110 Easy Dinner Ideas We Can’t Get Enough Of
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These easy dinner ideas answer the age-old question of “What’s for dinner?” so simply. Each easy dish preps fast and with simple ingredients. Find great recipes for all times of the year.
Easy Pad Thai Recipe
Skip the take-out restaurant and give this pad thai recipe a try if you need an easy and quick meal.
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Easy Beef Enchiladas
When there are young children in the house, you want foods that are a snap to prepare. Loaded with meat, cheese and a flavorful rice mix, these easy beef enchiladas fit the bill. But they’re so good that I make them to serve to company, too.
Jennifer Smith Colona Illinois
Easy Crock-Pot Pot Roast
I love this easy pot roast Crock-Pot recipe for a couple of reasons. First, it’s delicious. Second, it’s easy! I can’t describe the feeling of walking into my house after work and smelling this dish that’s been simmering in the slow cooker all day. There’s nothing better.
This easy Alfredo sauce is creamy, comforting and coats fettuccine noodles in fine fashion. This recipe is wonderful as is, but sometimes I like to add sliced fresh mushrooms and black olives that have been sautéed in butter and garlic.
Jo Gray Park City Montana
This easy chicken tenders recipe was designed for kids, but it’s tasty enough for company. The tender strips are moist and juicy and would also be great on a salad.
Becky Oliver Fairplay Colorado
My recipe box is full of delicious pork recipes, but this easy stir-fry recipe really stands out from the rest. My family loves the citrus glaze that coats the tender pork and vegetables. Ginger, garlic and orange juice provide its terrific taste.
Jackie Hannahs Cedar Springs Michigan
Easy Fish Tacos
I like to pair pan-fried tilapia with a cool and creamy slaw for a flavorful fish taco recipe—easy and delicious! The simple, nutritious ingredients and kid-friendly taste make this Mexican-inspired dish a perfect weeknight dinner. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Easy Glazed Ham
This old-fashioned, easy ham glaze gives a pretty, golden brown coating just like Grandma used to make. The mustard and vinegar complement the brown sugar and add tangy flavor to this glazed ham recipe. Be prepared to serve seconds! Easy Dinner Ideas.
Carol Strong Battle Heathville Virginia
Keep a batch of these meatballs in your freezer for a simple weeknight meal. This easy meatball recipe can be used for pizzas, sub sandwiches, in soups and more.
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Simple Pasta Sauce
This is a simple pasta sauce that you can use for more than just spaghetti. Puree this recipe for pizza sauce or a great dipping sauce. I also like to make a variation for bruschetta by omitting the olive oil, using fire-roasted diced tomatoes and simply combining the uncooked ingredients. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving on toasts.
Deborah Markwood, Chester, Virginia
This simple apricot chicken is one of my favorite dishes. Everybody just loves it and leftovers are always just as good the next day. For variation, I’ve used pork instead of chicken and added additional ingredients like pineapple, mandarin oranges, snow peas and broccoli.
Vicki Ruiz, Twin Falls, Idaho.
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Rosemary Salmon and Veggies
One night, while in a rush to get dinner on the table, I created this rosemary salmon meal. It’s a keeper! You can also include sliced zucchini, small cauliflower florets or fresh green beans.
Elizabeth Bramkamp Gig Harbor Washington
Prosciutto Pasta Toss
I love quick, simple dishes, and this pasta with prosciutto and peas is one of my favorites. I prepare a tossed green salad while the pasta cooks and serve up a lovely light supper in minutes!
Laura Murphy Ogden Charlotte North Carolina
Lemon Shrimp Orzo
What I love about this lemon shrimp orzo is that it’s so tasty and it can be eaten hot or cold. It tastes great with chicken, too.
Aleni Salcedo East Elmhurst New York
Quick Beef and Noodles
My family loves stroganoff, and this beef and noodles dish is my lightened-up version. Using meat from the deli saves the hours spent cooking a beef roast. I serve this with a salad for a great, homestyle meal. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Pamela Shank Parkersburg West Virginia
Rosemary Lime Chicken
I experimented with herbs and seasonings quite a bit before creating the final version of this entree. The tartness of the lime juice really complements the rosemary. Everyone loves it.
