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    The 35 BEST Lazy Monday Recipes

    Collage of four Monday night dinner ideas.

    Easy Monday Night Recipes:

    1. Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

    chicken and broccoli.

    This Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is so quick and easy to make, and it tastes so much better than takeout.

    It’s an under-30-minute meal perfect for those busy weeknights when you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

    Get the Recipe: Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

    2. Sheet Pan Chicken

    sheet pan chicken.

    Sheet Pan dinners, the perfect answer to fuss free Monday meals! This Sheet Pan Chicken with colorful veggies not only looks very inviting, but every single bite is bursting with flavor. 

    Here, chicken bites and veggies are seasoned well with a zesty, herby marinade and cook on a sheet pan in about 30 minutes.

    Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken

    3. Easy Dumpling Soup

    dumpling soup.

    This easy Dumpling Soup is a light and tasty dish you can whip up in about 20 minutes. Just what you want for lazy Monday Recipe, all you need is a bag of frozen dumplings in your freezer.

    Get the Recipe: Dumpling Soup

    4. Sausage and Veggie Skillet

    sausage and veggie skillet.

    This Sausage and Veggie Skillet is a 30 minute dinner that’s perfect for busy weeknights.

    It’s loaded with an array of nutritious vegetables and can go with a variety of sides, or enjoyed on its own for a low carb, one skillet dinner.

    Get the Recipe: Sausage and Veggie Skillet

    5. Mediterranean Flatbread

    mediterranean flatbread.

    This Mediterranean Flatbread is loaded with all the Mediterranean staples, full of delicious flavors in every single bite. 

    Whip up this 20 minute flatbread pizza in your kitchen on busy nights, when those pizza cravings hit hard.

    Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Flatbread

    6. Jerk Shrimp

    jerk shrimp.

    Juicy, plump shrimp with BOLD island flavors… Jerk Shrimp! Caribbean style. 

    Spicy, balanced with the right amount of sweetness and loads of zesty, bright flavors. Just a few simple ingredients from your pantry and you can create an amazingly delicious shrimp recipe in under 20 minutes.

    Get the Recipe: Jerk Shrimp

    7. Hibachi Chicken (Benihana Copycat)

    hibachi chicken.

    This restaurant style Hibachi Chicken dinner includes sautéed veggies and fried rice, along with tangy Yum Yum sauce, for a complete one pan meal.

    Get the Recipe: Hibachi Chicken

    8. Steak Bites with Potatoes

    steak bites with potatoes.

    These Steak Bites with Potatoes cook up in no time, all in one skillet. It’s a great 30 minute meal for any night of the week!

    Get the Recipe: Steak Bites with Potatoes

    9. Baked Feta

    Have you ever wondered what pure joy tastes like? Look no further than this sensationally creamy, astonishingly flavorful, Baked Feta!

    This is perfect for a lazy meal with a piece of crusty bread, or turn it into baked feta pasta by swirling some pasta into the mix.

    Get the Recipe: Baked Feta

    10. Pollo a la Plancha

    Cuban Pollo al la Plancha is citrus marinated thin chicken breast grilled or seared to golden tender perfection, then topped with sautéed onions.

    A staple in Cuban cuisine, it’s a 20-minute quick weeknight dinner full of flavors.

    Get the Recipe: Pollo a la Plancha

    11. Thai Basil Beef (Pad Kra Pao)

    thai basil beef.

    Thai Basil Beef is a super quick stir fry that you can have on the table in about 20 minutes. But that doesn’t mean it’s short on flavor!

    It is a super quick stir fry made unique by the addition of bird’s eye chilis and Thai holy basil.

    Get the Recipe: Thai Basil Beef

    12. Kielbasa Pasta

    kielbasa pasta.

    This Kielbasa Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that you’re going to want to put on repeat.

    With hearty pasta, smoky Polish sausage, and an assortment of fresh veggies, it’s a complete meal that gets ready in about 30 minutes!

    Get the Recipe: Kielbasa Pasta

    13. Pasta alla Norcina

    pasta alla norcina.

    Pasta alla Norcina is a delightful dish where Italian sausage, mushrooms and al dente pasta are enveloped in a creamy white wine infused sauce.

    Originating from the town of Norcia in Umbria, Italy, known for its exquisite sausages, this dish beautifully showcases Italian culinary traditions.

