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100 Worthwhile Dinner Ideas That Will Make Everyone Say, "Where Did You Get This Recipe?"

Weeknight dinner dreams are made of these.

Cooking a delicious meal doesn't have to require hours in the kitchen. Whether you're making something special for a date night or whipping up a big batch recipe for a family, these 30-minute meals will come in handy.

1. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

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Get out of the kitchen and let your Instant Pot cook dinner for you. Just toss all of the ingredients together, seal the lid, and wait.

Recipe: Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

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2. 15-Minute BLT Pasta Salad

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Pick your favorite pasta shape, add cherry tomatoes, diced bacon, lettuce, and plenty of shredded cheese. Mix it all up with ranch dressing and dig in.

Recipe: 15-Minute BLT Pasta Salad

3. Trader Joe's Shrimp Stir-Fry With Cauliflower Rice

Hannah Loewentheil

This meal is as easy as one, two, three...quite literally. Frozen shrimp, Asian-inspired frozen veggies, and riced cauliflower is all you need.

Recipe: Trader Joe's Shrimp Stir-Fry With Cauliflower Rice

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4. Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps

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Whip up this lunch or dinner with naan, hummus, whatever veggies are in your fridge, and chicken breasts. If you want to make things even easier, use a store bought rotisserie chicken.

Recipe: Chicken Hummus Naan Wraps

5. Honey Soy Salmon

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This sweet and sticky glaze tastes amazing on just about any protein, but you'll love it on salmon with a side of your favorite veggie.

Recipe: Honey Soy Salmon

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6. Creamy Tuscan Shrimp

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Fancy shrimp dinner in 30 minutes? No problem. This shrimp is simmered in cream sauce with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. Garnish with some fresh herbs, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a bit of Parmesan.

Recipe: Creamy Tuscan Shrimp

7. Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto

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On the stovetop or in the oven, risotto can take close to an hour, but thanks to your handy Instant Pot, this version is ready in a fraction of the time.

Recipe: Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto

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8. Chicken and Ramen Skillet

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Turn instant ramen noodles into a stir-fry that rivals that of your favorite takeout spot.

Recipe: Chicken and Ramen Skillet

9. 15-Minute Easy Wonton Soup

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Always keep a package of your favorite frozen gyoza or wontons around for this easy, comforting, and no-fuss soup.

Recipe: 15-Minute Easy Wonton Soup

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10. Herb-Crusted Baked Salmon

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Tired of the same old baked salmon recipe? Give this one a try. Salmon is topped with a mixture of panko bread crumbs, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and plenty of fresh herbs. Then it's baked until crispy on the outside but moist and flaky on the inside.

Recipe: Herb-Crusted Baked Salmon

11. Chicken Fried Rice

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You can swap the chicken for just about whatever protein is in your fridge from bacon or shrimp to tofu.

Recipe: Chicken Fried Rice

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12. Creamy Mushroom and Leek Chicken Breasts

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Tender chicken breasts smothered in a creamy mushroom gravy with plenty of sweet leeks. Serve this dish with egg noodles or rice to sop up all the delicious sauce.

Recipe: Creamy Mushroom and Leek Chicken Breasts

13. Avocado Lime Salmon

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Say goodbye to boring salmon and hello to this version topped with rich and zesty avocado, red onion, cilantro, and lime salsa.

Recipe: Avocado Lime Salmon

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14. Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps

Hannah Loewentheil

A Caesar salad kit and grilled or leftover chicken are tossed into wraps or tortillas for an easy lunch or dinner when you just don't feel like cooking.

Recipe: Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps

15. Easy Beef Enchiladas

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This filling meal comes together with just a handful of affordable ingredients: ground beef, jalapeño pepper, cream cheese, tortillas, enchilada sauce, and shredded Mexican cheese.

Recipe: Easy Beef Enchiladas

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16. Lemon Chickpea Orzo Soup

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This citrus-infused, vegetarian soup is comforting yet light, so it will warm you right up without weighing you down.

Recipe: Lemon Chickpea Orzo Soup

17. Trader Joe's Spinach Artichoke Pasta With Chicken Sausage

Hannah Loewentheil

Slice and heat up chicken sausage, boil pasta, and toss everything in your favorite store-bought spinach artichoke dip. It's as easy as that...seriously.

