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Weeknight dinners under 30 minutes: Week 1 menu

By: Jenny Potter and recipes by The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Designed by Aimee Nishitoba Author: Canadian Living Credits: Designed by Aimee Nishitoba

Quick & Easy

Weeknight dinners under 30 minutes: Week 1 menu

By: Jenny Potter and recipes by The Canadian Living Test Kitchen
Boneless meat cuts, fresh veggies and quick-cooking seafood are your best friends on busy evenings. Our easy recipes and time-saving tips will help you get a fresh meal on the table—and each is ready in under 30 minutes.

We've created a printable list of everything you'll need to make this week's dinner recipes. Just click right here to print!

Pesto Pasta
Fresh spring basil gives weeknight pasta a new boost of flavour. If you have five extra minutes, you can make your own pesto from scratch. Then keep it in the fridge or freezer to be ready for your next busy night.

Pesto Pasta

Smoky Lentil Patties With Cucumber Slaw
Lentils are a convenient staple to have on hand when you're scouring your pantry for dinner ideas. They're as easy to cook as rice—no presoaking needed. The smoky, spiced patties are easy to whip up, and pair perfectly with a fresh cucumber and spring radish slaw.

Smoky Lentil Patties with Cucumber Slaw
Photography by Jeff Coulson

Napa Cabbage Slaw with Grilled Chicken
Boneless meat cuts like chicken breast cook quickly and easily, especially on the barbecue. And once the chicken goes on the grill, this meal is as simple as slicing some fresh veggies and whisking up the vinaigrette.

Napa Cabbage Slaw with Grilled Chicken
Photography by Jeff Coulson

Scallops with Zucchini Couscous and Tarragon Butter Sauce
Scallops and couscous make a perfect quick dinner pairing because they each take only five minutes to cook. Make sure your pan is hot to perfectly sear your scallops. To really save time, chop the zucchini in advance.

Scallops with Zucchini Couscous and Tarragon Butter Sauce
Photography by Jeff Coulson

Lemongrass Pork Chops with Ginger-Butter Corn
The trick to this dish is to prep the marinade the night before and give the pork chops time to soak up the flavour. Then you can throw both the chops and the corn on the barbecue next evening for a fast grilled dinner. To speed up your cooking time, try boneless pork loin chops rather than bone-in cuts.

Lemongrass Pork Chops with Ginger-Butter Corn
Photography by Jeff Coulson

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