10-Minute Meals: 7 Easy Weeknight Dinners

Between work meetings running late and your kids’ homework and after-school activities, cooking weeknight dinners can often seem like an overwhelming task for which you simply don’t have time. But you don’t have to rely on expensive takeout and frozen pizzas to help get you through the week. Instead, try preparing these 7 delicious dinner recipes, which only take 10 minutes to prepare. You’ll have a hearty supper sitting on the table in no time.

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1. Tuna Puttanesca

Food Network’s wholesome dish is bursting with fresh foods and seasonings, ensuring you have a mouthwatering meal to serve for dinner. The best part? This recipe, which yields 4 servings, only takes 8 minutes to cook.

Ingredients:

  • Salt
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cans (about 5.5-6 ounces each) Italian tuna in oil or water, drained well
  • 6 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½-1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Generous handful black olives, pitted and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • ⅓ cup white vermouth or ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole or diced tomatoes
  • Generous handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Crusty bread

Directions: Place a large pot of water over high heat and bring up to a boil. Salt the water and cook penne to al dente. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet with 3 turns of the pan extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, cook a minute or 2, then add tuna and break it up with your spoon. Add olives and capers, cook a minute or 2 more, then add vermouth or white wine; stir and cook down a minute.

If using whole tomatoes, place a colander over a bowl, crush up tomatoes with a wooden spoon, then add tomatoes and their juice to pan. Otherwise, stir in diced tomatoes and juice. Add parsley, zest, and black pepper, then simmer the sauce a couple of minutes more. Add a couple of ladles of starchy pasta-cooking water to the sauce. Drain pasta, add to the skillet, and toss to coat. Serve with some nice crusty bread.

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2. Fresh Burrito Bowl

A precooked chicken breast, fresh produce, and a few seasonings will help you create a Mexican fiesta for dinner. Pop Sugar’s nutritious dish can be made in less than 10 minutes and only contains 350 calories. The recipe yields 1 serving, so adjust accordingly.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup black beans
  • 1 teaspoon chicken broth
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • ½ cup red cabbage, sliced thin
  • 3 ounces precooked grilled chicken breast, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh salsa
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • Sliced green onions, for garnish

Directions: Microwave black beans with chicken broth, oregano, cumin, cayenne, and garlic powder on high for 30-45 seconds until heated. Set aside. Add red cabbage to your bowl, and spoon the black beans on top. Layer sliced chicken, Greek yogurt, salsa, cilantro, and green onions and enjoy.

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3. Super Easy Fish Sticks

There’s no need to make unhealthy frozen fish sticks when you can prepare iVillage’s simple supper instead. This kid-friendly recipe yields 2-4 servings and only takes about 8 minutes to make. Looking for a side to serve alongside it? Consider whipping up Real Simple’s Garlic-Mint Peas, which will also be ready in less than 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon plus more kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 8 ounces tilapia or cod fillets

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and lightly spray with cooking spray; set aside. On a shallow plate, combine the bread crumbs, paprika, and ½ teaspoon salt. In a small bowl, beat the egg with a fork. Set the two dishes aside. Cut the fish into stick shapes, about 3 inches long.

Season with salt, to taste, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Dredge the fish in the egg and then toss in the bread crumb mixture. Transfer the fish to the prepared baking sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the crumbs are lightly browned and the fish is firm to the touch.

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4. Stuffed Avocados

Eating Well proves that fast doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. To ensure this dish is ready quickly, consider whipping up The Kitchn’s recipe for Tuna Salad ahead of time — it’ll keep for up to 1 week. You’ll love how filling and refreshing these stuffed avocados are.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium avocados, halved and pits removed
  • 1 cup prepared seafood, tuna or chicken salad

Directions: Top each avocado half with ¼ cup of the salad.

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5. Burgers With Quick Tomato Sauce

Stone Soup adds a little flair to basic burgers by cooking them in a bed of salt. This creates a flavorful crust, ensuring you have a marvelous meat-based meal that will be ready in no time. The recipe yields 2 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (14 ounce) can tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach

Directions: Place tomatoes in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Heat a small frying pan on a very high heat. Sprinkle a very fine layer of salt over the base of the pan, using about a small teaspoon. Divide meat into patties. Sear burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cooked to your liking. Combine lemon juice with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Season and toss the leaves in the dressing. Serve burgers topped with sauce and salad on the side.

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6. Sautéed Pork Cutlets

In just 10 minutes, you can create a pork dinner that’s bursting with citrus and Parmesan flavors. Martha Stewart’s recipe yields 4 servings. Consider serving Cooking Light’s Citrusy Carrots with Parsley as your side — it also takes less than 10 minutes to make!

Ingredients:

  • 8 pork cutlets (3 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus Parmesan curls shaved with a vegetable peeler for garnish (about 1 ounce total)
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
  • Grainy mustard, for serving

Directions: Place pork cutlets between two sheets of parchment paper; using a meat mallet or a small, heavy skillet, pound to ⅛ inch thick. Season both sides of pork with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Working in two batches, add pork to pan, and cook, flipping once, until golden brown, 1½-2 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter. Drizzle lemon juice over pork, and sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Garnish with Parmesan curls and parsley. Serve with lemon wedges and mustard.

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7. Homemade Hamburger Helper

Hamburger helper will quickly become your speedy supper go-to. Ten Minute Dinners has created a fabulously fast recipe that adds a homemade, healthy element to this dinner dish. Dice your veggies ahead of time for even easier preparation.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or pork, chicken, or turkey)
  • 3-4 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium red or white onion, diced
  • ½ bag of egg noodles
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • ⅓ cup of heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • Salt and black pepper

Directions: Bring a pot of water to boil, and cook the egg noodles and a few pinches of salt for as long as the package calls for. Depending on the size of the noodle, the cooking time will be different. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the hamburger. Be sure to season with salt and pepper.

Add the carrots and onions, more salt and pepper, stir, and cook 5-7 minutes until the veggies are soft. Add the chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Let it thicken up a little. Add the cream, bring to a boil, and let it thicken more. Add the herbs, salt, black pepper, and the cooked and drained noodles. Stir it all together, and season to taste.

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