20 Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas

I’m forever talking your ear off about easy weeknight dinners. They’re sort of the back bone of this blog. Well, besides homemade ingredients and scratch versions of store bought goods. BUT those are different posts for another day.

20 Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas l SimplyScratch.com

Being a busy mom of kids in sports that have social lives I envy, means that sometimes I have to keep dinner quick and easy and healthy (for the most part).

So I decided to (thoroughly) riffle through this blog and pull together a collection of my most favorite, busy weeknight go-to’s. Sometimes I have the time and forethought to do some prep the night before or morning of but overall the recipes you see below are pretty simple to make on any night of the week. And I’ve included everything from meatless mains to seafood, chicken and beef options. A little bit for everyone.

What are your weeknight go-to’s? I’m always looking for new ideas and recipes!

Portobello Fajitas l SimplyScratch.com (22)

1. These vegetarian Portobello Fajitas are legit! Having pre-made (and homemade!) fajita seasoning is a must!

Corn, Poblano + Onion Yellow Corn Quesadillas l SimplyScratch.com (20)

2. If you want something cheesy with a little spice, try these Sweet Corn + Poblano Quesadillas!

Perciatelli + a 10-minute Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce (28)

3. This 10-minute Fresh Tomato Sauce calls for simple and straight forward ingredients. Just toss with hot cooked pasta!

Lentil Sloppy Joe Sliders www.SimplyScratch.com

4. Keeping it vegetarian with these Lentil Sloppy Joe Sliders! So good, you won’t miss the meat- promise.

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5. This North African Spiced Shrimp + Roasted Summer Vegetable Couscous is always a winner! Light and bursting with flavor.

Honey Glazed Salmon + Fresh Mango Salsa (013)

6. This Honey Glazed Salmon with Mango Salsa is fresh and easy and takes minutes.

Chipotle Fish Tacos l SimplyScratch.com (14)

7. Flavorful broiled tilapia topped with a colorful, healthy and veggie-loaded Mexican Slaw makes these Chipotle-Lime Fish Tacos perfect for weeknights!

Chorizo, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos l SimplyScratch.com (15)

8. These Chorizo, Sweet Potato + Black Bean Tacos are perfect for when you want dinner in a snap. The flavor of these tacos is crazy good.

Butter Chicken l SimplyScratch.com (30)

9. With this Easy Butter Chicken all you need is rice and flatbread to make it a complete meal. I’m actually craving this recipe at this very moment.

Easy Chicken + Rainbow Veggie Stir-Fry l SimplyScratch.com (32)

10. Stir-fry dinners are my go-to for easy cooking and this Chicken and Rainbow Vegetable Noodle Stir-fry fits the bill.

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken l SimplyScratch.com (13)

11. This Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken is not only a SS reader favorite but a family favorite as well. Quick, easy and with little clean up. Serve with grilled corn and a garden salad!

Grilled Bruschetta Chicken l SimplyScratch.com (23)

12. This Grilled Chicken Bruschetta is beyond easy and healthy too! Fresh tomatoes and basil topped chicken with a balsamic glaze. Yum.

Easy Chicken Pad Thai l SimplyScratch.com (036)

13.Easy Chicken Pad Thai! So good, you’ll never buy take out again!

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14. This 15-minute Grilled Chipotle Cumin Grilled Chicken can be used as is or sliced up to top a salad, chopped for tacos or nachos! The smell of it as it is grilling is out of this world! I make this all the time and keep a small jar of the pre-measured seasonings on hand and in my cupboard.

One-Pan Creamy Orecchiette Pasta l SimplyScratch (19)

15. If you want a easy one-pan dinner, this Creamy Orecchiette Pasta is it!

Easy Skillet Lasagna www.SimplyScratch.com

16. Speaking of one skillet meals, how about this Skillet Lasagna? Again all of it is made in one pan!

Grilled Steak with Piquillo Pepper Pesto l SimplyScratch.com (15)

17. Grilled Steak with Pequillo Pepper Pesto is simple and fancy with little effort (and clean up!)

Spicy Sriracha Steak Lettuce Wraps ll www.SimplyScratch.com #glutenfree #dairyfree #delicious

18. Spicy Sriracha Steak Lettuce Wraps are deeeelicious and super colorful too!

Jalapeno + Cheddar Burgers with Grilled Corn Mayo l www.SimplyScratch.com

19. And because it’s grilling season, why not a delicious Jalapeno Cheddar Burger. The charred corn mayo is optional ;).

Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese and Grilled Grapes l www.SimplyScratch.com #recipe

20. Steak and Blue Cheese Salad with Grilled Grapes is another favorite. Have you tried grilling grapes? They get so juicy.

You can find more easy dinner recipes in my cookbook: Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy!  CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “20 Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas”

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    E — May 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Hey,

    Thanks for bringing some of these back to our attention, what a most excellent idea! Thinking of trying out the “15-minute Grilled Chipotle Cumin Grilled Chicken” one of these nights.

    Small catch: Your link for the ” Creamy Orecchiette Pasta” does not lead to the recipe.

    Love from the West coast of Canada,

    E

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 16th, 2016 @ 10:09 am

      Thanks for the heads-up E! I’ve already swapped out the link!

      I hope you enjoy the chipotle cumin chicken! I make it ALL THE TIME!

      Enjoy!

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