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7 Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas

Quicker dinners = better nights.

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1. One-Pot Pasta with Pork and Tomato Sauce

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IDK about you, but dishes get me down at night. Solve it by making this one-pot wonder. Get the recipe and a how-to video here.

2. Lemony Ricotta Toast with a Fried Egg

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Dinner doesn't have to be a big ordeal. It can be as simple as a whole-grain piece of toast, topped with a thick smear of ricotta, and a crispy fried egg. Get the recipe here.

P.S. If you're feeling ~ambitious~, you can even DIY your own ricotta in the microwave or on your stove.

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3. Easy 5-Ingredient Shrimp Packets

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Parchment packets make it possible for you to steam food in your oven, meaning fewer dishes for you. Once they're ready, just slide the whole packet onto a plate, rip open, and eat! Get the recipe (and an instructional video) here.

5. Curried Sweet Potato Soup

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It may be spring, but we've got at least one more week of soup weather. This laid-back curried sweet potato soup would work equally well with butternut squash.

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Recipe by Lindsay Hunt

Cook two chopped onions and 2 tsp. curry powder in 1/4 cup olive oil in a large pot. Season with salt and cook until very soft, 10 to 12 min. (Stir often!) Add 4 cloves minced garlic and cook 2 min. more.

Then, add 12 cups chicken or vegetable stock, 3 large chopped sweet potatoes, and 1 chopped carrot. Bring to a boil and then simmer until the sweet potatoes are very soft, about 15 to 20 min. more.

Puree in your blender until really smooth, then stir in 2 Tbsp. lime juice or red wine vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve topped with cilantro and pumpkin seed oil or olive oil.

7. Oven-Baked Honey-Dijon Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

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Sheet pans are the underrated workhorse of your kitchen. Make sure to use one that has sides so everything stays on the pan. Get the recipe here.

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