Recipe: Trader Joe's Spinach Artichoke Pasta With Chicken Sausage

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18. Spicy Shrimp Tacos With Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw

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Every element of these tacos tastes like perfection, from the crispy, spiced shrimp to the tangy, zesty slaw.

Recipe: Spicy Shrimp Tacos With Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw

19. Broccoli Rabe Pasta With Smoky Chickpeas

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Never underestimate the combination of chickpeas and pasta. You can keep both ingredients right in your pantry for lazy nights when you're low on groceries and whip them up into a cozy meal. Add your favorite greens, garlic, lemon, and Parmesan, and call it dinner.

Recipe: Broccoli Rabe Pasta With Smoky Chickpeas

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20. Teriyaki Shrimp With Broccoli

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If store-bought teriyaki sauce is all you've got, by all means go for it. But you'll never regret whipping up this sweet and spicy homemade version from scratch with soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and chili flakes.

Recipe: Teriyaki Shrimp With Broccoli

21. One-Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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This dish is everything you love about chicken Parmesan, but it comes together in half the time in just one pot. In other words, it's a total game changer.

Recipe: One-Pot Parmesan Chicken Pasta

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22. Southwest Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet

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If you have ground beef in your fridge or freezer, turn it into an easy skillet dinner. Sauté it with your favorite veggies and a bunch of spices. For something more filling, serve over rice or your favorite grain.

Recipe: Southwest Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet

23. Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Diced chicken, celery, chestnuts, mushrooms, and garlic are tossed in ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce, and chili paste. Serve the chicken in butter lettuce cups sprinkled with cashews, carrots, and scallions.

Recipe: Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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24. Pork Tenderloin With Peanut Cilantro Sauce

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With the help of this sweet and savory Indonesian-inspired peanut sauce, you can turn pork tenderloin into a weeknight dinner that feels totally fancy.

Recipe: Pork Tenderloin With Peanut Cilantro Sauce

25. Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

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Serve these sautéed shrimp, onions, and peppers in tortillas or over a bed of rice like a burrito bowl.

Recipe: Skillet Shrimp Fajitas

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26. Shrimp Scampi

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Take the frozen shrimp that's hiding in your freezer, and toss it with spaghetti in a simple white wine, lemon, and garlic sauce for a dinner that tastes restaurant quality.

Recipe: Shrimp Scampi

27. Gingery Kale Salad With Cashew Dressing

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Make a big batch of this salad dressing because you're going to want to use it all the time. It's made with nut butter, soy sauce, ginger, lime juice, maple syrup, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce.

Recipe: Gingery Kale Salad With Cashew Dressing

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28. Garlic Steak and Potato Foil Packs

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Cooking your meat and potatoes in foil packets not only eliminates any mess, but it keeps moisture in so that your food is perfectly tender.

Recipe: Garlic Steak and Potato Foil Packs

29. Sweet and Spicy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken

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If you don't love chicken, you can use this sweet and spicy honey Sriracha sauce to make anything from salmon to tofu.

Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Baked Honey Sriracha Chicken

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30. White Chicken Chili

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Cool nights call for big bowls of chili. This recipe, made with white beans and shredded chicken, will warm you right up and keep you feeling full.

Recipe: White Chicken Chili

31. 15-Minute Beef and Broccoli

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This Chinese-inspired dish tastes just as good as takeout, but it's ready even faster.

Recipe: 15-Minute Beef and Broccoli

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32. Parmesan Crusted Cod

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Start with any flaky white fish (or even salmon will do) and dredge the fillets in a mixture of Parmesan cheese, paprika, and parsley. Bake in the oven until golden brown.

Recipe: Parmesan Crusted Cod

33. Sweet Thai Chili Salmon Skewers

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These salmon skewers call for simple ingredients, but the Thai flavors are incredible. Drizzle the cooked skewers with sesame oil, cilantro, sesame seeds, and Thai chili if you like a little kick.

Recipe: Sweet Thai Chili Salmon Skewers

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34. Garlic Shrimp Ramen

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Those $2 instant ramen packages can actually go a long way toward a gourmet meal. Stir-fry the boiled noodles with some juicy garlic shrimp and voilà.

