The Ultimate List Of Meals For Dinner You Need Tonight

Last year I really dropped the ball with making dinner, and we relied on takeout a few too many times. This month, I’m making an extra effort to get my dinner-making under control.

One of the problems I was having was that I never had a PLAN, and ended up staring into my void of a fridge once dinnertime came around……And then I ordered takeout.

So, I put together this ultimate (and easy) list of meals for dinner.  Having this list on hand to scroll for dinner ideas is a TON easier than starting from scratch, trying to pull dinner recipes from your brain….and fridge.

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Quick Tips To Make Dinnertime Easy

Make Meal Planning and Meal Prepping a Part of Your Week

Since we don’t really have the luxury of quickly popping into the market for things anymore, making sure there is food in the house is more important than ever.  

So, we have to be more intentional each time we go to the grocery store.  That’s where this list of easy dinner meals comes in SO handy.  

We can look through the list and pick out the dinner recipes for the week all at once, and make one grocery list for the week that covers everything.

Meal planning in general is important for two reasons:

  • It takes away the need to make that decision every day, freeing up brain power, and
  • It helps give structure to your day and to your family, which is especially important when you have children.  Nobody’s asking, “What’s for dinner” anymore, they already know.

Meal prepping can go hand in hand with your meal plan, and this is what REALLY helps me get out of the order-takeout-rut.  

You see, once you know your daily dinner recipe, you know what needs to be thawed, mixed, and all that before dinner comes. 

I use a very simple meal prep plan, which is preparing the ingredients ahead of dinnertime (usually on Sunday or Tuesday of each week).  Chopping, slicing, marinating, mixing, etc.

This way, all I have to do is throw the ingredients into the pot or pan to cook, and my nightly dinner cooking time is literally however long it takes to cook the meal.  It’s the BEST time saving hack I have in my working mom arsenal.  

Here is my post all about meal prepping for busy moms, it even includes three days of meals if you are feeling stuck on what to make!

Get the Kids Involved in Picking Dinner Recipes

The kids (and the rest of the family, really) can get involved with dinner and basically take some of the load off of your shoulders.  Here’s how:

  • They can help pick out the recipes with you for the week
  • They can help prep the ingredients with you on your meal prep day
  • For older children, your house can rotate dinner duty each night, giving each family member the job of making a dinner they pick out.  This not only gives the child some (supervised) responsibility, but it also makes sure they are home for family time on some nights during the week.

Benefits of Cooking at Home By Having a List of Meals for Dinner at The Ready

  • It’s cheaper,
  • It pretty much guarantees you won’t be throwing away expired & rotten food at the end of each week, and
  • You are much more likely to use items on your shelf and pantry that are easily forgotten.

Ultimate List of Meals for Dinner

This list of easy family meals will make sure you NEVER run out of dinner ideas ever again!  If you want to skip around by category, click on any of these:

List of Dinners by Cooking Tool/Style:

One Pot

skillet lasagna Flavor the Moments
Skillet Lasagna, by Flavor the Moments

Skillet Lasagna (One Pot + 30 Minutes!), by Flavor the Moments

Easy 1 Hour Deep Dish Pizza, by Sweet Tea and Thyme

One Pan Rosemary Chicken Thighs with Cranberry Sauce, by Tasting with Tina

20 Minute Sweet and Spicy Noodles, by Served from Scratch

One Pan Mexican Quinoa, by Vegan Huggs (also Vegan)

Shakshuka With Feta, by Caramel & Cashews

One-Pot Italian Chicken and Rice, by Coffee Fit Kitchen

Cheesy Broccoli Sausage Pasta Skillet, by This Ole Mom

Chicken Stroganoff, by The Cozy Cook (also Crock-Pot Friendly)

Zucchini Beef Skillet, by Eating Richly

The Best Ground Turkey Chili You’ll Ever Eat, by On My Kids Plate (also Freezer-Friendly)

One Pot Sausage Linguine, by 365 Days of Baking & More

Chickpeas with Chorizo in Spicy Tomato Sauce, by Everyday Delicious

One Pot 20 Minute Greek Pasta, by Served from Scratch

One Pan Chicken Potato Gratin, by Where Is My Spoon

Easy Chicken Fajitas, by Small Town Woman

Crock Pot/Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken by The Art of Food and Wine
Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken, by The Art of Food and Wine

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken, by The Art of Food and Wine

Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos, by On My Kids Plate

Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini And Sausage Soup, by Cheese Curd in Paradise

Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches, by Cheese Curd in Paradise

