Dinnertime Delights: Easy And Delicious Recipes For Busy Weeknights

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Cooking shouldn’t be a chore! These easy dinner recipes are perfect for busy weeknights or when you just want a delicious meal without the fuss. Ranging from classic comfort food to exciting new flavor combinations, there’s something for everyone. With clear instructions and minimal ingredients, you’ll be a dinnertime hero in no time!

1. One-Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Veggies

Easy Dinner Ideas When You’re Not Sure What To Make

This recipe is a flavor and clean-up dream. Tender chicken and colorful veggies are roasted together on a single pan, minimizing dishes and maximizing ease.

Ingredients:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 broccoli crown, cut into florets
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
    2. In a bowl, toss chicken with olive oil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    3. Spread chicken on a baking sheet. Arrange bell peppers, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes around the chicken.
    4. Roast for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender-crisp.
    5. Garnish with fresh parsley (optional) and serve immediately.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 400

  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbs: 30g

  • 2. Creamy Tomato Pasta with Spinach and Sausage

    This creamy tomato pasta is a crowd-pleaser! Italian sausage adds a savory depth, while spinach provides a burst of nutrients.

    Ingredients:

    1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces dried pasta (penne, rotini, or your favorite)
  • 4 cups baby spinach

  • Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon.
    2. Add onion and garlic, cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until softened.
    3. Stir in crushed tomatoes, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
    4. While sauce simmers, cook pasta according to package directions.
    5. In the last minute of cooking, add spinach to the pasta pot and cook until wilted.
    6. Drain pasta and spinach, then toss with the tomato sauce and grated Parmesan cheese.
    7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 600

  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 30g
  • Carbs: 40g

  • 3. Sheet Pan Honey Garlic Shrimp with Veggies

    This recipe is a fast and flavorful way to enjoy shrimp. The sweet and savory combination of honey and garlic is perfect with tender shrimp and colorful vegetables.

    Ingredients:

    1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 broccoli crown, cut into florets

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
    2. In a bowl, toss shrimp with olive oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic powder, ginger powder, salt, and pepper.
    3. Spread shrimp and vegetables on a baking sheet.
    4. Roast for 15-20 minutes, or until shrimp are pink and opaque and vegetables are tender-crisp.
    5. Serve immediately with your favorite rice or quinoa.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 400

  • Protein: 35g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbs: 30g

  • Conclusion