Fast-Fix Weeknight Recipes
Our 25 weeknight recipes—including dairy-free, one-pan and vegetarian dishes—deliver big flavor without a lot of fuss.
Minted Rigatoni with Cauliflower, Sausage and Crispy Panko
Fresh or frozen riced cauliflower clings to the pasta, and toasted breadcrumbs mimic Parmesan in this dairy-free supper dish that's perfect for a fast weeknight meal.
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Tomatoey Parmesan Beans
This sleeper hit of a weeknight dinner comes from Food Network star Molly Yeh's cookbook Home is Where the Eggs Are—and is basically a vehicle for Parmesan and garlic toast. No complaints! (The alternate version, with ham and cream, is excellent too.)
Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Potatoes
Weeknight-friendly pork tenderloin, pears, potato and onion bake on the same pan—dressed in maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic and herbs.
Cauliflower Chickpea Bowl with Cilantro Yogurt
Load up on nutrients (and flavor) with this healthful, all-in-one weeknight dinner. This recipe features inexpensive vegetarian ingredients like cauliflower and chickpeas, plus a cooling drizzle of cilantro-yogurt dressing.
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Chipotle Shrimp Scampi
This south-of-the-border variation on a classic Italian-American dish has a little smoky heat. It's a quick weeknight dinner, served over hot rice.
Roasted Pear Salad with Farro and Arugula
This creamy, whole-grain salad earned raves in our test kitchen. It's hardy enough to be a meatless main, or enjoy it as a festive side dish or cold-weather potluck star.
Curried Cauliflower Apple Melt
Glam up your grilled cheese with curry mayonnaise, skillet-roasted cauliflower, and sweet apple—it's a delicious combo that's far more than the sum of its part.
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Thai-ing Up Summer Pizza
You can't go wrong with peanut sauce, right? This popular pizza from Millsap Farm is easy to make with leftover rotisserie chicken. If you like, add a garnish of fresh cilantro.
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Chermoula Halibut Skewers
Chermoula is an herby, lemony sauce found across North Africa. When making kabobs for this easy summer dinner, remember that some ingredients cook faster than others. Keeping skewers segregated by ingredient will yield perfectly flaky fish, tender zucchini and not-mushy tomatoes.
Cheesy Spinach and Beef Calzones
Finely chopped mushrooms replace some of the meat in these super family-friendly calzones (made with purchased pizza dough). Kids will never notice the 'shrooms are there.
This flavorful frittata can be a simple brunch or weeknight supper dish; if you don't have fresh thyme, just substitute dried. The recipe comes from Urban Roots Farm in Springfield, Missouri.
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Vietnamese Grilled Eggplant
Eat this peak-summer dish as a side or a meatless main. Eggplant and bell peppers are grilled au naturel—all the fun comes in the finish, when the vegetables are showered in mint, basil and peanuts and drizzled liberally with a sauce called nuoc cham.
Chipotle-Maple Chicken Thighs
We won't mince words: This is juicy, spicy, sticky, glorious barbecued chicken. One of the secrets? Chicken thighs. They cook fast, like breasts, but they have richer flavor and don't dry out. And nutritionally speaking, the two are more similar than you'd think.
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Arugula-Lentil Salad with Poached Eggs
When you're not in the mood for lentil soup, put the quick-cooking pulse to good use in this nutritious, meat-free salad.
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Sausage-Stuffed Delicata Squash
All you need is 15 minutes of prep time to make this all-in-one meal—perfect for those days when you need something easy but still cozy and comforting.
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Laap (or larb, as it's often spelled) is an herby ground meat or tofu salad that's eaten across Thailand and is traditionally scooped with rice or lettuce. This super simple, healthful dish is a favorite of chef Shayn Prapaisilp, whose family owns four Thai restaurants (including Chao Baan) and two grocery stores in St. Louis.
Thai Curried Salmon and Snap Peas
A brilliantly simple and delicious way to cook salmon, this 25-minute recipe is done in the time it takes to cook a pot of rice. Don't be tempted to skip the fresh basil; its flavor seals the flavor deal on this weeknight meal.
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Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Wilted Arugula
This recipe is fresh and fast—just what you need on a hot summer's night (or any night at all). Wilting the arugula into the warm pasta softens its peppery flavor.
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Mango Toast with Prosciutto
Cream cheese, mango, prosciutto and honey star in this easy toast recipe. Whip it up for a light dinner or a quick work-from-home lunch.
Beer-Braised Smoked Pork Chops and Cabbage
This vibrant combination of beer-braised pork chops and cabbage makes a simple one-pan dinner, but if you want to go all German, buttered steamed potatoes are an excellent complement to this dish.
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Tortellini, Spinach and Mushrooms in Wine-Butter Sauce
A simple pan sauce and fresh vegetables dress up family-favorite cheese tortellini for a meal that's ready in 25 minutes.
Potato Chips Meet Fish
How do you get your family to eat fish? By serving tilapia coated with potato chips, herbs and honey-mustard dressing.
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Herbed Chicken, Orzo and Zucchini
Team basil-seasoned chicken breasts with fresh zucchini and seasoned orzo for a fast and flavorful dinner.
Honey-Sriracha Grilled Chicken Thighs
Sweet and spicy! You only need five ingredients and a hot grill for a delicious weeknight entree.
Mexican Sweet Potato-Veggie Medley
Create a meatless main dish in minutes by sauteeing sweet potatoes, then adding canned corn and black beans. Top with a chipotle-flavor sour cream, avocado slices and fresh cilantro.