14 Quick Dinners for Your Average Tuesday Night

updated Jul 19, 2023
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I think we can all agree: we can never have too many weeknight meal options. Today, we have fifteen more for you to add to your list. At the top is this Thai Ginger Chicken Stir Fry; it comes together in less time than a take-out order and tastes a billion times better. Taco salad is another keeper, as is our creamy red pepper and tomato soup (don’t forget the grilled cheese sandwiches).

Fast and simple, tasty and filling: let’s start the week off with a whole new batch of weeknight recipes in our arsenal.

Quick Dinners for Tuesday Night

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Gai Pad Khing (Thai Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry)
A quick and easy recipe for a Thai-inspired chicken stir-fry that's flavored with ginger and garlic.
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Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

I think this is the perfect salad: substantial enough to be lunch or dinner on its own if you’d like, but simple enough that you’re not spending more than 30 minutes in the kitchen (and never turning on the stove).

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Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup

If you’re reading this outside of tomato season, don’t worry, there’s a place for you at this tomato soup table. Just substitute canned tomatoes; no big deal.

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Pork Chops Stuffed with Pine Nuts, Porcini Mushrooms, and Pecorino

Pair it with a crisp white wine and a simple side salad for all-out dinner bliss.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Although chicken tikka masala is more British than Indian, you’d be hard-pressed to find an Indian restaurant that doesn’t have this creamy, bright-orange dish featured prominently on its menu.

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Spiced Lentils with Egg

This is the simplest weeknight meal — homey and comforting.

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Southwest Skillet Ragu
Chewy pasta and gooey cheese are balanced out by a big helping of veggies with a little ground meat for protein in this one-pan meal.
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Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Brie

Need a new pasta recipe that comes together in 20 minutes? This one-pot meal is not only fast, it’s delicious.

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Salad Niçoise
The traditional French recipe includes lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, tuna, potatoes, and eggs.
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Fried Brown Rice with Asparagus, Bell Pepper & Cashews

Here’s a non-Chinese twist on the stir fry that you can make in your wok or in a big sauté pan, with brown rice, snappy asparagus, and flavors of lemon and cashew.

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Pan-Roasted Cauliflower Pasta with Smoky Tomato Sauce

Here, pan-roasted cauliflower and ribbons of prosciutto get folded into a bright but savory tomato sauce with pasta. It’s a perfect union of all my conflicting opposites.

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Flatbreads with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, and Basil

Here’s a recipe that can easily work both as a party-worthy appetizer or as a light supper, perhaps served with a salad dressed in a sharp, mustardy vinaigrette.

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Baked Risotto with Peas, Asparagus & Pancetta

This version with peas, asparagus, and pancetta is a personal favorite, and the epitome of spring.

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Easy Green Minestrone

This makes a light, but very filling, vegetarian dinner that’s perfect for a summer evening.

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