67 Straightforward Dinner Recipes

One can by no means have sufficient weeknight dinner recipes of their arsenal — recipes that tick all of the coveted packing containers: straightforward, fast, satisfying, healthy-ish, balanced, requires little-to-no dishes and, most significantly, evokes pleasure on the finish of a protracted day. So, we have rounded up our favourite box-ticking recipes.

From straightforward sheet-pan hen dinners to hearty beef stew and stir-fries, these dishes are easy sufficient for a weeknight and scrumptious sufficient to be placed on repeat. Consuming vegetarian or vegan is a breeze with nourishing, protein-packed recipes, and do not forget to place the “fish” in environment friendly with a variety of straightforward seafood dinners. To prime all of it off, we included dinnertime’s most underrated star: the egg, which is a fast method to throw some protein (and one of the best built-in sauce) onto your meal.

Winner, winner, hen (and turkey) dinners

Harissa-Spiced Pasta with Chicken with Green Beans

CB Creatives INC.

Harissa-spiced pasta and hen with inexperienced beans displays the cooking and flavors of North Africa with the punch of harissa married to Italian affect with the pasta shells.

Baked Chicken and Ricotta Meatballs with Broccolini

Patricia Niven

Rooster and ricotta meatballs are lighter than their beefy counterparts and do not require plenty of work. Baking skips the time and mess of browning on the stovetop and leaves you with one mixing bowl and sheet pan to scrub on the finish — and, most significantly, 20 scrumptious meatballs to savor with a facet of crisped broccoli.

Valerie Bertinelli's Sheet-Pan Vinegar Chicken


The candy tomatoes superbly steadiness the bracing acidity of the tangy sherry vinegar and briny olives on this straightforward hen dinner that has a vibrant pop of taste in each chew.

Turkey Bolognese

Courtesy Pleasure Bauer

This dish is pure consolation meals — a hearty, wealthy Bolognese, filled with scrumptious greens and satisfying floor turkey. You possibly can serve it over spaghetti squash, zoodles or whole-grain pasta — eater’s alternative.

Sheet-Pan Roast Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

The spicy harissa, candy pomegranate, crunchy walnuts and contemporary mint distinguish this roast hen from the everyday rosemary, sage and thyme poultry seasoning. Additionally, the entire thing solely takes about half-hour to make, which makes it a straightforward dinner concept that’s as fast as it’s comforting.

Citrus-Roasted Turkey Breast

Courtesy Laura Vitale

This recipe is incredible to make and serve for a smaller crowd. It is also not as intimidating as cooking an entire turkey if you happen to’re new to the kitchen. The compound butter with the citrus and smoked paprika is totally unimaginable.

Sheet-Pan Pesto Chicken with Broccoli Rabe and Baby Potatoes

Casey Barber/Good Meals Tales LLC

Craving a comforting roast hen dinner however do not have the time for an elaborate prep? This savory Italian-flavored meal contains the primary dish, plus all of the hearty sides multi functional sheet-pan. Simply take 10 minutes out of your day, then let the oven do the work.

Healthy One-Pan Chicken 'Fried' Rice

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

When life palms you leftover rice, make your personal hen “fried” rice. It’s identical to the dish you’d order for takeout, however you are utilizing up all of the almost-ready-to-be-tossed greens in your personal fridge.

Air-Fryer Chicken Satay Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Aubrie Decide

Rooster satay is a well-liked Southeast Asian dish that is usually grilled on skewers and served with a spicy peanut sauce as an appetizer. This recipe skips the skewers and the grill and air-fries the hen as a substitute, which is ideal for weeknight dinners.

Gluten-Free Chicken Milanese

Courtesy Kristin Teig

Positive, this recipe is a little bit of a deal with, however rice flour and gluten-free panko make it a bit of lighter and simpler on the abdomen. Giada serves it the way in which they do in Italy, topped with an arugula salad dressed with lemon and salt, or with out the salad and only a squeeze of lemon juice.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tinga

Kevin Curry

This dish is so versatile, and it is also nice for meal prep. Whether or not you are making tacos or stuffed bell peppers, it is one thing that you will take pleasure in all week lengthy.

Sheet-Pan Chicken with Jammy Tomatoes and Pancetta

Julia Gartland for The New York Occasions

On this comparatively speedy sheet-pan dinner, boneless, skinless hen thighs are seasoned with a savory, cumin-scented spice combine and roasted with entire garlic cloves and cherry tomatoes, which flip comfortable and candy within the oven’s warmth.

