Spring Weeknight Dinners

Find quick and easy dinner recipes from Food Network, including sides and desserts, for great weeknight meals all spring.

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Roast Chicken with Spring Vegetables

This one-pan meal is a true weeknight wonder. Let the chicken roast for 15 minutes while you chop potatoes, radishes and scallions. Then add the veggies and return the pan to the oven for 20 more minutes, and dinner is ready!

Get the Recipe: Roast Chicken With Spring Vegetables

Pasta Primavera

This dish is the ultimate tribute to the season with spring-y pasta and colorful fresh vegetables.

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Poppy Seed Chicken Pitas

Try these pita pockets stuffed with orange-scented shredded chicken in a yogurt sauce with nuts, celery, poppy seeds and chives.

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Spinach-Orzo Salad with Shrimp

Welcome spring to the table with spicy-sweet radishes, mint, parsley and broiled shrimp in this orzo-enhanced spinach salad.

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Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast

This rich roast of boneless chicken thighs and potatoes is flavored with lemon and parsley. It's hearty and filling, yet perfect for warmer weather.

Get the Recipe: Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast

Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss

Rachael uses all the flavors of classic Italian chicken piccata in this pasta dish tossed with chunks of juicy chicken breast. It's an easy all-in-one meal.

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Spring Vegetable Fettuccine Alfredo

Spring vegetables brighten up classic pasta Alfredo, while lemon zest and chives cut the rich creaminess.

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Tilapia and Green Beans

Tilapia is a versatile, inexpensive fish that's always popular with home cooks. Coat tilapia fillets in a flour-and-herb mixture, then fry them in butter until crispy. Serve the fish alongside lemony green beans and grape tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: Tilapia with Green Beans

Spinach Ravioli

Dress up store-bought ravioli with quick homemade tomato sauce flavored with Italian salami and basil. Garnish with grated Parmesan or ricotta salata.

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Grilled Shrimp and Noodle Salad

Savor the first warm days of spring with a quick grilled meal: Grill sweet-and-spicy shrimp, asparagus and mushrooms, then serve with rice noodles and fresh cilantro. April showers? You can also cook the marinated shrimp and vegetables inside on a grill pan.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp and Noodle Salad

Grilled Salmon with Herbs and Meyer Lemon

As spring temperatures warm up, get the grill going and make Anne's citrusy grilled salmon.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Herb and Meyer Lemon Compound Butter

Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops

New Mexico chili powder, cumin, cloves and oregano add spice to these boneless pork chops, while grilled onions add smoky sweetness. Fry them in about eight minutes, then serve with your favorite style of Mexican rice.

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Chicken and Rice Casserole

Turn leftover chicken (or a rotisserie chicken) into this easy, cheesy one-pot casserole studded with broccoli.

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Angel Hair with Walnut-Carrot Sauce

In-season carrots pair with walnuts, cheese and herbs for a pesto-like sauce that tosses beautifully with thin spaghetti.

Get the Recipe: Angel Hair Pasta With Walnut-Carrot Sauce

Tarragon Snap Peas

These crisp-tender snap peas are ready to go with a quick boil and a simple dressing of olive oil and freshly chopped tarragon.

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Glazed Baby Carrots

Dress up sweet and tender baby carrots with crunchy toasted almonds and a sprinkle of fresh tarragon.

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Potato-Egg Salad

Try a light, spring-inspired take on classic picnic salads by tossing fingerling potatoes and eggs with green peas and fresh mint.

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French Onions

Bake sweet onions with grated Gruyere and crunchy croutons for a super-easy gratin.

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Roasted Beets with Feta

Toss sweet roasted beets with tangy feta and crunchy scallions for a vibrant and flavor-packed side.

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Broccoli and Peppers

In this ready-in-minutes side dish, broccoli gets a little kick from red chilies and crunch from chopped walnuts.

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Brussels Sprouts and Carrots

Roast a mix of quartered brussels sprouts and sweet in-season carrots for a tasty and colorful side. A bit of mint amps up the spring flavor.

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Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette

Melissa's lemon vinaigrette brightens up asparagus spears for a side that's totally spring.

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Ground Chicken Tacos with Creamy Salsa

Switch up your taco night by spiking yours with Sunny's cool, creamy salsa.

Get the Recipe: Ground Chicken Tacos with Creamy Salsa

Greek Shrimp and Couscous

Simmer fresh plum tomatoes, fennel and garlic together for a fresh, well-rounded shrimp meal.

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Chicken Fajitas

It's easy to create this sizzling Mexican restaurant favorite at home, especially with store-bought pico de gallo and corn tortillas on your side.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Fajitas

Risotto with Mascarpone and Prosciutto

Melt in creamy mascarpone cheese and delicate prosciutto for your most luxurious risotto yet. 

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Baked Lemon Chicken

This easy chicken dinner requires just 15 minutes of prep.  

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Berry Toast Tartlets

Berries, almond butter and powdered sugar add dainty flair to these crunchy shortcut treats.

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Chocolate Fondue

You decide the ingredient count with this one — dip anything from fresh fruit to angel food cake in this easy microwave dessert.

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Waffle Cake

Chocolate hazelnut spread and chopped strawberries dress up toaster waffles for this blunder-proof solution to breakfast or dessert.

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Peaches and Cream

Whip up some heavy cream with vanilla and powdered sugar before dolloping it atop jarred peaches with berries for a simple and refreshing dessert.

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Shrimp Scampi with Linguini

This rich, lemony pasta dish is easy enough to make on a weekday but impressive enough for any special occasion.

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Pork Chops with Cornbread Stuffing

Use leftover cornbread mixed with jalapenos and scallions as a simple stuffing for juicy bone-in pork chops. 

