Published on August 8, 2019

Sometimes it’s hard to tell just how tired you are until you get home. After spending the day commuting, answering emails, going to meetings, and working out, it’s easy to slump on your couch and resent having to cook before bed. 

If you lack the energy or patience to prepare a meal between Monday and Friday, we don’t blame you. Use these six weeknight dinner ideas to get a filling dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less, whether you’re craving ramen carbonara or barbecue chicken salad. These recipes will help give you one last boost of energy so you can actually enjoy your evening. 

Ramen Carbonara 

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Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Add this recipe from Half Baked Harvest to the list of meals you can depend on in a hurry. Ramen noodles, bacon, corn, garlic, eggs, and fresh herbs are combined to make a flavorful, colorful bowl in all of 20 minutes. In other words, you’ll likely eat this dish multiple times a week. 

Stuffed Chicken Breast

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Courtesy of The Modern Proper

The thing about this bold recipe from The Modern Proper is that it looks much more difficult to accomplish than it is. After cutting a “pocket” into the side of chicken breasts, fill it with a mixture of pesto, garlic, cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach. Cook the chicken, and dinner is served in 30 minutes. 

Thin-Crust Arugula Pizza

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It’s possible to make a restaurant-quality pizza from the comforts of your home (in all of 15 minutes) if you follow this recipe from Half Baked Harvest. A whole wheat tortilla is layered with fresh herbs, crushed tomatoes, artichoke hearts, shredded provolone, and pepperoni. It’s all cooked on a stovetop, broiled, and then served with hot honey. 

Steak and Potato Skewers

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Courtesy of How Sweet Eats

Get the grill fired up for this dish from How Sweet Eats, which features Yukon gold potatoes, beef tenderloin, bell peppers, and onions that are set on skewers and cooked over an open flame. Serve them with a rosemary chimichurri to complement the rich flavors. 

Korean Beef and Peppers

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If you’re craving another meat option, try this recipe from Half Baked Harvest, which is influenced by Korean flavors to make a colorful and textured bowl. Korean chili paste, honey, soy sauce, and garlic form a mixture for the steak and veggies to cook in, and everything is served on a bed of toasted sesame rice. Finish off the dish with fresh basil and green onions before taking a bite. 

Kale Caesar Salad 

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Courtesy of The Modern Proper

Caesar salad can be a classic choice for dinner, and this recipe from The Modern Proper serves it up with a modern twist. Roughly chopped kale, six-minute eggs, bacon, and a vegan cheese mixture are tossed with the namesake dressing of anchovy paste, lemon juice, and garlic. Dress up the plate with more slices of lemon. 

Read on for more weeknight recipes:

The Italian Approach to Easy Weeknight Dinners
12 Unexpected Ways to Experiment With Mushrooms
Mouthwatering Crock-Pot Recipes for Busy Weeknight Dinners

 

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