26 Weeknight Meals To Refresh Your Meal Plan

Are you feeling stuck in a rut with your weeknight meals? You’re not the only one! This crowdsourced list of weeknight meal ideas will give you some great inspiration to add flavor and variety into your weekly routine. From succulent stir fry to hearty baked pasta… it’s all delicious, all easy to make and all nutritious!

Collage of four Weeknight Meal Ideas

I’m no stranger to a meal plan. Every Saturday afternoon like clockwork Aaron takes Ever upstairs to put her down for her nap and I settle in with my laptop and a homemade oat milk latte, ready to tackle the plan for the week. With no shortage of food blogs and digital recipe publications, though, why does it feel like I always reach for the same weeknight meal ideas?! I posted something to this effect on Instagram stories and two types of responses came flooding in.

Your Favorite Weeknight Meal Ideas

The first were your own weeknight recipes ideas, the staples that find their way to your table week in and week out. The second, often times from the same person, was the same cry for help that I was experiencing. A few dozen “please share!s” later and I was editing this post. Almost all of these weeknight recipe ideas came from you guys on Instagram, with a few of my own are peppered in. Did we miss a favorite of yours?! Leave it in the comments!

Sheet Pan Crispy Salmon and Potatoes

This sheet pan supper will show you just how quick and simple it can be to get a salmon dinner on the table any night of the week

Salmon on a sheet pan

via The Kitchn

Sesame Chicken Noodle Stir Fry

It’s quick and easy to make, as you might have guessed from the title.  It’s made with a zillion veggies from my CSA, like broccoli, carrots, and bright bell peppers.  It’s made extra-flavorful with a simple sesame-soy-ginger sauce.

Stir fry served in a white bowl for an easy weeknight meal

via Gimme Some Oven

Artichoke Ricotta Flat Bread

Cheesy, artichoke filled flatbread that’s so easy to make!

Loaded flat bread on a wooden board

via Half Baked Harvest

Skillet Garlic Parmesan Chicken Thighs

These Skillet Garlic Parmesan Chicken Thighs are an amazing one-pan skillet meal. A mouth-watering recipe done in 30 minutes with only 262 calories per serving!

Chicken thighs for a weeknight meal idea

via Joyful Healthy Eats

BBQ Tofu-Stuffed Pita Pockets

These delicious BBQ tofu-stuffed pita pockets let you keep vegan on a budget. Even if you’re not vegan, these little pockets of yumminesswill be a hit!

Pita pockets are a great weeknight meal

via Brit + Co

Veggie Curry

This curry is quick and easy to make and packed full of veggies. Made with summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, and coconut milk served over farro.

Vegetable curry served in a bowl for a weeknight meal idea

via Food 52

Baked Potato Bar

Create a Baked Potato Bar for your next party, potluck or tailgating event. It’s a fun and festive way to feed a crowd, and the topping possibilities are endless.

Stuffed baked potatoes on a white plate

via Platings and Pairings

Crack Slaw

This is hot, fast, easy and loaded with everything good for you protein and veggie-wise. What a way to get in your vegetables!

A weeknight meal in a red and white bowl

via The Kitchen Magpie

Sausage and Bell Pepper Skillet

This is pretty much the easiest of easiest 5-Ingredient weeknight meals. Aside from the minimal ingredient list, the actual process of putting this together and getting it on the table is pretty much the easiest thing ever.

A red meal in a skillet

via The Defined Dish

Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

This is a dream of a baked pasta dish — not too heavy, not to rich or gooey, tons of crunchy edges.

Pasta bake in a white dish

via Smitten Kitchen

Turkey Meatballs with Garlic and Pesto

Turkey meatballs with pesto and garlic are seared and simmered in a rich and delicious tomato sauce. serve over a bed of spaghetti, it’s the perfect dinner

Turkey meatballs in a pan

via Cafe Delites

Korean Pulled Pork Tacos

This korean spiced pulled pork + kimchi is the best combo ever! A real crowd pleaser!

Pork tacos for an easy weeknight meal

via The Defined Dish

Asian Quinoa Meatballs

Healthy, nutritious and packed with so much flavor. Perfect as an appetizer or a light dinner!

Meatballs in a skillet

via Damn Delicious

Five-Ingredient Trader Joe’s Tacos

Easy, delicious and perfect for weeknights meals!

Three tacos on a plate

via Cup Of Jo

Turkey, Green Bean and Basil Stir Fry

Another satisfying Whole30 dinner made with 5 ingredients!

Green bean stir fry on a patterned plate

via The Defined Dish

Spaghetti Margherita

If it’s summer and you’re thinking of every way to avoid turning on the oven, but not eat a sandwich or salad! Making Spaghetti Margherita involves the stove top, but only for a few minutes.

A spaghetti dish for a weeknight meal

via A Bountiful Kitchen

Sheet Pan Chicken Chili Lime Fajitas

An easy sheet pan dinner filled with restaurant style chicken fajitas, peppers, and a zesty chili lime seasoning. Be sure to serve with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa.

