31 Quick Dinners for January

If you want to get dinner on the table quick, then turn to this meal plan all month long.

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Day 1: Caribbean Shrimp Bowl

After switching to a paleo diet a few years ago, we have started eating tons of veggies for almost every meal—yes, even breakfast. We’ve gotten used to swapping in cauliflower, broccoli and kale in place of carbs like rice or potatoes. This bowl is literally chock-full of veggies and has tons of Caribbean-inspired flavor! Plus, it is so simple to make and uses one skillet! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas

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Goes Great with: Caribbean Chips with Apricot Salsa

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Day 2: One-Pot Sausage and Basil Pasta

There’s nothing better than coming home and putting dinner on the table in 30 minutes. It’s easy to add different kinds of sausage or seasonings to make this sausage and basil pasta your own. —Erin Raatjes, New Lenox, Illinois

Goes Great with: Simple Italian Salad

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Day 3: Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder

I like to make this smooth, creamy soup when company comes to visit. Its zippy flavor is full of southwestern flair. My family enjoys dipping slices of homemade bread in this chowder to soak up every bite! —Susan Garoutte, Georgetown, Texas

Goes Great with: Salsa Corn Cakes

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Day 4: One-Pot Dinner

My family always comes back for seconds when this nicely seasoned skillet supper is on the table. —Bonnie Morrow, Spencerport, New York

Goes Great with: Nutty Green Salad

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Day 5: Air-Fryer Roasted Salmon with Sauteed Balsamic Spinach

This air-fryer salmon recipe is my favorite. The dish is healthy, affordable, fast and delicious. —Susan Hall, Sparks, Maryland

Goes Great with: Strawberry Feta Tossed Salad

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Day 6: Waffle-Iron Pizzas

These little pizza pockets are a fun mashup using a waffle iron. Try adding your favorite toppings or even a few breakfast fillings, such as ham and eggs. —Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Goes Great with: Three-Green Salad

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Day 7: Pressure-Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Melt-in-your-mouth delicious! For this steak and cheese recipe, I like to saute extra onions and green pepper just until they are al dente to add to the top of the meat before melting the cheese. —Kimberly Wallace, Dennison, Ohio

Goes Great with: Shredded Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Day 8: Tacos on a Stick

Teens like assembling these creative kabobs almost as much as they like devouring them. The whole family is sure to love the sensational Southwestern flavor of this twist on beef shish kabobs. —Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois

Goes Great with: Garlic Asiago Cauliflower Rice

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Day 9: Vegetarian Skillet Enchiladas

Whether served for meatless Monday or your family’s everyday vegetarian meal, these unconventional vegetarian skillet enchiladas will satisfy everyone. Garnish with the optional toppings or other favorites like tortilla chips and extra shredded cheese. —Susan Court, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Goes Great with: Black Bean and Corn Guacamole

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Day 10: Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

There's nothing like fresh salmon, and my mom bakes it just right so it nearly melts in your mouth. The sour cream dill sauce is subtly seasoned with horseradish so that it doesn't overpower the delicate salmon flavor. —Susan Emery, Everett, Washington

Goes Great with: Lemon-Roasted Asparagus

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Day 11: Mughali Chicken

I enjoy cooking for my family and try to incorporate healthy new foods into our menus. This authentic Indian dish is a favorite. —Aruna Kancharla, Bentonville, Arkansas

Goes Great with: Grilled Garlic Naan

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Day 12: Air-Fryer Smoked Pork Chops

Air-fryer pork chops are so delicious and so easy to make. My husband loves them. —Lynn Moretti, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Goes Great with: Garlic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Sauce

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Day 13: Cheeseburger Quesadillas

I created these fun cheeseburger quesadilla mashups in honor of my family's two favorite foods. They are so yummy and easy to make! —Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa

Goes Great with: Light Strawberry-Spinach Salad

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Day 14: Air-Fryer Chicken Taco Pockets

We love these easy taco-flavored sandwiches made with crescent dough. They make a quick and easy lunch or supper with a bowl of soup or a crisp salad. I also like to cut them into smaller servings for parties. —Donna Gribbins, Shelbyville, Kentucky

Goes Great with: Cilantro-Lime Rice

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Day 15: Bacon Cheeseburger Rice

My husband and I thought the original skillet dish lacked pizzazz, so we created this tastier version. I've had teenage nieces and nephews request the recipe after their first bite. —Joyce Whipps, West Des Moines, Iowa

Goes Great with: Honey Garlic Green Beans

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Day 16: Stir-Fried Shrimp and Mushrooms

After a tiring but beautiful day of fishing, this is a fast and delicious way to serve our famous Key West pink shrimp. It's always a big hit with guests.

