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11 Weeknight Dinners That Do Not Suck

If you think your weeknight routine is boring, you should see mine: Monday night is macaroni and cheese, Tuesday is tacos, Wednesday is "Whatever-I-can-pull-together-before-my-shows-start Bowl." Thursday gets no love either because I'm usually grabbing a cocktail with friends before dinner, so I'll heat up one of my frozen Individual White Chicken Pizzas (a real lifesaver!), and Friday is definitely Mexican night. (Mexican night is my favorite!)

If your dinner rotation could use a little love, turn to these five ideas. I pulled all of these from my Cooking Light Diet dinner history, so I've made all of these—and whole-heartedly recommend them to anyone. They're also all ready in 45 minutes or less. After all, no one has time to slave over a kitchen stove on Wednesday night. Modern Family is on!

Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pita Sandwiches with Lime Tzatziki: With flavors reminiscent of a falafel, these pita sandwiches take less work, are tasty with lots of texture, and an easy weeknight meal to put together.

Mini BBQ Meat Loaves with Smashed Blue Cheese Potatoes: If you skip the potatoes, you're missing the point. The tang of the barbecue sauce and the "funk" of the blue cheese really make this dish so special and fun!

Curried Shrimp and Melted Cherry Tomatoes: Fragrant Indian garam masala elevates what would be a very basic shrimp dish to new heights. Melted tomatoes, you ask? Tender cherry tomatoes break down quickly in heat and turn into a luscious cream-like sauce.

Mini Philly Cheeseburgers: How adorable are these? These cheesy sliders are a family-friendly hit and ready in just 20 minutes.

Fall's Favorite One-Dish Dinner: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples. This one-pan pork tenderloin entree is perfect for cooler nights. Sweet spices coat lean pork tenderloin, while apples get a savory treatment with shallots and thyme.

Baja Fish and Avocado Tostada: Your go-to weeknight dinner cheat just arrived. You can make a tostada out of basically any ingredients as long as you start with a crisped tortilla. For this one, creamy avocado sits atop pan-seared tilapia for a fresh and flavorful meal.

Beef Stew with Butternut Squash: Take your basic beef stew to the next level by making this simple, fragrant beef tagine featuring butternut squash.

Apple and Bacon Pita Pizzas: Smoky bacon, rich walnuts, and woodsy thyme give depth to these quick personal pizzas.

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