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More Than 20 Easy Dinner Recipes


posted: 08/04/19

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More than 20 Easy Dinner Recipes that will make your busy life a little easier.

collage of photo of easy dinner recipes

With back to school right around the corner, we are planning out all of our activities and realizing that the things we need the most is a plan and LOTS of fast easy dinners!

These easy dinner recipes are perfect for busy weeknights. They either come together with super minimal prep, are done in the crock pot, or are done in under 30 minutes. This is a list of recipes that you will love and will use over and over again. Keep this list on hand!


If you are looking for easy dinner recipes, you just can’t beat thirty minute meals! They weeknights go so much smoother. Get a good dinner on the table that you can feel good about feeding your family.

Baked Chicken Fajitas

overhead view of three baked chicken fajitas in on a white plate

This recipe involves some dicing and chopping, but seriously is so easy after that. This is a crowd pleaser and a regular in our house.

Beef and Broccoli

overhead photo of a gray skillet filled with beef and broccoli recipe, garnished with sliced green onions

You need less than 25 minutes for this amazing Beef and Broccoli! This will be a hit with the kiddos!

Sheet Pan Baked Cod

On a sheet pan, three baked cods have a golden crust surrounded by asparagus and broccoli.

This dinner comes together in 20 minutes, not 30!!

French Spaghetti

On a white bowl, a wooden spoon and fork are picking up some the French Spaghetti that is topped with parsley and parmesan cheese.

This recipe gets it’s name from the way that the sauce is cooked. It is delicious, easy to make, and something that even your picky eaters will love.

Baked Chicken Tenders

An overhead photo of the Baked Chicken Tenders that have a crispy golden brown outside with a yogurt based sauce.

We make these Baked Chicken Tenders regularly. Even though they require you breading them and baking them, I can still get them done in under 30 minutes, making them a great and easy weeknight dinner that my kids love.

Peanut Butter Stir Fry Noodles

overhead view of peanut butter stir fry noodles in a large skillet, topped with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts

The sauce on this noodle stir fry is the hero of this recipe. Your family is sure to love it! Besides cooking the noodles in another pot, this is basically a one pot meal  – my favorite kind!

One Pot Creamy Shrimp Pasta

one pot creamy shrimp pasta in a skillet, garnished with parmesan and parsley

This really is a one pot meal, and one of our favorites too! Everyone who tries this recipe falls in love. It is sure to become a regular in your family’s rotation too.

Szechuan Chicken

Serving spoon digging into a skillet of easy szechuan chicken garnished with white sesame seeds.

This Szechuan Chicken is a family favorite recipe! We love how easy it is and how perfect it tastes over some delicious rice!

Spanish Fish

A wooden spoon is filled with roasted tomatoes, pinto beans, sausages, and fish.

We are always looking for ways to incorporate more fish into our diets, and this Spanish Fish is the way to do it. Super easy and delicious too!

One Pot Southwestern Alfredo Pasta

overhead view of southwestern one pot pasta alfredo recipe

This one pot meal has gotten such great reviews! The flavor combination is perfect and it’s such a simple easy meal!


I love recipes that require little prep time. Even if they have to bake for a while, these are still all easy dinner recipes.

Easy Top Round Roast Beef Recipe

easy top round roast beef recipe garnished with fresh herbs and on a plate of caramelized onions

This roast beef recipe is only about five minutes hands on time. It is just a matter of rubbing it with seasoning and throwing it in the oven. Your family will love how juicy and tender it comes out!

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

close up picture of instant pot taco chicken with pico de gallo recipe

I can get these in the Instant Pot in under two minutes! They are phenomenal and a staple in our house. I especially love mine with some of my Pico de Gallo on top!

Southwestern Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

up close overhead of southwestern chicken and rice casserole recipe

This easy chicken and rice casserole comes together with just a few minutes of preparation. The most time intensive part of it is cutting up the chicken.

Teriyaki Salmon Foil Packets

salmon foil packets with broccoli, rice, and teriyaki salmon

I love foil packet dinners because they are so simple to throw together and everything steams up perfectly in the little foil packs. Your family will love the flavors of this easy dinner recipe.

Taco Braid

On a tin foil, the taco braid is topped with diced tomatoes, lettuce, and pickled jalapenos.

Crescent braid dinners look like you slaved over them, but you didn’t! They are such easy dinners and this Taco Braid its always a hit! This post even comes with a video so you can see exactly how it is put together.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

In a white bowl, the Crockpot Taco Soup is topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, and pickled jalapenos.

We have this soup all the time! I love the fast prep time on it. It is seriously only 5 minutes to throw it all together. If it’s the end of the day and you realize you forgot to put it in the slow cooker, make the pressure cooker version with this Instant Pot Taco Soup!


I think slow cooker meals make for such easy dinner recipes! I love being able to throw everything in the crock pot at the start of the day and have a delicious dinner ready and waiting when it’s time to eat.

Root Beer Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

root beer slow cooker bbq chicken sandwich close up on a plate with brioche buns

Your family will love how delicious these are, and you will love how easy they are to throw into the crock pot. This is a great go to dinner!

French Dip Sandwiches

The French Dip Sandwich has shredded beef and melted cheese coming out while being dipped into beef broth.

Even my super picky eaters love this sandwich recipe so much! I know that your family will love it too.

Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Drumsticks

Honey BBQ sauce is being poured onto the crispy chicken wings.

Only three ingredients for this super easy crock pot meal!

Crock Pot Beef Curry

On a white plate, the Crockpot Beef Curry is on top of white rice.

This is such a great dinner recipe that even your pickiest eaters will love!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

spiral cut ham in a slow cooker

Ham doesn’t just have to be for the holidays! This easy crock pot ham recipe is great for a weeknight meal. Use the left overs to make these Ham and Cheese Egg Muffins for an easy breakfast option!

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

The Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwiches has cooked celery, cut carrots, and sliced pepperoncini which is surrounded by curly fries.

I have a little trick for this recipe that kicks the flavor up like 17 notches. You can’t miss this amazing and delicious slow cooker sandwich recipe.

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Corrie says

    This is an AWESOME list. I pinned almost all of them. Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      You are welcome Corrie!

Broccoli Pasta"Omg! I didn’t think anything so simple could be so good!"
overhead of skillet of Cajun Shrimp Pasta ingredients on a cooling rack with toasted bread sitting beside
Cajun Shrimp Pasta"My family absolutely loved this recipe. Even my finicky eaters."
overhead photo of a gray skillet filled with beef and broccoli recipe, garnished with sliced green onions
Beef and Broccoli Recipe"I have made this a couple or more times. It’s easy & quick to prepare. I like this for a quick meal. It will be my go to recipe."


5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



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