29 Easy Recipes for Dinner Tonight


Cooking dinner sometimes feels like such a chore – I totally get it. It’s hard to feel inspired to cook something delicious and wholesome when you’re pressed for time, exhausted after a long day at the office, or trying to stretch your buck by cooking on a budget. Sometimes it just seems easier to get fast food than it would be to grocery shop and get a quality meal on the table. And friend, I hear you.

But cooking dinner doesn’t have to be such a chore when you have an all-star lineup of scrumptious, affordable recipes on your team! Our Food Fanatic Contributors have created a handful of truly tasty dinner ideas that can be made in minutes with easily accessible, budget-friendly ingredients that transform into quality, wholesome meals that your entire family – pickiest eaters included – will love.

Our Easy Dinner Recipe Roundup will inspire you to take back your dinnertime routine with streamlined, simple recipes, updated classics of some of your family’s favorites, or new dishes that will fit right at home in your regular meal rotation. With crowd-pleasing staples like Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken, One-Pot Baked Ziti, & Low-Carb Chili, your next week’s meal plan is practically writing itself!

The struggle for the perfect dinnertime solution is over! Enjoy all your newest, easiest dinner recipes.

  1. Supreme Pizza Pasta Bake
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    • Forget takeout! This supreme-pizza/pasta hybrid will be your new dinnertime standby!
  2. Italian Club Sandwich
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    • This mile-high club will be a huge favorite around your house, loaded up with meats and cheese.
  3. Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken
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    • Serve it up alongside brown rice and broccoli for a flavorful and healthy meal the kids will love!
  4. Paleo Meatloaf
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    • A flavorful and moist meatloaf topped with bacon. What’s not to love?
  5. Reuben Soup
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    • A great springtime soup that uses leftover corned beef. Try using leftover rotisserie chicken for a new spin.
  6. Gnocchi Casserole
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    • Gooey and loaded with cheese, this flavorful pasta dish will become a family favorite in no time.
  7. Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie
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    • A classic recipe with a new, gluten-free twist. No one will resist the flaky crust!
  8. One-Pot Baked Ziti
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    • This one-pot wonder will help cut back on dishes, too. Winner, winner!
  9. Shredded Chicken Tacos
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    • Everyone will love these easy and fast tacos! They’re the perfect Tex-Mex spin!
  10. Philly Cheesesteak Pizza
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    • Bring the flavors of Philly home with this cheesy, gooey pizza. Kids will LOVE it!
  11. Slow Cooker Lemon Pepper Chicken
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    • Minimal effort is needed to make this flavorful, moist chicken in the slow cooker.
  12. Nacho Casserole
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    • Everyone loves nachos; that’s a fact. And this casserole couldn’t be simpler to whip up, using the nacho flavor everyone loves!
  13. Healthy Jambalaya
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    • Delight in the flavors of this spicy rice dish, made healthy with smart ingredient swaps.
  14. Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich
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    • Pesto sauce lends a summery touch to this simple grilled chicken sandwich.
  15. Chicken Meatball Sliders
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    • The perfect hand-food, these meatball sliders will win over even your pickiest eaters.
  16. Chili Cheese Dogs
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    • Bring the ballpark home with these fast and simple cheesy chili dogs!
  17. Cheesy Baked Chicken Tenders
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    • Kids and adults alike will flip for these cheesy, crunchy tenders. Serve it up with a side salad and a small dish of mac & cheese.
  18. One-Pot Lasagna
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    • Lasagna is made in a mere 60 minutes with this fast and easy recipe.
  19. Doritos Taco Casserole
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    • Doritos add great flavor and crunch to this spicy taco casserole dish that’s great for pot lucks.
  20. Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
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    • This is a healthy and delicious vegetarian meal that will encourage picky eaters to eat their vegetables when they taste this good!
  21. Walking Tacos
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    • Great for families on the go, this simple recipe will make everyone smile.
  22. Greek Gyros with Meatballs
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    • Craving Greek food but dreading the prep-work? This easy recipe brings all that slow-cooked flavor in a flash.
  23. Low-carb Chili
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    • Great for chillier months, a bowl of this robust chili is the perfect comfort food.
  24. Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
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    • This copycat Chick-Fil-A recipe will have your kids smiling ear-to-ear. Who knew these were so easy to make?
  25. Cheeseburger Macaroni
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    • Homemade Hamburger Helper can be made in minutes without the box! A cheesy, comforting meal everyone will adore.
  26. Italian Pot Roast
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    • Your Sunday supper is served! This rich pot roast is made in the crock pot for minimal effort but tons of flavor.
  27. Chicken Caesar Salad

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