Food & Home

Easy, Flavorful Weeknight Dinners

Written by: Caitlin O’Malley


Updated on: September 7, 2022


Our weeknight dinner strategy revolves around simple, healthyish, the-whole-family-will-love-them recipes.


The childhood favorite still hits the spot well into adulthood.

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    Broccoli and Spinach Tortilla

    When broccoli, spinach, and Cheddar cheese get together, good things happen.

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    The Boyfriend Breakfast Hash

    Weeknights are for riffable cooking. This hash is paleo-friendly, and it could easily be tweaked to be vegetarian and made with whatever seasonal vegetables you happen to have on hand.

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    Spinach Silver Dollar Pancakes

    A breakfast-for-dinner option that skews sweet but still delivers a healthy dose of greens.

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    Poached Eggs with Roasted Tomatoes and Halloumi

    Who needs an English muffin when you have sweet roasted tomatoes and salty Halloumi as a base for your perfect poached egg?

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    Chive and Parmesan Dutch Baby

    This puffed and golden savory pancake cooks up quickly and requires only a few simple ingredients you likely already have on hand. It’s delicious unadorned but fun served with smoked salmon, sliced avocado, and a simply dressed side of greens.

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    Breakfast Enchiladas

    A hybrid casserole that includes all the components of a good breakfast burrito in an easy, make-ahead enchilada form. If you have time to make salsa or enchilada sauce, go for it; if not, use your favorite store-bought version.


Warm, cozy, familiar, and so satisfying.

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    Vegan Mac ’n’ Cheese

    This vegan cheese sauce is also a dream drizzled over roasted vegetables.

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    Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

    We swapped in lean ground turkey for the classic lamb or beef and went with a 50-50 cauliflower-potato mix for that creamy topping.

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    Crockpot Veggie Chili

    Sweet potato adds sweetness to this rich veggie chili. Best served with cornbread.

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    Vegan Cashew Tomato Soup

    The cashews in this soup work wonders—it’s so creamy and cozy. Grilled cheese not required but highly recommended.

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    Wakame and Zucchini Fried Rice

    Wakame and grated zucchini make this a veggie-packed meal to love.

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    Sesame Noodles

    A simple, tasty noodle recipe that happens to be the ideal vehicle for any vegetable or protein you have on hand.


So many flavors, so little to clean up.

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    Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Olives, and Lemon

    We love the umami hit that anchovies provide, but feel free to skip them to make this vegetarian-friendly.

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    Miso Salmon with Bok Choy and Asparagus

    Make a double batch of the miso glaze and spread it on everything.

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    Chicken with Brown Rice, Mushrooms, and Thyme

    Hearty, comforting, and nourishing. Tender chicken, fluffy rice, and earthy mushrooms—it’s a classic combination for a reason.

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    Donabe Italian Wedding Soup

    A great excuse to bust out your donabe, but you can also make this in any stockpot or Dutch oven.

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    Chicken Potpie

    For this “cheats” version, we use rotisserie chicken and frozen puff pastry. This significantly cuts down prep time, but the dinner still feels and tastes impressive.

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    Harissa-Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas with Tahini Yogurt

    Crispy chickpeas, creamy sweet potato, and charred cauliflower, all tossed in a garlicky harissa paste and finished with a drizzle of cool tahini yogurt.

Weeknight Kitchen MVPs

  1. goop Home 10-Piece Cookware Set
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  1.  Material Kitchen The reBoard
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  2. Mosser Glass 3-Piece Pink Glass Mixing Bow Set
    Mosser Glass 3-Piece Pink Glass Mixing Bowl Set goop, $115
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    Casa Velasquez Corosal Bolero Apron goop, $150