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18 Quick Dinners You Can Actually Make After Work

It's time to finally save money on take-out.

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1. 20-Minute Lemon Pesto Penne

pinchofyum.com

The most time-consuming part is just waiting for the pasta water to boil.

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2. Sausage and Potato Roast With Arugula

smittenkitchen.com

I made this last month and it was honestly so easy and flavorful it's become a new kitchen staple of mine.

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3. 20-Minute Thai Basil Chicken

The secret of this dinner? A simple soy marinade that adds a really nice depth of flavors to the dish. And cubing the chicken first means it only takes a few minutes to cook through.

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4. Vegan Kimchi Fried Rice

Because kimchi makes everything better.

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5. 30-Minute Spicy Ancho Turkey Chili

What better way to end a cold winter day than with a quick and delicious chili?

Get the recipe here.

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6. Sweet Potato Cauliflower Curry

minimalistbaker.com

Warm, cozy, and vegan.

Get the recipe here.

7. Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

damndelicious.net

Shrimp = one of the fastest/easiest proteins to cook.

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8. Zucchini Grilled Cheese

Deb Perelman / Via smittenkitchen.com

For the nights when you just really want a grilled cheese but also wouldn't mind adding some veggies to the mix.

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9. Pan-Seared Fish With Pomegranate Salsa

If cooking fish still intimidates you, this is an easy recipe to get you started.

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10. 20-Minute Fresh Tomato Risotto

Brie Passano / thekitchn.com

The secret to making risotto in 20 minutes? Using your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.

Get the recipe here.

11. Grilled Flat Iron Steak With Toasted Spice Vinaigrette

Christina Holmes / bonappetit.com

The steak only needs to cook for four minutes on each side. While its resting, you'll just quickly chop the tomato and toss together the vinaigrette.

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12. Vegan Moroccan Chickpea Soup

Except for a little bit of chopping prep, this recipe is as easy as throwing a bunch of stuff in a pot and heating it up for 15 minutes.

Get the recipe here.

13. Peanut Noodles With Sesame Halloumi

halfbakedharvest.com

That smooth AF peanut sauce is making me feel things I've never felt before.

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14. Sweet Potato and Turkey Enchilada Skillet

ambitiouskitchen.com

This recipe actually uses leftover Thanksgiving turkey, but you could totally use a rotisserie chicken instead.

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15. One-Pot Zoodles and Meatballs

Lauren Volo / thekitchn.com

If you don't own a spiralizer, check out your local store for premade zucchini noodles or check out these hand-prep tips.

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16. Coconut Curried Golden Lentils

Make sure to use golden lentils instead of green, as they have a much shorter cook time.

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17. Korean Beef Bowl

damndelicious.net

How can you create something so delicious in under 30 minutes? I don't know, but you really can.

Get the recipe here.

18. Pork Shoulder Cutlets With Fennel and Asparagus Salad

Nicole Franzen / bonappetit.com

Breaded pork with a bright, super fresh salad is the winning combo you didn't know you needed.

Get the recipe here.

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