5 Easy Weeknight Recipes for Summer Nights

After a busy day of work, it’s always difficult to muster up the energy to fit in your daily dose of exercise, let alone whip up a full meal. But when you’re equipped with an arsenal of healthy and delicious recipes, cooking up a gourmet dinner is easier than you’d think. The best way to accomplish this is by meal planning and prepping ingredients in advance whenever possible. It’s also important to stick to pre-planned or scheduled meals to avoid wasting ingredients and hard-earned money on last-minute takeout. To help inspire your selections for weeks to come, we’re sharing a few of our favorite weeknight dinner recipes that are as delicious as they are easy to create. From a vegan rice bowl to an avocado pesto pasta, start planning for the week ahead now.

The Vegan Buddha Bowl

Though vegan, this recipe from Well and Full packs the protein thanks to the quinoa base, plus avocado and chickpea toppings. Paprika, chili powder, and turmeric balance out the sweet red pepper sauce, leaving you with a burst of flavor in your mouth. This buddha bowl is insanely delicious but only takes 30 minutes to make, which gives you plenty of free time to relax before you hit the kitchen to cook up your evening meal.

Shaved Carrot and Asparagus Salad

The perfect dish for summer, this light but satisfying shaved carrot and asparagus salad from Lidey’s Table incorporates only a handful of fresh ingredients but promises a welcome mix of flavor with fresh mint, cumin, and goat cheese. Pistachios add just the right amount of crunch alongside carrots and asparagus, and the entire salad can be made in advance and ready for you at your own convenience.

Easy Weeknight Chicken Tacos

As the name suggests, these chicken tacos from How Sweet It Is are super easy to whip up on a weeknight as the whole dish can be made in just 45 minutes. These are not your standard chicken tacos: Spicy and sweet seasonings and “quick chipotle lime crema” set them apart. It’s definitely a recipe you’ll make over and over again—not just taco Tuesdays.

Spicy Avocado Pesto Pasta

This simple dish from Well Plated requires fewer than 20 minutes of your time, and will undoubtedly find its way onto your weekly roundup thanks to easy prep and insane flavors. The alternative pesto sauce calls for the additions of avocado and jalapeño, making it a creamy and spicy twist on basic pesto pasta sauce. Arugula and fresh tomato round out the traditional flavors for an A+ meal any night of the week.

Asian Salmon in Foil

The mix of honey, ginger, soy, sesame oil, and Sriracha are just a few reasons why this satisfying salmon recipe from Damn Delicious will become a staple for your weeknight dinner routine. This Omega-3 rich dish takes less than 30 minutes to make. Better yet, it’s low mess! The fish cooks in a sealed foil packet saving you from spending any time on the dishes after dinner.

Which recipe will you try this week? Tell us in the comments below.

About the Author

Meg is a NYC–based entrepreneur and editor, and she is co-founder and CEO of the healthy living and wellness app, Ellevate. She has a strong editorial background as a former editor for POPSUGAR and New York editor of DailyCandy. She’s always scouring the lifestyle marketplace to uncover the best new product, playlist, eatery, or wellness trend. Need to know what’s going on in the world of beauty, fitness, food, or fashion? Ask Meg.

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