Main Dishes

What’s for dinner? From chicken, beef, and pork recipes to casseroles, slow cookers meals and Sunday dinners – we’ve got you covered with all the best and easiest dinner ideas.

Homemade Spanish Rice Recipe

How to make Homemade Spanish Rice/Mexican Rice. whatever you call it, we’ve got the best and Easiest Spanish Rice Recipe you can find. It tastes like it came straight from…

45 minutes

4.9 from 691 votes

French Toast Bake

This super delicious overnight French Toast Bake recipe takes French toast to a whole new level! Pieces of sourdough bread covered in an egg mixture, topped with cinnamon sugar, and baked…

1 hour

4.97 from 437 votes

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

Easy and delicious Cheesy Chicken Tetrazzini – Chicken and pasta in a creamy sauce with lots of flavor. It’s a family favorite dinner meal and one that gets rave reviews!…

55 minutes

4.92 from 308 votes

Cheesy Beef Goulash

When you need an easy dinner recipe that will please the whole family, try whipping up some old fashioned goulash! Everyone loves this hodgepodge of macaroni noodles, ground beef, tomatoes,…

1 hour

4.79 from 197 votes

What’s for Dinner?

It’s the question that everyone wants to know, but no one wants to figure out.

But don’t you worry! We are making dinner time a breeze with all of the best recipes – from casseroles to brinner to everything in between, we are here to help you out!

The main dish is typically the star of the dinner and is often the most filling of the entrees. Main dishes can be a protein like fish or chicken, they can be a soup, salad, or casserole. The portion serving size of each type can vary, but in general plan to serve 6-8 oz per person.

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta

15 minutes

4.83 from 184 votes

Pigs in a Blanket

25 minutes

5 from 15 votes

Chicken Quesadillas

12 minutes

4.9 from 66 votes

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

15 minutes

4.88 from 158 votes

Easy Dinner Recipes

Nothing beats simple when it comes to dinner time.

Some of our easiest dinner recipes include a lot of pastas, pizzas, casseroles, and soups.

The key is to make them kid-friendly or ones that require few ingredients, are quick and are enjoyed by the whole family. Once you have your favorites, create a monthly meal plan to keep those favorites in rotation. And don’t be afraid to throw some new ones in there to find new favs!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

25 minutes

5 from 2 votes

Chicken and Green Bean Casserole

1 hour

5 from 9 votes

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

40 minutes

4.94 from 233 votes

Cheesy Baked Ravioli

21 minutes

5 from 13 votes

Make Ahead of Time

Make ahead: Many main dishes can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer to be cooked later. 

  • Freezer tips: To easily get a stockpile of freezer meals simply double a recipe you are already making and freeze half of it.
  • Be sure to use a freezer safe container. Ziplocs are great. 
  • Meals can typically be frozen for 3-6 months. Thaw overnight before reheating. 

Pot Roast

7 hours 5 minutes

4.9 from 28 votes

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

40 minutes

4.81 from 115 votes

Chicken Alfredo

40 minutes

5 from 14 votes

Best Steak Marinade

5 minutes

4.88 from 25 votes

How Much to Make?

Amounts to serve: Planning on how much to make for your main dish can be a bit tricky. Some people eat more than expected and some eat less. Here are some guidelines that will help you as you plan: 

  • Pasta: Plan to serve 2-3 oz of dry pasta per person. If your recipe calls for 16 oz of pasta then the dish can serve about 6-8 guests. Now if you are adding c=veggies or portions to the pasta, then you will be able to serve about 8-10 guests. 
  • Meats: When you are serving beef, chicken or pork as the main dish pan to serve 8-12 oz per person. 
  • Casserole: I typically cut my 9×13” casserole dishes into 20 squares. I’ll usually calculate about 1 ½-2 squares per person. 

Soups or Stew: Plan to serve each guest 5-6 oz of soup or stew or 1 ½-2 cups.

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