28 Easy Weeknight Dinners You’ll Love
Shrimp fajitas, Greek Chicken, Beef stir fry, and Mushroom Ravioli are just a few of the easy weeknight dinners in this collection.
No one can dispute the convenience and satisfaction that comes with easy weeknight dinners—no matter how much someone may love to cook.
Easy prep, short cook time, and minimal cleanup is the name of the game with the recipes I’ve included in this roundup.
I’ve found these recipes to be useful, approachable, and totally worth repeating.
Tips on How to Make Easy Weeknight Dinners:
- Meal plan. Not only does meal planning save time, but it cuts back on food waste and saves you money if you stick to only buying what you need. Meal planning also takes away the stress of last-minute decisions and cooking. Figure out what you’re going to make for the week and forget about it!
- Prep ahead of time. Depending on the recipe, you can prep ahead of time. Chop veggies in advance, get your meat in its marinade in the morning, etc. That way when you get home and have to face the kitchen, most of the grunt work is done.
- Pre-packaged stuff is OK. Don’t overcomplicate things by thinking you have to make everything from-scratch. You don’t. Even us bloggers don’t do that. Buy the jar of marinara, snag the ready-to-heat pouches of rice, and grab the bagged steamable vegetables. There is no shame in convenience. You’re nourishing yourself and your family and that’s all that matters, my friend. This is truly how easy weeknight dinners are done.
- Use your gadgets! The idea of dusting off your air fryer or pressure cooker might be daunting, but once you get into the groove of using these helpful appliances, you’ll never look back!
- Make-ahead meals. If your lifestyle allows for it and you don’t mind eating the same thing a few days in a row, make-ahead meals are awesome. You could also double up on any of these recipes to have leftovers for the week.
Useful Tools for Making Weeknights Easy:
Easy Weeknight Dinners
Baked Chicken Tacos
Baked to crispy, cheesy perfection, these chicken tacos have everything going for them. Not only are they easy, but they’re jam-packed with flavor and offer up some veggies, too. Bring them into your Taco Tuesday rotation!
20-Minute Tuna Pasta
I love a quick hodgepodge meal that helps me use up ingredients that have been kicking around for a while. This tuna pasta is great for using up baby spinach, olives, capers, and that tuna that’s been sitting in your pantry.
Soy and Sesame Beef Stir Fry With Noodles
One way to use up your instant Ramen noodles is to pop them into a stir fry. This one brings tender beef together with soy and sesame and it is crave-worthy.
Easy Homemade Ramen Bowls
Or you can use those Ramen noodles as intended and make soup. Not just any soup, but a beautiful bountiful bowl of Ramen—soft-boiled egg and all. This is one of my most popular recipes—make it, and you’ll see why!
Greek-Style Baked Chicken Meatballs
These beauties don’t need to set in the fridge or anything. Just form them, bake them, and you’re good to go. We love serving them with tzatziki, hummus, pitas, and fresh veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions. This makes for a super healthy and satisfying meal!
Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken
This recipe is reminiscent of a Chinese takeout favorite, but healthier, and you can easily make it at home. Your family will be impressed, friends.
Mushroom Ravioli With Brown Butter
I love this recipe: it sounds, looks, and tastes like a complicated high-end meal, but it couldn’t be easier to throw together. The crispy sage really takes it to the next level!
Chili-Seasoned Grilled Mahi Mahi
A simple rub and a simple homespun lime butter are what make this grilled fillet stand out. We love it served with a nice simple salad, but it would also serve well with a side of Mexican rice!
Healthy Cashew Chicken
Another delicious and healthy alternative to Chinese takeout! We love serving this with coconut ginger rice. If you love cashews, you HAVE to give this a go.
Impressively Easy Weeknight Dinners Using the Air Fryer
Crispy Chicken Cutlets
This is a household favorite. They’re so crispy and juicy, it’s amazing to think they aren’t deep-fried. They’re even incredible leftover, cold, straight out of the fridge.
Thai Sweet Chili Salmon Bites
Believe it or not, the air fryer is a fantastic way to cook salmon. It’s so tender, and if you keep the skin on you can get a nice crisp going! This recipe brings sweet and spicy together, and it goes perfectly with this coconut ginger rice.
Chicken Breasts With Mustard Sauce
These chicken breasts are smothered in a lip-smacking sauce made with whole grain mustard, fresh dill, and lemon. Mega bright flavors with this one!
Maple Mustard Pork Tenderloin
Keeping a cozy pork tenderloin for Sunday is no longer necessary! This beauty cooks in just 20 minutes. There are steps to brine the meat beforehand, which helps tenderize the pork and add flavor, but that’s optional. You’ll still get a juicy and flavorful tenderloin without it—and that sauce? Incredible.
Lemon Pepper Salmon Caesar Salad
Sometimes I just want a big ass salad for dinner, and this amped up Caesar salad delivers. The salmon is cooked to flaky perfection in the air fryer, and the salad is so refreshing and satisfying. If you’re a fan of salmon, you’ll LOVE this.
