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53 Quick Dinners That Were Made for Busy Weeknights

Wouldn’t it be magical if dinner appeared on the table every single night at 6 p.m.? Thanks to these speedy recipes, it’s not a pipe dream. When you start with in-season veggies and flavorful ingredients, a delicious dinner basically makes itself. Because we care, we’ve got your next 53 weeknight meals covered.

27 Ridiculously Easy Dinner Recipes for Weekdays


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Spring Pea Soup With Mint

Pair this easy dish with a buttered baguette and dinner’s done.

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Chopped Italian Salad Pizza

Thanks to store-bought dough, it’s as easy to toss together as your go-to bowl of kale.

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Lightened-up Fettuccine With Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

Psst: Whip up this creamy creation in less than 30 minutes.

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Lime Chicken With Corn And Poblano Salad

Chicken thighs are the quickest way to achieve maximum, juicy flavor.

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Crispy Baked Fish Tacos With Cabbage Slaw

If you’re tight on time, sub in store-bought fish sticks.

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The Full Helping

Simple Vegan Spring Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad

Coterie member Gena Hamshaw made sure everything cooks together in one pot.

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Chicken And Snap Pea Stir-fry

You only need a few pantry staples and 20 minutes.

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The Ultimate Quinoa-avocado Bowl

Watermelon radishes make everything instantly fancy.

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Skillet Gnocchi With Sausage And Broccoli Rabe

It tastes like you spent all day making it.

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15-minute Mezze Plate With Toasted Za’atar Pita Bread

Finger food = the best food.

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Salt & Wind

Paprika Grilled Salmon Spring Salad

We love seafood. We just don’t love cooking for three hours.

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Baked Caprese Chicken Skillet

You'll be shocked how simple this is.

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Leek, Kale And Goat Cheese Strata

Assemble everything in advance and pop it in the oven 30 minutes before dinner.

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The Full Helping

Family Style Chicken Caesar Salad

Low-key and elegant.

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Quiche With Gluten-free Sweet Potato Crust

Make two and freeze one for later.

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Feed Me Phoebe

Spring Quinoa Mujadara With Asparagus

Don’t be intimidated by the name: These speedy Lebanese grain bowls from Coterie member Phoebe Lapine are like a warm hug.

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15-minute Mediterranean Couscous With Tuna And Pepperoncini

All meals should be this effortless (and delicious).

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Summer Skillet Gnocchi With Grilled Corn And Burrata

A whole ball of fresh mozzarella takes this one-pan meal to a new level.

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Grilled Flatbread Pizza With Artichoke, Ricotta And Lemon

There’s no need to turn on the oven. (Ca-ching.)

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Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles

Thanks to pre-marinated tofu, this recipe’s done in ten minutes flat.


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Two Peas & Their Pod

Chickpea Shawarma Bowls

You can totally meal prep these so dinner’s ready at 5 p.m.

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Sweet-and-sour Pork Skewers With Pineapple

Time to dust off the grill.

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One-pot, 15-minute Pasta Limone

Keep this go-to in your back pocket.

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Green Shakshuka

Stock up on frozen spinach and whip up this dish when you don’t have time for the grocery store.

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Chloe Flavor

Vegan Fiesta Taco Bowl

Guaranteed to quench your deepest, darkest Tex-Mex cravings.

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Ambitious Kitchen

Everything Spring Green Salad With Basil Lemon Vinaigrette

Coterie member Monique Volz proves that basil lemon vinaigrette makes veggies taste magical.

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Skillet Roast Chicken With Peaches, Tomatoes And Red Onion

Sweet and savory perfection.

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Keto Sheet-pan Chicken And Rainbow Veggies

Stick to your diet? Check. Delight your screaming little ogres? Check.

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Skillet Pasta With Summer Squash, Ricotta And Basil

We give you permission to bring the whole damn pan to the table.

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Veggie Niçoise Salad With Red Curry Green Beans

Finally, a salad that won’t wilt (and doesn’t involve kale).


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Gimme Some Oven

Easy Shrimp Ceviche

The least-intimidating recipe on the internet.

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Grilled Peach And Halloumi Salad With Lemon-pesto Dressing

Tip: Grilling a few of the ingredients in your salad ups the ante.

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Cheater’s Skillet Paella

Simple enough for a school night (we promise).

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Orecchiette With Spring Greens

Pretty much the definition of low-maintenance.

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Pan-fried Cod With Orange And Swiss Chard

With a nonstick pan, this dish is easier to cook than chicken.

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Foodie Crush

Chilled Corn And Crab Soup

Coterie member Heidi Larsen promises you can make this in 30 minutes. Wanna cut it down to 25? Buy a container of pre-picked crab meat instead of whole legs.

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Thai Beef Bowls With Rice Noodles

Just as easy as takeout. (Maybe easier.)

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Make-ahead Aloo Gobi

Filling, flavorful and keeps in the fridge for four days.

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15-minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta

Slightly more elegant than dumping out a jar of marinara, but just as foolproof.

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Honey-lime Chicken And Veggies In Foil

Just throw these mess-free packets on the grill pan.


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What's Gaby Cooking

Pea And Asparagus Tart

Coterie member Gaby Dalkin has us swooning.

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Power Plates

Quick Guacamole Quinoa Salad

Basically a bowl of guac masquerading as salad. What’s not to love?

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Spring Roll Bowls

Like salad and noodles had an extremely delicious baby.

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Jon Cospito

Baking-sheet Pizza With Olives And Sun-dried Tomatoes

Store-bought dough jump-starts this instant crowd-pleaser.

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Shrimp With Cauliflower 'grits' And Arugula

It looks and tastes like comfort food, but it’s secretly good for you.

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Plays Well with Butter

Spring Goddess Grain Bowl

You deserve every vibrant bite. (Coterie member Jess Reilly will totally back us up.)

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Clean-eating Bibimbap Bowls

Spicy, sweet, savory and downright satisfying.

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The Minimalist Kitchen

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Don’t tell anyone that these started with a rotisserie bird.

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Blt Pasta Salad

The juicier the tomatoes, the better.

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Vegan Slow-cooker Detox Coconut Soup

Myth: Your slow cooker is just for the winter.


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20-minute Paleo Egg Roll Bowls

Nix the wrappers. The filling is the best part.

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Radish Barbecue Bowls With Tangy Honey-mustard Dressing

Our new obsession: charred radishes.

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15-minute Cheater’s Pad Thai

Spicy mustard greens lighten up this classic dish.