Nicole Harris, Mt. Union, Pennsylvania
Hawaiian Pork Chops
Looking for a great last-minute meal when friends drop in? Hampton, Virginia’s Michelle Cavalier recommends one of her husband’s sweet-and-sour favorites. “This is so easy, tastes just like Hawaiian pizza, and I usually have all ingredients on hand.”
Prepare corn dogs at home just like you’d get at the fair. Both kids and grown-ups will love this hearty corn dog batter.
Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
Applesauce Barbecue Chicken
You only need a few ingredients to create this sweet and peppery chicken. The subtle flavor of apple makes this tender barbecue dish stand out from the rest.
Darla Andrews, Farmers Branch, Texas
My baked chimichanga recipe is healthier than a deep-fried version, but it’s just as delicious. You can omit the chilies for less heat.
Angela Oelschlaeger, Tonganoxie, Kansas
Fast Baked Fish
We always have a good supply of fresh fish, so I makefish recipesoften. This recipe is my favorite because it is moist, tender and flavorful.
Judie Anglen, Riverton, Wyoming
Sweet-and-Sour Popcorn Chicken
This sweet and sour chicken dish is one you’ll find yourself returning to again and again. Pre-cooked, frozen popcorn chicken simmered in a thick, homemade sweet-and-sour sauce is the secret to this fast and fabulous recipe. And what a great way to dress up frozen chicken nuggets!
Amy Corlew-Sherlock, Lapeer, Michigan
Salmon with Spinach Sauce
You won’t have to fish for compliments with this tasty recipe. Poaching is a quick and healthy way to prepare an entree as delicate as fish, keeping it moist and tender while cooking. And the flavorful spinach sauce adds a pretty green accent to the pink salmon.
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Pizza Potato Toppers
Not only is this recipe quick and easy to make, but it’s an economical treat as well. I don’t know of a more satisfying way to stretch a half pound of meat!
Sheila Friedrich, Antelope, Montana
Greek Chicken & Rice
A fresh take on comfort food, Greek chicken and rice is my go-to on busy weeknights and when unexpected company stops by. Boost the health benefits and toss in chopped spinach.
Savannah Lay, Baker City, Oregon
Penne alla Vodka
This easy and impressive pasta is always on the menu when my husband and I have new friends over for dinner. Years later, they’ve asked me to make this Penne alla Vodka recipe again.
Cara Langer, Overland Park, Kansas
Breaded Pork Chops
These traditional pork chops have a wonderful home-cooked flavor like the ones Mom used to make. The breading makes them crispy outside and tender and juicy inside. Why not treat your family to some breaded pork chops tonight?
Deborah Amrine, Grand Haven, Michigan
Pork Cabbage Stir-Fry
The ginger comes through nicely in this colorful napa cabbage stir-fry that is lower in fat and sodium than many. It’s great served over steamed rice or cooked noodles.
Marcie Nor of Macungie, Pennsylvania
Grilled Huli Huli Chicken
I got this grilled huli huli chicken recipe from a friend while living in Hawaii. It sizzles with the flavors of brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce. Hulimeans “turn” in Hawaiian. This sweet and savory glaze is fantastic on pork chops, too. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Sharon Boling San Diego California
Smoked Sausage with Pasta
Loaded with sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes and basil flavor, this quick recipe satisfies the toughest critics. It’s one of my husband’s favorite dishes, and he has no idea it’s lower in fat. Add a green salad for a delicious meal.
Ruth Ann Ruddell, Shelby Township, Michigan
Three-Cheese Pesto Pizza
We love the bold flavor of this pizza that’s a bit different from the traditional. The pesto, cheese and olive topping makes a delicious statement. Serve it as a main dish, or as a fun appetizer cut in smaller pieces. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Pat Stevens, Granbury, Texas
In place of the ground beef and mozzarella cheese, consider topping this zesty pie with lean ground sausage and cheddar cheese. It tastes just as good. Easy Dinner Ideas.
