You love to eat a good meal at the end of the day – maybe healthy and definitely tasty. But you’re tired and fresh out of ideas for easy weeknight meals. No worries, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve gathered some of our favorite Two Kooks recipes for 20 easy weeknight meals. Problem solved.
Lots are vegetarian. ALL are 30 minutes or less. Choose the cooking method you’re most comfortable with – skillet/stove top; on the grill; or in the oven. Some of the grill recipes also have instructions for the oven.
If one of these recipes sparks your interest, we’d love you to leave us a comment at the end of the recipe to let us know what you think.
Skillet/Stove Top Easy Weeknight Meals
Indian Butter Gnocchi (20 minutes): This recipe is so easy with a good bottled tomato sauce and pre-made fresh gnocchi. The baby spinach makes this a complete meal. Serve with Naan for dipping or a salad.
Easy Gnocchi Recipe Indian-Style
Fresh Vegetable Pasta (30 minutes): Use whatever veggies you have on hand. Add leftover chicken, cooked sausage or shrimp if you like.
Easy Vegetarian Pasta Recipe (for all seasons)
Asian Inspired Mac N Cheese (30 minutes): A cool twist on an old favorite. Buy frozen pre-shelled edamame beans for a great shortcut.
Asian-Inspired Mac 'N' Cheese Recipe
Parmesan Polenta with Herbed Tomatoes (15 minutes): Summer comfort food! To make this in 15 minutes, use 1-minute quick cooking Polenta (instead of making it from scratch) at a 4:1 ratio of water to Polenta. Both fresh tomatoes and canned San Marzano tomatoes work perfectly.
Creamy Polenta with Tomato Herb Salad
Skillet Pizza (22 minutes): Use a store-bought dough and your favorite toppings. One pan. You need a cast iron skillet or a pan that can withstand a 500F oven temperature.
Easy Cast Iron Pizza (22 minutes)
Squash Tomato and Spinach Curry (30 minutes): Wonderful Indian flavors starring butternut squash and spinach. One pan. You’ll need curry powder, curry paste, coconut milk and tomato sauce.
Butternut Squash Curry (30-Minutes)
Chicken and Meat
Chicken Lettuce Wraps (28 minutes): These are PF Chang Style lettuce wraps. One pan. Very tasty. Low calorie. Try our Vegetable Wonton Soup with the wraps.
PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps (simplified copycat)
Peanut Chicken Broccoli Slaw (35 minutes): Using a broccoli slaw adds a healthy and easy shortcut to this stir fry. Even quicker with leftover chicken.
Peanut Chicken Stir Fry
Skillet Pork Chop Dinner (28 minutes): Love this comfort food. Apples add a delicious sweetness. One pan. Even quicker if you skip the sauce.
Cast Iron Skillet Pork Chops (with veggies and apples)
Lemon Shrimp Pasta (30 minutes): Never fails to get huge raves. Buy peeled deveined shrimp for a great shortcut. Definitely company worthy.
Garlic Shrimp Lemon Pasta
Shrimp Piccata (20 minutes): Pretty much the same as Chicken Piccata and just as delicious. One Pan.
20-Minute Shrimp Piccata
Tomato Coconut Curry Poached Salmon (30 minutes): You can use salmon, shrimp or even chicken for this Asian style dish. One pan. Have curry paste, coconut milk and a can of diced tomatoes on hand. Serve over rice or quinoa with Naan or bread for dipping.
Coconut Curry Salmon
Grilled Easy Weeknight Meals
Easy Eggplant Parmesan (30 minutes): This is my new favorite vegetarian meal. Lower calorie (and gluten free). We make it on the grill but you can also bake it (instructions provided). Canned or fresh tomatoes are fine. Even tomato sauce.
Easy Eggplant Parmesan (30 minutes)
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms (36 minutes): Stuffed with lots of healthy veggies and cheese. Oven instructions included if you don’t have a grill. One pan. (We know this recipe is more than 30 minutes, but it’s great)
Veggie Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Coconut Lime Chili Sauce (30 minutes): Wickedly good. And messy. Buy peeled deveined shrimp for a good shortcut. No pans! Just skewers. Use soft (less messy) or hard taco shells.
Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Coconut Chili Sauce
Canadian Maple Planked Salmon (25 minutes): To die for. Thin wood planks (1/4 inch) need to be pre-soaked for just 10 minutes. One pan.
Canadian Maple Cedar Plank Salmon
Grilled Chicken Burgers with Mango Avocado Salsa (22 minutes): These are not your dry tasteless chicken burgers. One pan (to carry stuff to the BBQ). Any toppings will do, but the mango avocado salsa is great. Serve with our Herb Potato Salad.
Juicy Chicken Burger Recipe with Mango Salsa
Roasted/Baked Easy Weeknight Meals
Maple Balsamic Rainbow Trout (20 minutes): This is our most popular recipe, viewed almost 100 times a day. Only 6 ingredients. One pan. Add some chopped veggies to the pan like broccoli, cauliflower or bok choy to complete the dinner. Or serve with Mushroom Spinach Couscous.
Maple Balsamic Rainbow Trout
Salmon Stuffed With Lemon Ricotta (25 minutes): Also only 6 ingredients. So pretty and easy to make. One pan. Serve with Chinese Stir Fried Green Beans. Or roast some green beans tossed with oil, salt and pepper on the same pan.
Stuffed Salmon With Lemon Ricotta
Light Kale Hazelnut Charred Onion Slaw with Chicken (30 minutes): The slaw perks up the chicken breasts beautifully. Low calorie. Great buffet dish.