25 Favorite Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals

The Kitchn's Best Recipes of 2009

This year we ran our Quick Weeknight Meals contest for the very first time, and it was a hit! We've made many recipes from your submissions, and we were so inspired by your quick and creative meal ideas. Here's a look back at some fast weeknight meals from the contest and from our writers' own kitchens. You'll find polenta with eggs and mushrooms, flat iron steak with salsa verde, bean burritos, and one-bowl mac and cheese — plus much, much more. Posts pictured above have captions linking them to the recipe.

Did you discover any good, quick meals in 2009 — here or elsewhere? What's your go-to weeknight meal these days?

Eggs
Kasia's Parmesan Polenta with Eggs & Roasted Mushrooms
Jenny's Skillet-Baked Feta and Ricotta "Pie"
Dara's Baked Eggs with Summer Vegetables and Capers
Paul's Uova In Purgatorio
Lemon Frittata with Leeks and Goat Cheese

Beans & Pasta
Beth's Lenticchie con Ditalini (Lentils with Ditalini)
Olga's Orzo with Summer Vegetables and Bacon
Creamy Pasta with Tomato, Bacon, and Ricotta
Bean Burritos
One-Bowl Microwave Macaroni and Cheese

Vegetables
Cooking By Instinct Pizza Formula (with Morels & Ramps)
Sarah's Fresh Corn Pancakes with Salsa Cruda and Yogurt
Cara's Spinach-Pie Quesadillas
Katherine's Quick Curry Tomatoes
Breanne's Polenta with Black Beans and Coconut Tomato

Meat & Fish
Helen's Pork Chops with Savory Blueberry Sauce
Simple Rosemary-Rubbed Pork Chops
Kitty's Bocconcino and Sausage Pasta
Phoebe's Scallops with Tomatillo Guacamole & Corn Salsa
Elissa's Salmon in Parchment with Curried Yogurt Sauce
Kevin's Spicy Orange Teriyaki Chicken and Shrimp
Susan's Dry Rubbed Steak & Shrimp with Watermelon Salad
Flat Iron Steak with Salsa Verde
Joyce's Drunken Noodle Salad
Jessie's Prosciutto and Basil Wrapped Chicken Fingers

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Welcome to The Kitchn's end-of-year roundup! We are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the last year, including lots of recipes. We are also shaking out our reader mailbag, and giving you a few more great guest posts from our friends.

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