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10 Easy Weeknight Dinners that will Wow your Family and Friends

by Freshlight Media about a month ago in cuisine
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Here are 10 delicious and easy weeknight recipes to try at home

10 Easy Weeknight Dinners that will Wow your Family and Friends
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Weeknight dinners can be a hassle. You're tired from work, and you just don't have the energy to cook a big meal. But you still want to put something delicious on the table for your family and friends. Never fear - we've got you covered!

In this article, we will share 10 easy weeknight dinner recipes that will amaze your loved ones. From chicken dishes to pasta recipes, we've got something for everyone. So sit down, relax, and let us show you how to make some amazing weeknight meals!

Don't spend your whole night in the kitchen - these easy weeknight dinners will be ready in no time, and they'll definitely impress your family and friends.

Sheet pan chicken fajitas

Ingredients:

- ¾ lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips

- ½ red onion, sliced

- ½ green pepper, sliced

- ½ red pepper, sliced

- ¼ tsp chili powder

- ¼ tsp cumin

- pinch of salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl, combine chicken strips, red onion, green pepper, red pepper, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Mix well and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Serve these delicious chicken fajitas on soft tortillas and top with your favourite toppings. We love sour cream, guacamole, and salsa!

- One-pot spaghetti with meat sauce

Ingredients:

- ½ lb ground beef

- ½ onion, diced

- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

- ¼ cup tomato paste

- ½ tsp garlic powder

- ½ tsp salt

Directions: In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef and onion over medium heat. Drain any excess fat and add in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic powder, and salt.

Stir well and bring to a simmer. Let cook for 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add in your cooked spaghetti noodles and give it a good stir. Serve with some grated Parmesan cheese on top. So easy and so delicious!

- One pot pasta with sausage and kale

Ingredients:

- ¼ lb Italian sausage

- ½ onion, diced

- ½ cup uncooked pasta of choice

- ¾ cup chicken broth

- ½ cup kale, chopped

Directions: In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook sausage over medium heat until browned. Add onion and cook until softened. Add pasta, chicken broth, and kale. Mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked.

This one pot pasta dish is packed with flavour and so easy to make. It's the perfect weeknight dinner for when you're short on time but still want something delicious!

- Chicken Parmesan

Ingredients:

- ¾ lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips

- ½ cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

- ¼ tsp garlic powder

- pinch of salt and pepper

Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place chicken strips in the mixture and coat well. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

This chicken Parmesan is a weeknight dinner that your whole family will love. It's easy to make and so delicious! Serve it with some pasta or a side salad for a complete meal.

- Creamy Tuscan shrimp

Ingredients:

- ½ lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

- ¼ cup all-purpose flour

- ¼ tsp garlic powder

- pinch of salt and pepper

- ½ cup chicken broth

- ¾ cup heavy cream

- ⅓ cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped

Directions: In a large bowl, combine flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place shrimp in the mixture and coat well. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook shrimp until pink and slightly charred. Remove from skillet and set aside.

To the same skillet, add chicken broth, heavy cream, sun dried tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about five minutes or until slightly thickened. Add cooked shrimp to the sauce and mix well. Serve over some pasta or rice for a complete meal.

- Sausage and peppers

Ingredients:

- ¼ lb Italian sausage

- ½ green pepper, sliced

- ½ red pepper, sliced

- ½ onion, sliced

Directions: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage until browned. Add peppers, onion, and garlic powder to the pan and cook until softened. Serve on a hoagie bun with some mustard and enjoy!

This sausage and peppers recipe is so easy to make and so delicious. It's the perfect weeknight dinner for when you're short on time but still want something tasty! Serve it with some pasta or a side salad for a complete meal.

- Beef stroganoff

Ingredients:

- ¾ lb beef chuck, cut into strips

- ½ onion, diced

- ¼ cup all-purpose flour

- pinch of salt and pepper

- ½ tsp garlic powder

- ½ tsp paprika

- ¾ cup beef broth

- ⅓ cup sour cream

Directions: In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Place beef strips in the mixture and coat well. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until browned. Add onion and cook until softened.

Add beef broth and sour cream to the pan and mix well. Cook for about five minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve over some egg noodles or rice for a complete meal.

- Chili

Ingredients:

- ¾ lb ground beef

- ½ onion, diced

- ¼ tsp garlic powder

- pinch of salt and pepper

- ½ tsp chili powder

- ½ tsp cumin

- ½ can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

- ½ can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Directions: In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until browned. Add onion and cook until softened. Mix in garlic powder, salt and pepper, chili powder, and cumin.

Stir in diced tomatoes and kidney beans. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes or until heated through.

This chili recipe is so easy to make and so delicious! It's the perfect weeknight dinner for when you're short on time but still want something tasty! Serve it with some shredded cheese and sour cream on top for a complete meal.

- Shepherd's pie

Ingredients:

- ¾ lb ground beef

- ½ onion, diced

- ¼ tsp garlic powder

- pinch of salt and pepper

- ½ tsp dried thyme

- ½ cup beef broth

- ¼ cup tomato paste

- ¾ cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed

- ¼ cup all-purpose flour

- ⅓ cup milk

Directions: In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until browned. Add onion and cook until softened. Mix in garlic powder, salt and pepper, and thyme.

Stir in beef broth and tomato paste. Mix in peas and carrots. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for about five minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour and milk. Add this mixture to the pot or Dutch oven and mix well. Cook for about three minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve over some mashed potatoes or rice for a complete meal.

- Chicken pot pie

Ingredients:

- ¾ lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes

- ½ onion, diced

- ¼ tsp garlic powder

- pinch of salt and pepper

- ½ tsp dried thyme

- ¾ cup frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

- ¼ cup all-purpose flour

- ⅓ cup milk

Directions: In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook chicken over medium heat until browned. Add onion and cook until softened. Mix in garlic powder, salt and pepper, and thyme. Stir in mixed vegetables. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for about five minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour and milk. Add this mixture to the pot or Dutch oven and mix well. Cook for about three minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve over some mashed potatoes or rice for a complete meal.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the easy weeknight dinners that you can make to wow your family and friends. With a little bit of planning, you can have a delicious and impressive meal on the table in no time! So next time you're short on time, don't resort to take-out, try one of these recipes instead. Your family and friends will be glad you did!

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  • Carolyn Fields26 days ago

    I'm going to make the chili with Morningstar crumbles (meat substitute), and make it a vegan recipe.

  • Amanda Payne28 days ago

    You can't go wrong with these all-time favorites. Now I'm in the mood for some comfort food.

  • Brianna Baezabout a month ago

    I am a true Chicken Pot Pie addict. Thanks for the recipes!!

  • April Denise Stuartabout a month ago

    I like these recipes. I hope to try them. Check out my writing when you can.

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