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60 Easy Weeknight Dinners

Peace out, boring dinners.

chicken alfredo
Ethan Calabrese

Peace out, boring dinners. With pasta, tacos, burgers, one-pots, and more, these 60 recipes will make sure you never have another basic meal again. We all want to have that picturesque family dinner (well, kinda)—but nobody wants to slave away for hours in front of a stove after a hectic day. Your best bet is to go with a one-pot dinner that doesn't require too much legwork. As long as you're getting a good balance of some greens and protein, you really can't go wrong—it'll be all the sweeter when you sit down and demolish your creation in 10 minutes flat. Let's face it, nobody feels good eating straight out of the take-out carton anyway.

If you're new to cooking and need some basic pointers, we gotchu right here. Really all you need to know is a little salt and a sharp knife goes a long way. Do yourself a favor and buy an air-fryer while you're at it—those things are magical pieces of equipment that will save you time and oily calories.

So don't stress, just sit back and enjoy browsing some of these dishes until inspiration strikes and you realize your next home-cooked meal is just 30 minutes away! Soon you'll be boiling your next perfectly al dente noodle, while air-frying a lean protein in perfect sync. Now that deserves a glass of wine!

For even MORE dinner options, check out our Crock-Pot recipes, too.

Lemon Pepper Chicken
Ethan Calabrese
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Lemon Pepper Chicken

This lemon pepper chicken makes chicken exciting again.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

The most addicting salmon recipe ever.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Gumbo

More like YUMbo.

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Tiffany Azure
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Grilled Bruschetta Chicken

The least basic grilled chicken has ever looked.

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Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken Vertical
Sally McKenney
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Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken

Battered and lightly fried chicken is extra crispy underneath a sticky and sweet honey sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, serve with rice, and you'll never need takeout again!

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Parker Feierbach
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Chicken and Artichoke Rice Casserole

This comforting chicken casserole needs to be in your winter dinner rotation.

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slow cooker chicken thighs
Ethan Calabrese
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Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

Not mad at all about how easy these are.

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Easy Steak Fajitas

Fajitas are always a family favorite.

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Judy Kim
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Easy Chicken Parm

The idiot-proof way to make chicken parm.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken and Rice Casserole

There is literally only one dirty dish to clean with this recipe.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Add this to your weekly rotation.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Garlicky Lemon Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi was made for summer.

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crock pot posole
Ethan Calabrese
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Posole

Enjoy the comfort of this Mexican favorite without any of the work.

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Taco Soup Vertical
Ethan Calabrese
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Taco Soup

We need to taco about how good this soup is.

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Shrimp Ceviche Vertical
Ethan Calabrese
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Shrimp Ceviche

This citrusy shrimp ceviche screams summer.

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Caprese Chicken Pasta Vertical
Tiffany Azure
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Caprese Chicken Pasta

Go ca-prazay!

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Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken Alfredo

This is the easiest, creamiest chicken alfredo you will ever make.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Making your own meatballs and sauce makes it even better.

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Pasta Fagioli Vertical
Ethan Calabrese
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Pasta Fagioli

This hearty Italian staple comes together in no time.

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Parker Feierbach
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Cheesy Baked Meatballs

Add more mozz for an even gooey-er bake.

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Chicken Stew Vertical
Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken Stew

All of the comfort with none of the work.

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healthy chicken casserole
Ethan Calabrese
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Healthy Chicken Casserole

A satisfying casserole with all of your fall favorites.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Classic Falafel

Who knew falafel was so easy to make at home?

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chicken tetrazzini
Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken Tetrazzini

Comfort food at it's finest.

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Spinach Lasagna Vertical
Ethan Calabrese
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Spinach Lasagna

This lasagna could win over any meat lover.

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green shakshuka
Andrew Bui
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Green Shakshuka

Shakshuka, though typically eaten for breakfast, is a hearty dinner and this is filled with green veg!

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slow cooker chili
Ethan Calabrese
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Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

You'll be making this easy turkey chili on repeat all year long.

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lemon garlic shrimp
Ethan Calabrese
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Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Lemon, garlic, and shrimp go hand in hand.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Baked Spaghetti

Nothing beats a heaping helping of spaghetti.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Fettuccine Alfredo

A staple recipe that you should know like the back of your hand.

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