29+ Things To Make For Dinner When You’re Too Tired To Cook

29 Healthy Dinner Ideas For Busy Weeknights

Do you find yourself running out of time and ideas for making dinner every week? Don’t worry! We’ve got your back. Here are 29+ healthy dinner ideas for busy weeknights. Enjoy!

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1. Oven-Baked French Bread Pizzas

Oven-Baked French Bread Pizzas

The oven-baked French bread pizzas are so easy to make, and everyone has the opportunity to eat a wide variety of toppings. Dinner night is enjoyable when we all get to see what each other likes on their pizza.

2. Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

This recipe with spaghetti and bolognese sauce is a quick and easy dish to make that the whole family will enjoy.

With just five ingredients, it's also easy to keep on hand in your kitchen at all times. This Spaghetti Bolognese dish tastes rich and decadent but healthy too!

3. Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos

Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos

Loaded sheet-pan nachos are, as the name states, loaded with all of your favorite toppings. The recipe is super customizable depending on your time or budget.

You can make it with inexpensive ingredients like tortilla chips, black beans, canned tomatoes, and cheese.

Or you can upgrade it to include jalapeños, pickled onions, sour cream, and anything else you might want.

4. Vegan Stuffed Bell Peppers

Vegan Stuffed Bell Peppers

Vegan stuffed bell peppers are a perfect weeknight dinner. They're filled with vegetables and brown rice, then baked for 40 minutes.

This recipe is vegetarian and vegan-friendly, so if you have some vegan friends coming over, this is a great dish to make.

5. Lemon Chicken Piccata

chicken picatta on plate

It's a perfect dinner for any night of the week and it can be on your table in just 30 minutes!

This healthy version features tender chicken breast topped with sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes sauce made from scratch using flavorful vegetables that you probably have sitting around anyway. Get this Chicken Piccata recipe here.

6. Baked Feta Pasta

Baked Feta Pasta

Baked Feta Pasta is a light meal. The vegetables and pasta are cooked separately and then topped with creamy soft-baked feta cheese.

The taste of this dinner is second to none, and it is perfect for a hot summer night.

7. Hot Sausage Cast-Iron Skillet Pan Pizza

Hot Sausage Cast-Iron Skillet Pan Pizza

Ever thought about making a pan pizza? It's a thin, crispy crust that you bake in a hot cast-iron skillet. This Hot Sausage Cast-Iron Skillet Pan Pizza recipe is pretty straightforward and tastes like it's right out of the oven!

8. Chicken Tenders

Chicken Tenders

These Chicken Tenders are also great when dipped in a honey mustard sauce. If you have toddlers, you can put the cooled chicken strips on their sandwiches.

9. Orange Pork Stir-Fry

Easy orange pork Stir-Fry

Spicy Orange Pork Stir-Fry is a healthy and light meal that you can quickly prepare. The citrus glaze that coats the tender pork and vegetables will make you want to eat more of it.

10. Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs recipe is one of the most delicious recipes. All you need is beef mince, onion, garlic, eggs, breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese, and dried oregano. The best part is that you can cook it in 30 minutes or less.

In love with beef? Make sure to check our feature on Meals To Cook With Ground Beef, it might be of interest to you.

11. Sesame Pork Milanese

Sesame Pork Milanese

Sesame Pork Milanese is a low-fat dish that is great for people looking to eat healthy. You can prepare this dish in under 30 minutes, making it the perfect recipe for busy people.

12. Chicken Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai is quick and easy to make. It does require a little bit of prep work as the noodles need to be boiled and the vegetables need to be chopped, but once those two tasks are taken care of, it's just a matter of cooking everything up!

This is a great way to entertain friends and family with a quick yet delicious dinner at home. Give it a try today!

13. Pesto Penne Pasta

Pesto Penne Pasta

Pesto Penne Pasta is a great dish to prepare ahead of time, so you have it on hand when guests come over or for an easy, quick weeknight dinner.

You can prepare the pesto pasta dish with frozen penne, which will save you time and money since you're not cooking fresh noodles just to use one minute of them.

14. Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Chicken Thighs

Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Chicken Thighs

Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Chicken Thighs taste so good! It is perfect for people who are trying to eat less animal fat. The dish just melts in your mouth.

The best part is that it takes only 20 minutes to make. The healthiest way of eating this dish would be to replace or substitute the butter with olive oil or non-stick spray.

What is the best oil for you? Our guide to the best cooking oils will help you make healthy choices.

15. Chicken And Vegetable Stir-Fry

Basic Chicken And Vegetable Stir-Fry

This Chicken And Vegetable Stir-Fry is a delicious healthy weeknight meal. The dish is made with delicious vegetables, tender chicken, and crunchy bean sprouts in a savory sauce.

Easy Things To Make For Dinner

16. Meal Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies

Meal Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies

What’s better than one super easy dinner? Dinner for four that only takes one pan!