LaVerna Mjones, Moorhead, Minnesota
Roast Beef Pasta Skillet
Leftover beef is the star in a skillet dinner that’s perfect for two. Chopped tomatoes and Parmesan cheese add color and flavor to this no-fuss dish. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Bill Hilbrich, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Taco Pizza Squares
Everyone will come running the minute you take this fun twist on pizza out of the oven. I top convenient refrigerated pizza dough with leftover taco meat, tomatoes and cheese, bringing a full-flavored fiesta to the table in under half an hour.
Sarah Vovos, Middleton, Wisconsin.
Pork Chops with Parmesan Sauce
Moist and tender chops make a speedy and comforting weeknight meal. They’re dressed with a smooth, creamy sauce seasoned with Parmesan, onion and a hint of nutmeg, parsley and thyme. Here’s a new family favorite! Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Shrimp ‘n’ Noodle Bowls
Here’s a quick meal that feels as if it came from a restaurant. Cooked shrimp, bagged slaw and bottled dressing reduce the time needed to get it on the table. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Mary Bergfeld, Eugene, Oregon
Steak Sandwich Kabobs
Skewers with seasoned steak, bread and veggies are grilled and topped with provolone cheese for a fantastic meal. Coleslaw, spruced up with chopped walnuts, is a great side for the kabobs.
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Quick-cooking turkey breast slices make this recipe a winner when you only have a few minutes to fix a satisfying meal. I’ve also used flattened boneless skinless chicken breast halves in place of the turkey of this entree. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Karen Adams, Cleveland, Tennessee
Dinner in a Bag
I get a head start on this family-pleasing dinner by assembling ready-to-grab pantry kits. I measure dry macaroni and the spice mixture into separate containers, storing them in a paper bag with canned tomatoes. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Darlene Brenden Salem Oregon
Italian Beef and Shells
A veggie and pasta combo makes a hearty entree that comes together easily. Wine lends an extra touch of flavor to the sauce and makes this main dish a winner.
Mike Tchou, Pepper Pike, Ohio
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Broccoli Beef Braids
Each slice of this fast-to-fix, golden bread is like a hot sandwich packed with beef, broccoli and mozzarella. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Penny Lapp, North Royalton, Ohio
A terrific recipe for moms with young kids and busy lives, this simple, inexpensive dish is made with handy ingredients and takes just a short time. Best of all, kids will go absolutely crazy for these darling dinner bites!
Jeri Millhouse, Ashland, Ohio
Asian Chicken Dinner
This quick microwave oven dish for two is perfect for a busy day. Soy sauce and chicken broth bring out flavors of the chicken and veggies.
Carolyn Zimmerman, Fairbury, Illinois
This fast and healthy alternative to traditional tacos has a delicious southwestern flair. The fact that is comes together in just 30 minutes makes it even more irresistible.
Maria Gobel, Greenfield, Wisconsin
Apples ‘n’ Onion Topped Chops
Now that my husband and I are trying to lose weight, I find it a challenge to come up with healthy dishes that are flavorful, quick and appealing to us and our young daughter. This one fits the bill on all counts. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Beverly McLain, Endicott, New York
Chicken with Couscous
My sister shared this recipe, and it’s been a hit with me, my husband and our friends ever since. After working all day, I love that this dish is fast to prepare. Plus, it’s irresistibly bright and delicious.
Shari Ruffalo, Watertown, New York
Cobb Salad Wraps
A homemade dressing lightens up these refreshing tortilla wraps. The avocado, bacon, blue cheese and tomato deliver the flavors I enjoy most while keeping me on my healthy eating plan.
Lynne Van Wagenen of Salt Lake City, Utah
Turkey Sausage with Pasta
If you’re looking for recipes with turkey sausage, stop here. This has the perfect blend of meaty, veggie and cheesy goodness. You’ll be craving what’s good for you when this pasta dish is on the menu.
Mary Tallman Arbor Vitae Wisconsin
Looking for a low-carb supper that’s ready in a pinch? These buttery sole fillets are covered with a rich sauce and topped with toasty bread crumbs. Easy Dinner Ideas.