Sheet-Pan Pineapple Chicken

Pleasure Bauer

Candy, saucy and oh-so-delish, this can be a dish your entire crew will actually take pleasure in. It’s vibrant, colourful and filled with protein and different numerous vitamins, because of the chunks of juicy pineapple, purple onion and bell peppers. The most effective half? This recipe comes collectively quick on a single sheet pan.

Chicken Salmoriglio

CB Creatives INC.

Rooster salmoriglio is a main instance of Sicilian cooking: contemporary herbs, lemon, honey, olive oil and greens. Easy and distinctive.

Sheet-Pan Roasted Chicken Panzanella

Katie Stilo

Darkish-meat hen and bread come collectively all in a sheet pan for this scrumptious meal. Tossed along with scrumptious dressing and contemporary greens make it a win-win weeknight meal.

Dijon Chicken with Tuscan Kale, Yukon Potatoes and Parmesan

Roze Traore

This Dijon hen combines straightforward cooking methods with large taste. Every ingredient on this recipe provides a layer of taste. This one-pot dish permits contemporary elements to unite and produce a energetic but comforting meal.

Joy Bauer's Sheet-Pan Roasted Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Pleasure Bauer

This fast and straightforward one-sheet marvel requires only a handful of primary elements and includes a smoky and flavorful marinade for the hen that the entire household will love. The crispier the Brussels sprouts, the extra scrumptious, so do not be afraid to allow them to get good and brown.

Sheet-Pan Turkey Meatloaf and Smashed Potatoes

Katie Stilo

This meatloaf is mild in texture however heavy in taste, and when it is mixed with this potato recipe and cooked on only one sheet pan … it is just about an award-winning dish.

Easy Skillet Chicken Parm

Child within the Kitchen

It is a lighter, faster however simply as tacky model of hen Parm — no deep-frying required! Serve it with an enormous inexperienced salad on the facet.

The Good Chicken

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

“After I inform my children we’re having hen for dinner, they at all times ask if it is ‘the nice hen,’ says Elizabeth Heiskell. “‘Sure, the nice hen,’ I reply, and the celebration begins. That is the hen breast that is gussied up and will get them excited.”

Hearty beef and pork dishes

Steak and Veggies with Zesty Chimichurri

Jennifer Causey / Cooking Gentle August 2017

People on the desk might imagine you have labored away within the kitchen for hours on this restaurant-worthy steak dinner. However, essentially, it requires solely 5 contemporary elements and takes 20 minutes to make. The cilantro chimichurri provides a summery pop to the grilled tenderloin, juicy yellow squash and crispy potatoes.

Cumin-Roasted Pork Chops and Brussels Sprouts

Christopher Testani for The New York Occasions

The most effective half about this dish is all of the totally different textures! The sage chips and cumin seeds give this recipe such an excellent crunch and bursts of taste. The key to good pork lies within the resting interval, so it reabsorbs all of the juices.

One-Pot Ropa Vieja

Courtesy Alejandra Ramos

The mix of wealthy savory flavors and ease of cooking that make ropa vieja considered one of Alejandra Ramos’s go-tos for busy days and straightforward entertaining. Although traditional variations of the recipe usually name for cooking the meat and sauce individually, this one-pot model permits for each to prepare dinner collectively, making for additional tender and flavorful meat.

Spicy Beef Stir-Fry with Basil

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Leela Punyaratabandhu, a meals blogger, tailored this recipe from Soei, a family-run restaurant in Bangkok, the place she grew up. The cooking methodology is quick: You sauté a mashed paste of chiles and garlic in lard, then add thinly sliced beef to the new pan, adopted by fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, a smidge of palm sugar and a smattering of makrut lime leaves to glaze and swaddle the meat.

One-Pot Beef Stew with Ketchup

Casey Barber

Able to strive one of the best beef stew of your life? This flavor-packed model is extremely straightforward to make as a result of all of it comes collectively in a single pot.

Italian Sausage and Peppers on Garlic Bread

Laura Vitale

The mix of sausage and peppers stewed in a deeply flavorful tomato-based sauce, topped with provolone and toasted onto crunchy garlic bread, is an ideal make-ahead dish that will get even higher the longer it sits.