Goes Great with: Oven-Roasted Asparagus

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Day 17: Broccoli Chowder

Sue Call of Beech Grove, Indiana serves this comforting soup on chilly stay-at-home evenings. Nutmeg seasons the light creamy broth that's chock-full of tender broccoli florets and diced potatoes.

Goes Great with: Easy Onion Crescent Rolls

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Day 18: Almond-Topped Fish

A co-worker gave me this recipe, but I didn't try it until recently. What a mistake it was to wait! It's easier than dipping, coating and frying—and the flavor is outstanding. Once you've tried this tender fish, you'll never go back to fried. —Heidi Kirsch, Waterloo, Iowa

Goes Great with: Lemon Rice Pilaf

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Day 19: Chicken with Rosemary Butter Sauce

This elegant rosemary chicken requires minimal effort but will win you major compliments. You’ll love the mellow sauce! —Connie McDowell, Greenwood, Delaware

Goes Great with: Cauliflower Mash

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Day 20: Beef 'n' Biscuit Bake

This recipe is quick, easy and satisfying. With its beef and corn combo, it's cozy cuisine at its best! —Erin Schneider, St. Peters, Missouri

Goes Great with: Fried Cabbage

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Day 21: Ground Beef Stroganoff

MY mother-in-law gave me this recipe 25 years ago. It's been a staple in my meal planning ever since because it's easy and takes little time to prepare. I usually serve it with green beans or another vegetable and a salad. -Marjorie Kriegh, Nampa, Idaho

Goes Great with: Zucchini Pancakes

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Day 22: Hurry-Up Ham N Noodles

This rich-tasting dish is ready to serve in almost the time it takes to cook the noodles. I've made it for luncheons and potlucks, but mostly I make it on days when I'm in a hurry to get something on the table. —Lucille Howell, Portland, Oregon

Goes Great with: White Beans and Spinach

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Day 23: Chili-ghetti

I came up with this recipe when unexpected guests stopped by and I didn't have enough chili to go around. This spur-of-the-moment main dish is now a family favorite. —Cindy Cuykendall, Skaneateles, New York

Goes Great with: Quick Buttermilk Cornbread

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Day 24: Philly Cheese Steak Pizza

I top crescent roll crust with deli beef, mozzarella cheese and sauteed veggies. The quick combination offers the terrific taste of the traditional sandwich in a fun new way. —Maria Regakis, Somerville, Massachusetts

Goes Great with: Almond Strawberry Salad

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Day 25: Apples 'n' Onion Topped Chops

Now that my husband and I are trying to lose weight, I find it a challenge to come up with healthy dishes that are flavorful, quick and appealing to us and our young daughter. This one fits the bill on all counts. —Beverly McLain, Endicott, New York

Goes Great with: Pressure Cooker Lemon Red Potatoes

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Day 26: Quick and Easy Chicken Poke Bowl

This chicken poke bowl is a great alternative when sushi-grade fish isn’t in the budget. I love it because it’s quick, easy and inexpensive. While it’s not a traditional poke recipe, the chicken still rocks in this bowl. —Emily Cresta, Oxford, Ohio

Goes Great with: Bok Choy and Radishes

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Day 27: Pork Chops 'n' Pierogi

The Polish dumplings are traditionally served as a meal, with applesauce or sour cream. This meal in one is a different way to use pierogi. —Greta Igl, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

Goes Great with: Garlic Parmesan Asparagus

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Day 28: Air-Fryer Pretzel-Crusted Catfish

I love the flavor of this air-fryer catfish recipe. I’m not a big fish lover, so any concoction that has me loving fish is a keeper in my book. It’s wonderful served with a nice buttery herb rice pilaf and corn muffins with butter and honey! —Kelly Williams, Forked River, New Jersey

Goes Great with: Spinach Rice

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Day 29: Orzo Shrimp Stew

My husband and I really enjoy seafood, so I don’t skimp on shrimp in this mildly seasoned stew. We also adore the broccoli, tomatoes and pasta. —Lisa Stinger, Hamilton, New Jersey

Goes Great with: Balsamic Green Bean Salad

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Day 30: Bean Counter Chowder

This hearty chowder is one of our favorite vegetarian dishes. Loaded with beans, noodles and bright herbs, it's so comforting on a chilly day. —Vivian Haen, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Goes Great with: No-Fuss Rolls

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Day 31: Teriyaki Glazed Chicken

I love to experiment with food. We’re able to buy sweet onions grown on Maui, so I stir-fry them with chicken and carrots for a tasty teriyaki meal. —Kelly Brenneman, Riverdale, California

Goes Great with: Hearty Asian Lettuce Salad

Emily Racette Parulski
Emily Racette Parulski is a Senior Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in email newsletters. When she’s not writing about food, she’s baking something sweet to feed her chocolate obsession.