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Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy
Here’s a meat-and-potatoes meal that no one will want to miss. It makes for a hearty dish the whole family will cozy up to in no time!
Denise Wheeler, Newaygo, Michigan
Quick Pepperoni Calzones
This calzone recipe takes the Italian favorite to the next level with Parmesan and herbs sprinkled on top.
Shannon Roum Waukesha Wisconsin
Barbecue Shepherd’s Pie
Have a wholesome meal even on hectic nights. I like to add leftover veggies, like green beans, sweet potatoes or corn, and zip it up with chipotle powder.
Angela Buchanan, Longmont, Colorado
Cuban-Style Pork Chops
These are like Cuban sandwiches without the bread, so they’re a bit more elegant. Let your family customize theirs with pickles, mustard and other condiments.
Erica Allen, Tuckerton, New Jersey
Spicy Tomato Pork Chops
Simmered in tomato sauce, these pork chops are big at our house. I add garlic powder and Creole or Cajun seasoning before browning the chops to give them extra punch.
Holly Neuharth Mesa Arizona
Our honey mustard glaze gives every bite of these brats a sweet and punchy flavor. Everyone who tries them agrees they’re delicious.
Lily Julow Lawrenceville Georgia
Weeknight Ravioli Lasagna
My husband and I love lasagna, but it’s time-consuming to build and we always end up with too much. Using frozen ravioli solves everything.
Pamela Nicholson Festus Missouri
My mom gave me a fundraiser cookbook, and this is the recipe I’ve used most. My whole family is on board. For toppings, think sour cream, tomatoes, jalapeno and red onion.
Judy Hughes Waverly Kansas
Pressure-Cooked Mesquite Ribs
When we’re missing the grill during winter, these tangy ribs give us that same smoky barbecue taste we love. They’re so simple, and fall-off-the-bone delicious, too! Easy Dinner Ideas.
Sue Evans, Marquette, Michigan
Sweet Chili & Orange Chicken
My husband loves this simple sweet chili chicken dish so much he often requests it when he comes home from deployment. The sweet chili sauce adds just the right amount of heat to the bright, citrusy sauce.
Jessica Eastman Bremerton Washington
Quick and Easy Stromboli
Sandwich fixin’s get rolled into a shortcut dinner favorite, thanks to refrigerated pizza dough. Use any combo of cheese, deli meat and veggies that you like or that you have on hand.
Catherine Cassidy Milwaukee Wisconsin
Pressure-Cooker Short Ribs
These short ribs explode with flavor and tenderness. They are a quick and easy alternative to traditionally braised short ribs. Serve with egg noodles, rice or polenta.
Rebekah Beyer Sabetha Kansas
Beer-Braised Pulled Ham
To jazz up ham, I slow-cooked it with a beer sauce. Buns loaded with ham, pickles and mustard are irresistible.
Ann Sheehy Lawrence Massachusetts
White Cheddar Mac & Cheese
My mac and cheese is simple and has lots of flavor from the cheeses and ground chipotle chile. I use conchiglie pasta because its shape allows more melted cheese to pool inside. Yum!
Colleen Delawder Herndon Virginia
Caesar Chicken with Feta
My tomatoey chicken is the perfect answer on those crazy days when supper has to be on the table in 30 minutes, tops (doesn’t hurt that it’s delicious, too).
Denise Chelpka Phoenix Arizona
Italian Herb-Crusted Pork Loin
I like to change things up during the holidays with pork loin recipes that incorporate my favorite herbs and veggies. This showpiece dish really dazzles my family. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Kim Palmer Kingston Georgia
Italian Sausage and Zucchini Soup
Everyone in my family likes this soup. Sometimes I use mini farfalle in this soup because my grandchildren say it looks like tiny butterflies. The recipe also works in a slow cooker.
