Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

With school and after school activities back in full swing we all need a few quick and easy dinners in our back pocket. Certain dinners lend themselves better to quick preparation, things like stir-fry, salad, seafood, breakfast for dinner, dishes made with ground meat, pasta dishes and vegetarian meals tend to have quicker cooking times making them ideal for busy weeknights. Another quick dinner hack is to take advantage of using shredded meat from a store-bought rotisserie chicken in lieu of cooking chicken yourself for a recipe. Here are links to my favorite dinners that come together in less than 40 minutes from start to finish.


Snack Dinner
Everything but the Bagel Salad
Muffaletta Salad
Crab Rolls

Using a rotisserie chicken

Curried Chicken Salad
Peanut Chicken Salad
Cobb Salad
Green Chile Chicken Casserole
White Chicken Chili
Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas


Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu
Sweet Chili Salmon
Baked Chicken Parmesan
Sheet Pan Sausage, Cabbage and Potatoes
Pesto Chicken
Balsamic Chicken
BBQ Chicken
Baked Fajitas
Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil
Parmesan Tilapia
Meatloaf Muffins
Pita Pizzas

Pressure cooker

Chicken, White Bean and Kale Soup
Cajun Chicken and Sausage
Beef Pho
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Curry
Chicken Chili Verde
Pumpkin Soup with Turkey Sausage
Pressure Cooker Loaded Potato/ Cauliflower Soup


Stove top

Un-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Egg Roll Bowl
Red Curry Turkey Lettuce Wraps
White Bean Soup
Skillet Bratwurst and Caramelized Onions
Fish Tacos
Sloppy Joe’s
Cheeseburger Salads
Pumpkin Pasta with Turkey Sausage
Gnocchi with Turkey Sausage, Spinach and Tomatoes
Korean Beef
Risotto with Turkey Sausage, Kale and Tomatoes
Bolognese Sauce
Chicken Marsala
Linguine with Clam Sauce
Shrimp and Grits
Pork Dragon Noodles

Breakfast for dinner

Pancakes or Pimento Cheese Grits with eggs and bacon
Caprese Baked Eggs
Crustless Mini Quiches
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Pressure Cooker Shakshuka
Egg Sandwiches


Minestrone Soup
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
Fried Rice
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos
Chana Masala
Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad
White Bean and Artichoke Soup
Indian Lentil Stew
Pressure Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup
Pressure Cooker Ratatouille
Curried Tofu Salad
Chickpea Salad
Vietnamese Noodle Bowl
Caprese Quinoa Bake
White Bean and Artichoke Salad
Thai Quinoa Salad
Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Corn Salad
Stuffed Shells

Shannon Mangerchine
Shannon lives in Central City, New Orleans with her husband, Jeremy, and three sons, Noah, Eli and Zeke. She left a career in Human Resources to take on her dream of being a stay-at-home mom. During this time, she and her husband founded a non-profit called Bastion Resources with the purpose of inspiring others to live a life of intimacy with God. Shannon is passionate about creating community and engaging in meaningful conversation around the dinner table. Recently, she created The Intentional Daily Journal to help people live with more purpose and clarity, which is available for purchase on Amazon. In her free time, Shannon enjoys all types of fitness, trying new restaurants, reading and discussing books with her book club, coffee dates with friends and hanging at the park with her family. Shannon is constantly creating new healthy recipes and sharing them on her blog Dinner Done by 9am.


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