A Month’s Worth of Quick-and-Easy Dinners

For anyone who’s ever been stumped about what to make for dinner, here’s one for you. We’ve put together an entire month’s worth of 5-star recipes, featuring chicken, pork, beef, seafood, and pasta dishes. And best of all, these recipes are quick and easy. Best of all: Most of these top-rated recipes are ready in less than 40 minutes!

1. Simple Lemon Herb Chicken | Ready in about 25 Minutes

Rave Review: “Loved this recipe for its simplicity and flavor. Any leftover chicken makes an AMAZING chicken salad. Delicious.” — SULLIVANBZ

Simple Lemon Herb Chicken

Photo by Allrecipes

2. BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad | Ready in 25 Minutes

Rave Review: “Super delicious and so easy to make — each person gets just the ingredients they want on their salad.” — Jasmine Couillard

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

Photo by Meredith


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3. Sesame Grilled Salmon | Ready in about 25 Minutes

Rave Review: “Delicious grilled salmon. A very flavorful main dish. Great when served with grilled yellow bell peppers, green beans, and wild rice with herbs.” — Emily

Sesame Grilled Salmon

Photo by Nicolette

4. One Pan Orecchiette Pasta | Ready in 40 Minutes

Rave Review: “Super-easy, costs pennies, and requires a bare minimum of kitchen equipment. This delicious orecchiette pasta recipe only has a handful of ingredients, is very cheap to make, and most importantly: only uses one pan.” — Chef John


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5. Chicken Tortilla Soup IV | Ready in about 30 Minutes

Rave Review: “Foolproof recipe. I’ve made it many times, with various small changes. I often use leftover precooked chicken, so it goes really fast. Also works great in the crock-pot, just throw everything in and cook on high for a few hours.” — Shawni

Tortilla Soup

Photo by Meredith

6. Pork Medallions with Balsamic Vinegar and Capers | Ready in 25 Minutes

Rave Review: “This is perfect — and so easy. In truth, it took me longer to get a decent photo of it than it did to make it.” — SunnyByrd


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7. Sloppy Joe Casserole | Preps in 15 Minutes

Rave Review: “Huge hit! Added chili powder for a little extra spice. I actually had all the ingredients at home. Great recipe and fun to make.” — Kyle

Sloppy Joe Casserole

Photo by Rock_lobster

8. Soy and Honey Pork Chops | Ready in 30 Minutes

Rave Review: “What a wonderful meal. The basting sauce is amazing. Definitely put the onions on the grill. Will make this again and again.” — JAN CAN COOK

9. Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce | Ready in 20 Minutes

Rave Review: “This dish was very delicious. I loved it because it was simple to make and yet the flavor was to die for! I added a little more cream for extra sauce.” — southernstyle

Easy 20-Minute Chicken Dinners | Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce

Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce | Photo by Dianne

10. Beef Enchiladas II | Ready in 45 Minutes

Rave Review: “What I really love about this recipe is the delicious simplicity of it! Not too many ingredients, but very tasty.” — KITCHEN DOLLY

11. Salmon Cakes II | Ready in 40 Minutes

Rave Review: “This recipe is fantastic. They’re super easy and they reheat wonderfully. The only thing I changed was that I rolled them in cornmeal for a little extra crunchiness.” — CINDY_V

Salmon Cakes

Photo by Meredith


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12. Modenese Pork Chops | Ready in 40 Minutes

Rave Review: “This was simple and had great flavor. I made it with rice and drizzled the extra sauce over it. Turned out great.” — Theresa

13. Tuna Lime Tostadas | Ready in about 10 Mins.

Rave Review: “Great recipe and virtually zero prep-work/time! No changes necessary but can be easily modified for different diets/tastes.” — D.C. Flint

Tuna Lime Tostadas

Photo by Caroline C.

