20 Easy Dinner Recipes for Your Next Meal Plan

(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

Come summer, there’s a standing trend in my weekly meal plan: easy dinners. The easier, the better. Right now more than any other time of year I lean on dinners that require little effort so I can spend more time enjoying summer and less time in the kitchen.

With options like flank steak panzanella, a fast and fancy tomato galette, grilled shrimp skewers, and sheet pan pork chops, these are the 20 easy dinners to cycle through your meal plan now through Labor Day.

Dinner-Worthy Salads and Sandwiches

When you need a super-easy dinner that comes together in record time, it doesn’t get much better than salads and sandwiches. This lineup steps it up from lunchtime fare to make sure you’re serving a filling meal.

Tomato and Feta Galette(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Sheet Pan and Skillet Suppers

When your dinner comes together with a single sheet pan, skillet, or pot, it’s bound to be a recipe that will hit the table with ease and makes cleanup just as quick.

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Broccoli Bowls(Image credit: Christine Han)

Slow Cooker Dinners

When time is on your side, lean on your slow cooker for one of the easiest dinners you’ll make all week. These meals come with the promise of mostly hands-off cooking, so all you have to do is prep and serve.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Chimichurri(Image credit: Christine Han)

Easy Summery Dinners from the Grill

Now that summer is in full swing, there’s no better time to fire up the grill. Not only does it mean leaving the stove and oven off, but it’s also the easiest way to bring these simple, fresh dinners to the table without too much work.