Dinner Recipes

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.

Goulash

Old-fashioned Goulash is an easy cheesy family favorite! It’s the perfect go-to dinner recipe for any night of the week. Goulash is a classic dinner recipe that is loved by…

1 hour

4.79 from 215 votes

Chicken Tetrazzini

Easy, creamy and utterly delicious Cheesy Chicken Tetrazzini is a family favorite that takes minutes to prep and is gone in no time! Easy Chicken Tetrazzini is one of our…

55 minutes

4.97 from 357 votes

Red Cheese Enchiladas

Restaurant-Style Red Cheese Enchiladas are an old family favorite recipe that is simply the best!! They are cheesy, saucy, and so yummy. These are the BEST red cheese enchiladas. Serve…

47 minutes

4.77 from 201 votes

Crescent Roll Chicken Bundles

Shredded chicken mixed with cream cheese, Italian dressing mix, and cream of chicken rolled into buttery crescent dough! These flavorful Chicken Crescent Roll Bundles have become a family fave. This is…

34 minutes

4.61 from 33 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.

POPULAR

EASY DINNER IDEAS

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta

15 minutes

4.83 from 200 votes

Pigs in a Blanket

25 minutes

5 from 21 votes

Chicken Quesadillas

12 minutes

4.81 from 71 votes

Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos

15 minutes

4.88 from 171 votes

EASY PEASY DINNER IDEAS!

Nothing beats simple when it comes to dinner time.

Some of our easiest dinner recipes include a lot of:

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!

READER FAVORITE

MAKE AHEAD MEALS

Baked Pasta

25 minutes

5 from 2 votes

Chicken and Green Bean Casserole

1 hour

5 from 9 votes

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

40 minutes

4.95 from 253 votes

Cheesy Baked Ravioli

21 minutes

5 from 13 votes

Do it in advance!

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. 

Be sure to check out each main dish recipe for tips and information on how to store and how to make meals ahead of time.

MEAT LOVER'S FAVORITE

DINNER RECIPES

Pot Roast & Gravy

7 hours 5 minutes

4.90 from 28 votes

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

40 minutes

4.82 from 117 votes

Chicken Alfredo

40 minutes

5 from 14 votes

Steak Marinade

1 day 5 minutes

4.90 from 28 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.

KRISTYN'S FAVORITE

DINNER RECIPES

Newest Main Dishes

BBQ Chicken Salad

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5 from 1 vote

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

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Chicken Kabobs

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Rice-a-Roni Chicken Salad

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Best Chili Recipe

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