Chicken fajitas on a sheet pan

via The College Housewife

Shrimp Scampi

You won’t believe how easy this comes together in just 15 minutes – perfect for those busy weeknights!

Shrimp scampi served as a weeknight meal

via Damn Delicious

Pea, Zucchini and Pesto Orzo

There’s lots of hidden greens in this Pea, Zucchini and Pesto Orzo. It’s a complete meal and only takes 15 minutes to make. A leisurely 15 minutes – no rushing, no pulling out every appliance in your kitchen. This is a really simple but really tasty dinner that only requires a handful of ingredients.

Orzo served on a white plate

via Recipe Tin Eats

Italian Sausage Soup

Italian Sausage Soup with collard greens, white beans and diced tomatoes. Your entire family is going to love this easy to make hearty soup, and even better it’s only 180 calories a serving!  This creamy soup is dairy free, keto and low carb.

Soup served n a white bowl with a spoon

via Brooklyn Farm Girl

Greek Lemon Chicken Bowls with Sizzled Mint Goddess Sauce

Bringing you all some springtime vibes with these Greek Lemon Chicken Bowls with Sizzled Mint Goddess Sauce. Grilled Greek chicken (or roasted), served bowl style with orzo, roasted peppers, avocado, feta cheese, cucumbers, and the most deliciously addicting sizzled mint goddess sauce. It doesn’t get easier or more delicious than this grilled chicken…simple, quick, extra colorful, super flavorful, and so delicious. The perfect dinner to serve any night of the week!

Chicken on skewers

via Half Baked Harvest

Grilled Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Chicken with Peanut Sauce is like chicken satay without all the work of skewering. Delicious grilled chicken is drizzled with a spicy Thai peanut sauce.

Grilled chicken served on a plate

via Platings and Pairings

Veggie Spring Rolls

These veggie spring rolls are fresh, flavorful and fully loaded! They’ll take just 20 minute to throw together and will stay fresh in the fridge all week. Don’t even get me started on this creamy, dreamy tangy peanut sauce – you’ll want to put it on everything!

Vegetable spring rolls served with dipping sauce

via Midwest Foodie

Pan Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze

Fresh salmon, pan-seared, then oven-roasted to finish – topped with a delicious balsamic glaze, This Glazed Salmon Recipe is SO GOOD!!

Salmon served for a weeknight meal

via Kylee Cooks

Chicken Biryani

A luxurious delight known worldwide and loved by all. Beautiful melange of chicken layered with long grain basmati rice and then slow cooked (dum) to perfection. Presenting to you today, the most easiest and the best Chicken Biryani recipe you will firmly adore.

Chicken and rice on a plate

via Cubes N Juliennes

Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma with Sesame Sweet Potatoes and Hummus

Middle eastern seasoned chicken, roasted with sesame sweet potatoes, and served up bowl style with hummus, fresh naan, arugula, and even some feta too. This quick cooking, easy sheet pan dinner comes together in just about an hour. It’s colorful, healthy, and beyond good.

An easy weeknight chicken dinner

via Half Baked Harvest

Easy Weeknight Meals To Add To Your Weekly Meal Rotation

It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to evening meals, but these recipes are really straight forward to make and and it’s a great way to try new things and add variety to your week. Be sure to bookmark this page so when you are looking to try something new, you have a whole heap of recipes to chose from!

Weeknight Meals You Are Cooking!

What I love most about this list, is that they were all suggested by my Instagram followers! People, just like you are making these meals every night and they are so good they are happy to recommend them! Thank you so much to everyone for sharing your favorites with me!

Top Tips For Weeknight Meal Prep

  • Prep in the morning. For easy weeknights, dinner plans should begin in the morning. Jean said that the best way to save money at the grocery story is to only go once a week. This means that some of your week’s protein — raw chicken or beef — will be in the freezer. Start off your day by taking frozen meat from the freezer to the fridge for defrosting.
  • Practice ‘double dipping’. Once the family finishes off a healthy dinner, wrap up dinner leftovers and put them in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch. In one easy step you’ve cleaned up dinner and packed tomorrow’s mid-day meal.
  • If you really want to get more bang for your buck, double the recipe so you’ll have plenty to bring for leftovers — and also freeze to eat at a much later date.
  • Get creative! Plan delicious variations using the same recipe base. For example, when making a giant batch of meatballs. You can use them throughout the week in different recipes, like meatballs with spaghetti, meatballs on tortilla pizzas or meatball kebabs with roasted veggies.

Check Out These Other Meal Plan Ideas

I always love hearing from you, so if you have a favorite I haven’t covered here, be sure to leave me a note in the comments! I loved compiling this list and discovering more great recipes!

  1. This all looks so good!! Sadly, the only thing I think I can eat is the shrimp and chicken thighs because of my candida and all the food intolerances I recently discovered.????

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

Comments are closed.