60 Easy Dinner Ideas

These will make you want to ditch takeout for good.

Chicken Fajitas
PARKER FEIERBACH

You don't have to drop major dough to make something delicious for dinner—save money by choosing cheaper proteins like chicken, ground beef, and tilapia, or go vegetarian with bean-based meals. Whatever your style, these delish meals will please your entire fam without breaking the bank. Need more easy eats? Try these easy weeknight dinners and slow-cooker chicken dinners.

baked feta pasta
Andrew Bui
1 of 60
Baked Feta Pasta

Sometimes things go viral because they're really, really delicious.

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one pan chicken  gnocchi
Erik Bernstein
2 of 60
One-Pan Creamy Chicken & Gnocchi

When everything cooks together everyone wins.

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black bean tostadas
Lucy Schaeffer
3 of 60
Black Bean Tostadas

With only 5 ingredients these black bean tostadas are the easiest and fastest meal to throw together.

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honey garlic glazed salmon
Ethan Calabrese
4 of 60
Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

Say hello to your new favorite salmon dish!

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bucatini pasta
Lucy Schaeffer
5 of 60
Bucatini all'Amatriciana

Bucatini's extra thickness gives it a better bite and holds up to a rich tomato sauce.

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sheet pan lemon butter chicken thighs
Emily Hlavac Green
6 of 60
Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Chicken Thighs

Butter makes everything better—especially when it’s mixed with lemon zest, thyme, and oregano, then slathered on baked chicken.

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shrimp and snow pea stir fry
Lucy Schaeffer
7 of 60
Shrimp & Snow Pea Stir Fry

Allowing the shrimp some time to marinate adds an extra layer of flavor to really make those five ingredients stretch.

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crock pot posole
Ethan Calabrese
8 of 60
Slow-Cooker Chicken Posole

Make no mistake: this slow cooker version isn't authentic, but it is quick, easy, flavorful, and filling.

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asian chicken lettuce wraps
Parker Feierbach
9 of 60
Copycat Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You've had it at P.F. Chang's. You can make it even better at home.

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tiktok ramen
Joel Goldberg
10 of 60
TikTok Ramen

This amazing dinner hack brings us back to college. Have fun customizing the noodles with your favorite veggies and toppings.

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coconut curry salmon
Emily Hlavac Green
11 of 60
Coconut Curry Salmon

The coconut milk and spice go so well together, making a rich, but not heavy, sauce that really tastes and feels far more complicated than it is.

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thai fried rice
Lucy Schaeffer
12 of 60
Thai Fried Rice

Fried remains the best thing to do with leftover rice.

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kung pao chicken meatballs
Lucy Schaeffer
13 of 60
Kung Pao Chicken Meatballs

These chicken meatballs have a kick from a traditional kung pao sauce that gets most of its heat from dried red chilis, which you can always cut back on.

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shrimp scampi  delishcom
Joel Goldberg
14 of 60
Shrimp Scampi

The almost sweet acidity of the lemon pairs up perfectly with the toasty and pungent flavor of the garlic, and both are enhanced by the rich fattiness of the butter. No dish lets these flavors shine more than Shrimp Scampi.

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garlicky roasted cauliflower pasta
Lucy Schaeffer
15 of 60
Garlicky Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

Add more veggies to your life.

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chipotle "queso" crunchy wraps
Erik Bernstein
16 of 60
Vegan Crunchwraps

We updated a fast food favorite to be totally vegan and completely irresistible.

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sesame tofu katsu curry
LUCY SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY
17 of 60
Tofu Katsu Curry

This hearty Japanese dinner comes complete with crispy sesame-panko-crusted tofu, tender vegetables, and a rich and flavorful curry sauce.

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lemongrass chicken
EMILY HLAVAC GREEN
18 of 60
Skillet Lemon-Herb Chicken and Potatoes

Quick-cooking boneless skinless chicken breasts stay moist and tender thanks to pan-roasting and a tangy lemon-butter sauce.

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creamy mushroom pasta
Joel Goldberg
19 of 60
Creamy Mushroom Pasta

If a bowl of creamy, earthy, umami-rich pasta sounds good to you, give this flexible recipe a go. It tastes great with any variety of mushrooms, and is easily adapted with alternate alliums, herbs, nuts, pasta shapes, and hard cheeses.

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balsamic glazed chicken  delishcom
Ethan Calabrese
20 of 60
Balsamic Glazed Chicken

All you need is 10 ingredients and an hour—need we say more?

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hawaiian shrimp
Erik Bernstein
21 of 60
Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp

This garlic lovers’ spin on scampi was made famous by Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck on Oahu.

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tex mex meatballs vertical
Ethan Calabrese
22 of 60
Tex-Mex Meatballs

Add 'em to hero rolls or eat them over rice for a full meal.

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chicken fajitas
Parker Feierbach
23 of 60
Easy Chicken Fajitas

Minimal prep and minimal cook time means these can be on your dining room table fast.

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barbecue chicken sweet potatoes horizontal
Ethan Calabrese
24 of 60
BBQ Chicken Twice-Baked Potatoes

The smoked Gouda is KEY.

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air fryer pork chops   delishcom
Parker Feierbach
25 of 60
Air Fryer Pork Chops

That parmesan coating really gives it an extra oomph.

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Baked Spaghetti Vertical
Ethan Calabrese
26 of 60
Baked Spaghetti

Nothing beats a heaping helping of extra cheesy spaghetti.

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copycat chipotle chicken  delish
Parker Feierbach
27 of 60
Chipotle Chicken

One of the best chicken marinades ever?

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cilantro lime chicken vertical
Parker Feierbach
28 of 60
Cilantro Lime Chicken

Pro tip: Chicken thighs almost always cost less than breasts. Plus, the flavor from the crispy skin is unbeatable.

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baked penne alla vodka with turkey
Lucy Schaeffer
29 of 60
Baked Penne Alla Vodka with Turkey

There is nothing quite as comforting as a baked pasta dish. The sides get a little crispy and topping of melty cheese is to die for.

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pumpkin chili  delishcom
Joel Goldberg
30 of 60
Pumpkin Curry

The earthy, sweet pumpkin (or kabocha squash) is the perfect base for a spicy, Thai-inspired coconut curry.

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