Vietnamese Steak Salad

Ed Anderson

This recipe begins with an umami-rich marinade that takes its cues from Vietnamese, Thai and even Korean kitchens. Along with this salad, we like to make use of this dressing as a base for stir-fries, a marinade for meats certain for the grill, or sneak it right into a savory caramel and serve with greens, fish, hen or pork.

Sheet-Pan Italian Sausage with Kale, Cannellini Beans and Tomatoes

Casey Barber/Good Meals Tales LLC

Buttery cannellini beans and kale pair splendidly with this peppery, nutritious Italian sausage dinner. A delightfully straightforward meal for any night time of the week, the entire thing solely takes 10 minutes to place collectively in a single sheet-pan and takes simply half-hour to bake.

Make-Ahead Seasoned Ground Beef

Nathan Congleton/TODAY

It is a nice primary recipe that may be remodeled in any means you want and requires only some easy elements, lots of which you would possibly have already got available.

Magical One-Pot Spaghetti


What do you have to make? Magical one-pot spaghetti is a wonderful possibility. Why? Not solely is it straightforward, however everybody likes spaghetti. And, with some minor changes to the recipe, it may be made vegan or vegetarian.

Eggs for dinner


Jennifer Davidson

This recipe is weeknight-worthy as a result of it simply feeds a big group, and the sauce will be made forward. As soon as the sauce is prepared, the dish comes collectively shortly and is heat and satisfying on a cold day. Better of all, this can be very adaptable: Add merguez or your favourite sausage, if you happen to like.

Sheet Pan Kimchi Fried Rice with Baked Eggs

Hetty McKinnon

“Frying” rice within the oven, on a sheet pan, just isn’t solely potential, it really produces the right quantity of crisping. As with all sheet pan recipes, it’s the right throw-it-in-the-oven dish — merely toss your chilly rice with veggies, kimchi and seasonings, unfold all of it onto a sheet pan and let a scorching oven do the “frying” for you.

Broccoli Cheese Quiche

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

A quiche would possibly sound fancy and tough however that is really some of the versatile recipes that can also be straightforward to make forward. It’s, after all, a stunning brunch merchandise however makes a pleasant supper when served with a salad.

Eggs in Purgatory with Garlic Bread

Anthony Michael Contrino

Eggs in purgatory, or uova in purgatorio, is the Neapolitan model of shakshuka. The spicy, vibrant purple tomato sauce and fast-cooking eggs makes for a fast and light-weight dinner. Chef Anthony Contrino likes to serve it with a merely dressed facet salad.

Egg Roll Bowls

Pleasure Bauer

Fulfill your cravings with a deconstructed model of the fried traditional — flavorful spices and veggie-filled inside — that cuts the carbs and pumps up the protein. Plus, it is prepared in a mere 20 minutes.

Spaghetti Carbonara with Fried Eggs

Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Ringing in at below $15 whole, this recipe is ideal as a quick and straightforward weeknight dinner (or weekend brunch!).

Savory Steamed Egg Custard

Courtesy Megan Zhang

On the finish of a attempting day, the forgiving dish asks for little — no arduous chopping, stirring or washing. All it takes is a little bit of calm whisking, adopted by a quiet wait whereas the dish steams. But, for what little work the method requires, it provides a lot in return: a reassuringly comfortable, heat meal that feels toasty within the stomach and is delicate on digestion.

Weeknight Fried Rice

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Should you maintain leftover rice within the fridge and a few frozen greens within the freezer, you will at all times have dinner. Costume up these fundamentals with some chopped aromatics, eggs and a further protein, and also you’re in enterprise.

Savory Oatmeal with Caramelized Onions and Avocado


Just like congee rice porridge or risotto, oatmeal is a base that absorbs savory flavors superbly. Whereas many individuals are used to complementing oats with berries or nuts at breakfast, this broth-cooked consolation meals is ideal for lunch or dinner.

On a seafood eating regimen

Sheet Pan Miso Lemon Salmon with Zucchini and Rice

Kara Birnbaum / TODAY

“There are such a lot of nights I stare into my fridge looking for the right steadiness between one thing thrilling and one thing fast. For me it usually comes down, many times, to miso paste and lemon,” says Ali Rosen about this straightforward sheet-pan salmon dish.

Spicy Italian Mackerel Spaghetti

Courtesy Stephanie Harris-Uyidi

As a member of the tuna household, mackerel is a tasty, but underrated fish that deserves extra consideration. A agency, high-fat fleshed fish, it is identified for its daring, savory taste. When combined with salty olives, candy, acidic tomatoes and contemporary herbs, this seafood-topped pasta is a must-try.

