We’ve all been there - those nights that you’re so tired that all you want to do is go home, flop down on the couch, and order delivery without speaking anyone. But forget about Seamless – these dinner recipes are so simple that you can throw them together in less than a half hour, plus you’ll be saving both money and calories in the process. The following 15 dishes are versatile enough to swap in ingredients you have on hand. See, delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated!
1. Chicken Pho
A flavorful homemade pho is only fifteen minutes away from being served at your dinner table! The secret to this quick meal is to start with shredded rotisserie chicken and quick cooking rice noodles. The result is a flavorful no-fuss loaded soup that will be on the table in just a few minutes. Get our Chicken Pho recipe.
2. Wilted Greens with Balsamic Fried Eggs
Simplicity rules in this recipe for Wilted Greens with Balsamic Fried Eggs. The bitter greens are cooked down to tame them and pair perfectly with the meaty egg and brine-y balsamic. The only side you’ll need with this recipe is some fresh crusty bread. Get our Wilted Greens with Balsamic Fried Eggs recipe.
3. Chicken Sloppy Joes
This updated version of the traditional sloppy joe swaps ground beef with chicken for a healthier twist. Don’t let the long list of ingredients intimidate you for this recipe as most of them are just spices that you probably already have on hand (and they are what makes the dish so flavorful). This recipe is also versatile enough to make vegan or vegetarian by swapping in tempeh or beans for the chicken (and using vegetarian Worcestershire sauce). Get our Chicken Sloppy Joes recipe.
4. Breakfast Pita-Pizza
Make this Breakfast Pita Pizza when you are feeling like enjoying breakfast for dinner. Swapping in pita for the pizza crust turns this meal into a quick dinner that can be whipped up in just 15 minutes. This recipe is versatile enough to also throw on any veggies you may have leftover in the fridge. Get our Breakfast Pita-Pizza recipe.
5. Shrimp, Lemon, and Herb Kamut Spagetti
Looking for the perfect date night meal that won’t make your hair flat from cooking away over a hot stove for hours? Make this Shrimp, Lemon, and Herb Kamut Spaghetti; it feels fancy because it’s made with white wine and pasta but actually only takes a minutes to assemble. Your date will never suspect that you didn’t spend all day preparing it. Get our Shrimp, Lemon, and Herb Kamut Spaghetti recipe.
6. Chicken and Greens Salad with Tahini Dressing
This recipe for Chicken Greens Salad with Tahini Dressing is the perfect summer lunch or dinner. The salad is made up of light ingredients like cucumbers, greens, and tahini dressing and then mixed with filling shredded chicken. Serve it by itself or with a few pieces of thickly sliced bread. Get our Chicken and Greens Salad with Tahini Dressing recipe.
7. Cacio e Pepe
Jenny Rosentrach, the creator of the blog Dinner: A Love Story, manages to make this simple pasta dish for dinner in under 21 minutes. Better than jarred sauce and almost as fast, this is a simple sauce of olive oil, parmesan, salt, pepper, and pasta water. Get the recipe here.
8. Mushroom Frittata
If you’ve got some eggs in the fridge, you’ve got dinner. This simple frittata recipe includes a tomato and some mushrooms (you can add in any fresh herbs that you have on hand). Easily scaled up or down, this is a fast weeknight option that you can create endless variations of when you’re short on time. Get the recipe here.
9. Ricotta Spatzle
You can serve these with stew, meat sauce, or a light sauce of herbs and olive oil. With only one cup of whole milk ricotta (along with some eggs, flour, salt, and pepper) you can make a hearty addition to any meal that’s so much more interesting than just another stale roll. Get the recipe here.
10. Beans and Greens
This recipe for spaghetti and greens is great because you can easily substitute whatever type of pasta you have on hand with any kind of greens. Garlic, parmesan, lemon, basil, and black pepper amp up the flavors and you can easily make a big pot and have leftovers for lunch. Get the recipe here.
11. Teriyaki Salmon
Teriyaki sauce, orange juice, brown sugar, ketchup, and sesame seeds make for a quick marinade for these salmon fillets that can be baked in the oven in just about fifteen minutes. Throw together a quick green salad or make some couscous and you’ve got a balanced meal in under a half hour. Get the recipe here. Get the recipe here.
12. 15-Minute Creamy Tomato Soup
This delicious tomato soup can be made in only fifteen minutes, and somehow manages to be luscious and creamy without the addition of any dairy. Serve with a grilled cheese and you’ve got an all-star dinner on the table in minutes. Get the recipe here.
13. Eggplant and Mushroom Polenta Bake
CHOW’S eggplant and mushroom polenta bake is a great vegetarian rendition of the British pub standard, shepherd’s pie. Sprinkle the top with parmesan and Fontina cheese and you’ll get a golden brown crush on the polenta that is absolutely irresistible. Get our Eggplant and Mushroom Polenta Bake recipe.
Shakshuka, or “Eggs in Hell,” as they are called in this recipe, is a filling and easy-to-assemble tomato-based dish where you poach the eggs in the skillet along with the sauce. Grab a baguette and sop up the leftovers – this is a fast and simple dish that you can kick up a notch with the addition of a jalapeno pepper. Get the recipe here.
15. Cauliflower Fried Rice with Bacon
When in doubt, make fried rice. An amazing way to deal with leftover white rice, you can basically put any type of chopped vegetable or meat in this dish and it will taste good. Adjust the seasonings depending on the saltiness of your additions, but chances are it will turn out just right if you make an effort. Get the recipe here.