30+ Quick Dinner Ideas For Easier Weeknights

August 12, 2021 4 min read

 1. Tomato, Peach & Basil Salad With Italian Sausage

What more could you want in a fresh summer dish? This one has peaches, tomatoes, and basil.

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2. BLT Pasta Salad

Up your pasta salad game! This recipe takes the classic sandwich combo and turns it into a quick and easy dinner.

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3. Peach and Prosciutto Flatbreads

Who knew everything you needed to make your pizzas taste wood-fired was already in your backyard? Fire up your grill to give these flatbreads a beautiful char.

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4. Barbecued Chicken With Roasted Corn Pudding

This charred chicken and corn recipe makes for the quintessential summer dinner. Glass of rosé optional.

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5. Grilled Haloumi

This protein-packed vegetarian salad stars haloumi, a salty Greek cheese that doesn't melt over high temps. Toss it on the grill, and mix together your fave veggies and grain and dinner's done!

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6. Summer Squash, Mint, and Pecorino Pasta

Squash, mint, and lemon juice lighten up this fresh summer pasta made in under 30 minutes for the perfect weeknight meal.

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7. Grilled Shrimp and Charred Peppers With Queso Blanco


Pro tip: Serve these shrimp and cheesy peppers with tortillas to let your fam DIY tacos.

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8. Spaghetti With No-Cook Heirloom Tomato Sauce

Beat the heat with a no-cook pasta sauce. Yep, you heard that right.

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9. Roasted Baby Vine Tomato Grilled Chicken

Tomatoes and summer go hand-in-hand. Need proof? Try this quick and easy chicken recipe.

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10. Shaved Zucchini and Prosciutto Grilled Pizza

This pizza, topped with salty ham and fresh veg, simply looks like summer (and tastes like it, too).

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11. Sweet Potato, Avocado and Black Bean Tacos

Swap ground beef for spicy sweet potatoes for the ultimate vegetarian taco.

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12. Savory Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

When you need a light dinner that's low in carbs but heavy on flavor, reach for ground turkey and some butter lettuce.

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13. Easiest-Ever Paella

Throw all your fave seafood into one pot and transport to Spain this summer with just one bite.

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14. Grilled Veggie Couscous Salad

Meaty portobello mushrooms, grilled red peppers, and chunks of Pecorino make this meatless salad a satisfying supper.

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15. Brown Butter and Corn Pasta

Pssst: This OMG-worthy pasta is made with only five ingredients: corn, noodles, Parmesan, basil, and butter.

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16. Chilled Corn and Bacon Soup

Loaded with fresh corn and always-in-season bacon, this soup screams summer.

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17. Seared Grouper With Corn, Zucchini, and Tomato Sauté

This refreshing seafood dinner is perfect for a late-summer or early-fall evening.

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18. Ricotta-Stuffed Peppers

Jarred piquillo peppers — roasted, peeled, and ready to serve — are about to become your favorite time-saving ingredient.

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19. Smoky Peanut Chicken Tacos

These Southeast Asian-inspired fixings will forever change the way you do Taco Night.

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 20. Slow-Cooked Teriyaki Ribs

Simmer low-sodium soy sauce with balsamic vinegar and pressed garlic for a quick DIY teriyaki to baste on these tender slow cooker ribs.

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21. Cayenne Grilled Eggplant With Fresh Tomato Salad

Vegetarians will appreciate you at the BBQ when you serve up colorful dish instead of sad veggie burgers.

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22. Grilled Chicken With White BBQ Sauce

Put aside your favorite BBQ sauce (for tonight, at least) and try this tart and tangy version instead.

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23. Spicy Italian Mussels and "Frites"

We bet you never thought of tossing a batch of frozen French fries into a pot of mussels ... until now.

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24. Easy-Peasy Shrimp Ziti

Let's be real: If "easy" is in the name (like this tomatoey pasta), you have to give it a go.

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25. Herbed Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Tart

Consider this tart summer's very own version of cheesy, saucy pizza.

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26. Pork Chops With Bloody Mary Tomato Salad

Bloody Mary spices (horseradish, Tabasco, and celery seeds!) take this tomato salad up a notch for a perfect pork chop companion.

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27. Summer Rolls

Get the whole family involved in rolling these vegan finger foods. They make for the perfect light dinner, complete with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce.

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28. Shrimp Boil With Sausage and Spinach

Take a trip to New Orleans with this flavor-packed dish, which only takes 20 (!) minutes to make.

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29. Honey-Ginger Cedar Plank Salmon

A wood plank — yes, really — instantly enhances the flavor of even the most basic fish.

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30. Swordfish Kebabs With Mint Pesto

Dinner on a stick is always a good time.

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31. Chili Steak With Hawaiian Rice

Steak should be a weeknight thing, right? We say yes, so we came up with this skirt steak recipe that's ready in 20 minutes flat. You're welcome.

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32. Tomato-Eggplant Tartines

Smoky eggplant, tart tomatoes, and crunchy rustic Italian bread set this bruschetta-pizza crossover apart from all the other quickie dinners.

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