30+ Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals
By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer
I was going to start out by seeing if anyone could relate to that weeknight rush where you neglected to plan dinner properly and have to scramble at the last minute, but seriously – do I even need to ask? I know I’m not the only one.
It happens far more frequently than I care to admit (though not quite as frequently now that I figured out how to make menu planning work with my type-B personality! Yeah!)
I have slowly built up my roster of easy, last-minute meals over the years because let’s face it: as naturally-minded real-food moms, we don’t want to resort to take-out more than once in a blue moon if we can help it.
I mean, most of us probably cannot afford it, and even if we could – we don’t want those nasty ingredients in the regular rotation of our family’s diet anyway.
So, easy homemade (from scratch, not from a box) meal ideas are a must. We often do things like brinner (breakfast for dinner), grilled cheese, or a basic meat + starch + veggie meal of some kind. Maybe a hearty salad. But you can easily branch out further and get creative with a few of the ideas below.
Most of the meals below can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less. Most require little prep time. And all of these quick and easy weeknight meals are going to nourish your family a bajillion times more than the drive-through, and be cheaper, too.
30+ Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals
Simple Spaghetti | Intentional by Grace
Herb Chicken Skillet | The Humbled Homemaker
Herbed Baked Eggs | The Nourishing Gourmet
The Perfect Omelette (with 10 Filling Ideas) | Keeper of the Home
Ultimate Nachos (30 Minute Dinner) | Keeper of the Home
Cheeseburger Tortilla Skillet | The Humbled Homemaker (photo credit above)
Black Beans & Rice | Simply Rebekah
Honey-Mustard Baked Chicken | Simply Rebekah
Cheeseburger Soup | The Greenbacks Gal
One-Skillet Taco Chili Mac | Live Renewed
Aunt Beulah’s Saucy Chicken | Red & Honey (can be made quickly on the stovetop instead of the Crock-Pot.)
Creamy Green Chili Beef on Noodles | Red & Honey
Dont’ Like Fish? I Bet You’ll Like These Salmon Patties | Keeper of the Home
Waldorf Tuna Salad | Red & Honey
Hearty Breakfast Soup | Red & Honey
How to Make Soup from Scratch in 15 Minutes Without a Recipe | Red & Honey (photo credit above)
Cheesy Lentil Mexi-Macaroni | Don’t Waste the Crumbs
California Chicken Wraps | Kitchen Stewardship
Root Veggie Tartiflette | Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS
Buffalo Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad | Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Beef & Veggie Taco Lettuce Cups | Live Simply (photo credit above)
Southwestern Salad | Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Gluten-Free Sausage Mac & Cheese | Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS
Cabbage Peanut Stir-Fry | My Whole Food Life
Faux Risotto with Summer Vegetables | Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Hamburger Tartaflette |Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS (photo credit above)
Vegetable Fried Rice | Don’t Waste the Crumbs
15 Real-Food Weeknight Meals | Red & Honey
One-Pot Wonders: 23 Quick Dinners with Fewer Dishes | Keeper of the Home
10 Easy Meals for When you Forget to Plan | Keeper of the Home
What’s your quick & easy weeknight go-to meal?
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My go to is veggie lo main. There always seems to be a box of pasta in the pantry. I have even made it with mixed almost empty boxes. There also always seems to be leftover veggies. Anything goes. A simple Asian sauce is easy to make also and much healthier to make at home.
Thanks so much for sharing my recipes!
Thank you for the ideas!
Love this list! All of the real food options are great.
Making your cheeseburger Skillet now and it is smelling fabulous & a quick sneak taste… excellent. Excited for lunch today 🙂 Thanks for sharing, will definitely be making again.