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25 Easy Dinner Recipes

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Looking for some easy dinner recipes to put into your weekly rotation? From pasta to pizza to soup, these dishes will be a hit with the entire family!

Dinnertime is the time of the day where everyone can get together, spend time, and talk about their day.

But sometimes our days can get busy, which leaves us rushing to make last-minute dinner meals or even ordering out.

Whether you’re planning to have a themed dinner night or looking for a last-minute dinner idea, I have some easy recipes for you!

They’ll allow you to make delicious meals without having to stress, so you can focus on enjoying the moment with your loved ones. 

Make every dinner a gastronomic experience with 25 of my favorite dinner recipes!

1. Huevos Rancheros

Breakfast food for dinner is always a good idea. Make it better by putting a Mexican twist on it!

Huevos Rancheros means rancher’s style eggs.

It’s a breakfast meal that consists of tortillas, pico de gallo, avocado, black beans, beef, cheese, hot sauce, and, of course, eggs. 

This recipe is basically a breakfast taco, deconstructed.

Your family will appreciate this hearty meal after a long day of working, studying, or playing.

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

2. Chicken Wings 

Crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, chicken wings are a crowd favorite. They’re easy but super delish!

Get everyone excited for dinner with these Wingstop-inspired garlic parmesan chicken wings.

These wings are packed with flavors from the seasoning and coating down to the garlic sauce. 

The garlic parmesan flavor is perfect if you’re tired of the usual buffalo or BBQ flavor. It’s not too spicy, but it definitely has the right amount of kick to it.

3. Turkey Burgers 

Just when you thought beef burgers were already top tier, these turkey burgers that MIGHT be better. The jury’s still out.

Turkey burgers are just as tender and juicy as beef. Why not try this recipe at your next family dinner?

The moment you put the patties on the grill, prepare yourself to fall in love with the sizzling sound and heavenly smell. You’re in for a treat!

Loaded Beef Nachos with Veggies

4. Nachos 

Nachos should be a staple during Mexican nights! They’re easy to make and even easier to devour. 

These homemade nachos are loaded with tortilla chips, ground beef, beans, jalapeno peppers, and gooey cheese paired with guacamole and sour cream.

They’re savory with a crunch in every bite.

Is your mouth watering yet? Because mine is.

Nachos make the perfect appetizer, so bookmark this recipe!

5. Easy Chow Mein 

Ordering Chinese takeout is easy, but making your own chow mein at home is more rewarding.

Crispy noodles, bok choy, and mung bean sprouts are drenched in the aromatic flavors of oyster sauce and ginger. This is a winner for weeknight dinners.

Don’t feel intimidated by cooking a different cuisine. This recipe is easy and foolproof, so you can’t get it wrong.

6. Pasta Carbonara 

Pasta carbonara is well-loved by many thanks to its simplicity. It suits the taste of almost everyone, so you won’t hear any complaints when you bring out this dish.

This authentic Italian recipe can be done in 20 minutes. It’s great for those times when you just can’t be in the kitchen for too long.

The sauce is silky and creamy, but still light.

Italians are known for their strong family culture. That must be why their dishes are so much better when enjoyed with family.

7. Easy Veggie Pizza 

Pizza is yet another Italian classic. Everybody loves it!

This easy veggie pizza is made with buttery crescent rolls for the crust, “white sauce” made with cream cheese, sour cream, and dill, then topped with your choice of fresh vegetables.

The crisp from the fresh vegetables contrasts the chewiness of the crust. I think it’s an ingenious way to trick the kids into eating their veggies. It’s still technically pizza, right?

Homemade Chili Corn Carne

8. Chili 

This recipe perfectly mimics the flavors of the famous Wendy’s chili.

The best thing about this chili is it’s homemade, so you know all that goes into it.

This copycat recipe is perfect for a family gathering on a chilly night!

This will keep your heart feeling warm and your tummy feeling full.

9. Potato Soup 

A combination of rich, creamy soup and delicious potato chunks, this potato soup is the ultimate comfort food. 

It’s fairly simple but makes for a savory and filling meal. You’ll find yourself craving this creamy soup. It’s loaded with cheddar and parmesan cheese, with tangy notes, thanks to the sour cream.

This soup is comfort food at its best.

10. Macaroni and Cheese 

You’ll have the kids (and maybe adults, too?) jumping up and down with joy when you tell them what’s for dinner.

Macaroni and cheese is always a top choice. Moms love that it’s easy to make, and kids think the gooey, cheesy goodness is just irresistible!

Making your own homemade mac and cheese is just as easy as the boxed ones, plus it’s guaranteed to be more flavorful.

You can serve this as your main meal, but you can also serve this as a side dish and pair it with other recipes in this list!

11. Stuffed Peppers 

Bell peppers stuffed with savory beef, Italian sausage, rice, and bursting with tomato and garlic flavors are then topped with cheddar cheese. 

That was a mouthful, and you’ll find yourself with a mouth full of these stuffed peppers!

The stuffing in this recipe is the perfect base. You can switch things up to your preference. Maybe add some of your favorite sauce mix or more vegetables and spices!

Slices of Meatloaf with Ketchup and Parsely

12. Meatloaf 

There are so many ways to get meatloaf wrong, so if you’ve had a bad experience with it, please don’t discount this recipe just yet! 

This one is a copycat of Cracker Barrel meatloaf.

It’s tender and juicy, unlike other meatloaf, with just the right amount of flavors!