    Get the Recipe: Pasta alla Norcina

    14. Shrimp Fajitas

    shrimp fajitas.

    These Shrimp Fajitas are a restaurant quality dinner that you can have on the table in about 25 minutes!

    Get the Recipe: Shrimp Fajitas

    15. Pesto Chicken Pasta

    pesto chicken pasta.

    If you need a quick Monday dinner recipe, here it is! Our Pesto Chicken Pasta comes together in about 25 minutes, and is full of great flavors.

    This quick recipe features sautéed chicken, hearty pasta, and the sweetness of cherry tomatoes that provide a wonderful contrast to the herby basil. It’s the perfect combination!

    Get the Recipe: Pesto Chicken Pasta

    16. Ground Beef Stroganoff

    ground beef stroganoff.

    Ground Beef Stroganoff is a great twist on a comfort food classic. Hamburger meat cooks in a creamy mushroom sauce, perfect atop noodles, rice or mashed potatoes.

    Taking just about 30 minutes, it’s a crowd pleasing dish that’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!

    Get the Recipe: Ground Beef Stroganoff

    17. Pasta e Piselli

    pasta e piselli.

    This Pasta e Piselli recipe is perfect for those last minute weeknight dinners, when you want something tasty and comforting, without a lot of hassle. 

    A simple Neapolitan dish of Pasta and Peas, it’s a light one pot meal that you can have on the table in about 25 minutes.

    Get the Recipe: Pasta e Piselli

    18. Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian Fried Rice)

    arroz chaufa.

    Give your fried rice a South American makeover with this Arroz Chaufa recipe! A fusion of cuisines, this Peruvian fried rice is your easy weeknight dinner that’s packed with flavor. 

    With rice, protein and veggies, it can be a complete meal, or act as a flavorful side dish. The perfect way to use leftover rice, you can have this on the table in about 25 minutes!

    Get the Recipe: Arroz Chaufa

    19. Egg Roll in a Bowl

    egg roll in a bowl.

    This Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe is a super quick and easy stir fry that tastes great and is also low carb and keto friendly!

    Get the Recipe: Egg Roll in a Bowl

    20. Antipasto Pasta Salad

    antipasto pasta salad.

    Our Antipasto Pasta Salad is so good and so satisfying and super easy to whip up!!

    It can be your quick weeknight dinner, complete with protein, veggies and carbs. Or it can be meal prep for all the week’s lunches.

    Get the Recipe: Antipasto Pasta Salad

    21. Steak Stir Fry

    steak stir fry.

    This Steak Stir Fry is an easy 30-minute weeknight dinner, and it tastes so much better than takeout.

    With an array of colorful veggies and a perfectly balanced stir fry sauce, it’s the perfect meal to satisfy those Asian food cravings.

    Get the Recipe: Steak Stir Fry

    22. The BEST Cannellini Beans Recipe

    cannellini beans.

    This Cannellini Beans recipe is the best, hands down! Creamy, buttery beans are enhanced with plenty of fresh herbs, garlic, parmesan, cherry tomatoes, and a good dousing of good ol’ EVOO.

    It can be your favorite new meatless main dish, or you can serve it as a side. And it whips up in next to no time.

    Get the Recipe: Cannellini Beans

    23. Carne Picada (Best Taco / Burrito Meat)

    carne picada.

    This recipe for Carne Picada meat is a perfect filling for tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, and so much more! It’s a great easy weeknight dinner when you crave Tex-Mex flavors.

    Get the Recipe: Carne Picada

    24. Fig and Prosciutto Flatbread

    fig flatbread.

    Flatbreads are Fantastic… Fancy… and Fun meals!! And this Fig and Prosciutto Flatbread is absolutely gorgeous, and would be a WOW-worthy center piece for get togethers and parties. 

    Plus, is its super quick and easy too. Make this sweet and savory gourmet flatbread today, and get amazed with the simple, yet elegant flavors.

    Get the Recipe: Fig and Prosciutto Flatbread

    25. Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

    teriyaki chicken.

    These easy Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers are a hit! Brimming with Mediterranean flavors, even your picky eaters won’t mind their veggies.

    With hearty wild rice, sweet cherry tomatoes, briny olives, nutty pine nuts, and plenty of great seasonings, they’re a meal that you’ll want to make again and again.

