Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes for Weeknights

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When busy days hit you need some easy dinner recipes to get your through. Here are my three best go-to easy dinners plus 27 more from my blogging friends.

COOKtheSTORY.com recently got a makeover with a new logo, new color scheme and new navigation. I love it and I hope you do too.

The most important part of the new navigation is the Weeknights button at the top left. I wanted an obvious place where you can find easy dinner recipes for your busiest days. And I wanted that button for me too; when I’m meal-planning that’s my new favorite place to go for ideas.

In honor of the new Weeknights button I asked my blogging friends to each tell me about their best quickest meals. I’m sharing those links with you at the bottom of this post. They all sound so good. I can’t wait to try them.

I’m also telling you about three easy dinner recipes that rescue me on busy days.

#1: Quickest Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (15 minutes):

This is my go-to recipe for evenings when we open the door to a cold dark house. There are a couple of tricks to getting this soup to come together so quickly: Pre-shredded carrots, cutting the chicken into small pieces and using quick-cooking noodles are key. There’s also a secret ingredient that makes it taste like it was simmering all day.

Quickest Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

 #2: Fish Straight From The Freezer To The Oven (14 minutes):

This is my go-to recipe for when I haven’t planned ahead. If I don’t have any chicken or meat defrosted and ready to cook, I reach for frozen fish fillets. With this cooking method the fillets goes straight from the freezer to the oven (with a brief pause for seasoning). They cook while I make a salad and either slice bread or cook a quick batch of quinoa. The trick to this recipe: The breadcrumbs that coat the fish are toasted separately and then added for the final minutes of cooking. This is much quicker than breading the fish prior to cooking it.

How to Cook Fish From Frozen


#3: Pasta Carbonara Made With Greek Yogurt (30 minutes – most of it spent waiting for the noodles to cook)

This is my go-to meal when I’ve procrastinated about going to the grocery store. When we’re running low on food, I usually have the required ingredients: Pasta, olive oil, eggs, Parmesan cheese, yogurt, salt and pepper. The recipe also calls for Canadian bacon but I use whatever bits of meat we have, whether that’s leftover chicken, a half-full pack of turkey lunch meat or both. It tastes great every time. Since it’s made with yogurt instead of cream, it’s healthy too.

Pasta Carbonara with Greek Yogurt


Those are my three best weeknight rescues. I hope they help you on your own busy nights.

For even more help, here are some quick and easy dinner recipes from some of my blogging friends:

30+ Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes - see the collection on COOKtheSTORY.com

30+ Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes - see the collection on COOKtheSTORY.com

Sweet ‘n Spicy Bratwurst Chili (15 minutes)

Wonton Soup (5 minutes)

Sweet ‘n Tangy Plum Spiced Chicken (20 minutes)

Sesame Chicken Shiritaki Noodle Stir Fry (20 minutes)

Chicken Penne Alfredo (15 minutes)

Korean Beef (15 minutes)

Tilapia with Cilantro & Lime (20 minutes)

Quinoa Vegetable Stir Fry (20 minutes)

One Skillet Lasagna (20 minutes)

3-Pepper Ravioli with Italian Sausage (20 minutes)

Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops (8 minutes)

Seared Salmon with Tzatziki Sauce (14 minutes)

Quick & Easy Chicken Fried Rice (15 minutes)

Tuna Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes (25 minutes)

BBQ Ham Sandwiches (10 minutes)

Delicious Kielbasa and Kale Soup (15 minutes)

Chicken and Cheddar Stuffed Peppers (32 minutes)

Gourmet Tuna Melt (15 minutes)

5 Ingredient Tangy Chicken (20 minutes)

Haluski (20 minutes)

Grilled Fish En Papillote (15 minutes)

Sweet & Spicy Noodle Toss (10 minutes)

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta (15 minutes)

5 Ingredient Kale, Sausage, & White Bean Soup (5 minutes)

Honey Sriracha Chicken and Noodles (20 minutes)

Nacho Chicken Ravioli (25 minutes)

Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs (22 minutes)

Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Pasta (30 minutes)

Asian Chicken Salad (20 minutes)

If you’re looking for more great weeknight ideas don’t forget to visit the Weeknights section of my site. There will be new quick and easy recipes coming up over there all the time so visit often. Or subscribe to get the recipe ideas sent to you by email. When you subscribe, you’ll also receive this ecookbook for free. It’s full of healthy slow cooker recipes that are also perfect for busy weeknights.

Free Slow Cooker Ebook


Have a wonderful day! -Christine :)


5 Responses to “Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes for Weeknights”

  1. Barbara | Creative Culinary — January 19, 2016 @ 12:32 pm (#)

    Wow Christine, what an amazing array of something we all need! I love the fish idea with the breadcrumbs sprinkled on after baking too; great idea.

    Thanks for including my Spicy Honey Brushed Chicken Thighs in your list; they truly are my go to for quick and delicious!

  2. Faith (An Edible Mosaic) — January 29, 2015 @ 3:49 pm (#)

    Wow, what a collection – so much fabulous inspiration here! Thank you so much for including me!

  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 29, 2015 @ 10:00 am (#)

    These all look AMAZING! Thanks for including me! Pinned :D

  4. valentina — January 29, 2015 @ 9:48 am (#)

    Wow, what an amazing collection of quick and easy dinners — everyone should have it taped to their refrigerators! Thanks so much for linking to my Sesame Chicken Shiritaki Noodle Stir Fry Recipe! :-)

  5. Becca from It's Yummi! — January 29, 2015 @ 9:14 am (#)

    You truly are the queen of quick and easy dinners, Christine!  Thanks so much for featuring my sweet ‘n spicy bratwurst chili!

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