Meatloaf also freezes well, so you can make it ahead and ease through dinner, or double the recipe and have it ready anytime.

13. Pasta with Peas and Bacon

You need not stress about what’s for dinner. If you’re in a rut and have no clue what to cook, whip up this easy pasta with peas and bacon.

Pasta mixed with yogurt sauce, peas, and bacon with a hint of lemon? This meal has a light and refreshing flavor, but it’s definitely filling and healthy.

I’m sure you have all the ingredients needed for this meal in your pantry. A win-win!

14. Chickpea Curry 

The next time you find yourself rushing to make dinner on a weeknight, turn to this lifesaver chickpea curry recipe.

Would you believe me if I told you it only takes 20 minutes to make this meal including prep time? It’s true!

This plant-based meal is bursting with the flavors of Indian cuisine.

You and your family will enjoy this fusion of curry, tomato, and coconut milk. Pair it with rice for the ultimate meal.

15. Easy Baked Lemon Chicken 

This baked lemon chicken recipe is so easy, you’ll basically just toss it in the oven.

Prepping the chicken meat will only take you about five minutes.

Simply flavor it with garlic, thyme, lemon slices, as well as some lemon juice and white wine or chicken stock before putting it in the oven.

It’s so simple, the whole recipe can be written in two sentences! This gives you enough time to come up with amazing side dishes such as mashed potatoes or a salad.

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

16. Chicken Pot Pie 

You can serve special meals for dinner without having to jump through hoops!

Take this chicken pot pie recipe, for example. 

You can use store-bought crust and canned chicken soup, but you will still end up with that golden, flaky pie crust and hearty filling. It takes half the time and effort.

Feel free to add more to this recipe. You can add potatoes, cheese, and mushrooms for an even more awesome filling!

17. Beef Stroganoff 

Savory beef with a creamy mushroom gravy, beef stroganoff is an amazing dinner meal.

The secret to the best beef stroganoff is getting the right cut of meat. Tender and juicy cuts like boneless rib eye, boneless sirloin, sirloin steak tips, and beef tenderloin work well.

For a full meal, pair this with pasta, mashed potatoes, or even rice! You and your family won’t be able to resist having another serving.

18. Easy Chicken Tacos 

Here’s another recipe to make for Mexican nights. These easy chicken tacos are healthy and definitely delicious! 

The chicken is rubbed with spices and served in warm tortillas. It’s accompanied by the usual taco toppings such as pico de gallo, avocadoes, cilantro, and freshly squeezed lime juice. 

If you’re tired of using ground beef for your tacos, try this easy chicken tacos recipe for a no-fail meal. TACO ‘bout awesome!

19. Savory Korean Pancakes 

Never let any veggies go to waste ever again with these savory Korean pancakes!

This recipe is totally easy. Think of it as an elevated omelet with a Korean twist. Exciting!

You might be thinking, “Aren’t pancakes for breakfast?” Well, these savory pancakes are perfect for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner.

Sloppy Joes

20. Sloppy Joes

You don’t need to wait ‘til Thursday for a major throwback moment. These sloppy joes are sure to take you back in time.

Ditch the canned alternatives and make your very own sloppy joes at home. They’re sure to delight young and old alike!

Tasty ground beef in a flavorful sauce and sandwiched between buttered buns? You and the kids will be racing to have this yummy treat in your tummies.

21. Beef Burrito Skillet  

The beef burrito skillet has all of the goodness of your favorite burrito in a pan that’s perfect for sharing.

It has ground beef, black beans, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and tortilla strips. It’s everything you need in a tasty burrito, ready to be devoured as soon as it’s served. 

You need not worry about wrapping your own burritos because this version makes it so much easier. Plus, everyone can decide just how much they want.

This recipe already tastes heavenly, but to make it even better, prepare some pico de gallo, guac, or rice.

22. Easy Grilled Pork Chops 

Meaty and juicy pork chops are marinated in herbs and grilled to charred perfection.

Learn how to make tender grilled pork chops with this no-frills recipe. You can’t go wrong with this classic meal!

Once you have this mastered, you’ll want to add this to your menu rotations. These go well with any sides.

23. Easy Chicken Stir-fry  

Put some oriental zing to your weeknights with this easy chicken stir-fry recipe.

Chicken and vegetables tossed in a sweet and spicy peanut sauce is sure to fill up your kitchen with an amazing aroma.

Your family will be lurking in the kitchen waiting for you to serve dinner.

Vegetables and chicken make this a healthy meal. The sauce is light but heavy on the flavors, so there’s no need to feel guilty about having seconds.

24. Chinese Orange Chicken

Crispy bite-sized chicken poppers coated in Chinese orange sauce? Yes, please!

Everybody loves fried chicken. Take your usual chicken dinner meal to new heights by introducing the tangy flavors in this orange chicken recipe.

Forget ordering out, because this only takes around 35 minutes to make.

You and your family will appreciate the citrusy flavors of this meal.

Mexican Buddha Bowls

25. Mexican Buddha Bowls   

If you’ve been wanting to have something healthy for dinner, these Mexican buddha bowls are the answer.

Buddha bowls are known for their healthy ingredients, which are mostly vegan, but you can choose to add meat if you like. They consist of grains, beans, veggies, and dressing.

For this recipe, you will use Mexican ingredients: rice, black beans, cherry tomatoes, avocado, hummus, with some lime juice and guacamole. It’s healthy but still fun. 

I guess you can say that this is a MEX-cellent meal!

25 Easy Dinner Recipes the Family Will Love

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