By Anna Kocharian

Published on March 14, 2018

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At the end of a long day, we would venture to guess that the last thing you ever feel like doing is making dinner for either yourself or the family. Aside from the actual preparations involved, there is the whole clean-up thing to deal with after, as well. That is where our foolproof cooking hacks come in, you know, the ones that encompass the likes of slow cookers and sheet pans. Here, we’re looking to the latter, which is the saving grace of busy weeknight dinners, with a slew of recipes that make meal-prep a breeze. 

Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet

This protein-rich dish is about as satisfying as they come. Loaded with garlic and sausage, as well as a generous dose of Parmesan, this creamy combo makes for the ultimate leftovers—not that we think there will be any. 

Get the recipe on The Kitchn

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Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

Featuring a low prep time, only a few ingredients, and a very basic balsamic glaze, this hearty take on chicken is a no-brainer for busy weeknights. 

Get the recipe on Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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Greek Sheet Pan Chicken Souvlaki and Potatoes

Bring a little taste of the Mediterranean home with this refreshingly simple version of a Greek classic. With a medley of fresh herbs and staples such as feta and kalamata, the robust flavors of this recipe are too good to pass up on. 

Get the recipe on Half Baked Harvest.

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Sheet Pan Bruschetta

Topped with fresh tomatoes and served with a side of garlic parmesan potatoes, this sheet-pan dinner can be made in a cinch!

Get the recipe on Damn Delicious.

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Chicken Sausage and Kale Roast

In the summer, when fresh veggies are abundant, dinners can’t possibly get any easier. Simply coat vegetables of your choice in olive oil and a pinch of salt, and roast! This protein-filled take features a delectable mix of kale, onions, and sausage!

Get the recipe on The Heartbeet Kitchen.

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One Pan Lemon Pepper Salmon

This oven-roasted dish comes with a side of garlic parmesan asparagus, and a savory Dijon mustard marinade that is too good to miss.

Get the recipe on Cooking Classy.

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Easy Seafood Paella

One of the great things about paella is that it only requires cooking in a single pot, where each ingredient is added in its respective turn. This simplified seafood version is packed with flavors so bold, you’ll be going back for more.

Get the recipe on The Mediterranean Dish.

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One Pan Ranch Pork Chop

Pair ranch and garlic-seasoned pork chops with potatoes and veggies, then bake in the oven for 20 minutes! Yep, it’s as easy as that.

Get the recipe on Damn Delicious.

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Thai Veggie Quinoa Bowls

Give your basic grains an upgrade with fresh summer greens, veggies, and a ginger-based dressing!

Get the recipe on Avocado Pesto.

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Gnocchi With Sundried Tomatoes And White Beans

Parmesan and red pepper flakes elevate this typical weeknight dinner with a bold hit of spice and flavor. Filter in in-season veggies to keep the dish from ever feeling boring!

Get the recipe on Sweet Peas and Saffron.

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Easy One Pot Lasagna

This 30-minute recipe is about as easy as lasagna can possibly get. With Italian sausage and a three-cheese and herb mix, it’s pure deliciousness.

Get the recipe on Damn Delicious.

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Harvest Chicken Skillet

Pan-seared with sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and apples, this hearty dish also features a hint of cinnamon!

Get the recipe on Well Plated.

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Thai Sweet And Sour Shrimp Stir Fry

Aside from the delectable mix of flavors and spices, this summer-friendly dish also comes with coconut paste, hot sauce, and a splash of lime.

Get the recipe on The Domestic Man.

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Chickpea and Potato Curry

This flavorful dish features an eclectic mix of exotic spices, lending a unique layer to an otherwise standard ingredient: chickpeas. Served on a bed of rice with a fresh parsley mix, this hearty blend will surely please.

Get the recipe on Pop Sugar.

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Greek Chicken With Lemon Rice

Marinated chicken with a garlic and oregano mix lends a refreshing layer to the broth-based rice, seasoned with fresh herbs and lemon zest.

Get the recipe on Recipe Tin Eats.

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One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles

Skip the takeout and make your own version of this Thai favorite with fresh summer produce and an eclectic mix of seasonings and spices.

Get the recipe on Domestic Superhero.

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Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

Featuring a thick balsamic glaze, these seared chicken breasts come with a side of sauteed green beans, tomatoes, and matchstick carrots.

Get the recipe on Cooking Classy.

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One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic

Ditch the heavy cream and butter – using olive oil instead – for a healthier take on this protein-filled dish. Pair with a side of steamed veggies or quinoa.

Get the recipe on Little Spice Jar.

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One Pot Spicy Thai Zoodles

In the season of zucchini, zoodles are only a logical option for dinner. This spicy take features mushrooms, carrots, and a brown sugar sriracha sauce.

Get the recipe on Domestic Superhero.

Originally published April 2017. Updated March 2018.

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