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17 Easy Dinners Perfect for the Busy Holiday Season

While my favorite time of the year, there is no denying that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can end up feeling a bit intense.

Trying to figure out what to make for dinner every night seems to get even more complicated amidst the concerts, parties, parades and shopping.

I’ve been leaning on a lot of great slow cooker meals lately and, of course, one pot meals are always a lifesaver on busy weeknights.

If you find yourself in need of delicious, easy dinner ideas right about now, these 17 easy dinner ideas have you covered now and all year long.

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Easy Cheeseburger Skillet Recipe
If you have a family who loves cheeseburgers, this skillet dinner is for you! Our easy cheeseburger skillet recipe is a total winner of a meal. Easy to prepare, delicious to eat, simple to clean up. It starts with lean ground beef, onions and seasoning then orzo and beef broth, finished off with mustard, tomatoes, pickles, and cheese! Everything you love about a cheeseburger but better.
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Tex-Mex Pizza Recipe
An easy weeknight dinner full of flavor, our Tex-Mex pizza recipe is a fan favorite for good reason. Boasting all of your favorite Tex-Mex flavors, pizza crust is layered with cheese, bacon, jalapeños, red peppers and fresh corn then drizzled with a delicious chipotle sauce. It only takes minutes to toss it together and you can bake your pizza in about 15 minutes!

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Pesto Chicken Pull Apart Sliders Recipe
These easy to make, pesto chicken pull apart sliders are the perfect quick and easy dinner – and the leftover sliders are amazing for lunch the next day! To make them even quicker to make, grab a rotisserie chicken for the easiest dinner ever. These easy chicken sliders are one of our most popular recipes! Cute little sliders served warm and loaded with pesto sauce, shredded chicken and mozzarella cheese are not your average sandwich.
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Sheet Pan Sausage Dinner Recipe
This sheet pan sausage dinner is inspired by the flavors of fall and winter, which makes it perfect for this time of year. Plus – who doesn’t love a dinner that cooks up on a single sheet pan reducing fuss and clean up? Cheesy sausage is baked alongside sweet potatoes, apples and a simple apricot glaze for a dinner that taste like it took all day to make when in fact it’s so quick to throw together.
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Pizza Meal Prep Bowls Recipe
These pizza bowls may just be my favorite of the bunch – easy to meal prep in advance, you can quickly pull them out of the fridge for lunch or dinner during the crazy holiday season shuffle. You can easily customize them with your favorite pizza toppings to suit everyone in your household and serve with a big green salad for a complete meal that everyone will love.
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Frito Taco Pie Recipe
This Frito taco pie recipe is truly great for busy weeknights! It’s the kind of delicious comfort food that the whole family will love. This casserole is loaded with beef, cheese and crunchy Frito chips then topped with your favorite taco toppings like sour cream, lettuce, black olives, avocado and tomatoes. The end result is one epic meal you’ll find yourself making over and over again.
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Creamy Mushroom Pasta Recipe
This creamy mushroom pasta is one of my very favorite recipes. A luscious and creamy mushroom sauce tossed with pasta, this perfect pasta recipe is ready in just minutes so it is perfect for busy weeknights. It’s the kind of classic comfort food that everyone loves but without being overly heavy or rich. Loads of mushrooms combined with cream, Parmesan cheese and herbs are delicious.
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Toaster Oven Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Recipe
You can’t discount a great sandwich recipe for saving the day on a busy evening when you don’t have a plan otherwise for dinner. This jalapeño popper grilled cheese is not your average sandwich recipe! It’s rich, creamy, crunchy and loaded with spicy flavor. It’s everything you love about the classic appetizer in grilled cheese form. How can you go wrong with that?!
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Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos Recipe
When it comes to why we love these sheet pan chicken nachos it’s simple – you can easily make a full tray of nachos for the whole family in just minutes and dinner is served! Customize your nachos to suit your family’s likes and dislikes and get a dinner you family will love on the table super fast. You can use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken, then add cheese and your favorite nacho toppings to make this recipe your own.
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Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole Photo
Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole Recipe
This vegetarian enchilada casserole is so easy to make and the whole family will love it! Making an enchilada casserole is not that different from just making enchiladas. They taste practically the same, but the time required is reduced because you don’t have to fill and roll individual enchiladas. Beans, corn, peppers, cheese and your favorite toppings make this enchilada casserole a hit.
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Beef Mushroom Rigatoni Recipe
Our beef mushroom rigatoni is a make-ahead comfort meal you can easily serve to the masses. It freezes beautifully and is so filling, making it ideal for an easy weeknight dinner on those busy, holiday-fueled days. A delicious, chunky homemade sauce, ground beef and rigatoni tastes as good as any pasta dish you’ve ever tried, which is why we love this recipe.
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Smoked Salmon BLT Recipe
Another better-than-average sandwich recipe that makes a great dinner on an otherwise busy weeknight, our smoked salmon BLT recipe can’t be missed. This play on the classic BLT sandwich features slices of smoke salmon stacked high with crispy bacon, spicy arugula and heirloom tomatoes all piled onto a toasted English muffin slathered with a lemon herb mayonnaise.
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Beef Lombardi Recipe
Our tasty beef lombardi is a freezer-friendly one pot meal everyone will love and one of our go-to easy weeknight dinner recipes. Ground beef is cooked in a large deep skillet and seasoned with garlic, herbs, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes and then it’s topped with sour cream, black olives, and chives. Start to finish it’s on the table in just about a half an hour.
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Pizza Quesadilla Recipe
Whoever invented the pizza quesadilla deserves a gold medal if you ask me. Easily turn your favorite pizza into a quesadilla for a quick and easy dinner by filling a quesadilla with mozzarella and your favorite toppings like pepperoni, sausage, peppers, black olives or whatever suits your fancy. I love dinners like this where it is easy to mix and matching fillings for each member of the family making dinner a breeze.
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15 Minute Caprese Pasta Recipe
When you need to figure out dinner and you need to figure it out like a half hour ago, our 15 minute caprese pasta recipe is a winner that you can turn to again and again. Pasta with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil makes a delicious, fast and easy weeknight dinner. Quickly sautéing onion and garlic in olive oil first adds so much more flavor than simply tossing everything with the hot pasta.
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Pierogies Taco Skillet Recipe
Cheese filled pierogies get a Mexican twist with taco meat, salsa, and plenty of cheese with our genius pierogies taco skillet recipe. It’s a great weeknight meal that is ready in no time, filling and delicious. Cook the pierogies according to the package directions then layer together with taco meat and salsa before adding cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, tomatoes, olives and whatever else you prefer.
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