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15 Easy Weeknight Dinners

These easy weeknight dinners were created to prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed about cooking dinner at the end of a long day.

You never have to sacrifice flavor with these dinners. And all of these meal ideas help simplify your evenings and leave you with more time to relax and enjoy the time with your family.

cheesy casserole in a casserole dish

Less Time in the Kitchen with Easy Weeknight Dinners

Whether you’re a busy parent, a working professional, or someone who doesn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, these recipes are quick and delicious. 

Peruse this list and find some recipes that sound good to you. Also let them inspire you to come up with some dishes on your own.

I’ve listed a combination of one-pan, slow cooker, and stovetop meals that are all easy and require very little cleanup. And since I’ve always been known for my frugal nature, they’re also budget-friendly.

pot roast and vegetables on a platter

Super Simple Meal Planning for the Week

Most of the time, you can plan ahead to make this process even easier. Create a master list as you read through the ingredients of the recipes that sound good to you. Check your pantry, fridge, and spice collection to see what you already have and cross those off the list.

If your family likes bread with every meal, you can buy it prepackaged. Or you can make a week’s worth of this easy southern-style cornbread that goes with each night’s meal.

Slice of cornbread on a plate

For those of you who love sweet cornbread, try this moist cornbread recipe from Back to My Southern Roots. 

Keep the cornbread sealed in an airtight container. I usually refrigerate mine and heat it in the toaster oven or air fryer when I’m ready to use it.

Easy Weeknight Dinners

Some of these dinners are quick and easy to throw together after you get home from your busy day. And others need assembly before you leave. 

You’ll see a variety of cooking methods, from slow cooker to baked. All of them are easy and require very little time in the kitchen.

Salads to Go with Weeknight Dinners

Sometimes we enjoy a side salad, even with the simplest of meals. Here are some that are quick and easy to make or that can be made in advance:

Mason Jar Salad – As its name implies, this salad is assembled in a mason jar. I like to make a half dozen at once so they’ll be ready when needed.

salad in mason jars

Potato Salad – My mama’s potato salad is the best I’ve ever had. And when I bring it to potlucks, it disappears quickly. It’s that delicious!

bowl and plate of potato salad

Creamy Coleslaw – This coleslaw recipe couldn’t be any easier. It’s another salad that you can make in advance. Then you can serve it for several days.

Bowl of coleslaw

Simplifying Weeknight Dinners

Weeknights don’t have to bring on more stress after a busy day. By simplifying your meals with these 10 dinner ideas, you can relax and enjoy your time off.

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