Y'all just need 45 minutes.
Monday has a bad reputation– and for good reason. You’re tired after the weekend, moody from sitting at a desk all day, and busy getting set up for the rest of the week. It’s understandable that the last thing you want to do is whip up a 5-star feast that takes hours to prepare. But between movie popcorn and lazy to-go dinner on Sunday, you resolved that you’d cook at home, save money, and eat healthier this week. Don’t succumb to takeout just yet—there’s a way to get a healthy dinner on the table, and fast. Let these 45-minute Monday dinners make your day a little less manic. After a weekend of cheat meals, you want to eat light, but after a long Monday, you want to eat comfort food. Luckily, these Monday night dinner ideas can satisfy both needs. These Monday night dinners won’t just be a treat for you, because with wholesome recipes like quesadillas, easy homemade Bolognese, and pork stir-fry, the kids will be happy, too. Don’t let Monday bully you. Take control of the week with these quick and easy Monday night meals.
Grilled Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops with Scallion-Lime Rice
Pork chops just got a fabulous makeover. Choose from three spice rub options to switch up the flavors each week.
Molasses-Soy Glazed Salmon and Vegetables
Quesadillas al Pastor
Chicken Fricassee with Spring Vegetables
This beautiful dish packs a wholesome, healthful meal in just one skillet. Another win for cast iron.
Sweet Pepper Pasta with Sausage
Recipe: Sweet Pepper Pasta with Sausage
This dinner proves that pasta doesn’t have to be drowning in unhealthy sauce to be delicious. This filling and colorful dish will satisfy pasta cravings without going overboard.
Pepper Relish Mini Meatloaves
Turkey Tortellini Soup with Greens
Soups don’t have to simmer for hours to be delicious. With a healthy broth, filling turkey and veggies, and comforting tortellini, this recipe checks every box.
Best-Ever Crab Cakes with Green Tomato Slaw
Crab cakes might seem fancy, but you’ll be amazed at how simple they are to make. Paired with a tangy slaw, crab cakes make a perfect summer dinner.
Recipe: Steak-and-Potato Kebabs
After a long Monday of sitting indoors, it’s time for some fresh air. Heat up the grill and make this incredible 30-minute recipe.
Stuffed Tomatoes with Pesto Rice
Recipe: Stuffed Tomatoes with Pesto Rice
These tomatoes might look gorgeous, but they’re extremely easy to make. Serve as a vegetarian main over mixed greens or pair with a grilled protein like chicken, steak, or fish.
Soba Noodle-and-Shrimp Bowls
Recipe: Soba Noodle-and-Shrimp Bowls
You might be tempted to get takeout on a Monday night, but you can get Asian flavor in a healthier way with this quick recipe.
Ranch Turkey Burgers
Recipe: Ranch Turkey Burgers
Go lighter on burger night with these incredible turkey burgers that are flavored with a homemade ranch seasoning, not one from a packet.
Vidalia Onion Soup
Recipe: Vidalia Onion Soup
Cozy up with this easy soup that’s topped with Gruyère cheese and broiled at the last second for the best cheese pull.
Creamy Rice with Scallops
Recipe: Creamy Rice with Scallops
This soft rice will remind you of risotto, and the flavors of scallops, corn, and bacon were meant to be.
Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Crisping the chicken in the oven rather than the deep-fryer cuts down on grease and calories without sacrificing taste. This salad is full of textures and flavors that make it anything but boring.
Sheet Pan Nachos
Skirt Steak and Cauliflower Rice with Red Pepper Sauce
This healthy one-bowl meal has everything your family needs to fill up.
Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese
With just 25 minutes, you can have this kid-friendly dish on the table, and no one will realize that you doctored up a quality jarred pasta sauce and didn’t make it from scratch.
Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Recipe: Pork and Bok Choy Stir-Fry
Bok Choy is packed with vitamins, and this easy stir-fry will satisfy all those takeout cravings.
Recipe: Fig Flatbread
This sweet and savory flatbread recipe is the ideal dinner after a weekend trip to the farmers’ market.
Chicken-Quinoa Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
Grilled Shrimp Po'Boys with Quick Remoulade Sauce
Farro Bowl with Curry-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
This savory one-bowl meal is a healthy meatless option, but it would taste amazing topped with grilled or roasted chicken, too.
Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy
Recipe: Swiss Burgers in Tomato Gravy
Can you believe this pretty meal is ready in just 45 minutes? It feels fancy and indulgent but takes minimal effort.