14. Ham Tetrazzini | Ready in 30 Minutes

Rave Review: “A great quickie for a weeknight. Hubby successfully cooked this by himself and the kids gobbled it up. I’ll definitely ‘let’ him make it again!” — SODAFIZZ

15. Chicken Fiesta Salad | Ready in 40 Minutes

Rave Review: “This is the best chicken salad I have ever had. It is very easy and really filling. A great summertime salad that is also low fat!” — PATTON0626

Chicken Fiesta Salad

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

16. Ground Beef and Cabbage | Preps in 15 Minutes

Rave Review: “This so easy, very comforting and affordable! Turned out great.” — GabbrielleLovesToCook

Ground Beef and Cabbage

Photo by Laguna Lala


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17. Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts | Ready in about 20 Minutes

Rave Review: “This is a delicious pan sauce for chicken! It’s piquant flavor enhances the fresh herbs used on the chicken.” — rickm28inil

Easy 20-Minute Chicken Dinners | Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts

Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts | Photo by KGora

18. Amatriciana | Ready in 35 Minutes

Rave Review: “Delicioso! Definitely a five-star meal! I grew up on pasta and red sauce. My grandfather never made red sauce like this!” — mcqueenbee

19. Grilled Cod with Spinach and Tomatoes | Ready in 20 Minutes

Rave Review: “Great, tasty, and oh-so-simple recipe! Excellent choice for a weeknight! I followed the recipe, except doubled the fresh spinach and used fresh minced garlic.” — lisasayegh

Grilled Cod with Spinach and Tomatoes

Photo by Kgora


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20. Garlic Chicken Stir Fry | Ready in about 30 Minutes

Rave Review: “This is a great recipe. I couldn’t believe how well it turned out. One tip: Prepare (chop, measure, mix) everything before you turn on the heat. Once you start cooking, you won’t have time to do anything else.” — Lonnie

Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

Photo by Allrecipes

21. Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy | Ready in 40 Minutes

Rave Review: “These were fantastic! I added some mushrooms and served them with hot buttered noodles.” — BABYPHAT55

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

Photo by lutzflcat

22. Quick Chicken And Wine | Ready in 40 Minutes

Rave Review: “This is the fastest, easiest and most delicious chicken recipe I have tasted.” — ANNKOHNSTAMM

23. Super Simple Salmon | Ready in 15 Minutes

Rave Review: “I love the simplicity and great taste of this recipe. This makes me want to cook salmon more often.” — Secret Chef

Super Simple Salmon

Photo by SLINKYWINK

24. Sirloin Tips and Mushrooms | Preps in 15 Minutes

Rave Review: “Absolutely, positively great. I dusted the beef with flour, used baby bella mushrooms, and the sauce consistency was just perfect. This is a recipe I will make again and again.” — JONIKAYE

25. Mediterranean Chicken | Ready in about 20 Minutes

Rave Review: “This chicken dish turned out SUPER delicious! My house smelled like a restaurant while I was cooking.” — Lisa

Mediterranean Chicken

Photo by Meredith

26. Pork Chops with Fresh Tomato, Onion, Garlic, and Feta | Ready in 35 Minutes

Rave Review: “Wonderful! What a great amount of taste with a minimum of work. The balsamic blended so well with the garlic, onion, and tomatoes. And the feta on top was like icing on the cake! — MOONNOODLE

27. Creamy Chicken Marsala | Ready in 20 Minutes

Rave Review: “Super-easy take on Chicken Marsala…which is probably my family’s favorite meal. Quick and yummy. I served over egg noodles.” — arcticflygirl

Easy 20-Minute Chicken Dinners | Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala | Photo by Meredith

28. Quick Beef Stir-Fry | Ready in 25 Minutes

Rave Review: “Quick healthy-ish meal that looks and tastes like a fancy one. Great for students (like me) because we can switch out or add any veggies or meat that we have in the fridge. Very hard to mess up.” — Savanna Endicott

29. Tomato Basil Salmon | Ready in 30 Minutes

Rave Review: “Fab dish. A new favorite way to make salmon. Added some sun-dried tomatoes which was very yum.” — DaniellaLiberty

Tomato Basil Salmon

Photo by cookinbug

30. Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Shallots | Ready in 35 Minutes

Rave Review: “I felt like a real chef with this one. The chicken was golden and beautiful.The shallots, wine, and some mushrooms were all a great combination of flavors!” — BreaBren

31. Cha Cha’s White Chicken Chili | Ready in about 30 Minutes

Rave Review: “This chili was perfect — super easy to make and delicious.” — WINEANDCHEESE

Cha Cha's White Chicken Chili

Photo by MesaMa


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