Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Lather, rinse, repeat. Right?

Coming up with weeknight meals, especially for those of us on the go or chained to an office desk can seem like a daunting task. It’s easy to get stuck in the same rut of takeout or microwaveable meals.

Paula and the Test Kitchen have come up with four easy tips to help you become a weeknight mealtime warrior.

imageKeep it Simple
Let’s face it. After spending eight or more hours at work, the last thing we want to do is to come home and spend another portion of our day slaving away in the kitchen. Your weeknight meals don’t have to gourmet, so keep it simple! Here are some quick recipes to get you started:
Hurry Up Chicken Pot Pie
Fast and Furious Thai Chicken Pizza
Walk Away Baked Spaghetti

imageOne Pot Wonders
Furthermore, not only are we not keen on spending all of our time cooking, we’re also not looking forward to spending all evening cleaning up after dinner either. Take it from us, one dish meals will really save you time and money when you’re preparing weeknight meals, which will give you more time to spend with your family.
Chicken Chili Stew
Quick Crab Stew
Tastes Like Lasagna Soup

imageBreakfast for Dinner
Take it easy! Offer your family one night a week where breakfast is on the menu! Most breakfast dishes are a flash to prepare and don’t take a lot of preparation.  We’ve got some quick and easy breakfast dishes that will have you sitting at the table in no time.
Omelette for a Crowd
Hash Brown Quiche
Sausage Pancake Egg Sandwich

imageWe Love Leftovers!
…and we’re not talking about yesterday’s microwaved meatloaf, either! (Although, Paula’s meatloaf recipe is one of the staples in our kitchen.) We’re talking about a good old-fashioned dinner remix. Take last night’s leftovers and reinvent them to become a second (or sometimes third) completely different and absolutely delicious meal.
Pot Roast into Pot Roast Soup
Buffalo Chicken Po Boys
Baked Ham into Simple Southern Ham and Bean Soup
Prime Rib Sandwich
Grilled Tilapia into Creamy Coconut Soup
Ham Fried Rice

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Have some of your cookbooks and use them all the time. My husband and I will be married 50 years next April and our fondest wish is to eat at The Lady and Sons. Perhaps we'll get lucky and you'll be visiting on that day. God Bless you and your wonderful family.

By Judi Smith on August 15, 2014


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I just want to say can't get enough of your meals and keep those recipe coming. Love you Emma

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I love your recipes and your cookbooks will always be in my kitchen.

By Carletta Kennedy Thomas on January 03, 2014


Thanks for sharing....I have several of your cookbooks and I use them daily. Your sweet potato casserole is a family favorite!

By Mary Parrish on January 02, 2014


Enjoy your recipes always

By Anonymous on January 02, 2014


Is awesome meal and love to cook.

By mary castillo on January 02, 2014


I love your recipes, have been a fan of yours for a long time. Can you send me a good recipe for Potato Soup?

By Cindy Goddard on January 02, 2014


I made your Butter Bean soup and we loved it. All of your recipes are easy and very delicious.

By Anonymous on January 02, 2014


so very good on cold night

By wanda leck on January 02, 2014


I made your Southern greens for New Years day. My husband who is from Texas absolutely loved them. He said they were like his MawMaws. I finally had to tell it was a good thing that Paula shares her recipes. Now let's hope they bring him good fortune. Thanks for coming to my rescue.

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Dear Paula I need advice to what I can eat.I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes .My Doctor has give me a pill and told me to control my sugar with diet could you recommend a menu and links to recipes and best product .I do not like artificial sweeteners but it was not bad in my coffee.I would appreciate your advice.Thank you so much for your time and down home recipes.

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By jacktharp@msn.com on January 02, 2014


Love all of the recipes I have tried from the many cook books I have Paula and I love too!

By Helen Ashley on October 19, 2013


Hey Paula i am 17 years old i have been cooking for 4 years. i use ur recipes all the time but sometimes i like to experiment. i have been accept to Johnson ans wales university for culinary arts. you are my role model. I have to give all credit to you thanks you are my inspiration.

By Allen Wheeler on October 02, 2013

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I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
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