Easy Weeknight Dinners That Use the Instant Pot
The Instant Pot has been invaluable to me with its ease of use and versatility. I never thought I’d be cooking pork tenderloin on a weeknight, that’s for sure. The things you can do with this appliance are pretty remarkable, so if you’ve been on the fence about getting one, I highly recommend just going for it.
Ground Turkey Tacos
This recipe is perfect for Taco Tuesday—especially if you honor it on a weekly basis! It’s super unfussy yet results in deliciously saucy tacos every time. Bookmark this one, ’cause you’ll have it on repeat.
This is one of those beauties that work as a side or a main. When eaten as a main, we love adding some cooked shredded or chopped chicken to it. To keep things simple, I buy a ready-to-eat rotisserie chicken from the supermarket and use that. Or if you’ve got a leftover protein kicking around in the fridge, that could work too.
Here’s a pasta dish that fits the bill for Meatless Monday. The best part is you can use seasonal veggies! It’s hearty, wholesome, and oh-so-easy.
Sweet + Smoky Pork Tenderloin
Another easy peasy pork tenderloin here, but this time, it’s pressure cooked and served with a sweet and smoky gravy. It’s ready in about 30 minutes. Like my air fryer pork tenderloin, there are steps to brine the pork beforehand to help tenderize the meat and add flavor, but you can totally get away without doing it if you don’t have the time. This is, after all, a compilation for weeknights ;)
Coconut Curry Lentil Soup
I love a hearty soup that eats like a meal, and that’s exactly what this warming coconut curry lentil soup does. Not to mention it’s chock full of healthy goodies like sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, spinach, and protein-rich lentils.
Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
These offer up the same great taste you remember from your childhood. Just 10 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes of cook time, and you’re set! I love serving them on brioche buns with sliced scallions. The bonus is that they reheat well.
Shawarma Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps make for a perfect light dinner, and this shawarma-flavored shredded chicken kicks things up a few notches. Top them off with tzatziki or hummus for the ultimate healthy feast.
Creamy Tomato Pasta with Ground Turkey and Spinach
Everything in one pot and GO. You could go without adding the splash of cream at the end, but I wouldn’t. It definitely adds a smoothness without making the pasta feel heavy.
This is another rice dish that offers itself as a side or a main. When served as a main, I like to add chopped rotisserie chicken or chili-seasoned shrimp. But thanks to the hearty beans, it’s still filling if you go meatless!
Mess-Free Weeknight Sheet Pan Dinners
Greek Chicken With Baked Feta
If Greek flavors are your jam, you need this sheet pan Greek chicken in your life. It’s chock full of veggies, crumbly baked feta, and it fills you up without weighing you down.
Sausage and Peppers on a Bun
This summertime favorite is brought to the sheet pan for an unfussy weeknight dinner you can enjoy year round. And friends, I recommend NOT skipping out on that sweet and smoky honey mustard sauce. It’s liquid gold.
Once in a while, we skip out on Tuesday tacos for Tuesday fajitas. This recipe is so good, so easy, and so quick. Got leftovers? Toss them onto a salad for lunch the next day!
Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks
I get it: these aren’t authentic cheesesteaks. But it’s a play on a chicken cheesesteak I grew up with and let me tell you, they’re tasty. No matter what you want to call them.
Turkey Sausage and Peppers
Sort of like my sheet pan sausage and peppers on a bun, just without the bun. Unless you want to add the bun. We like this particular recipe toppled over rice.
Did you find something you like? Did you give any of these a whirl?
Let us know in the comments!
88 Comments on “28 Easy Weeknight Dinners You’ll Love”
I’ve bookmarked several of these recipes and can’t wait to try them!
Awesome! Keep me posted!
All of these recipes look phenomenal- especially the shrimp fajitas and ground turkey sloppy joes! This is such a great list for meal planning too- thanks!
Thanks, Lily! I’ve definitely been trying to meal plan more.
Thank you for posting this! My brain gets so tired of trying to decide what to make for dinner that isn’t going to take hours and tons of ingredients. I can’t wait to try all of these ideas. They all look delicious!
Ugh, I feel that in my SOUL. SO happy to help!
So many amazing recipes on this list! We made the tuna pasta last night and it was a huge wit with the whole family!
Yay! So glad to hear it.
I’m always looking for more easy weeknight meals for my family and I can’t wait to try so many of the recipes on this list! The coconut curry lentil soup looks especially delicious!
It’s SO so so so good. Please do keep me posted :)
This delicious round-up of recipes is so helpful for my busy evening dinners – thank you!
Pleasure is mine, Beth!
the baked chicken tacos were a real win the other night with the kids!!
This is one awesome collection of amazing recipes! I really loved the Greek-Style Baked Chicken Meatballs, it was really fun to make that in my cast iron! Thank you so much for this!!
Thrilled you’ve been loving these recipe, Ned! Thanks for always popping in with feedback!
This roundup just made my life a whole lot easier, and more delicious. Thank you!
You’re welcome :)
I’ve tried several of these recipes already and they’ve all been wonderful! We especially loved them ramen noodle bowls!
