Try Next Week: 5 Easy Weeknight Meals

Pizza makes a great easy weeknight meal.Pizza makes a great easy weeknight meal.Whether you had a long day at the office or have been rushing around all day, when it's dinner time we all want something quick, nutritious, and delicious. Luckily for us, there are plenty of ingredients that can help deliver a quality and tasty meal. From refrigerated doughs to dairy products like cheese and yogurt, there are a variety of products that can be used to whip up a nutritious dinner quickly.

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Sliced vegetables and mozzarella cheese can top refrigerated pizza dough for an easy and healthy meal. Mozzarella cheese also promotes healthy digestion and is a great source of calcium. For an easy meal, the Cook editors at The Daily Meal rely on refrigerated doughs, as they can be used for a variety of meals and are easy to prepare. Try wrapping them around cheese stuffed peppers for a spicy and flavorful meal.

However you plan on whipping up your next weeknight meal, be sure to check out some of these recipes for some simple and delicious ideas.

Barbecue Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

My daughter Sammy never liked taking chicken to school for lunch, but when I put this dish in her thermos (albeit a gluten-free version), she came home and told me I had given her two of her favorite foods in one! I don't know who was happier - Sammy or her mother who had managed to sneak in some more brain-boosting protein into her daughter's day! Maybe that's why she aced the math test!

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Black Bean Enchilada Casserole Recipe

This easy vegetarian black bean casserole is loaded with cheese and flavor.

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Cold Noodles with Greek Yogurt-Sesame Sauce Recipe

Some people see the words "cold noodles" in a recipe title and think it's the exotic, complicated international affair, but Chobani yogurt figured out an easy way to put it together. Combining their plain variety of Greek yogurt with easy to find ingredients like soy sauce, peanut butter, and sesame oil, this dish is an impressive Asian dish that tastes just as good as it does overseas.


2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, such as Plain 0% Chobani Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon chile sauce
8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
1/2 small red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


Blend the soy sauce, peanut butter, yogurt, sesame oil, vinegar, ginger, and chile sauce in blender until smooth.

Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss.

Add 1-2 tablespoons of cold water to thin out the sauce, if necessary. To serve, sprinkle with the scallions, peppers, and sesame seeds.

Recipe Details

Servings: 4

Crescent Wrapped and Stuffed Peppers

Savory and delicious, these stuffed peppers are given a touch of decadence wrapped in croissant dough.

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Luscious Artichoke Heart Pizza Recipe

Check out this simple, flavorful artichoke heart pizza recipe for an easy meal.

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-Emily Jacobs, The Daily Meal