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, by The Gracious Wife

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, by Strength & Sunshine


Pierogie Casserole by Small Town Woman
Pierogie Casserole, by Small Town Woman

Cheesy Pierogi Casserole, by Small Town Woman

Baked Ziti, by Confetti & Bliss

Chicken Noodle Casserole, by Baking Beauty

Easy Turkey Taco Casserole, by Honey + Lime

One-Pan Chicken Potato Gratin, by Where Is My Spoon

Mexican Chicken Casserole, by Amanda’s Cookin’

Veal Orloff, by Peter’s Food Adventures

Sheet Pan

Honey Lime Baked Chicken Fajitas by Lemons and Zest
Honey Lime Baked Chicken Fajitas by Lemons and Zest

Easy Pizza Rolls with Homemade Pizza Dough, by Everyday Thrifty (also Freezer-Friendly)

Sheet Pan Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi With Chicken Sausage & Broccoli, by Hungry Hobby

Biscuit Pizza Puffs, by Stef’s Eats and Sweets

Honey Lime Baked Chicken Fajitas, by Lemons + Zest

Dew Drop Cabbage & Sausage, by Eating Richly

One Pan Baked Chicken Thigh Recipe with Green Beans and Red Potatoes, by Coupons & Recipes For Your Family

Easy Orange Glazed Salmon and Asparagus, by Greta’s Day

Sheet Pan Mozzarella Chicken and Potatoes, by Dancing Through the Rain

Instant Pot

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes Super Simple Salty Life Dinner Meal
Instant Pot Sloppy Joes, by Super Simple Salty Life

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese, by Tasty Oven

Keto Instant Pot Chili, by Two Sleevers

Instant Pot Chicken Curry, by Went There 8 This

Instant Pot Turkey Stir Fry, by The Inspiration Edit

Instant Pot Vegetable Biryani, by Piping Hot Curry (also Vegetarian)

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes, by Super Simple Salty Life

Air Fryer

Air Fryer Shrimp Scampi, by Two Sleevers

Air Fryer Keto Shrimp Scampi, by Two Sleevers

Stir Fry

homemade chow mein noodle
Ultimate Chinese Chow Mein, by Savory Bites Recipes

Easy Egg Roll in a Bowl: Keto Crack Slaw, by Wholesome Yum

Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry, by Wholesome Yum

Easy Thai Vegetable Stir Fry With Pumpkin + Tofu, by Nutriciously

Ultimate Chinese Chow Mein, by Savory Bites Recipes (I would pre-prep the spices & the sauce to save cooking time with this one)

Dinners By Main Ingredient:


Oven Baked Chicken Drumsticks and Vegetables, by On My Kids Plate

Easy Oven Baked Drumsticks with Potatoes and Carrots, by On My Kids Plate

Pesto Chicken Bake, by Confetti & Bliss

Easy Breaded Chicken Tenders, by Urban Bliss Life (also Freezer-Friendly)

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Chicken, by Sula and Spice

Easy Lemon Artichoke Chicken, by Amee’s Savory Dish

Easy Chicken Alfredo, by Lemons + Zest

Easy Baked Chicken Parmesan, by Amee’s Favorite Dish

BBQ Baked Chicken Quarters, by The Anthony Kitchen

Easy Baked Boneless Chicken Breasts, by Go Healthy Ever After

Chicken Burrito Bowls, by All Nutritious

Chicken Shawarma Lettuce Wraps, by Sassy Cooking

Thai Cashew Chicken, by State of Dinner


Oven Roasted Salmon, by My Chef’s Apron

Easy Pan Seared Salmon with Chimichurri Sauce, by Tasting with Tina

Easy Weeknight Salmon Dinner, by NP Courtney

Easy Baked Lemon Dijon Salmon, by Flavor the Moments

Salmon Spinach Pasta, by White Kitchen Red Wine

Buttery Baked Salmon with Baby Broccoli, by My Chefs Apron


sweet and sour shrimp
Sweet and Sour Shrimp, by Mae’s Menu

Easy Thai Shrimp Curry, by Went Here 8 This

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa, by Give Me a Fork

Sweet and Sour Shrimp, by Mae’s Menu


Crunchwrap Supreme Confetti Bliss
Crunchwrap Supreme, by Confetti & Bliss

The Best Chuck Pot Roast, by The Diasporic Dish

Crunchwrap Supreme, by Confetti & Bliss

Easy Hamburger Stew, by Small Town Woman

Spinach Tomato Meatza Pizza, by Low Carb Yum (Also Paleo)