Roasted Salmon with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Courtesy Matt Armendariz

That is considered one of Gaby Dalkin’s favourite summer time dinners — and for good motive. The sunshine, buttery protein will get a wholesome enhance from a zesty avocado and mango salsa. What’s even higher is which you could serve six folks in simply half-hour, from begin to end.

Ginger-Soy Shrimp with Broccolini and Soba Noodles

Judy Joo

Shrimp do not want a lot dressing as much as be tasty. Right here, a easy marinade and fast sauté yields a deeply flavorful and completely cooked outcome. The crunchy broccolini and earthy soba noodles are an excellent complement to the naturally sweeter shellfish.

Sheet Pan Flounder with Roasted Tomatoes and Black Olives

Gentl + Hyers / “Small Victories” by Julia Turshen

Cooking fish at residence usually appears intimidating. What sort do you have to purchase? Will not it overcook? Will it keep on with the pan? Enter this recipe, which is the simplest and tastiest method to make fish for a gaggle. Even if you happen to double the recipe, you may prepare dinner all of the items on the identical time; there’s no splattering or mess in anyway and there’s no probability of the fish sticking to the pan.

Grilled Miso-Glazed Salmon with Broccolini Salad

Nathan Congleton

This dish is so filled with taste and wholesome on the identical time. White miso provides delicate sweetness whereas upping the umami flavors of contemporary salmon. The crunchy, caramelized broccolini is an ideal foil to the tender grilled fish.

Salmon Sloppy Joes

Courtesy Stephanie Harris-Uyidi

A savory salmon burger (made with canned fish!) is a crowd-pleaser that tastes like a gourmand dinner deal with. It is arduous to inform that it is a fast prep and takes hardly any effort in any respect to get onto the desk.

Citrus Baked Cod

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Maybe you already mastered the artwork of grilling flaky fish completely, however generally a foolproof methodology fits the temper. This straightforward recipe calls upon the citrus, parsley and onion to infuse the cod with a zesty sweetness that is arduous to beat.

Valerie Bertinelli's One-Pan Salmon with Broccoli and Cauliflower

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

One-pan wonders are the most effective respites from a busy day. You simply put the contemporary salmon and crisp veggies on a baking sheet, season every thing and pop it within the oven to roast. In simply 20 minutes, you have bought a nourishing dinner for the entire household and just one pan to scrub.

Sheet-Pan Fish with Tomatoes and Green Beans

Yasmin Fahr

In one other easy and flavor-packed sheet-pan dinner, white fish is topped with a lemon-dill-mustard dressing for a vibrant, herby taste that pairs nicely with juicy tomatoes and crunchy inexperienced beans.

Valerie Bertinelli's Sheet-Pan Baked Salmon


This recipe is really easy, but the contemporary herbs and complex flavors make it really feel fancy, however the fast prep and cleanup make it straightforward sufficient for any weeknight.

Priya Krishna's Orange-Peel Fish

Mackenzie Anne Smith

The key ingredient to this straightforward and flavorful weeknight fish dish is one that you simply could be tossing into the compost — an orange peel. With its distinctly candy, sharp taste, it lends brightness, texture and aromatics.

Protecting it plant-based

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Courtesy Matt Armendariz

That is Gaby Dalkin’s go-to vegetarian dinner. It is really easy, everybody loves it (together with meat eaters), and it makes for wonderful leftovers.

Lentil Bolognese

Julia Gartland

It is enjoyable to make use of lentils in a Bolognese in the identical means that you’d meat, whereas protecting conventional parts like carrots and onions alongside for the experience. The outcome provides a plant-based twist to a standard and iconic pasta dish.

Baked Broken Lasagna Pasta with Spinach

Courtesy Adam Friedlander

This recipe is so low upkeep, you may put it within the oven after which end odd duties round my house whereas it cooks (so long as you do not neglect to set a timer!). There’s one thing comforting about digging up the thick items of lasagna noodles smothered in garlicky purple sauce. Plus, the spinach makes it really feel at the very least a bit of bit wholesome.

Chana Masala

Samah Dada

Samah Dada makes this Indian staple a bit lighter than it’s historically ready. The result’s a quick and straightforward vegan dinner recipe for 2, 4 or nonetheless many individuals are on the desk tonight.