Recipe: Garlic Shrimp Ramen

35. Beef Bibimbap

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You can make these Korean-inspired rice bowls with pretty much whatever protein or veggies you have in your fridge. Or keep it totally vegetarian and top your bowl with a runny fried egg.

Recipe: Beef Bibimbap

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36. Baked Eggs With Avocado

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If you've never baked an egg in an avocado before, it's going to change your life. This version is sprinkled with crispy bacon, and it tastes incredible when it's spread on crusty bread or your favorite toast.

Recipe: Baked Eggs With Avocado

37. 30-Minute Beef Stroganoff

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There's nothing like this creamy, umami-packed stroganoff sauce, which is made with butter, onion, garlic, white wine, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, flour, and either sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.

Recipe: 30-Minute Beef Stroganoff

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38. Chana Masala

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Not only is this recipe quick and easy, but it's also the perfect way to add more plant-based meals into your dinner rotation.

Recipe: Chana Masala

39. Mahi Mahi in Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

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If you're even the tiniest bit intimidated by the idea of cooking fish at home, this easy yet oh-so-flavorful mahi mahi will change your mind. You can use any firm fish in its place like swordfish, halibut, or even tuna.

Recipe: Mahi Mahi in Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

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40. Sheet Pan Gnocchi With Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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Pro tip: Stop boiling your gnocchi. Instead, take your fresh or frozen gnocchi and spread it on a sheet pan drizzled with olive oil. Roast until the gnocchi is just golden brown with a deliciously crispy exterior.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Gnocchi With Tomatoes and Mozzarella

41. Baked Chicken Caprese

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What could be more satisfying than tender chicken breast nestled in juicy tomato sauce beneath a layer of bubbly, melty cheese?

Recipe: Baked Chicken Caprese

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42. Vegetarian Ramen With Tofu

Hannah Loewentheil

Don't scoff at cheap-flavored ramen noodles. Instead, turn them into a gourmet meal with just a few extra ingredients like firm tofu and soft-boiled egg.

Recipe: Vegetarian Ramen With Tofu

43. Tuna Niçoise

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If you can get your hands on tuna steaks, this medium-rare seared tuna tastes incredible. But you can always opt for something more accessible and affordable like canned tuna fish or salmon.

Recipe: Tuna Niçoise

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44. Sheet-Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Hannah Loewentheil

Toss thawed shrimp, tortillas, and veggies (like this super-convenient fire-roasted peppers and onion medley) on a sheet pan, and assemble your fajitas with some sour cream, guacamole, or pico de gallo for good measure.

Recipe: Sheet-Pan Shrimp Fajitas

45. Thai Green Curry Tofu

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This recipe calls for tofu, but you can use anything from shrimp to chicken in this creamy green curry and coconut milk–based dish.

Recipe: Thai Green Curry Tofu

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46. Sheet Pan Chinese Tofu

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There's no marinating required in this super-simple sheet pan supper. Just toss cubes of tofu, diced veggies, and cashews in the coconut and soy sauce, and then let it bake for 20–25 minutes.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Chinese Tofu

47. Chicken Ratatouille

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Classic ratatouille is delicious, but every now and then you might crave something a bit more filling. Enter: this riff on the French classic, which is made with lots of fresh veggies and chicken breasts in a single skillet.

Recipe: Chicken Ratatouille

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48. Easy Taco Mac

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What happens when you combine cheesy mac 'n' cheese with meaty chili? Well, it's one of the best comfort food mash-ups of all time.

Recipe: Easy Taco Mac

49. Sriracha Shrimp and Zucchini Stir-Fry

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This stir-fry is tossed in a tangy and sweet mixture of brown sugar, soy sauce, Sriracha, ginger, and sesame oil. Load it up with whatever noodles, veggies, and protein you like best.

Recipe: Sriracha Shrimp and Zucchini Lo Mein

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50. Vegetarian Meatballs

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No meat, no problem. These vegetarian balls are made with cauliflower, quinoa, or brown rice, flour, eggs, and spices. You can pan-fry them or bake them in the oven until golden, then serve with veggies, pasta, or your favorite grain.

Recipe: Vegetarian Meatballs