Our Most Popular Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes of 2017

Our Most Popular Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes of 2017

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Kelli Foster
Dec 22, 2017
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Like virtually everyone else, quick and easy dinner recipes are the bread and butter of my weekly meal plan. These are the dinners that come together with no fuss, not too much time on the clock, and smart shortcuts to make you feel like a total dinnertime superhero. These 11 recipes were your favorite quick and easy dinners in 2017.

1. Tomato Tortellini Soup

Reach for the bag of tortellini stashed in your freezer plus a few pantry staples, and you're only 20 minutes away from spooning up this savory weeknight soup.

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2. Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Fettuccine

It's all because of this recipe that I now keep sun-dried tomatoes in my pantry. This creamy, dreamy pasta is a weeknight wonder that feels totally fancy and comes together without fuss.

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3. How To Cook Perfect Steak on the Stovetop in 3 Steps

Don't make my mistake of avoiding cooking steak at home because you think it's fussy, time-consuming, or too hard. I guarantee it is none of the above, and this recipe backs me up, and guides you through making a killer steak on the stovetop any night of the week.

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4. Naan Wraps with Homemade Cucumber Raita

This is the whole reason sandwich night cycles through my meal plan. It's so simple to pull together and it is packed with so much flavor. The recipe calls for ground lamb, but beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or really any combination of ground meat will work.

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5. Easy Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

With a base of cilantro-lime cauliflower rice and smoky black beans, these veggie-heavy burrito bowls are bound to make you feel like a dinner superhero. It relies mainly on pantry and freezer staples, which means these bowls come together in a flash.

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6. The Easiest Tangy Cucumber Salad

Everyone needs a good cucumber salad in their back pocket, and this is the one to make again and again. It's a weeknight side dish and potluck favorite that goes with everything.

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7. How To Grill Juicy, Flavorful Shrimp

Here's the number-one reason to keep your grill going all year long. Shrimp has a wonderful chameleon-like ability to take on a host of flavors and always has a way of feeling fancy, yet is fast enough to cook on a weeknight.

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8. 3-Ingredient Buttery White Wine Pasta Sauce

This is a no-fuss homemade sauce you can call on any night of the week, and it doesn't need much more time or effort than it would take to heat up the jarred stuff.

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9. How To Cook Frozen Salmon in the Oven

For anyone who's not the best at planning ahead, you will appreciate this dinner savior. Not only is it totally safe to cook salmon straight from the freezer, but it also tastes just as good as if the fillets were thawed ahead of time.

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10. Drunken Chicken and Mushrooms

Just say yes to chicken breast. This white wine-spiked chicken and mushroom one-pot dinner is one to keep on regular rotation in your meal plan.

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11. 15-Minute Parmesan-Thyme Mushrooms

These hearty, cheese-flecked mushrooms will serve you well as a quick side dish no matter what's on tap for the main course. I also love them as a meaty grain bowl topping, taco filling, and pasta addition.

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