When you need to feed the family or kids, these are the easy dinner recipes you turn to time and time again. With lots of healthy, quick, vegetarian, chicken, and budget-friendly ideas, there’s something for everyone.
- Broccoli Pesto Pasta. To make broccoli pesto, broccoli florets are whizzed right into the pesto sauce itself, adding an even more vibrant punch of emerald green to the sauce as well as a seriously healthy boost.
- Baked Salmon with Grapefruit Salad. Moist, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth salmon perfection. This is the easy salmon recipe you’ve been waiting for. Oh, and did we mention it cooks in just 15 minutes?
- Lemon Chicken. This easy recipe shines with a sunny, lemony zing. Garlic and herbs—plus a glug of white wine—mean that juicy, tender chicken breasts are as delicious as they are healthy.
- Ratatouille Sheet Pan Dinner With Sausage. While ratatouille is delicious served all on its own, we’ve added sausage to the mix to take this healthy sheet pan dinner to new heights.
- Salmon en Papillote. Who knew that such an elegant meal could be so very easy.
- Instant Pot Chicken Marinara With Polenta. Our simple equation for this easy, satisfying dinner goes something like this: chicken thighs + a jar of marinara sauce = dinner’s done.
Best, Easy Dinner Recipes For A Family
- Sheet Pan Olive Bar Chicken. Full of rich flavors, almost NO prep, and using only one pan, this dish is destined to become a new favorite.
- Five Spice Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner. Chicken thighs and cabbage get a little dose of flavor from Chinese five spice, and a little oven time on a sheet pan and boom! Dinner’s done.
- Sheet Pan Quesadilla with Jalapeño Ranch. Stuffed with cheese and avocado, this giant, melty, upgraded cheese sheet pan quesadilla is good on its own, but we take it over the top with a side of homemade jalapeño ranch for dipping.
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese. What’s easier—and way better—than instant mac and cheese? Rich, creamy, homemade Instant Pot mac and cheese! Why? Because it takes about 5 minutes start-to-finish.
- Crock-Pot Chicken Taco Meat. Wait wait wait—taco night can be even easier? Yep! Meet our 3-ingredient Crock-Pot chicken taco meat recipe!
- Mango Chutney Chicken Sheet Pan. A jar of store-bought mango chutney is the secret to this ultra easy dinner.
- Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner. Need we say more? Old Bay makes everything taste good—not that shrimp and sausage need any help.
- Za’atar Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner. We dressed up basic cauliflower and chicken with our latest favorite spice blend, za’atar.
Pork & Sausage Make Everything Taste AMAZING.
- Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner. An easy one-pan sausage, kale and potato skillet that pleases everyone, from cook to clean-up crew.
- Hoisin Glazed Pork Chops. Having a few punchy ingredients on-hand is a great way to make a simple dinner out of just a few ingredients. Hoisin sauce is one of our go-to super-ingredients for easy dinners—just slather it on some pork chops, and you’re well on your way to dinnertime bliss.
- Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce. Speaking of pork chops, this version—with a super creamy mushroom sauce—is ready in just 30 minutes.
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri. Grilling always makes for an easy dinner, right? It’s so fast, and the clean up is minimal. Sliced up this pork tenderloin and serve it with a bowl of chimichurri—you’ll be hearing raves for days.
- Cauliflower Gnocchi with Bruschetta Sauce and Sausage. This hearty, low-carb supper that bursts with bright, bold flavors and comes together in under ten minutes. It just doesn’t get easier or healthier than that!
- Sheet Pan Italian Sausage Heros with Honey Mustard. The brilliant thing about breaking out your sheet pan to make italian sausage sandwiches with peppers is that it makes it so easy to make Italian hoagies for a crowd! Gather the hungry masses and let the feeding begin.
Asparagus Salad with Fried Egg and Prosciutto
Who says you can’t eat eggs for dinner? This salad is a riff on the French bistro staple, Frisee Lardon. Here, we use the much more health-positive prosciutto in place of the bacon lardon, which we don’t sizzle on the griddle but rather let warm up on top of the fried eggs. Also, we swap the green but relatively-bland frisée for a more flavorful, nutrient-rich cooked asparagus. After you’re done heating the water for the asparagus, you’re looking at less than 10 minutes until the dinner bell rings.
Get our recipe for Asparagus Salad with Fried Egg and Prosciutto.
