Easy Weeknight Dinners for Summer - Rachael Ray Every Day

5 Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinners

It's summertime and the livin' is easy, right? Not quite. The summer is always busier than you expect. That's why we've put together five dinners that will take 30 minutes or less to make. We want at least one thing to be easy for you!
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Monday: Vietnamese Chicken & Red Cabbage Cups

vietnamese chicken and red cabbage cups

This recipe makes Vietnamese cabbage cups quick and easy. Add extra chile slices to turn up the heat!

Try our Vietnamese Chicken & Red Cabbage Cups

Tuesday: Crispy Cod with Chorizo, White Beans & Cherry Tomatoes

crispy cod with chorizo white beans cherry tomatoes

Flavor alert! Cod is a mild fish on its own, but add chorizo, garlic, crushed red pepper, and your tastebuds will thank you. And your wallet—this meal is only $4.13 per serving.

Try our Crispy Cod with Chorizo, White Beans & Cherry Tomatoes

Wednesday: Pork Chops with Mango Salsa

pork chops adobo with mango salsa

Pork chops: summer edition. Fresh mango salsa gives the dish a sweet-and-salty twist you won't be able to resist.

Try our Pork Chops with Mango Salsa

Thursday: Seared Salmon with Radicchio Slaw

Seared Salmon with Radicchio Slaw

This simple, summery dinner is not only fast to make, but it's also healthy and refreshing.

Try our Seared Salmon with Radicchio Slaw

Friday: Sliced Steak Gyros

Sliced Steak Gyros

Get a little Greek in your life! These gyros are easy to make for a big crowd and only take 20 minutes. That might even give you some time to make some summer cocktails, hint hint.

Try our Sliced Steak Gyros

Shopping List

For the Vietnamese Chicken & Red Cabbage Cups

  • Canola oil
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 red onion
  • Paprika
  • 1 Lime
  • Fish sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • 5 whole red cabbage leaves
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 red Fresno chile

For the Crispy Cod with Chorizo, White Beans & Cherry Tomatoes

  • 2 cans (15 to 15.5 oz. each) cannellini beans, rinsed
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cured chorizo
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoned panko
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 boneless, skinless cod fillets (5 to 6 oz. each)
  • Tartar sauce

For the Pork Chops with Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango
  • Red onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 bone-in pork chops (1 inch thick; about 10 oz. each)
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Garlic

For the Seared Salmon with Radicchio Slaw

  • Mayonnaise
  • Buttermilk
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Sugar
  • 1 large head radicchio
  • Fresh parsley leaves
  • Olive oil
  • 4 skin-on salmon fillets (6 oz. each)

For the Sliced Steak Gyros

  • 2 1 inch thick sirloin steaks
  • EVOO
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 sprigs oregano
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground coriander
  • Hot pepper sauce
  • 4 large pitas or other flatbread
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Red onion
  • Chiles
  • Kalamata olives
  • Shredded romaine lettuce hearts
  • Flat-leaf parsley leaves