Quick & Easy Chicken, Sandwiches, Pasta, and Salad

These recipes for chicken and rice, ground pork sandwiches, pasta with pesto, and salads are easy to cook and so satisfying that the entire family will be excited about dinner.


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Chicken and Veggie Skillet

chicken breasts with carrots and beans

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey

Ingredient swap idea: Try large bone-in thighs instead of breasts and cook 5 to 10 minutes more.

RELATED: Easiest Cast-Iron Skillet Meals

Makes 4

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Ground Pork Banh Mi

banh mi sandwich with ground pork

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey

Banh Mi Basics

  • For a hit of tangy crunch, quickly pickle your veggies. Mix 3/4 cup white vinegar with 1 tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp salt. Add sliced veggies and soak 15 min.
  • DIY spicy mayo: Combine 1/2 cup light mayo with 1 tbsp sriracha or your favorite hot sauce.

RELATED: 6 Delicious Ground Pork Recipes

Makes 6

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Halfway Healthy Spaghetti Pesto

broccoli and pesto with spaghetti

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey

Makes 4

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Greek Steak and Salad

greek steak and salad on plate

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey


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Tuscan Chicken Cobb

tuscan chicken cobb salad

Photo by Jen Causey

Photo by Jen Causey

Salad Smarts

  • Store-bought marinated cheese adds flavor without effort. 
  • Using triple-washed baby kale shaves at least 10 min off your prep time.
  • Buying pre-cooked eggs is easiest if you’re short on time, but an Instant Pot can get you home-cooked eggs in mere minutes. Find out how to make them.
Makes 4