As the days — and nights become incredibly busy, it often seems easier to pick up dinner on the way home. But with a little planning… and inspiration, it’s easy to put dinner on the table, any night of the week with A Month of Weeknight Quick-Fix Pantry Dinners.
We’ve gathered 22 of our favorite weeknight, quick-fix dinners with items you may already have in your pantry.
1. Quick Beef Stroganoff
Make a classic family favorite in a fraction of the time. Best of all, this comforting dish comes in at less than 400 calories per serving.
2. One-Pot Creamy Spinach Lentils
“Creamy Spinach Lentils? Just celery, carrots, and onions – thyme, cream and spinach – a hearty potato-thickened broth base – and plain brown lentils cooked to perfection.”
3. Chicken Enchiladas
“Precooked chicken and bottled green taco sauce make homemade enchiladas simple to prepare. All the ingredients in the dish are easy to stock in the fridge and pantry. Top with fresh ingredients such as tomato and avocado.”
4. Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sauteed Apples
“This one-dish pork tenderloin entree is perfect for the season. Sweet spices coat lean pork tenderloin, while apples get a savory treatment with shallots and thyme. Serve with a spinach salad.”
5. Maple Glazed Wild King Salmon
An easy and quick meal, perfect for weeknights yet delicious enough for special occasions.
6. Quick Pizza Margherita
“With a prep and cook time of just 30 minutes, you can whip up this delicious dinner in less time than it would take a pizza place to deliver it to your doorstep.”
7. Chicken Pot Pies
Chicken Pot Pies are a great way to use leftover chicken.
8. One-Skillet Mongolian Beef with Broccoli
“With just one skillet, 20 minutes, and a handful of pantry ingredients, my One Skillet Mongolian Beef with Broccoli is an easy dinner that the entire family will love!”
9. Easy Chicken Curry — Even in a Hurry
This chicken curry is delicious and speedy — designed for those nights when we’re all… in a hurry!
10. Roasted Asparagus and Ham Frittata
This frittata is one of my all-time favorite recipes! In less than 20 minutes — you’ll have dinner on the table.
Get the recipe here.
11. Noodle Bowl
“You already know that ramen noodles are easy to cook, but you might be surprised to see how this recipe transforms them into a sophisticated Asian dish. This noodle recipe uses a simple base of ramen, onions, snow peas, and shrimp and is ready in just 25 minutes!”
12. Southwestern Omelet
“This meal cooks in minutes, and is a great option for a busy night when you don’t have time for grocery shopping or heavy meal preparation. Serve with toast and read the paper while eating for the ultimate breakfast-for-dinner experience.”
13. Slow Cooker Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup
“It’s hearty enough for the beginning of soup season, yet brothy and veggie-packed so that it doesn’t feel too heavy. Pair it with a slaw or kale side salad and crusty whole-grain bread for a light, satisfying dinner.”
14. Meatball Stew
Frozen foods can make stews a snap to prepare. Keep frozen mixed vegetables and meatballs in your freezer to pull out for this stew at any time. Pantry staples beef broth, canned tomato sauce, and Italian seasoning help keep the prep time of this dish down to 5 minutes.
15. Quick and Healthy Sweet Basil and Roasted Garlic Sausage with Penne Pasta
A quick and healthy pasta is a weeknight meal lifesaver. But when you toss in seasonal veggies and a delicious and flavorful sausage, the meal is practically already made.
16. Quick and Easy Broccoli Ginger Pork Stirfry
My guys love this dish. It’s a little spicy, a little sweet, and filled with flavor. And one of my favorite features? It’s an under 20-minute dish.
17. Lemon-Basil Chicken with Basil Aioli
“This dish is ready in less than 20 minutes, and can be served several ways. Grab some pasta from your cabinet as a side dish, or toast a few slices of bread instead and use the aioli as a spread for a delicious chicken sandwich.”
18. Pork Noodle Bowl
“These fragrant noodle bowls are light enough for warm weather but substantial enough for dinner. Assemble stoveside, ladling the piping-hot broth into the bowls to coax the flavors of the individual ingredients into perfect harmony.”
19. Shrimp Florentine with Caramelized Garlic
“If you’re searching for an easy yet elegant dinner, look no further. This seafood dish packs in a lot of flavor and freshness, with a creamy sauce and tons of sweet-and-pungent roasted garlic.”
20. Quick ‘n’ Easy Barbecue Chicken Pizza
“Quick ‘n’ Easy Chicken Barbecue Pizza comes together quickly by using frozen grilled chicken breast strips and a refrigerated crust. Hickory smoke barbecue sauce completes this crowd-pleasing supper.”
21. Ham and Egg Fried Rice
“Stir-frying is a great way to create rich, flavorful dishes in a short amount of time. This dish is no exception, and takes less than 10 minutes start to finish to prepare. It’s also ideal for leftovers, making this a homerun choice for a hectic weeknight.”
22. Smothered Enchiladas
“Canned cream of chicken soup, canned green chiles, and a container of sour cream form a super-quick, creamy sauce to coat these beef-stuffed enchiladas. Top with salsa, sour cream, green onions, and fresh cilantro.”