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Pasta Primavera

From the fresh carrots and cherry tomatoes to the red and yellow bell peppers, Giada's primavera is a vibrant spring meal.

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Pork Saltimbocca with Peas

Top juicy boneless pork chops with prosciutto, Parmesan and fontina, and broil until bubbly for a satisfying dinner that's just as quick as it is special.

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Pasta Primavera with Peas, Asparagus and Kale

Next time you make this veggie-packed spring pasta dish, zero in on a single color: green. Seasonal snap peas, asparagus, chives and also kale round out this penne-based main.

Get the Recipe: Pasta Primavera with Peas, Asparagus and Kale

Tacos de Carne Asada

Grill or broil juicy flank steak and serve with corn tortillas plus all the fixings, for a beef taco dinner that's ready in just 30 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Beef Tacos: Tacos de Carne Asada

Shrimp Francese

Treat butterflied shrimp to a light breading and a quick pan-fry before combining it with spinach, burst cherry tomatoes and a lemon-and-white wine sauce.

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Roasted Carrots with Avocado

After roasting baby carrots in a super-hot oven, top this seasonal spring side with creamy diced avocado and juicy orange segments.

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Penne with Baby Artichokes, Black Olives and Peas

Tyler's penne recipe combines some of spring's freshest ingredients and still allows you to have dinner on the table in less than an hour.

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Broiled Salmon with Tomato Cream Sauce

Dress up simple, crispy broiled salmon with a vibrant cream sauce and a bed of lima beans and peas — and do it all in 30 minutes.

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Pasta with Turkey Meatballs

Cut down on prep time by making meatballs with a secret flavor-packed ingredient: sweet Italian turkey sausage.

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Pork Chops with Peach Sauce

Fry juicy, boneless and breaded pork loin chops until crispy and golden brown, and use peach jam to make a super-easy, sweet sauce to go along with them.

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Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Roast zucchini and asparagus in the oven until tender before tossing together with fresh linguine and an easy tomato sauce.

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Pappardelle with Spring Vegetables

Toss the broad, flat pasta shape with ingredients that scream spring: petite green peas, radishes and mixed fresh herbs. Top the finished plate with creamy, lemon-zested ricotta.

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Pasta, Pesto and Peas

Using frozen peas and chopped spinach will cut down on prep work so you can spend less time in the kitchen.

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Steak Fried Rice

Slash cooking time by opting for a frozen grain-and-rice blend as the base.

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Creamy Farfalle with Cremini, Asparagus and Walnuts

Walnuts, asparagus and cremini mushrooms lend this quick and hearty dinner its rustic appeal.

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Pimento Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Sausage

Cream cheese is the secret ingredient that makes this super-quick mac and cheese ultracreamy, and adding cayenne pepper and pimentos amplifies the spice.

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Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Waffle Fries

Cooking homemade fried chicken for sandwiches is a whole lot easier (and quicker) than you might think. Skinless, boneless chicken thighs become extra juicy after being coated in hot-sauce-spiked buttermilk and dredged in cake flour before being fried until golden and crispy.

Get the Recipe: Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Waffle Fries

Soba Noodles with Smoked Trout

Instead of laboring over a broth, make this shortcut soup that reels in big flavor with toasted sesame oil, ginger, shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce and the smoked trout.

Get the Recipe: Soba Noodle Bowl with Smoked Trout

Sandra's Crouton-Crushed Chicken Tenders with Orange Barbeque Sauce

Sandra combines crushed croutons with breadcrumbs to bread these chicken tenders for an easy infusion of garlic-butter flavor.

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Shrimp and Clam Pizza

Any night can be pizza night. This garlicky seafood pizza is on the table in 30 minutes with the help of refrigerated pizza dough.

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Gnocchi Primavera

Store-bought potato gnocchi make this dish a quick weeknight meal. Some Parmesan cheese and lemon zest make the perfect sauce for spring produce.

 

Get the Recipe: Gnocchi Primavera

Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Greek yogurt gives this classic pesto recipe a creamy, tangy finish. Top your dish with toasted breadcrumbs for an added crunch.

 

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Curried Egg Salad with Pickled Beets

Toast becomes dinner when you top it with fresh egg salad and a side of bright beets.

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Chicken Thighs with Minty Peas

Use frozen peas to make a bright and easy puree to serve alongside roasted chicken and cauliflower.

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Whole-Wheat Pasta with Sausage and Swiss Chard

Keep your chard stems for this one. They add texture to the pasta sauce and have extra antioxidants.

Get the Recipe: Whole-Wheat Pasta with Sausage and Swiss Chard

Orecchiette with Truffle-Asparagus Pesto

You'll find an unexpected umami flavor in this pesto thanks to truffle pecorino cheese, plus a bit of texture from toasted hazelnuts.

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Lamb Chops with Carrot Puree and Cucumber Salad

Make the sides before browning the lamb chops in a cast iron skillet for a meal that's ready in less than an hour.

 

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Spinach-Ricotta Dumplings with Garlic Tomato Sauce

Frozen spinach makes homemade weeknight dumplings a cinch.

 

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Asparagus with Roasted Red Peppers

Give simply roasted asparagus a pop of color with a garnish of roasted red peppers, feta cheese and parsley.

 

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"Greek Salad" Penne

Spinach-flavored penne and fresh vegetables turn a classic Greek salad recipe into a weeknight pasta dish in less than 30 minutes.

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Linguine with Asparagus

Don't have asparagus on hand? Nancy Fuller recommends adding fresh spinach or artichoke hearts instead.

 

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Lemon Braised Artichokes

Don't worry about thawing frozen artichoke hearts for this recipe. You'll simmer them straight from the freezer in water, white wine, lemon and olive oil for 10 minutes until they're tender.

 

Get the Recipe: Lemon Braised Artichokes