20 Easy Weeknight Dinners in Under 30 Minutes

Easy 30-Minute Mexican Enchiladas Recipe

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We know weeknights are busy! You still need to eat dinner, though–so why not eat well? These quick and easy weeknight dinner recipes for the entire family will help you fit a hearty, tasty, nutritious dinner into your busy schedule every night. Every recipe included here can be made in 30 minutes or less.

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    Tuna Carbonara

    tuna carbonara
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    This easy and delicious recipe for tuna carbonara is ready to eat in about 20 minutes, start to finish. It also uses ingredients you probably have on hand in your pantry, fridge, and freezer, so it's a great choice when you need to throw weeknight dinner together at the last minute.

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    Quick Shrimp Scampi

    Shrimp Scampi

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    Are surprise guests dropping in? You'll be glad you have this simple and elegant recipe for quick shrimp scampi on hand. Special enough for entertaining, it takes only about 10 minutes to prepare and makes a fabulous impression served over hot cooked rice.

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    Pork Chops and Peppers

    Pork chops and peppers
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    This simple, one-dish dinner delivers a hearty flavor that will fool your family into thinking you cooked for hours. Pork chops and peppers are perfect for a busy weeknight, you can serve this recipe with hot cooked rice or pasta and a green salad for a well-rounded meal.

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    Orange Chicken Stir-Fry

    Orange Chicken Stir Fry

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    Rushing to make dinner on weeknights? Skip the Chinese takeout and cook up this simple orange chicken stir-fry that's packed full of flavor and color. Dinner will be on the table in 20 minutes. Serve it with rice for a complete weeknight meal.

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    Lemon Pasta With Pine Nuts and Broccoli

    Vegan lemon pasta
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    Vegan-friendly, tasty and nutritious, this quick and easy lemon pasta with pine nuts and broccoli recipe makes a delicious weeknight dinner. Lemon adds zest to this pasta dish that's sure to become a staple on a busy night when you want to fill up but just don't feel like cooking.

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    Quick Stove-Top Beef Fajitas

    Beef fajitas
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    Fajita time is the best time of day! Cook up this Tex-Mex quick stove-top beef fajitas dish when you don't have time for grilling. Strips of beef, onion, bell pepper and tortillas are flavored with your favorite store-bought garnishes for a nourishing, family-pleasing weeknight meal.

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    Vegetarian Mushroom Risotto

    Vegetarian Mushroom Risotto
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    Mushrooms add rich and hearty flavor to this indulgent, Italian vegetarian mushroom risotto. Arborio rice combines with shallots, Porcini mushrooms, white wine, cream and plenty of Parmesan or Romano cheese for a rich, indulgent, meatless weeknight dinner that's fancy enough to serve to guests.

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    Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs

    Honey mustard chicken thighs
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    Mouth-watering honey mustard chicken thighs are ready in less than 30 minutes and pack tons of flavor. The chicken is cut into strips and simmered in a rich, tangy honey mustard sauce along with vegetables to make a healthy, fragrant and delicious dinner. Your family will love this easy chicken recipe served over couscous, brown rice or pasta.

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    Monte Cristo Sandwiches

    Monte Cristo Sandwich

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    Monte Cristo sandwiches are a real weeknight treat. Made with deli meat and two kinds of cheese, these sandwiches are dipped in batter and then dunked in a crushed cereal mixture, before being grilled to crisp perfection.

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    Sweet and Sour Steak Stir-Fry

    Sweet Sour Steak Stir Fry

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    Strip steak is stir-fried with vegetables in a flavorful, tangy sauce to make this savory and nutritious weeknight dinner that takes only 30 minutes to make. You could also use leftover steak for this simple and satisfying sweet and sour steak stir-fry recipe.

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    Easy Enchiladas


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    Baked, filled, saucy, easy enchiladas are a crowd-pleasing dish, whether you're feeding your family on a weeknight or get invited to a last-minute potluck party. You could prepare them with just cheese, or add some beef or chicken for the meat-eaters at the table. Either way, they're simple to put together in about 10 minutes flat.

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    Provencal-style Fish Recipe

    Provencal Fish dish

    Want to eat healthy on weeknights when you're rushed to get dinner on the table? You can make this nutritious, tasty Provencal-style fish recipe in just 30 minutes. Bell peppers, olives, and tomatoes give a burst of flavor to this fish dinner, which is perfect for serving a family, or for a more intimate dinner.

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    Baked Ziti

    Baked ziti
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    Baked ziti is one of those super-easy recipes that you can easily change to suit your mood, your family's tastes or the ingredients you have on hand. Make it the vegetarian way, as this recipe describes, or adapt it by adding browned ground beef or roasted chicken to this easy baked ziti pasta dish.

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    Pesto Pasta

    Pasta Pesto

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    Store-bought pesto sauce makes this 3-ingredient Italian pesto pasta recipe an absolute snap to make. This weeknight pasta recipe makes a terrific vegetarian main course, or you could add rotisserie chicken breast and chopped tomatoes.

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    Apple Pecan Chicken Salad

    Apple Chicken salad


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    Here's a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken to make a delicious main dish salad that's hearty enough for dinner. Tender chicken combines with crisp pecans, tart apples and a creamy honey mustard dressing for an elegant no-cook apple pecan chicken salad meal.

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    Beefy Spaghetti

    Beefy spaghetti


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    Weeknight dinner couldn't get more simple than this hearty, satisfying beefy spaghetti meal. Store-bought spaghetti sauce and ground beef are the secret to this super-simple, rich and filling weeknight dinner that can be made quickly at the last minute.

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    Turkey Mornay

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    Use store-bought Alfredo sauce and leftover cooked turkey or chicken to make this easy weeknight turkey mornay recipe. Creamy turkey or chicken is ladled over toasted English muffins, browned under the broiler and topped with cheese and herbs for a quick and satisfying weeknight meal.

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    30-Minute Beef Chili

    30 Minute Chili with Cornbread

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    Yes, you really can make a delicious homemade chili dinner quickly with this 30-minute beef chili recipe. Serve it with hot cooked rice, warm tortillas or tortilla chips, for a filling weeknight dinner that's also perfect for parties or game day

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    Chicken Quesadillas

    Leftover Chicken Quesadilla

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    Want another way to make use of leftover chicken in your fridge? Try making these simple, quick chicken quesadillas. With just four ingredients, this Tex-Mex recipe couldn't be easier to prepare.

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    Classic Fettuccine Alfredo

    Fettuccine Alfredo
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    Creamy and sophisticated, classic fettuccine Alfredo is easy and quick to make for a weeknight dinner when you're really rushed. Whether you're dining alone, serving a family, or want to impress drop-in guests, you can pull off this elegant recipe in 20 minutes–and it's most delicious when served right away.