So glad to hear it, Tayler!
Weekdays are not the time I am able to cook something elaborate so I really appreciate this collection. I can’t wait to try the creamy tomato pasta since it is made in one pot. Talk about easy!
Yes! That’s a great one. Hopefully these are useful to you, Vicky!
Bookmarking because these all look outstanding!
So many great recipes! Thank you for creating this list.
That 20 minutes tuna pasta had me! I think I’m gonna make it for this night!
I tried the tuna salad the other day when I was in a hurry helping with homework projects and navigating life in general. It was on point and delicious! Thank you for an awesome, easy recipe!
You’re so very welcome, Ned!
WOW! They all look so good I’m not sure which one I want to try first! Probably an Instant Pot recipe – I’m famous for forgetting to take the meat out of the freezer to thaw!
Lol I hear that ;)
Love all the flavors and diversity in this list of easy weeknight meals. It’s perfect for busy families.
I’m always looking for some dinner inspo so I saved this list! I can’t wait to try some of these!
Yay! Let me know which ones :)
It gets so easy to eat the same meals each week and we are definitely ready for a change. Looking forward to the Greek meatballs and the tuna pasta to ry some different flavours.
Hope you love them! Glad I could lend a hand in getting you out of that rut :)
Saving this for busy weeknights! Thank you so much!
Happy to help!
Not even joking – we already regularly make and are in love with like 80% of this list! Your tacos, pasta and chicken with mustard sauce are our go-to!
Ahh, so happy to hear it, Ieva!
Oh my goodness, these are perfect! I don’t have a ton of time to fix a meal during the week, but these have helped me not cave for fast food! Thank you!
So glad! They’ve helped me in the same way, haha.
These recipes are a life saver as I am planning out my week. I am going to start with the mexican rice and use that for multiple meals alone! Thank you for sharing!
You’re very welcome, Whitney!
So many great recipes here! I love a quick tuna pasta and that Greek chicken looks incredible!
I’m so glad you think so, Kelly! I hope you try them. Keep me posted :)
These all look so delicious, I want to try them all! Especially those baked tacos- I might make them for dinner tonight!
They’re so so good. Let me know what you think!
Amazing collection of recipes for dinner. Thanks for sharing
Ok – this was such an inspiring list, I can’t wait to get cooking! Definitely trying the chicken Philly cheesesteak first!
It’s so good!
Got the shrimp fajitas on my meal plan for this week! Yum!
We are ready to switch our meal plans around and add some new ideas so this post is perfect. Can’t wait to try the maple pork tenderloin.
Can’t wait to hear what you think!
I really want to start being more proactive with menu planning in 2023 so I am so excited to see so many recipes on this list I want to add to my menu.
Can’t wait to hear what you pick!
Turkey tacos and pork tenderloin are the first two dishes on my list of dinners for the new year. They all look amazing and family (kid) friendly.
Great! Please keep me posted, Gina :)
Can’t wait to try more of these yummy weeknight dinners! Thanks for putting together this helpful guide!
You’re very welcome!
I’m loving all of these meals! I plan on cooking at home a lot more in the new year so I’ve saved this list to make some of these!
I’m so glad, Kristen! YOu’ll have to keep me posted and let me know what you try :)
Happy new year!
These recipes all look delicious and I cannot wait to try the coconut curry lentil soup – I know my family will love it!
It’s so belly-warming and delicious!
So many amazing recipes on this list to choose from! I think I have my January meal schedule sorted now. Can’t wait to dig in. Sweet and Smokey IP Pork Tenderloin is up first!
Yes!! Can’t wait for you to try it. Keep me posted!
Bookmarking this list! Can’t wait to try the 20-Minute Tuna Pasta!
I think that’s going to be a popular one ;) Let me know what you think!
Wow so many great tips and recipes! Planning ahead definitely helps me, along with timesavers like jarred sauce. I love olives so am totally saving that tuna pasta recipe!
Yes! The tuna pasta is great. Let me know what you think :)
I love all these quick, easy and delicious dinners. I’m looking forward to trying all of them.
Yum! Thanks for the great roundup. I tried the shrimp fajitas and they were fab. Next up – the greek chicken.
Awesome! Happy to hear it. Keep me posted on the chicken!
I’m always looking for easy dinners, especially this time of year. This list is the best!
I love the variety of flavors in all of these amazing recipes. They truly are perfect for any night of the week.
I’ve just been working on my January meal plan and want to spruce it up with some new recipes. This collection has so many interesting, great-looking, and seemingly easy recipes I might just go the entire month with new recipes. Great inspiration. Thank you!
You’re so welcome! Let me know which ones you try :)
These look amazing! Recipes like this are exactly the kind of thing I love to make for the family. Easy and tasty is a big winner when you’re a mom.
100%! It’s funny how quickly my cooking habits changed one I became a mom, haha.
Easy weeknight meals are what I live for! I particularly like the sheet pan ideas. I’m definitely not a fan of doing dishes.
Sheet pan meals are amazing for so many reasons, but the lack of dishes is my favorite ;)