It's hard to always know what to make for dinner. Sometimes with our best intentions, we still end up not knowing what to make when it's dinnertime.
With these 40 easy dinner ideas that are perfect for weeknight dinners, you won't have to worry about what you're going to make for dinner. I've put together a collection of some of my favorite recipes, and also included recipes from some of my close food blogger friends.
Scroll on down for 40 easy dinner recipes that are full of flavor, comfort food, soul food, and just plain easy recipes.
From our Chili Mac Worldwide to our Chimichurri Marinated Flank Steak Recipe and beyond, we hope you love these recipes as much as we do!
40 Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes
Try some of our favorite quick and easy dinner recipes.
We all know it can be a struggle to get a good home-cooked meal on the table during the week. Life is busy, and it can be challenging to make a healthy (or just plain good) meal when you're just trying to catch a breath at the end of the day.
Here are some simple recipes that save both time and money, and will make your weeknight dinner time challenge more stress-free.
Take a deep breath, and dive in.
Chicken Broccoli Noodle Casserole - Easy Dinner Recipe
If you found chicken on sale, you're going to love having another yummy chicken recipe to lean on. This casserole is one of our comfort food favorites! And for good reason.
Crockpot Salisbury Steak
This easy Salisbury Steak recipe is amazingly delicious and wonderful served over rice, potatoes, or noodles.
Chicken Curry with Noodles - An Easy Dinner Recipe
We love this curry recipe because it keeps it SO simple. Chicken is a great budget-friendly ingredient to cook with, and this curry recipe is a breeze to make.
Bonus- the leftovers heat up really well, so tomorrow's lunch is already covered!
Poor Man’s Soup
Poor Man's Soup is great budget-friendly meal that is full of hearty, satisfying flavors.
This recipe is made with common pantry ingredients, it comes together easily and turns out perfect whether you use the stove top or slow cooker. You'll want to make this soup again and again!
Slow Cooker Carnitas - Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas - An Easy Dinner or Potluck Idea
Hello versatile Pork Carnitas. Set the ingredients for this tasty recipe in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to the perfect fixings for an amazing dinner.
Save the leftovers and be sure to have some tortillas and chips on hand. Load on the pico sauce and you're good to go!
This Chicken Ramen makes for a simple and delicious dinner that can be thrown together on short notice. I love how it can be customized, so the whole family can build their own ramen bowl with their own favorite toppings and spices. Yum!
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
This makes a great side dish with any type of pork, chicken, or shrimp. It can also be served as a main course meal if you wish.
Chimichurri Marinated Flank Steak Recipe - Easy Dinner Recipe
If you haven't tried Chimichurri Flank Steak, you're missing out. The good news is, this is an easy recipe. Once you learn how to make this, you'll be using it as a go-to.
Weight Watchers Chili
Weight Watchers Chili Recipe is a healthy chili recipe that is an easy dinner recipe and a nice slow cooker meal. Put this in the crock pot for an easy dinner solution. Best chili recipe.
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
This Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese recipe that is going to take your taste buds on a ride! You’re going to love the ease and flavor of this great recipe!
Creamy Chicken Spaghetti
Are you looking for a recipe that will allow you to meal plan ahead of time? This Creamy Chicken Spaghetti is just what you need!
Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy
Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy is what comfort food is all about in our house and it is totally ahhh-mazing! Easy and delicious always wins in our home.
Tuscan Turkey Burger Sliders Using BLENDABELLA Mushroom Blend
A flavor filled, deliciously moist turkey burger that is perfectly seasoned and a far from dry. Using BLENDABELLA mushroom blends for an added pop.
Simple Southwest Shrimp Taco Salad
A Shrimp Taco Salad loaded with flavors that are bold, and full of delight.
White Chicken Enchiladas
These White Chicken Enchiladas have a rich and creamy from scratch sauce that take them over the top not to mention their simplicity. Incredible comfort food in just minutes!
This is the Best Chili Mac Worldwide
This recipe is one of our most popular recipes. Thousands of people have tried it and loved it! You're going to want to dig into this dish.
Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan
Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan is a quick weeknight dinner. A simply amazing super easy dish that you will be making all the time!
Skillet Kielbasa Sausage and Pierogies
Skillet Kielbasa Sausage and Pierogies is hearty one pot comfort food that only requires 10 minutes of prep work! Yes your going to LOVE it!!
French Onion Chicken
If you love the taste of French Onion Soup, you’re going to go crazy over this French Onion Chicken. It’s finger-licking good and soon to be a family favorite meal.
This is one of those recipes you're going to want to double. Here's why: this recipe is SO easy to freeze and heat up during the week.
Make this recipe on a Sunday night, and then put up some freezer lunches for the next couple of weeks. This is such a time-saver and is SO tasty.
Thai Coconut Cashew Lettuce Wraps
A delicious blend of texture, taste with a tad bit of spice. These Coconut Cashew Thai Lettuce Wraps are a quick and easy weeknight meal.
Weight Watchers Hamburger Stroganoff
Get ready to add this recipe to your regular meal-plan rotation. This is another one of our comfort food favorites.
With ground beef and noodles, this recipe is budget-friendly and full of flavor.
One Pot Chili Mac n Cheese
One-Pot Chili Mac n Cheese is an easy recipe that is perfect for serving up as a weeknight dinner or food to feed a crowd. Great school night dinner ideas.
Easy Glazed Chicken Drumsticks Recipe in Balsamic Vinegar
Easy Baked Chicken Legs recipe is perfect for serving a flavorful chicken dinner up with a salad on the side.
White Beans and Ham
Enjoy this easy slow cooker meal that not only tastes amazing, but is also easy on the grocery bill.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
A classic roast beef dinner that is delicious served alongside slow cooked root vegetables, or atop mashed potatoes.
The Best Instant Pot Pizza Pasta Recipe With Stove Top Directions
Instant Pot Pizza Pasta gives you your favorite pairing of pasta and pizza all at once. A kid-friendly dinner that can be made in a hurry.
Slow Cooker Corn Chowder
Slow Cooker Corn Chowder is an easy weeknight meal that is practically done for you. This is a meal that is perfect for when you are in a rush and don't have time to cook.
Skip the drive-thru and enjoy this delicious soup recipe instead!
Weight Watchers Taco Soup
Whether you're on a diet or not, this hearty soup is one you will want to indulge in. It's full of spicy flavor that can be amped up depending on your tastes.
Add a spoonful of sour cream to the top and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar. You can even scoop up a bite with a tortilla chip. Yum!
Copycat Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe
If you love having a bowl of soup at Olive Garden, you're going to adore this copycat Zuppa Toscana. It is full of flavor, and you can enjoy a bottomless bowl right in your own kitchen.
Super Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe - A Family Favorite
This chicken pot pie is a favorite family recipe, so easy to make and freezes well too!
Asian Chicken Salad
A delicious combination of crunchy, tangy and a little sweet. This Top Ramen Asian Chicken Salad is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a group gathering.
Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sheet Pan Chicken & Sweet Potatoes
A sheet pan meal with chicken full of flavor, sweet potatoes that are perfectly soft with a slight crisp to them, and green beans cooked to perfection.
6 Ingredient Shrimp + Zucchini Penne Pasta
A simple recipe that has to be classified as healthy comfort food. A combo of veggies, pasta + a light sauce, Shrimp Zucchini Penne is perfect in every way!
Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil
Simple. Quick. Delicious. The best darn shrimp boil you will ever make or eat!
Chicken, Spinach & Mozzarella Skillet Meal
A delicious combination of tangy, sweet sauce with chicken and spinach served atop delicious Orzo.
Baked Beans With Ground Beef Recipe That Will Win Anyone Over
Baked beans with ground beef is an incredible dinner. Whip it up and toss in the oven to bake. Loaded with flavor and protein to fuel your day.
Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Nuggets Recipe
Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Chicken Nuggets are so easy to make. You have a crispy coating and tender and juicy chicken inside!
The Best Loaded Potato Soup
Loaded Potato Soup is crazy simple to make and full of flavor. Cheesy, creamy and bits of bacon and potatoes in every bite.
Layered Taco Bake Casserole - Make It A Taco Tuesday Night
Looking for Taco Tuesday night recipe ideas?This layered taco bake casserole is such an easy casserole recipe to make, perfect for the busy family.
Recipes are the best!..quick and easy..Thank you for sharing.
These are a great list of dinner recipes, especially when I am in a hurry! I can't wait to try the Chicken Broccoli Noodle Casserole. Yummy!
Thank you for sharing my One Pot Ham and Cheese Pasta recipe.