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16 Weeknight Dinner Ideas For People With Literally No Time

Quick, easy, and on the table in no time.

Mollie Shafer-Schweig / BuzzFeed

After a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is spend hours cooking an elaborate dinner.

So we rounded up 16 simple dinner ideas you can make in just 15 minutes — from comforting pastas to hearty rice bowls.

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1. Thai Basil Chicken

If you can't find Thai basil in your grocery store, regular Italian basil will work just fine.

Get the recipe: Thai Basil Chicken

2. Pasta Carbonara

thebusybaker.ca

Quick, easy, and made with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Get the recipe: Pasta Carbonara

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3. Thai Red Curry Ramen

iamafoodblog.com

Red curry paste can be found in the international section of most grocery stores in either cans or jars — but if you can't find it, you can also make your own.

Get the recipe: Thai Red Curry Ramen

4. Garlic Butter Chicken With Parmesan Cauliflower Rice

Gluten-free, low-carb, and insanely easy to make. Feel free to use regular rice if cauliflower rice isn't your thing, or omit it altogether.

Get the recipe: Garlic Butter Chicken With Parmesan Cauliflower Rice

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5. Gnocchi Skillet With Chicken Sausage and Tomatoes

Not only is this recipe fast, it also takes only four ingredients to make: gnocchi, chicken sausage, tomatoes, and fresh basil.

Get the recipe: Gnocchi Skillet With Chicken Sausage and Tomatoes

6. Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Chicken

averiecooks.com

Serve this chicken over rice, quinoa, or all by itself for a quick dinner that requires practically no clean up.

Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Lemon Pepper Chicken

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7. Easy Korean Beef Rice Bowls

thebusybaker.ca

This flavorful beef is made entirely in one pan and takes no time at all. Serve it over cooked rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice.

Get the recipe: Easy Korean Beef Rice Bowls

8. Garlic Shrimp Zucchini Pasta

gimmedelicious.com

Zucchini noodles can be found in the produce section of most well-stocked grocery stores. If unavailable, just slice your zucchini into planks and cut into thin matchsticks.

Get the recipe: Garlic Shrimp Zucchini Pasta

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9. Chicken Cucumber Avocado Salad

cafedelites.com

Using store-bought rotisserie chicken instead of cooking your own helps this summery salad come together in just 10 minutes.

Get the recipe: Chicken Cucumber Avocado Salad

10. Spicy Peanut Udon Noodles

seasonsandsuppers.ca

These slightly spicy noodles can be made in less time than it would take to place an order for delivery.

Get the recipe: Spicy Peanut Udon Noodles

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11. Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

snixykitchen.com

Load these quesadillas up with your favorite pizza toppings for the ultimate last-minute dinner.

Get the recipe: Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

12. Ham and Bean Soup

Feel free to add additional veggies such as kale, spinach, bok choy, or cabbage to bulk this soup up.

Get the recipe: Ham and Bean Soup

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13. Sautéed Honey Mustard Pork Chops

Serve these pork chops over fresh greens, rice, or quinoa for a hearty dinner that comes together in no time.

Get the recipe: Sautéed Honey Mustard Pork Chops

14. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

Feel free to prepare this salad ahead of time and stash it in the fridge — just make sure to give it a good toss to redistribute the dressing before serving.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

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15. French Bread Pepperoni Pizza

food52.com

Top these with whatever ingredients you have stashed in your fridge for a quick off-the-cuff dinner that's ready in no time.

Get the recipe: French Bread Pepperoni Pizza

16. Pineapple Chicken Salad

Pineapple, red onions, and a generous amount of lemon juice gives this chicken salad a bright summery flavor.

Get the recipe: Pineapple Chicken Salad

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