11 Weeknight Dinners You Can Make Without a Recipe

September  1, 2014

Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.

Today: Be bold and go recipe-less tonight for dinner -- it's much easier than you think.

Kale Salad without a Recipe

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Some weeknight evenings, you get home and just want to throw a meal together. No cookbooks, no searching for recipes that you have all of the ingredients for already, no trying to divide measurements so that the dinner serves one instead of six. Just a plain and simple thrown-together meal.

While just winging it can be exciting and adventurous, having a little guidance before you whip something up can be super helpful. So, we’ve gathered some easy, recipe-less meal ideas to be your guide to tonight’s dinner. Grab a glass of your favorite drink and have fun with your recipe-free cooking.

Veggie Burger

Veggie Burger


 Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad without a Recipe



Lasagna without a Recipe


Kale Salad

Kale Salad without a Recipe



Burrito without a Recipe



Frittata Without A Recipe



Panzanella without a Recipe


Fried Rice

Fried Rice Without a Recipe








Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

Tell us: What's your go-to recipe-less weeknight dinner?

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1 Comment

laurie M. September 3, 2014
This looks great! I love your ideas!