12 Easy Dinners to Make Weeknights a Breeze

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Let's face it — the weekdays are busy and sometimes, dinner gets put on the back burner.

Look no further for effortless and truly tasty meals to make weeknights a breeze! Our collection of Easy Weeknight Dinners is your ticket to stress-free cooking. From quick one-pan wonders to simple yet satisfying pasta dishes, we have recipes designed to fit any schedule. Ready to kiss your takeout menus goodbye and say hello to home-cooked, hassle-free goodness?

Prepare to Be Inspired by These 12 Recipes, Ready in 35-Minutes or Less!

1. Baked Crack Chicken Casserole

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We won't beat around the bush about it because it's plain and simple with this one. Baked Crack Chicken Casserole is just delicious. Creamy, cheesy, and super easy, this chicken-filled, cracker-topped dish satisfies all your savory cravings and then some! You see what we mean? There's no need to keep going on and on about it because you'll experience the most joy when you actually try this Baked Crack Chicken Casserole! No sugar-coating (or in this case, we should say butter-coating) needed. It's just good eatin'!

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2. Classic Chili

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With so many chili recipes out there, it can be difficult to choose just one. Well, look no further! We believe this one tops them all. Classic Chili offers a spicy and beefy stew, bubbling with savory flavor and tender hearty beans. The slow simmer of the tomato sauce leaves behind a naturally sweet and rich mixture that pervades everything. Classic Chili is something you’ll make continually, especially when you realize you can make it in just half an hour!

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3. Garlic Butter Steak Bites

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There are rich dishes, and then there are extremely rich dishes, and then there are the truly decadent dishes. Garlic Butter Steak Bites fall into that last category, unsurprisingly. Fatty, juicy, tender steak is positively coated in a savory butter sauce with mellow garlic. Even saying "Garlic Butter Steak Bites" has the kind of depth of flavor to get bellies rumbling and lips smacking. Seeing it in front of you is a transcendent experience. Knowing you only need 15 minutes or less to make it is priceless.

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4. Chicken Marsala

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Chicken infused with the brown sugar and nut flavors of Marsala wine for a sweet and savory blend is at the heart of this Italian classic. Chicken Marsala is a crispy, creamy main course loaded with meaty mushrooms around the tender-cooked chicken. Rich and wonderfully seasoned, Chicken Marsala is popular for deliciously obvious reasons. You'll keep finding room for this dinner.

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5. Steakhouse Burgers

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A wise man once said that if you're eating at a restaurant for the first time, trying their burger is a good indicator of how the rest of their food will be–it's hard to mess up, right? Well, the establishment that these Steakhouse Burgers are from must be phenomenal because they're very juicy and loaded with sweet, savory, meaty flavor. The buttery bread, creamy milk, sweet garlic, tart Worcestershire sauce, tangy ketchup, and fatty ground beef all come together to make the heartiest, most delicious patties. Grilled to perfection, placed on a fluffy, toasted bun, and topped with your favorite condiments, it's a fact that you can't go wrong with these Steakhouse Burgers!

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6. Simple Pesto Pasta

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Simple Pesto Pasta is a quick and flavorful pasta you can whip up anytime. With just 5 ingredients, this pasta makes the perfect lunch or dinner. Herby pesto pairs deliciously with any pasta shape you want, and it is topped with sharp grated parmesan cheese for extra satisfaction! Simple Pesto Pasta is a classic Italian dish that has comfort and flavor in every bite.

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7. California Sheet-Pan Nachos

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California Sheet-Pan Nachos are the easiest and quickest way to satisfy that nacho craving so universal to humanity. In 20 minutes, you can have a tray of crispy, crunchy nachos smothered in melty, stretchy cheese and juicy beef fresh out of the oven. Savory, hearty, and livened up with sweet onion and rich tomatoes, California Sheet-Pan Nachos are a spicy snack that will be a bright spot in your day.

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8. 15-Minute Grilled Salmon

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If you think nothing healthy can taste good, 15-Minute Grilled Salmon can (and will) prove you wrong. In less time than it takes to watch an episode of your favorite sitcom, you can tender, fatty slices of salmon steaming hot on the table. 15-Minute Grilled Salmon has a beautiful grilled flavor complemented by fresh herbs and spices for an exciting and refreshing main course. You'll be amazed that something this decadent is completely guilt-free!

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9. Million Dollar Pork Chops

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Million Dollar Pork Chops feature a baked potato-like topping with bacon crumbles, shredded cheese, and green onions; a savory symphony that is lip-smackingly good. The cream cheese and mayonnaise add the fat that’s key in making this dish worth a "million dollars." You’ll never make drab and tasteless pork again when you can have a Million Dollar Pork Chops in under 30 minutes. The time you save on making something this delicious is also worth a million bucks.

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10. Bow Ties & Broccoli

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Not every meal has to be a black-tie affair. Nor do they have to take hours and hours to prepare in order to be delicious! Bow Ties & Broccoli cordially invites you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a meal that's quick and easy! You'll be indulging in a big cheesy bowl of perfectly seasoned, fluffy bowtie pasta and crispy broccoli florets in less than fifteen minutes! That's right. In 15 whole minutes, you'll be wining and dining, but rest assured, no formal wear is required. Ah, Bow Ties & Broccoli, what a simply scrumptious luxury!

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11. Pan-Fried Tilapia

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Tilapia is a great go-to fish because you can always find it at the grocery store! Its mild flavor blends nicely with a wide range of toppings and seasoning, as the Pan-Fried Tilapia demonstrates. This lightly fried recipe is crispy and flaky with a touch of heat and sweetness, perfect for pairing with potatoes or a slaw salad. Pan-Fried Tilapia takes less than half an hour to make so it can become a weeknight favorite in no time!

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12. Thai Fried Rice

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Thai Fried Rice differs from other similar dishes thanks to its distinctively spicy flavor: this dish is sure to delight those who like a little heat! But there's so much more than spice to be found here: the rice is savory, rich, aromatic, and filled with fresh vegetables and juicy chicken. Stir in fluffy scrambled eggs and you have an instant classic. Plus Thai Fried Rice only takes 15 minutes to make, so busy schedules are no obstacle to enjoying this scrumptious supper. Get your taste buds ready because this is going to shake things up!

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We hope our list allows dinnertime to feel like less of a chore and brings the joy of cooking back to your home — both saving you time and satisfying your taste buds!

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