Spring Weeknight Dinners

Spring has sprung and that means it's time to add some new recipes to the weeknight rotation. From satisfying mains (that are a little lighter and brighter) to easy sides made with the season’s best veggies, these quick and simple recipes are perfect for celebrating the change of season.

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Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms and Snap Peas

Golden-brown chicken cutlets are always a family favorite – and there’s nothing better than having a rich, creamy sauce that you can dip each bite into. This recipe is sure to become a weeknight go-to.

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Asparagus Fettuccine Carbonara

Shaved asparagus adds a bright note to this fast and easy weeknight classic. The thin green ribbons give the creamy fettuccine a perfect pop of color and spring flavor.

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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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Shrimp Ramen

You’ve got to love a good shortcut – like this speedy dinner that uses quick-cooking ramen noodle packets to make a dish that’s just as good as your favorite takeout.

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Snapper with Kale-Orange Salad

Fish cooks quickly making it a great choice when you need a speedy weeknight dinner. In this recipe, we’ve dressed up snapper fillets with a simple, citrusy salad – which brightens things up and makes the meal feel perfect for the change of season.

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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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Coconut Tofu with Snap Pea Salad

Whether you’re vegetarian or simply looking for more meatless meals to add to your weekly rotation, this coconut-crusted tofu is sure to please. It comes together in under an hour and has tons of sweet-and-savory flavor, making it perfect for feeding the family on a busy weeknight.

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Sausage Pizza With Spinach Salad

Enjoy a seasonal twist on your favorite comfort meal. Spinach, artichoke, fennel and roasted red pepper are a delicious stand-in for the classic pizza toppings.

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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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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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Ground Chicken Tacos with Creamy Salsa

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

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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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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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Cheesy Grits with Fried Eggs and Vegetables

Eggs might not be your first thought when you’re planning dinner but they’re a great source of protein and cook up quickly. Win-win!

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Parmesan Chicken

Ina's easy breaded chicken is dressed with tossed salad greens and a sprinkling of Parmesan.

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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.

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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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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.

 

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Fish Fry

If spring has you eating fish on Fridays, you're in luck: This recipe comes together so quickly you won't mind making it one bit, even at the end of the workweek.

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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.

 

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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.

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Baked Lemon Chicken

This easy chicken dinner requires just 15 minutes of prep.  

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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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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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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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Steak Fried Rice

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

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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!

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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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Cajun Veggie Pasta

Ree’s super flavorful pasta is the perfect pick when you need to use up all those delicious veggies from the farmer’s market. She combines bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and tomatoes for a veggie-packed, family-friendly meal.

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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.

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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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Blistered Green Beans with Spicy Chile Sauce

Valerie spices up green beans with a red chile paste and balances everything out with a touch of honey.

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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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Greek Shrimp and Couscous

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

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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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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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Linguine with Asparagus

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

 

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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Ginger-Scallion Lo Mein

The best way to eat your veggies this spring? Over tender, savory lo mein noodles! Serve as a vegetarian main or add some shredded, rotisserie chicken for a speedy (and delicious) weeknight dinner.

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Pasta Primavera

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

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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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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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Grilled Salmon with Herbs and Meyer Lemon

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

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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Risotto with Mascarpone and Prosciutto

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

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Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

A bright and lemony one-pot soup that will cure the rainy-day blues in just about 40 minutes.

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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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Vegetable Paella

A vegetarian riff on paella, this flavorful dish feels hearty and filling thanks to mushrooms and cauliflower.

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