Giada's Sheet-Pan Eggplant Parmesan

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

A more healthy and simplified model of eggplant Parmesan is an ideal match for a weeknight meal. Utilizing Japanese eggplants shortens the prep time as a result of you do not have to attract out the moisture with salt (like common eggplants) for 20 to half-hour first.

Pasta Carbonara with Shiitake Bacon

By Chloe

The creamy, indulgent sauce is produced from wholesome, high-protein tofu, however it tastes prefer it has all kinds of dairy merchandise in it. High it with shiitake bacon (merely thinly sliced roasted shiitake mushrooms with olive oil and sea salt) and it’s the right bait to your long-term mate!

Portobello Mushrooms with Goat Cheese

Noah Fecks

This recipe achieves that great double bonus of being fast to make and fast to reheat. Portobellos are filling whereas additionally fulfilling any dietary restrictions; they prepare dinner shortly and add a meaty taste (plus they maintain up within the freezer like a dream). In quarter-hour, you will have a beautiful dinner (or facet dish) set to go.

Sheet-Pan Gnocchi

Ed Anderson

Packaged gnocchi are considered one of Ree Drummond’s most favourite elements for making weeknight dinners simpler. This meatless marvel is each a cinch and a revelation: comfortable and tender gnocchi pillows roasted on a sheet pan with one of the best number of veggies and topped with Parmesan and basil.

Sheet Pan Aloo Gobi

Kara Birnbaum / TODAY

Aloo gobi is a satisfying combo of potatoes and cauliflower sautéed in spices. It’s easy to place collectively, fairly palms off and its taste to ease ratio is off the charts. Additionally, these hearty greens are actually distinctive at absorbing and enhancing seasonings.

Speedy Skillet Ravioli Lasagna

Dylan James Ho and Jeni Afuso

Due to a bit of assist from a package deal of frozen ravioli, you may pull a skillet of toasty, bubbly lasagna from the oven in a bit of greater than half an hour. On this ingenious one-pan supper, make a tomato sauce proper in the identical skillet used to bake the entire thing.

Sheet Pan Vegetable Coconut Curry Rice

Jerrelle Man

This recipe is ideal for a weeknight meal as a result of every thing is conveniently combined collectively, dumped proper onto a sheet pan and able to eat in half-hour. When you pull this pan from the oven, the onions will likely be caramelized, the raisins will likely be plump, the veggies will likely be tender and the room will fill with the odor of what Jerrelle Man likes to name “sheet-pan potpourri.”

Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta

Gaby Dalkin

This lightened-up model of Alfredo sauce is ideal when it is a bit of chilly outdoors. The sauce is downright wholesome in comparison with that of a standard Alfredo and nobody would even know the distinction, it is so scrumptious.

One-Pot Pasta with Spinach and Ricotta

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Two easy vegetarian additions flip this straightforward one-pot pasta right into a vibrant predominant dish. You possibly can customise the elements to fit your style. You should use any sort of noodle you favor or swap up the greens with chopped kale, escarole or chard as a substitute of spinach.

Katie Lee's Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Pasta

Lucy Schaeffer

Benefit from the creamy, satisfying notes of spinach-artichoke dip however in a single 20-minute pasta dinner. You possibly can rely on frozen spinach and jarred artichoke hearts to make this merely scrumptious meal shine.

Vegan Mexican Quinoa Stew

Romel Bruno

Loaded with beans, quinoa and veggies, this Mexican-inspired stew is assured to make your mouth water — plus, it is vegan!

Avocado Cream Pasta with Arugula and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes


The avocado cream sauce is each mild and refreshing — qualities hardly ever present in creamy sauces. This sauce additionally maintains a tremendous brightness with the addition of contemporary basil and lemon and is extraordinarily versatile.

Herby Lemon Spaghetti with Snap Peas

Courtesy Valerie Bertinelli

Get up your weeknight dinner routine with this mild and zesty pasta dish. It is fast and straightforward to throw collectively and bursting with contemporary flavors.

The Most Basic Dal

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Dal is each an ingredient and a staple dish in Indian delicacies utilizing lentils or legumes. Although many stews could simmer for hours, that is my go-to dal recipe on a weeknight, because it’s each straightforward and flavorful. It cooks actually shortly, it has the depth of taste of a dish that has been sitting on the range all day, and served with rice or roti (and possibly some sliced cucumbers on the facet), it is a full meal.

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