After a long day of work, the last thing you need to worry about is dinner. You need low maintenance meals that you can make in 30 minutes!
I don’t know about you but I can be a really ambitious cook on the weekends, but once Monday rolls around, it’s back to sad salad and boring chicken breast. That’s not happening tonight!
Turns out you can easily make delicious and exciting meals that are really low maintenance. During your busy weeknights try these quick and easy recipes that take under 30 minutes to prepare.
With a low maintenance meal you can explore new flavors that make you excited to cook. No matter what your schedule looks like you can easily make these low maintenance meals for one, two or your whole family.
Don’t let you busy weeknights stop you from enjoying a delicious dinner! Here’s 11 Low Maintenance Dinner Recipes that you can make on busy weeknights!
Let’s Get Cooking!
1. One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies
Found from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Cooking everything on one sheet pan is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Put all the ingredients on the pan and bake them all together in under 20 minutes you’ll have a complete meal you will happily enjoy!
2. Teriyaki Salmon Bowls
Found from Eating Bird Food
This dinner has all the right combinations of flavors — from the sweet and savory teriyaki salmon to the crunchy fresh veggies with the roasted broccoli and creamy avocado. This meal is really simple which makes it perfect for a weeknight meal but it tastes and looks like something you could order at a restaurant!
3. One Pot Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta
Found from Good Cook
Here is a hearty pasta dinner that everyone will love and you can easily make no matter how busy you might be. Since the pasta cooks with all the ingredients, the sauce is insanely good and you didn’t have to work that hard to make it!
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4. Baked Spicy Chicken Tacos
Found from The Cookie Rookie
These baked chicken tacos are one of the easiest tacos recipe you can make. Since you bake the tacos together the cheese on top gets nice and melty. The tacos shells get crispy and the chicken filling is a little spicy too!
5. Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup
Found from Gimme Some Oven
Homemade soup is a great dinner idea because you can quickly throw a bunch of ingredients into a pot and cook it for 20 minutes. You can freeze any leftover soup and have it ready to go when you need a quick meal.
6. Pork Scallopini with Lemon, Capers and Radicchio
Found from PureWow
Pork scallopini with lemon, capers and radicchio comes together in under 30 minutes. If you already have pantry staples on hand like flour, lemon, dijon mustard, butter, garlic and olive oil, you’ll need only five more ingredients to make it!
7. Loaded Turkey Chili
Found from The Roasted Root
This basic recipe may just be the only turkey recipe you’ll ever need. It’s a great foundation for the classic meal, but you can also tweak it to your heart’s delight. Top it with red onion, green onion, bacon, avocado, sour cream and cheddar cheese.
8. Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil
Found from Damn Delicious
Here’s the easiest shrimp boil recipe you will ever find. This one pan recipe is a complete meal which is perfect for a busy weeknight. There’s no mess cook and eat off of the pan for an easy clean up!
9. Beef and Broccoli Ramen
Found from Chef Savvy
If you love ramen like me where it’s got long strands of noodles that are so slippery and covered in sauce this is the recipe for you. The beef and broccoli ramen is a filling meal made from scratch that takes under 30 minutes to make.
10. Shepards Pie Loaded Baked Potatoes
Found from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
This recipe really couldn’t be easier. Bake some potatoes in the oven (or microwave), cook up a simple filling with ground beef and frozen veggies, load those potatoes and top with plenty of cheese and bake until the cheese has melted. It’s that easy!
11. Spinach and Ravioli Lasagna
Found from Pillsbury
Casseroles are totally perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Layer everything into a casserole dish and bake. This spinach and ravioli lasagna is layered with premade raviolis, fresh spinach and pesto then topped with Alfredo sauce and more delicious cheese!
12. Creamy Chicken, Corn and Tomato Skillet
Found from PureWOW
You couldn’t get any easier than this 30 minute creamy chicken, corn and tomato skillet. With a few ingredients and just 3 simple steps you’ll have a hot dinner that is a total crowd pleaser.
With these low maintenance dinner ideas you can escape the boring. Have fun with your food and enjoy a quick and easy meal that you can make any night of the week!