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Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

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Today I am sharing the easy weeknight dinner recipes that I rely on to get dinner to the table without much fuss or time commitment. Sadly, summer is over, the days are getting shorter, and we are back to our routine. Even though we don’t have kids and hectic school schedules to juggle, Fall is always so busy! These are my go-to weeknight dinner recipes this time of year.

Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes


The Allis Chopped Salad

I recreated my favorite restaurant salad with this recipe for The Allis Chopped Salad. This salad has roasted chicken, cucumber, beets, hard boiled egg, bell pepper, cheddar cheese, and bacon over greens. If you use rotisserie or leftover chicken and store-bought steamed beets you can prepare this salad in just 15 minutes.

The Best Spinach Salad | A spinach salad topped with chicken breasts, tomatoes, thinly sliced mushrooms, crumbled blue cheese, hard boiled egg, and crispy prosciutto. Perfect for meal prepping.

Spinach Salad

This spinach salad is loaded with protein thanks to the roasted chicken and hard boiled egg, and it tastes great with blue cheese, ranch, or roasted garlic dressing.

Chicken, Roasted Veggie, and Pesto Salad Bowls

This salad with roasted tomatoes, roasted broccoli, chicken, spinach, parmesan, and pesto is a delicious way to load up on veggies.


Roasted Tomato Tortellini Soup

Adding tortellini to roasted tomato soup makes it so much better- it tastes a bit like grilled cheese. And if you want, you can add some bacon on top.

Thai Curry Noodle Soup with Chicken | We are obsessed with this Thai Curry Noodle Soup with Chicken recipe. It's so flavorful - it's spicy, creamy, and citrusy with thin strands of rice noodles and chunks of tender chicken. It is also an easy to prepare weeknight meal that is anything but boring.

Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

This dairy-free soup is made with creamy coconut milk, spicy red curry paste, diced chicken, and rice stick noodles. Its spicy flavor will warm you up on a chilly night. This 30 minute recipe is one of the best weeknight dinner recipes.

Meat Mains

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

This chicken casserole has mushrooms and broccoli in a creamy cheesy sauce topped with crunchy cracker crumbs and bacon.


Did you know that you can make risotto in just 25 minutes? I broke down how to make risotto – and you can add in any cheese and veggies that you like.

Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos are made with cheeseburger wrapped in flour tortillas and topped with tomato, avocado, bacon, lettuce, pickles, grilled red onion, and a sriracha animal sauce. They are just as crazy delicious as you might imagine.

Cheeseburger Tacos

This is a fun twist on burger night – when you turn burgers into tacos you can add more toppings.

How to Roast a Chicken - an easy recipe for beginners that everyone should learn!

Roast Chicken

Roasting a chicken is easier than you might think. It takes just a couple minutes of preparation time, and making roast chicken is a great way to prepare a lot of food. I like to roast two chickens at once and then use the leftover chicken for more meals throughout the week.

Southwest Turkey Burgers

Or for a healthier twist on a burger try these turkey burgers made with onion, poblano peppers, bell peppers, and spices topped with cheese, ranch, grilled red peppers, tomatoes, and avocado.


Cacio e Pepe is one of my favorite pastas, and I decided to give it a modern twist to create Red Wine Cacio e Pepe. Instead of cooking the pasta in water, I cooked the pasta in red wine.

Red Wine Cacio e Pepe

Classic cacio e pepe gets even more fun when you cook the pasta in red wine. And how pretty does it look?! This meal comes together in just 15 minutes and is perfect for people who love wine and cheese.

Creamy Tomato Penne with Chicken

This meal brings together tender chicken, mushrooms, and spinach with penne in a creamy tomato sauce.

10 Minute Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pasta

You can get dinner to the table in just 10 minutes with this recipe. The trick is to use fresh pasta and to cook it right in the sauce.

Sweet and Spicy Sausage and Farfalle is a recipe that I grew up eating, and fell in love with again as an adult. It is one of the easiest recipes you can ask for, and the speedy preparation time makes it a perfect weeknight dinner option.

Spicy Sausage and Farfalle

My Mom used to make this super quick and easy dinner all the time when I was growing up and it is one of my favorite weeknight dinner recipes. Spicy Italian Sausage is crumbled up and cooked in a creamy tomato sauce with spinach.

Easy Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

Italian Sausage Macaroni and Cheese

Turn boxed macaroni and cheese into a complete meal by adding crumbed Italian sausage, peppers, and kale. This 15 minute recipe is one that I have used again and again.

Miz Helen

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

This is a wonderful collection of dinner recipes, can't wait to try some of the recipes! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and don't forget to bring your Cookie Recipes to the Holiday Cookie Exchange Link Party! Miz Helen

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner link up - and Happy Thanksgiving!

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