If you’re like us, getting dinner on the table any night of the week can feel a chore after a long day. But let’s face it, Mondays seem to be especially challenging — it’s a long way to next weekend, plus that first day back to work can be extra hectic. Who wants to spend a lot of time over the stove to prepare a hot meal? To the rescue: Our favorite Monday night dinner ideas that cook up extra-quick. They’re better than takeout — and less expensive too. Best of all, just because they’re fast doesn’t mean they skimp on flavor. Think artichoke pizza, meatball chili, crispy fish ‘n’ chips or even beef tortilla pie… Keep scrolling for all our easy and delicious recipes.
19 fast Monday night dinner ideas
Start the week stress-free with these Monday night dinner ideas — in fact, they’re perfect for any day you want to get a meal on the table fast! For even more super-quick suppers, check out our recipes that start with thinly sliced chicken, and click through for easy no-oven dinners.
1. Cheesy Beef Tortilla Pie
Monterey Jack cheese adds South-of-the-Border flair to our Tex-Mex take on pot pie.
2. Lemon Pepper Cod Filets with Spinach and Rice
Steaming the fish and veggies together in packets ensures our cod cooks up tender and flaky — plus it preps in no time.
3. Artichoke and Zucchini Pizza
Why settle for takeout when you can whip up this veggie-packed masterpiece in just 20 minutes.
4. Chili Nachos
To satisfy your nacho cravings almost guilt-free, swap in ground turkey for the beef and baked chips for the Scoops.
5. Balsamic Roast Beef Wraps
Lemon-kissed bottled vinaigrette livens up roast beef and fresh mozzarella in our quick delights.
6. Phyllo-Topped Salmon and Vegetables
Everything bagel seasoning is the smart shortcut ingredient in this simple supper made even healthier with reduced-fat jarred Alfredo sauce.
7. Steak Fajita Lettuce Cups
Our lightened-up version of a Tex-Mex favorite stars sautéed veggies and grilled lean beef.
8. Crispy Fish Sandwiches
A satisfying supper sandwich is as easy as crisping up convenient frozen filets and stuffing them into crusty rolls with veggies and sauce.
9. Chicken with Ramen and Peanut Sauce
Speedy 3-minute ramen noodles make it a cinch to get this tasty Thai-inspired dinner on the table in a flash.
10. Crispy Air-Fryer Fish & Chips
Crushed cornflakes are the secret ingredient in the crunchy coating our flaky cod.
11. Chicken Chow Mein
Faster than takeout — and better for you too — this tasty toss is easy to customize with your favorite veggies.
12. Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Linguine
Low-carb “zoodles” stand in for pasta in this fresh twist on an Italian-American favorite.
13. Crispy Maryland Crab Cakes
Broiling these patties for the last 2 minutes of cooking gives them a crispy, golden brown finish sans frying.
14. Fettucine with Herbed Pea Pesto
Take a break from the same old pesto with our new-fashioned version featuring pea, mint and parsley — perfectly complemented by slices of smoky chorizo.
15. Chicken Cutlet Paninis
Our quick-prep basil mayo adds creamy freshness to these toasty treats.
16. Veggie Penne with Toasted Breadcrumbs
To save even more time and money, simply substitute an equal amount of thawed frozen veggies for the ones in our recipe; add to pasta water during last 2 minutes of cooking.
17. Cheesy Vegetable Pizza
Convenient pre-made pizza crust with colorful toppings makes for an easy weeknight meal in minutes.
18. Meatball Chili
Tender homemade meatballs make this new-fashioned chili irresistible.
19. Asian Turkey-Filled Lettuce Cups
Jalapeño adds a kick to these low-carb cups but you can sub in sliced scallions if you prefer less heat.
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