7 Unexpectedly Fast and Easy Dinners to Make This Week

May 12 2014 - 4:25am

Impress your friends and family with these seven delicious dinners. They are all straightforward recipes that come together quickly — but you don't have to let anyone in on that secret! We think you should take the praise, enjoy the compliments, and eat up!

Photos: Anna Monette Roberts, Camilla Salem, and Nancy Einhart

Zesty Taco Salad

This greener take [1] on traditional tacos is proof that all you need to shake up an average salad is fresh veggies and a little bit of spice!

Photo: Camilla Salem

Linguine With Kale and Chickpeas

We already know that there are countless ways to get your kale fix [2], and now you can thank us for adding yet another great one to the list with this linguine recipe [3].

Photo: Nicole Perry

Vegan Farro Salad

If you are looking for lighter fare for dinner, try a sweet and savory vegan farro salad [4].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Pasta

You can add your own touch to this pasta dish [5] by tweaking the recipe to fit your personal preferences. Translation: for best results, add as much garlic and cheese as your heart desires.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Grilled Chicken Salad With Herb Vinaigrette

If the first lady puts her stamp of approval on something, then we are all ears. This simple salad recipe [6] is a standout from Michelle Obama's cookbook, American Grown [7], and it's ready in no time!

Photo: Nancy Einhart

Cod With Asparagus En Papillote

The name of this baked cod dish [8] alone makes you assume that it's pretty complex, but take a stab at it, and you'll find that it truly is a fast and fun meal to cook.

Photo: Camilla Salem

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

You can't go wrong with beef and broccoli [9], a flavorful take on a classic Chinese dish. It only requires a few ingredients and barely any prep time but makes enough for more than one meal!

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

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