    Get the Recipe: Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

    26. Ground Beef Stir Fry

    ground beef stir fry.

    Does dinner in 20 minutes sound good? Then this Ground Beef Stir Fry recipe is a jackpot for you!

    Packed with hearty ground beef, an assortment of colorful veggies, and a stir fry sauce that’s an umami lover’s dream, this may be the easiest dinner you’ve ever cooked.

    Get the Recipe: Ground Beef Stir Fry

    27. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

    chicken fajitas.

    These quick Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are the perfect family dinner, full of flavor and easy on the cleanup! 

    Well seasoned chicken and veggies all cook on a single baking sheet, and the end result is so succulent and delicious that you’ll want to make this recipe again and again.

    Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

    28. Ground Turkey Tacos

    turkey tacos.

    These Ground Turkey Tacos are a fun, easy, and healthy weeknight dinner the whole family will love. You won’t even want to wait till Tuesday!

    Get the Recipe: Ground Turkey Tacos

    29. Thai Cashew Chicken

    thai cashew chicken.

    Give your stir fry night a new twist with this Thai Cashew Chicken. It’s an easy dish that’s bursting with layers of flavor and texture.

    Get the Recipe: Thai Cashew Chicken

    30. Creamy Sausage Pasta

    creamy sausage pasta.

    This Creamy Sausage Pasta is a restaurant quality meal you can have on the table in about 20 minutes. Great weeknight dinner idea!

    Get the Recipe: Creamy Sausage Pasta

    31. Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    sweet and sour meatballs.

    Meatballs glazed with perfect sweet and sour sauce with plenty of colorful, crunchy veggies and yummy pineapple… Sweet and Sour Meatballs are for dinner on the nights when you don’t feel like Hero cooking a dinner from scratch.

    Get the Recipe: Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    32. Firecracker Salmon

    firecracker salmon.

    This Firecracker Salmon is a super easy and super delish meal that must become part of your rotation. It has an amazing Asian sauce and whips up in about 20 minutes.

    Get the Recipe: Firecracker Salmon

    33. Easy Creamy Chicken Skillet

    creamy chicken skillet.

    Creamy Chicken Skillet – If you’re on the lookout thinking “I want an easy chicken recipe”… here it is. I’m not only giving you easy, but a lot more. It happens in a flash (start to finish in less than 30 minutes) with super simple everyday ingredients. Yet it’s decadently indulgent in nature.

    Get the Recipe: Chicken Skillet

    34. Flank Steak Fajitas

    steak fajitas.

    These flank steak fajitas are the perfect easy option when that Mexican food craving hits. Perfectly marinated, melt in your mouth tender beef strips with colorful peppers. You’re in for a fun meal with this one!

    Get the Recipe: Flank Steak Fajitas

    35. Baked Salmon with Mango Salsa

    salmon with mango salsa.

    Treat yourself to this delicious meal today… What if I tell you it’s healthy and easy (“under 30 minutes meal” easy), yet it would make you feel like you are on a date night or celebrating in some fancy restaurant.

    This moist, tender salmon has so many different layers of flavors. Tangy, lemony, buttery salmon flakes with a slight kick from our spice mix rub, combined with vibrant refreshing mango salsa.

    Get the Recipe: Baked Salmon with Mango Salsa

    See, who said you need to work hard to put a good dinner on the table? These dishes are easy enough for any lazy Monday.

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    35 BEST Lazy Monday Dinner Ideas

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 15 minutes


    • 1 store bought flatbread or Pizza shell
    • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    • ¼ tsp red chili flakes
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    • ¼ cup kalamata olives, sliced
    • 4-5 marinated artichoke hearts, quartered
    • 2 Tbsp feta, crumbled
    • 1 Tbsp pine nuts


    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. In a small bowl, combine extra virgin olive oil, parsley, garlic and red chili flakes. Brush a little of this olive oil mixture all over the flatbread.
    3. Combine chopped cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts and kalamata olives with the remaining olive oil mixture and mix well till the toppings are coated well with olive oil.
    4. Spread this prepared topping all over the flatbread. Top it with crumbled feta and pine nuts.
    5. Bake the flatbread for 8-10 minutes, or until it is golden brown and the toppings are cooked. Serve immediately.

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