Nancy Murphy Mount Dora Florida
Lemon-Butter Tilapia with Almonds
Sometimes I want a nice meal without a ton of effort or wait time. Thankfully, I’ve got this lemony, buttery fish that’s super fast and totally tasty. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Ramona Parris Canton Georgia
Creamy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas
I love spicy food, but I think the creaminess of these enchiladas’ topping makes them more friendly to a variety of tastes.
Crystal Schlueter Northglenn Colorado
Country Ribs Dinner Recipe
Ribs slow-cooked with carrots, celery, onions and red potatoes are pure comfort food for us. To add a little zip, we sometimes sprinkle in cayenne. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Rose Ingall Manistee Michigan
Sausage-Stuffed Butternut Squash
Load butternut squash shells with an Italian turkey sausage and squash mixture for a quick and easy meal. Even better, it’s surprisingly low in calories.
Katia Slinger Columbus Georgia
Salmon and Spud Salad
I headed straight for the kitchen when I decided to pick up a healthier lifestyle. This salmon with veggies proves that smart choices can be simple and satisfying. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Matthew Teixeira Milton Ontario
Playing with food is loads of fun when you have Tater Tots and taco toppings. Let kids build their own for smiles all around.
Eleanor Mielke Mitchell South Dakota
African Chicken & Sweet Potatoes
I came up with this African chicken when I combined some of my favorite ingredients: sweet potatoes, chicken and peanut butter. Add mango chutney and tomatoes and you’ve got a fantastic busy-week recipe. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Devon Delaney Westport Connecticut
Weeknight Chicken Mozzarella Sandwiches
My husband is a big garlic fan, so we use garlic bread crumbs and garlic sauce for our baked chicken sandwiches, so comforting on a chilly day. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Bridget Snyder Syracuse New York
Lemony Tortellini Bacon Salad
Who says summer meals have to be complicated? We love this tangy, simple and tasty salad on warm summer nights. Add a cold glass of lemonade or iced tea and dinner couldn’t be easier.
Samantha Vicars Kenosha Wisconsin
Mom’s Spanish Rice
My mom is famous for her Spanish rice recipe, the ultimate comfort food. When I want a taste of home, I whip up this dish. Punch up the flavor with a little lime and extra chili powder. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Joan Hallford North Richland Hills Texas
Thai Chicken Tacos
Inspired by a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, this recipe is an awesome way to use leftover chicken. If you have a little extra time, let the carrot and cucumber marinate in some rice vinegar before taco time. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Melissa Halonen Spokane Washington
Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole
This is a rich and surprisingly tasty rendition of all the Tex-Mex dishes molded into one packed, beautiful casserole. Best of all, it’s ready in only half an hour! Easy Dinner Ideas.
Janet McCormick Proctorville Ohio
Broiled Chicken & Artichokes
I first made this chicken entree as newlyweds and have been hooked on it ever since, and make it almost weekly. It’s so simple and affordable, yet delicious and healthy. Can’t beat that.
Chris Koon Midlothian Virginia
Oven-Fried Green Tomato BLT
I’ve used this cooking method on eggplant slices for years, so I decided to try it on green tomatoes. It worked! Now my family loves them in BLTs.
Jolene Martinelli Derry New Hampshire
Easy Ground Beef Taco Salad
Every time I have to bring a dish to a party, friends ask for my taco salad. Even players on my son’s football team ask for it.
Lori Buntrock Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin
Swedish Meatballs Alfredo
I’m a big fan of this potluck-perfect dish. It takes much less time than many other slow-cooker recipes. Plus, it’s easy. I’m all for the easy!
Carole Bess White Portland Oregon
Blackened Halibut Recipes
Try serving this spicy halibut recipe with garlic mashed potatoes, hot, crusty bread and a crisp salad to lure in your crew. After trying a few halibut recipes, this one is my family’s favorite.
Brenda Williams Santa Maria California
Angel Hair with Chicken & Cherries
Nutmeg and cherries are the new “it” pair. It’s the secret something that really makes this angel hair pasta dish. My vegetarian friend likes it just as well without chicken. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Mary Ann Sander Centralia Missouri
Jamaican Salmon with Coconut Cream Sauce
We try to eat salmon a lot because it’s so healthy, and I love thinking of new ways to make it different and delicious. This dazzler is easy and is my go-to meal for company. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Joni Hilton Rocklin California
Chicken Pasta Caesar Salad
My colleagues and I made a pact to eat healthier, and we took turns sharing dishes. I’m happy to report that, thanks to recipes like this crisp and tangy salad, we all trimmed down.