This dinner meal includes pesto-seasoned chicken, yummy roasted vegetables, and a garlic herb butter sauce that will melt in your mouth. Get this Pesto Chicken & Veggies recipe here.

17. One-Pot Beef with Broccoli

Easiest One-Pot Beef with Broccoli

The best part about this dinner recipe is that you only need one pot to make it. This One-Pot Beef With Broccoli recipe is perfect for busy weeknights.

You can also use other root vegetables, like carrots or potatoes, instead of broccoli if you want a more filling meal.

18. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

The slow cooker is the best invention on the planet. It's so freeing, this way you can forget about cooking dinner and do what you want with your time!

This Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe heads up that it does take a few hours to cook, but it is worth the wait.

19. Black Bean Tostadas

Black Bean Tostadas

This meal is for those nights when you want something healthier than a frozen pizza and need to whip up an easy and fast dinner.

The ingredients required include black beans, corn tortillas, taco seasoning mix, cilantro, and salt. Get this Black Bean Tostadas recipe here.

20. Slow-Cooker Chicken Posole

Slow-Cooker Chicken Posole

You only have to add the ingredients and let the slow cooker do all the work for you. The chicken, green chiles, tomato sauce, and more create a fantastic flavor.

This Slow-Cooker Chicken Posole dinner is also packed with nutrients like high-quality protein and fiber.

21. TikTok Ramen

TikTok Ramen

TikTok Ramen is the way to re-live your college days without missing out on all of the flavors. You can mix and match any toppings you want; be careful with the spice!

22. Tomato and Mozzarella Tart

Tomato and Mozzarella Tart

Tomatoes and mozzarella are always a classic combo that never goes out of style.

Baking the tart in a sheet pan ensures an evenly baked, crispy crust perfect for soaking up all reduced juices. Get this Tomato and Mozzarella Tart recipe here.

23. Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Classic Shrimp Scampi

This dish features buttery, wine-laden noodles with sautéed shrimp. Shrimp Scampi Pasta is a classic dish on many restaurant menus.

It can also be made at home in about 30 minutes on a busy night. Adding butter and garlic to the shrimp, wine, broth, and fresh lemon make this dish delicious!

24. 20-Minute Sausage and Pepper Ravioli Skillet

20-Minute Sausage and Pepper Ravioli Skillet

This dish takes about 20 minutes to cook and is an excellent dish for a busy weeknight.

The recipe is easy and has ingredients that you can find at the grocery store.

The ravioli and sauce cook together in one pan; then, we add some cheese right at the end to make it extra delicious! Get this 20-Minute Sausage and Pepper Ravioli Skillet recipe here.

25. Ravioli with Lemon, Peas and Pancetta

Ravioli with Lemon, Peas and Pancetta

The lemon, butter, and cheese sauce is a great way to take a pre-packaged meal and make it taste better.

The peas and pancetta add a little something extra to the dish to make it a wholesome meal. Get this Ravioli with Lemon, Peas and Pancetta recipe here.

26. Crock-Pot Pot Roast

Crock-Pot Pot Roast

This Crock-Pot Pot Roast recipe is a delicious and easy way to make dinner for the family.

The best part about it is that you can make this pot roast the night before, put it in your slow cooker, and then come home after a busy day to your house that smells like a comforting meal.

27. Rosemary Salmon and Veggies

Delicious food plate on the table

The rosemary flecks give the dish a great flavor. The meal is so simple and easy to prepare, even on a busy weeknight.

You can also include sliced zucchini, small cauliflower florets, or fresh green beans. Get this Rosemary Salmon and Veggies recipe here.

28. Grilled Tilapia Piccata

Grilled Tilapia Piccata

The grated Parmesan cheese gives a nice crust to the fish. The wine and lemon juice make it very delicate and sweet, but the tomatoes add a tangy sauce for it. The fried parsley adds a little color contrast. Get this Grilled Tilapia Piccata recipe here.

29. Glazed Ham

Glazed Ham

This old-fashioned recipe is perfect for ham lovers who prefer a thin, sweet glaze.

The mustard and vinegar give this easy ham recipe an excellent tangy taste. This Glazed Ham recipe is sure to get rave reviews at your next get-together.

30. Healthy Orange Chicken

Orange chicken plate on tabletop

If you want to get your fill without feeling guilty, here comes the healthier version of a Chinese American staple; Orange Chicken.

This dish has all the flavor but with less fat and calories, which will be perfect when indulging from time to time!


We hope you found some good dinner ideas for tonight! Whether you're looking to make a quick meal or want something more elaborate, these recipes are sure to impress.

The best part is that you can make most of them in just 30 minutes or less, so they will work on any busy weeknight with little notice.

We'll also keep adding new recipes every month so remember to check back next time if there's nothing here that suits your fancy today. Let us know what dish looks the tastiest, and we might add it to our list too!

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