20 Easy Weeknight Dinners You Can Throw Together in 30 Minutes

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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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    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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    Claudia Totir

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

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    Michael Rheault

    Rushing to make dinner on weeknights? Skip the Chinese takeout and cook up this simple 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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    Vegan-friendly, tasty and nutritious, this quick and easy pasta 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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    Beef fajitas
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    Fajita time is the best time of day! Cook up this classic Tex-Mex dish on the stove 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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    Mushrooms add rich and hearty flavor to this indulgent, Italian rice dish that's vegetarian-friendly. Arborio rice combine 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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    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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    Paul Poplis

    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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    Huw Jones

    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 recipe.

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    Baked, filled, saucy 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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    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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    Rita Maas

    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 pasta dish.

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    Kirk Mastin

    Store-bought pesto sauce makes this 3-ingredient Italian dinner 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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    Linda Larsen

    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 meal.

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    Westend61

    Weeknight dinner couldn't get more simple than this hearty, satisfying 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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    Linda Larsen

    Use store-bought Alfredo sauce and leftover cooked turkey or chicken to make this easy weeknight 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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    Brian Hagiwara

    Yes, you really can make a delicious homemade chili dinner in just 30 minutes. 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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    Lauri Patterson

    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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    Matt Bowman

    Creamy and sophisticated Fettucine 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.