20 Easy and Satisfying Weeknight Dinners

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(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

For weeknight dinners I lean on meals with a short, simple list of ingredients. Bonus points when I can skip the store and pull everything from the pantry or fridge. After spending a long day at work, I just don’t have it in me to make a dinner that requires too much attention. Instead, I rely on recipes that are easy and come together fast.

Whether you’re in the mood for chicken or pork, or prefer to keep things meat-free, these 20 recipes will help you get an easy and satisfying dinner on the table.

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Fried Potatoes and Sausage Skillet(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Meat-Filled Dinners

When it comes to weeknight meals, getting dinner on the table should be an easy task. From a spiced-rubbed pork tenderloin and pan-seared chicken thighs to a quick bolognese and Cuban sandwiches, these meaty dinners are worthy of your midweek lineup.

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Mushroom and Garlic Spaghetti Dinner(Image credit: Andrea Monzo)

Vegetarian & Vegan Dinners

If veggie fare is more your thing, there are plenty of quick and satisfying options to be had. A few conveniences like canned beans and store-bought cauliflower rice can make things even easier on yourself. I recommend a bowl of creamy spinach-Parmesan orzo, the black bean and avocado burritos (you will not be disappointed), or a satisfying plate of Indian-spiced lentils over rice.

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