Keeping flavorful ingredients on hand is the best way to make sure you never have to suffer through a boring weeknight dinner. Some people stock up on interesting grains and seeds, so they can make these buckwheat recipes, while others opt for shelf-stable proteins, so they can whip up a canned tuna meal. Other times, you want something more punchy, and for our money, sun-dried tomatoes, dry or preserved in oil, pack the biggest sweet-tart flavor into the smallest package. These 15 recipes are more than enough to convince you to keep a jar on hand for dinner emergencies.

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1. Sun-Dried Tomato, Quinoa, and Almond Salad: Eating fluffy, healthy grains like quinoa is a treat when they鈥檙e paired with flavorful ingredients. (via Averie Cooks)

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2. Sun-Dried Tomato Red Pepper Soup: Jazz up your next batch of roasted red pepper soup with sun-dried tomatoes. They add a tangy bite that perfectly balance the sweetness of the peppers. (via The Wanderlust Kitchen)

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3. Sun-Dried Tomato Skillet Chicken Parmesan: Breaded chicken Parmesan is a tasty treat, but it鈥檚 a little elaborate for weeknights. This skillet recipe swaps the crispy crust for a creamy sauce that鈥檚 easier and faster to make. (via Cafe Delites)

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4. Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo Salad: If you鈥檙e tired of typical macaroni, use orzo instead. It makes for a rice-like pasta salad that you won鈥檛 be able to stop eating. (via Macheesmo)

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5. Chicken Piccata With Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Chicken piccata gets most of its flavor from briny capers, but in this recipe, its flavor is deepened by the addition of sun-dried tomatoes. (via Ocean View Kitchen)

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6. Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Chicken Pasta: Ready in less than 30 minutes, pasta and chicken are bathed in a creamy sauce you鈥檒l dream about all week. (via Salt and Lavender)

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7. Turkey Pesto Stuffed Acorn Squash: Acorn quash is anything but bland thanks to a flavorful mix of turkey, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese. (via Bound by Food)

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8. Tomato Asiago Pork Tenderloin Skillet: Juicy pork tenderloin doesn鈥檛 get enough love at dinnertime these days. This easy tomato-asiago skillet will change your mind about the other white meat. (via My Life Cookbook)

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9. Sicilian Cauliflower Pizza: Crispy cauliflower makes for a mean pizza topping when paired with a flavorful sauce and saut茅ed onions. Almond ricotta gives each bite a creaminess you鈥檒l crave, and raisins add a hint of sweetness. (via Yup It鈥檚 Vegan!)

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10. Roasted Garlic and Kale Spaghetti Squash With Sun-Dried Tomatoes: We鈥檙e always looking for new ways to dress up spaghetti squash, and this recipe hits the mark. It鈥檚 a tasty way to get your pasta fix and some veggies all in one go. (via The Roasted Root)

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11. Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Bake: This creamy chicken pasta dish freezes particularly well. (via Havoc in the Kitchen)

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12. Chorizo, Jalape帽o, and Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza: It鈥檚 time to ditch the pepperoni in favor of something more flavorful, like this combo of chorizo, jalape帽o, and sun-dried tomato. (via Cake 鈥榥 Knife)

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13. Gnocchi Arrabbiata With Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Creamy gnocchi is balanced with a spicy kick in this arrabbiata, and smoky bacon rounds out the flavors for a meal you鈥檒l definitely want to keep on your roster. (via Savory Tooth)

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14. Sun-Dried Tomato and White Bean Soup: Nothing hits the spot like a warm and cozy bowl of soup. (via One Lovely Life)

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15. Sun-Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Chicken: You may think of sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese as the ultimate early 鈥90s flavor combo, but they deserve a second chance in the spotlight. Together, they make this chicken dish anything but boring. (via Gluten-Free With LB)

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