Mediterranean Tofu Scramble
If you’re a recovering egg lover easing into a plant-based diet, this Mediterranean-flavored tofu scramble will help ease your transition. Don’t let the “scramble” in the name fool you.
Get our recipe for Mediterranean Tofu Scramble.
Vegetarian Rice Bowl
Another quick and easy vegetarian option is this rice bowl, which gets its protein from egg (which is everything you want in a protein) and can be on your table in a mere eight minutes, start to finish.
Get our recipe for Vegetarian Rice Bowl.
Turkey Salad BLT
Remember we told you croutons are one of the 10 foods you should never add to your salad? Well, just to be clear, that was just about white-bread croutons, and it also assumed your croutons would be pre-made. The croutons in this genius salad version of the classic BLT sandwich are whole-wheat, and they’re essentially the two slices of bread you’d be using to make your classic BLT. The addition of sliced deli turkey is not only yummy, but it also ensures you’re getting enough protein to keep you satisfied.
Get our recipe for Turkey Salad BLT.
Blackened Fish Sandwich
Need a filet-o-fish fix? You don’t even have to leave the house to enjoy this antioxidant-rich blackened version that cooks up crispy on your handy cast-iron skillet (here’s how to get the best results from your cast-iron cookware). Plus, the avocado adds a creamy umami contrast that mayo could never compete with.
Get our recipe for a Blackened Fish Sandwich.
Instant Pot Buffalo Wings
Speaking of fast-food fixes, crispy, hot-sauce, and butter-soaked, Buffalo-style chicken wings aren’t nearly as incorrigible as you might think, especially when you cook them up in your Instant Pot, which crisps them up in 10 minutes flat, sans the whole deep-fry debacle. Top that off with another five or 10 minutes under the broiler, and you might find yourself wondering why anyone ever deep fries their wings.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Buffalo Wings.
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Air Fryer Falafel
Sure, the falafels you can get from your local falafel truck are a healthy and delicious vegetarian dinner alternative. But what if we told you they don’t need to be deep-fried to get their crunch, and you can make them at home in under 30 minutes?
Get our recipe for Air Fryer Falafel.
Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
Our recipe for coconut shrimp is a great alternative to the chain restaurant version of this crunchy, sweet and spicy, Southern-meets-Caribbean classic, and it only takes 10 minutes in the oven. But if you have an air fryer, we think you’ll want to give this version, which can be on the table even faster, a try.
Get our recipe for Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp.
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Chicken Burger with Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli
Sure, burgers are a quick-to-table classic, but so far we’ve been talking only about beef burgers, which isn’t fair when you consider how easily lean, ground chicken lends itself to the burger game. This version benefits from a sun-dried tomato aioli that’s so easy to prepare, you’ll feel like you’re cheating a bit when you call it by its fancy moniker.
Get our recipe for Chicken Burgers with Sundried Tomato Aioli.
Southwest Turkey Burger
Next on our tour of not-beef burgers is this recipe for Southwest-inspired turkey burgers, which benefits from a litany of Southwestern classics, including chipotle purée, lime juice, avocado, and pico de gallo. If you’re willing to add another 15 minutes onto the 18 minutes it should take to get this dish on the table, you can even make your own pico de gallo.
Get our recipe for Southwest Turkey Burgers.
Apple and Bacon-Infused Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled cheese sandwiches give us all the feels for so many reasons we felt it necessary to list them all here. And of course, topping the list, right behind the fact that it’s a total budget win, is the fact that grilled cheese is so easy to make. It’s true even when you add on the sweet and spicy combo of apples and bacon (which, to be fair, only adds another few minutes for a total of 20).
Get our recipe for Apple and Bacon-Infused Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Creamy Instant Pot Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese
This keto-friendly version of the classic gets it right on so many levels. First, it makes use of cauliflower rice in place of the carbs, which works not only for this dish but for these 20 (and many more). Even better, it makes use of the cook-it-whole-before-you-cut-it method of cooking cauliflower, which eliminates all the mess that goes along with chopping up a raw cauliflower head. And, of course, it comes together in one pot—the Instant Pot—in record time.
Get our recipe for Creamy Instant Pot Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese.
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Turkey Sloppy Joes
This recipe for turkey sloppy joe sandwiches settles the question once and for all: Do you need to start your sloppy with a box from the supermarket? And the answer is, of course, no. Save gas. Save time. Start from scratch for this easy one-pot dinner.
Get our recipe for Turkey Sloppy Joes.
Spicy Thai Chicken with Basil
Thai cuisine delivers a lot of flavor per calorie, and it cooks quickly, too. This spicy Thai-flavored chicken, which gets its complex flavor thanks to that “Swiss Army Knife” of herbs, basil, can be on your table in a mere 25 minutes.
Get our recipe for Spicy Thai Chicken with Basil.
Instant Pot Tilapia
Using the Instant Pot not only makes the flakiest tilapia ever, but it also keeps the entire dinner-making process below 15 minutes. Carrots and green beans round out all the colors of this dinner.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Tilapia.
Sea Bass Packets with Asparagus and Mushrooms
With black sea bass on our list of most nutritious fish, and considering this fancy-sounding dish can be ready in under 30 minutes, we had to mention it. If you’ve never tried cooking in-a-packet (or as they say in French, en papillote), here is the one we suggest you try first. It brings home the notion that, yes, you really can cook everything in one packet.
Get our recipe for Sea Bass Packets with Asparagus and Mushrooms.
Mediterranean-inspired Chicken with Tomatoes and Capers
You probably love capers, but do you know what they are? Spoiler alert: They’re flower buds! And they bring a tangy, pickled Mediterranean vibe to this quick, easy, and delicious chicken breast recipe that is just one dimension shy of en papillote.
Get our recipe for Mediterranean-inspired Chicken with Tomatoes and Capers.
Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Red Pepper Sauce
Harissa is a hot-chile flavor bomb that hails from Africa, and guess what? You can make it yourself if you have five minutes and a blender. It goes perfectly with this grilled mahi-mahi, yet another filet that gets dinner done in double time.
Get our recipe for Grilled Mahi Mahi with Red Pepper Sauce.
Sweet and Spicy Beef Stir-Fry
It takes a mere 22 minutes, start to finish, to get this Chinese takeout copycat onto the table, and 10 of those minutes are spent watching the beef marinate. Do we have your attention? How about if we told you it works amazingly with sugar snap peas? You may never want takeout again.
Get our recipe for Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry Beef.
This quick and easy stir fry features freshly grated ginger and freshly diced mango, as well as sugar snap peas. But if you have trouble finding sugar snap peas in the market, snow peas, green beans, and broccoli will work just fine, too.
Get our recipe for Chili-Mango Chicken.
Healthier Orange Chicken
This chicken stir-fry is just like the orange-flavored deep-fried chicken dish you can get at a Chinese takeout place, except it’s not deep-fried. And you won’t care, either—this recipe makes genius use of orange zest and features chicken breast, as opposed to chicken thigh meat, for a healthier alternative.
Get our recipe for Healthier Orange Chicken.
Vegetarian Pesto Gnocchi
Gnocchi, for the uninitiated, is an Italian-style potato dumpling. And in case you’ve never made these little pillows at home, here’s a secret: They take less than five minutes to cook once you’ve got the water boiling. You’ll know they’re ready when they rise to the top. Our version pairs them with basil pesto, green beans, and cherry tomatoes, but feel free to experiment with any kind of pesto.
Get our recipe for Vegetarian Pesto Gnocchi.
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Instant Pot Lemon Chicken
The secret to the juiciest lemon chicken? Well, it’s two secrets. One is using chicken thighs, as we do here. The other is making use of that kitchen overachiever, the Instant Pot. Serve it up with some steamed veggies and perhaps a little gnocchi made from cauliflower.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Chicken.
Instant Pot Creamy Chicken with Spinach
This dish only sounds decadent. Well, it tastes decadent too. Eh, let’s face it, it is decadent…for a healthy food that cooks up in under 30 minutes thanks to the Instant Pot. So, yes, it does include a cup of heavy cream, but that’s only because it also includes two pounds of chicken, a half cup of Parmesan cheese, and little else to make it anything but keto-friendly.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Creamy Chicken with Spinach.
Balsamic Honey Glazed Pork Chops
We saved this one for last because pork chops are probably the last thing you think of when you think of dinners you can make in under 30 minutes. But these thick and meaty pork chops, which go into the pan brushed with balsamic vinegar (which helps them cook up tender), are meant to be cooked for only three to four minutes per side. Got 14 minutes?