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It doesn’t matter whether you meal prep or not: The question of what to cook for dinner persists night after night, and week after week. Sometimes the answer is easy and obvious, while other nights, despite a full fridge and pantry, you are completely and utterly stumped on what to make.
To offer some fresh inspiration, we rounded up more than 90 tried-and-true weeknight dinner ideas we find ourselves coming back to again and again. Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight meals, a kid-approved meal everyone will enjoy, something that feels healthy, a recipe to put that pack of chicken to work, or a meat-free main, there’s a recipe for every dinnertime situation. Here are more than 90 dinner ideas that offer something for everyone.
Quick Dinner Ideas for Two
Since most recipes are written to serve at least four people, it can feel tricky when you’re cooking for two — especially if you’re not into leftovers. Each of these dinners makes just enough for two people or uses a technique that makes it easy to scale down the recipe.
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Garlic Scape Pesto Go to Recipe
Stretch this easy and flavorful green pesto out for a couple of great weeknight dinners for two. Toss into pasta one night, serve it with grilled or roasted vegetables, meat, and fish the next.
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Chicken Parm and Pasta Skillet
Store-bought conveniences are often the secret to success when cooking just for two. Here, frozen breaded chicken breast saves you the hassle of frying up cutlets to make a downsized version of comforting chicken Parm.Go to Recipe
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Honey Garlic Shrimp
This fresh, bright stir-fry is sweet and aromatic but definitely fiery, thanks to a generous pinch of red pepper flakes. Serve it over cooked rice or quinoa to make it a complete meal.Go to Recipe
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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups
Take all the creamy, rich goodness of chicken Alfredo, roll it into lasagna noodles, and you have a dinner that will cure just about anything the day brought. It makes lasagna possible for two people without a giant baking dish’s worth of leftovers — and on a weeknight, at that.Go to Recipe
Healthy Dinner Ideas
No matter what healthy means to you, this lineup of feel-good dinners has a little something for everyone. And best of all, they’re easy enough to pull off on a weeknight.
Family Dinner Ideas
Not only are these weeknight favorites quick and easy to bring to the table, but also big and little eaters alike will gobble them up.
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Dotted with your choice of toppings and garnishes, eggplant pizza is saucy and cheesy - and doesn't require pizza dough. Go to Recipe
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Mini meatloaves cook in half the time of a full-sized meatloaf. They're a cinch on busy nights, and provide ample time to put together a side dish.Go to Recipe
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This quick 5-ingredient pasta dinner is filled with broccoli, Greek yogurt, and cheese that's made in just one pot.Go to Recipe
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Untraditional in every way, these dumplings combine the best of two worlds: delicate dumplings and juicy cheeseburgers, complete with special sauce.Go to Recipe
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Slow Cooker Veggie Burrito Bowls
Veggie burrito bowls are a one-stop shop, delivering the best part of a burrito — the filling! — with tender brown rice, smoky pinto beans, and fresh veggies, all topped with a dollop of citrusy sour cream.Go to Recipe
Dinner Ideas with Chicken
I know how it goes: You’ve got a pack of chicken breasts or thighs sitting in the fridge that need to be cooked tonight, and you’re totally stumped on what to make. These recipes are the inspiration you need to solve your dinner dilemma.
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Chicken scallopini is simple, straightforward, and thanks to the bath of buttery lemon-white wine sauce, is far, far greater than the sum of its parts.Go to Recipe
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Juicy Chicken Meatballs
All the qualities we admire in a classic meatball — the crisp brown exterior, the tender interior, herby and fragrant with garlic — can be found in chicken meatballs, too.Go to Recipe
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Easy Bruschetta Chicken
Juicy chopped tomatoes, sweet basil, and tangy balsamic are stirred into bruschetta then spooned over seared chicken breast for a quick weeknight dinner.Go to Recipe
Dinner Ideas for Tonight
When the clock is ticking and I need to figure out what to cook for dinner in just a few hours, my strategy is sticking with one of the following: recipes with no more than a handful of ingredients, that call for basic pantry staples, that require a minimal amount of cookware, or that come together in 20 minutes or less. Each of these recipes checks at least one of those boxes.
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3-Ingredient Baked Caesar Chicken
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are smothered in your favorite creamy Caesar dressing and baked until golden, then showered with snowy Parmesan before heading under the broiler to get nice and bubbly. Go to Recipe
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One-Pot Tomato Chickpeas and Orzo
This is the kind of dinner you make when you get home late and are greeted by a nearly empty fridge. The result is a creamy, one-pot pantry dinner that's almost reminiscent of risotto yet is firmly its own.Go to Recipe
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Ground Beef Taco Casserole
This recipe is everything you love about classic ground beef tacos baked into an easy casserole, then topped with lettuce, tomato, and shredded cheddar.Go to Recipe
Vegetarian Dinner Ideas
Whether it’s a dinner pasta, something saucy, tacos, a one-bowl meal, or sheet pan dinner you crave, we’ve got a veggie-packed, meat-free dinner idea for you.
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Sweet Potato Curry
This quick Thai red curry is filled with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and baby spinach that's made creamy with coconut milk.Go to Recipe
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BBQ Tofu Salad Bowls
On the nights I'm craving salad for dinner but also want a meal that's warm & comforting, these BBQ tofu & roasted vegetable bowls hit the spot.Go to Recipe
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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
This vegan mac and "cheese" uses butternut squash as a substitute for cheese. Nutritional yeast also helps it feel more cheesy and it gets a spicy kick from chipotles in adobo. Go to Recipe