Teresa Jordan Springville Utah
Chicken-Fried Steak & Gravy
As a child, my grandmother taught me how to make this chicken fried steak. I taught my daughters, and when my granddaughters are bigger, I’ll show them, too.
Donna Cater Fort Ann New York
Asian Glazed Chicken Thighs
Everyone goes for this super moist, garlicky chicken, including my fussy kids. For your holiday buffet or family gathering, serve it with rice or noodles.
Carole Lotito Hillsdale New Jersey
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Easy Chicken Corn Chowder
I play around with ingredients in my pantry instead of running to the store when I don’t know what’s for dinner. This yummy chicken corn chowder was one of my experiments. Cut some fat by leaving out the bacon. It’s still tasty. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Barbara Banski Fenton Michigan
Salmon with Spinach & White Beans
Southerner at heart. This salmon with garlicky beans and spinach won him over at first bite.
Mary Ellen Hofstetter Brentwood Tennessee
Parmesan Chicken Nuggets Recipe
My 3-year-old is going through a stage where he’ll eat only chicken nuggets and French fries. I like to make these golden nuggets for him so I know what he’s eating. They’re so good, we like them, too! —Amanda Livesay, Mobile, Alabama
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Sausage & Cannellini Bean Soup
Here’s my reproduction of a dish from a famous Chicago eatery. We think it rivals the original. I usually cook this at least once a week. It’s a tasty way to keep my lunchbox full of healthy options.
Marilyn McGinnis Peoria Arizona
Bacon & Cheddar Chicken
Cheese and bacon don’t usually come “light.” But this tasty recipe keeps the fat and calories low and flavor high. This family friendly chicken bacon recipe can easily be doubled to serve a larger group.
Trisha Kruse Eagle Idaho
Southern-Style Oven-Fried Chicken
I call this America’s best-loved oven-fried chicken. The secret is in the breading, which makes the chicken super moist and flavorful, herby and golden brown. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Elaina Morgan Rickman Tennessee
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Chicken Gnocchi Pesto Soup
After tasting a similar soup at a restaurant, I created this quick and tasty version. The pesto adds an extra-nice Italian flavor that is often missing from other gnocchi soups. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Deanna Smith Des Moines Iowa
Parmesan Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken
On lazy summer weekends, we like chicken and yellow squash tossed with bow tie pasta. Add extra fresh grated Parmesan for a Sunday touch.
Sarah Smiley Bangor Maine
Spicy Pumpkin & Corn Soup
A seriously quick dish, it can satisfy a hungry household in 15 minutes. My family loves sharing this soup with cornbread, or you can add a zesty kick with some Rotel.
Heather Rorex Winnemucca Nevada
Favorite Skillet Lasagna
Whole wheat noodles and zucchini pump up nutrition in this delicious, family-friendly dinner. Topped with dollops of ricotta cheese, it has an extra touch of decadence. No one will believe this one’s lighter. Easy Dinner Ideas.
Lorie Miner Kamas Utah
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Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
I like to sprinkle chicken stew with toasted almonds or cashews and serve with hot couscous. Flavored with cinnamon and a touch of sweetness from the apricots, this pretty dish will stand apart from the rest at potlucks, too! Easy Dinner Ideas.
Angela Buchanan Longmont Colorado
Grilled Tilapia Piccata
We aren’t big fish eaters, but a friend made this for us, and we couldn’t believe how wonderful it was! Now we eat it regularly. I love making it for guests because it’s simple, looks lovely and tastes restaurant-worthy.
Beth Cooper Columbus Ohio
Black Bean Chicken with Rice
This spicy family favorite calls for just a few basic ingredients, so it’s quick and easy to stir up in your skillet on a weeknight.
Molly Newman Portland Oregon