30 Weeknight Meal Ideas To Refresh Your Meal Plan

Are you stuck in a rut with your weeknight dinners? I have just the thing for you! This crowdsourced list of weeknight meal ideas will give you some great inspiration to add flavor and variety into your weekly routine. 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 recipe 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!

1. Sheet Pan Crispy Salmon and Potatoes

Salmon on a sheet pan

via The Kitchn

2. Sesame Chicken Noodle Stir Fry

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

via Gimme Some Oven

3. Artichoke Ricotta Flat Bread

Loaded flat bread on a wooden board

via Half Baked Harvest

4. Tortellini in Brodo

Tortellini soup served in a white bowl

via Food Network

5. Chicken Fajita Salad with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette

Chicken salad easy weeknight meal

via Woman’s Day

6. Shrimp Stir Fry

Weeknight meal of stir fried shrimp

via Bon Appetit

7. Skillet Garlic Parmesan Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs for a weeknight meal idea

via Joyful Healthy Eats

8. Seared Scallops with Cauliflower, Capers and Raisins

Scallops served on a white plate

via Food and Wine

9. BBQ Tofu-Stuffed Pita Pockets

Pita pockets are a great weeknight meal

via Brit + Co

10. Veggie Curry

Vegetable curry served in a bowl for a weeknight meal idea

via Food 52

11. Baked Potato Bar

Stuffed baked potatoes on a white plate

via Platings and Pairings

12. Crack Slaw

A weeknight meal in a red and white bowl

via The Kitchen Magpie

13. Sausage and Bell Pepper Skillet

A red meal in a skillet

via The Defined Dish

14. Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Pasta bake in a white dish

via Smitten Kitchen

15. Turkey Meatballs with Garlic and Pesto

Turkey meatballs in a pan

via Cafe Delites

16. Korean Pulled Pork Tacos

Pork tacos for an easy weeknight meal

via The Defined Dish

17. Asian Quinoa Meatballs

Meatballs in a skillet

via Damn Delicious

18. Five-Ingredient Trader Joe’s Tacos

Three tacos on a plate

via Cup Of Jo

19. Turkey, Green Bean and Basil Stir Fry

Green bean stir fry on a patterned plate

via The Defined Dish

20. Spaghetti Margherita

A spaghetti dish for a weeknight meal

via A Bountiful Kitchen

21. Sheet Pan Chicken Chili Lime Fajitas

Chicken fajitas on a sheet pan

via The College Housewife

22. Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi served as a weeknight meal

via Damn Delicious

23. Pea, Zucchini and Pesto Orzo

Orzo served on a white plate

via Recipe Tin Eats

24. Italian Sausage Soup

Soup served n a white bowl with a spoon

via Brooklyn Farm Girl

25. Greek Lemon Chicken Bowls with Sizzled Mint Goddess Sauce

Chicken on skewers

via Half Baked Harvest

26. Grilled Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Grilled chicken served on a plate

via Platings and Pairings

27. Veggie Spring Rolls

Vegetable spring rolls served with dipping sauce

via Midwest Foodie

28. Pan Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze

Salmon served for a weeknight meal

via Kylee Cooks

29. Chicken Biryani

Chicken and rice on a plate

via Cubes N Juliennes

30. Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma with Sesame Sweet Potatoes and Hummus

An easy weeknight chicken dinner

via Half Baked Harvest

Easy Weeknight Dinners 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 Dinners 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!

What Are Your Favorite Weeknight Meal 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.😩

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated