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If you are looking for easy dinner ideas for quick no-fuss weeknight meals you are in the right place! These recipes all come together quickly and are made with pantry staple ingredients. With minimal prep and minimal ingredients, you can get a well-balanced meal on the table in no time at all.
I don’t know about you, but I can often find weeknight dinners challenging and I’m always trying to come up with new ideas to add to our weekly meal rotation. These pantry staple recipes are delicious family meals that come together quickly and easily. I know you’ll find something you love!
17 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas – Family Dinner Recipes
These are our best healthy and easy dinner recipes – all made with minimal ingredients and prep work. Most of these dinner recipes take about 30 minutes to make from start to finish. With these essential dinner ideas on hand, you will always be able to create a delicious meal quickly and effortlessly.
Be flexible and creative when you make the recipes below. If you don’t have a couple of recipe ingredients on hand, you can most likely find a substitute and replace them or just omit them if they are not essential for the recipe. And of course, if you have a question, you are always welcome to leave a comment and I will be happy to help you.
I love this Honey Sesame Chicken recipe not only because it’s a quick & easy Instant Pot dinner idea but also because you need only a handful of pantry staples and everyone loves it!
Sheet Pan Chicken and Potatoes: You need only a few simple ingredients for this sheet pan dinner: chicken, potatoes, onions and some spices.
This delicious Meatloaf recipe uses pantry & fridge staples like breadcrumbs, spices, onion, eggs, ground beef, ketchup, Worchestershire sauce, and milk.
This easy Chicken Francese recipe comes together in about 30 minutes. While you are cooking the chicken, you can prepare a healthy side like cauliflower rice, green beans, spaghetti, rice, mashed potatoes, or an easy cucumber salad.
This Instant Pot Goulash recipe is one of my most favorite comfort foods! You literally need only 5 main ingredients – stew meat, peppers, onions, carrots and beef stock, and some spices. Serve it over mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower, or rice. A tasty recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes.
Chicken Piccata is a one-skillet dish that is full of bright and fresh flavors. This Italian chicken dish is perfect to serve with roasted honey glazed carrots or roasted root vegetables for a well-balanced dinner.
Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana is one of the most popular Instant Pot recipes on the blog. And not for nothing. About 300K social shares and hundreds of reviews, everyone raves how delicious and easy it is. Only 5 main ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
This Tuna and White Bean Salad recipe is a true pantry staple – canned tuna, canned beans, red onion, spices, and lemon juice. Simple ingredients and big on flavor!
Everyone will be raving about this delicious Chicken Marsala – and the best part is you need only chicken, onion, mushrooms, and a few pantry & fridge staples. It’s easy, satisfying and comes together in minutes. You can omit the prosciutto. Serve it over your favorite side dish.
This Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage and Eggs is one of my go-to recipes for easy & simple dinners. Only 4 main ingredients (ground Italian sausage (or beef), sweet potatoes, onion, and eggs). Super easy and very delicious!
For this Mongolian Beef recipe, you need only flank steak and a few condiments from your pantry. You can serve it over rice, mashed potatoes, or whatever you have available. Restaurant quality dinner made with a few simple ingredients.
When I am in a hurry, I love to make baked salmon with a side of vegetables and rice (or potatoes). This honey sriracha salmon is amazing but if you want to make salmon that is not spicy, try this Maple Dijon Glazed Salmon. – so much flavor!
Again, another delicious tuna salad recipe – Mediterranean Tuna Salad – canned tuna and canned garbanzo beans are the star of the recipe. You can substitute the vegetables in the recipe with whatever you have on hand. It’s filling and tasty!
This Spicy Chicken Fried Rice is a great recipe to use leftover rice, chicken, and veggies. It’s mildly spicy but if you prefer you can omit the spicy sauce.
This Chicken Paprikash recipe is a great chicken & pasta recipe. Add some fresh peppers and onions, and you have a delicious and easy meal your whole family will love!
This Honey Chipotle Recipe is great served with a side or over some greens as a salad. Serve it with your favorite sides, or over some greens as a salad (also add some nuts, a simple dressing, and some veggies)
This grilled chicken Caprese meal takes less than 30 minutes to make and you end up with such juicy and flavorful chicken. You can plate it over rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice or serve it only with the tomato relish. It’s a perfect and light weeknight dinner idea!
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