with salty pecorino cheese and a sprinkling of pepper. Think of it as a summery take on cacio e pepe.

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Lemony Linguine With Olives and Feta

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This recipe for lemony linguine comes together in less than 30 minutes and still packs a flavor punch. Jarred Castelvetrano olives partner with golden pine nuts, which add a bit of crunch. Fresh garlic and lemon keep the dish light and bright, while red pepper flakes add heat.

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Curry Powder Shrimp and Rice

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This curry-laced, one-pot meal combines shrimp, carrots, onions, and rice. It's a quick, flavorful meal that's naturally gluten-free. In total, it takes less than one hour, making it an easy weeknight choice, too. Add a simple green salad to serve alongside, if you wish.

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Pasta with Bacon and Cauliflower

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Bacon brings a welcomed smoky flavor to this pasta dish. But don't worry about it feeling heavy. There's loads of cauliflower in the mix to give the meal an added boost of vegetables. Fresh sage leaves and ground black pepper round out the flavor profile.

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Rosemary Chicken with Zucchini

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Looking for a recipe that won't create a lot of dirty dishes? This rosemary chicken and zucchini recipe is a sheet pan meal, meaning it all goes into the oven at one time on one pan. Potatoes and zucchini are baked with the chicken for a well-rounded meal. Potatoes and zucchini are baked with

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Tortellini With Sausage and Greens

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Cheesy and creamy, this comforting dinner will be on your plate in just 25 minutes. The shortcut lies in the store-bought tortellini, which is the perfect complement to the meaty hot Italian sausage. Top with a quick sprinkling of parmesan before digging in.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Butter Salmon and Broccolini

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For weeknights when you don't want to spend much time in the kitchen but still want to serve up something healthy, look no further than this 25-minute salmon recipe. This is no ordinary cooked salmon either: It's flavored with a buttery and garlicky sun-dried tomato mixture. Paired with the cheesy and charred broccolini, this easy meal won't disappoint.

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