Easy Grilled Steak and Potato Kebabs, by Moore or Less Cooking

Carne Asada Recipe, by The Art of Food and Wine

Cheesy Beef Enchiladas, by On Ty’s Plate

Shepherd’s Pie Loaded Baked Potatoes, by Cupcakes & Kale Chips


Crispy Sesame Tofu Southern and Modern
Crispy Sesame Tofu, by Southern and Modern

Crispy Sesame Tofu, by Southern & Modern

Peanut Tofu Satay Curry, by Rhian’s Recipes

Vegan Asian Broccoli Mushroom Tofu Stir Fry, by My Plentiful Cooking


Quick Red Beans and Rice Nibble and Dine
Quick Red Beans and Rice, by Nibble and Dine

Quick Red Beans and Rice, by Nibble and Dine

Soup, Salad & Pasta Dinner Meals


Chicken Tortellini Soup the Forked Spoon
Chicken Tortellini Soup, by The Forked Spoon

Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup Recipe, by The Forked Spoon

Keto Chicken Pot Pie Soup, by Cassidy’s Craveable Creations

Healthy Clear Vegetable Soup, by Dassana’s Veg Recipes

Easy French Onion Soup, by Emily Fabulous

Easy Ramen Noodle Recipe, by Emily Fabulous

Healthy Chicken Lime & Avocado Soup, by Everyday Thrifty


 Salad Healthy Life Trainer
Grilled Chicken Salad, by Healthy Life Trainer

Easy Taco Salad Recipe, by Sustain my Cooking Habit

Pan Seared Chicken Caesar Salad, by On Ty’s Plate

Fresh Caprese Salad with Crispy Eggplant, by Straight to the Hips, Baby

Eggplant Tomato Onion Salad, by Alyssa Germaine

Grilled Chicken Salad, by Healthy Life Trainer


penne alla vodka Sweet Tea Thyme
Penne Alla Vodka, by Sweet Tea + Thyme

Chicken Thyme Pasta, by Cooked by Julie

One Pot Fettuccine Alfredo, by Spoon Fork Bacon

The Best Easy Penne Alla Vodka, by Sweet Tea + Thyme

Cream Cheese Pasta, by Green Bowl 2 Soul

Schinkennudeln (German Pasta with Ham and Eggs), by Recipes from Europe

Angel Hair Pasta Recipe With Shrimp And Red Sauce, by Go Healthy Ever After

Prawn Linguine, by The Accidental Chef

Creamy Vegan Cabbage Pasta, by the Accidental Chef

Garlic Angel Hair Pasta, by Mae’s Menu

Light and Flavorful Broccoli Pasta, by Julie Blanner

Vegetarian & Vegan Dinners

Vegetarian/Meatless Monday

vegetarian nachos by Mrs Jones Kitchen
Vegetarian Nachos by Mrs. Jones’ Kitchen

Fried Tortellini and Broccoli, by Tasty Oven

20 Minutes Zucchini Stir Fry, by Curry Trail

15 Minute Vegetarian Nachos, by Ms. Jones’ Kitchen

Spinach & Corn Salsa Quesadillas, by Mom’s Test Kitchen

Vegetarian Quinoa Enchilada Bake, by Two Pink Peonies

Best Dan Dan Style Noodles, by Home with Anna


Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese My Vegan Minimalist
Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese, by My Vegan Minimalist

Easy Vegan Peanut Noodles, by The Pesky Vegan

Lazy Falafel, by Rhian’s Recipes

Easy Vegetable Lo Mein, by Vegan Huggs

Healthy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff, by Plant Prosperous

Lemon Garlic Zoodles, by Pink Fortitude

Anti-Inflammatory Vegan Lentil Carrot Soup (One-Pot), by Nutriciously

Satay Sweet Potato Curry, by The Accidental Chef

Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese, by My Vegan Minimalist

Chana Masala, by Urban Farmie

Lentil Sloppy Joes (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or Stovetop), by Delightful Adventures

Creamy Vegan Spinach Artichoke Pasta, by Plant Prosperous

Simple Spinach Dal, by Go Healthy Ever After

Dinner Meals Using Leftovers

Leftover Beef Gyro tzatziki sauce Healthy Christian Home
Leftover Beef Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce, by Healthy Christian Home

Chicken Taco Salad, by Bakers Beans (using Leftover Chicken)

Jacket Potato with Cheesy Pesto Chicken, by A Mummy Too (using Leftover Chicken)

Leftover Roast Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce, by Healthy Christian Home (using Leftover Roast Beef)

The Ultimate List of Meals for Dinner

Don’t forget to pin this list to keep it handy!



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