25 Easy Dinner Ideas For When You're Not Sure What To Make
The bell pepper is an excellent vessel for stuffing meat, rice, and, of course, cheese. It's strong enough to hold its shape in the oven, and the flavor is subtle enough to go well with just about anything.
1. Classic Stuffed Peppers
Five minutes is all it takes to fry an egg and some bacon. (And if you're feeling fancy, some green onions.)
2. Upgraded Ramen
Chicken, tomato sauce, and a variety of flavorful spices and herbs are all combined in one pot in this condensed version of an Indian classic for the easiest cleanup.
3. Easy Butter Chicken
Feel free to change up the protein or vegetables depending on what you have in your fridge. The simple sauce packs a flavor punch that will bring the dish together, no matter what.
4. Chicken & Veggie Stir-fry
Pizza night is the best night — especially when everyone gets to build their dream slice. (Or three!)
5. Oven-Baked French Bread Pizzas
The precise proportions of butter, garlic, flour, milk, and Parmesan produce a sauce that you'll want to use on everything.
6. Easy Chicken Alfredo Penne
The Instant Pot does all the hard work here — and you'll also get a healthy dose of fresh greens!
7. Instant Pot Veggie-Packed Mac 'n' Cheese
The meat cooks through in about five minutes if it is first chopped into small pieces.
8. Easiest One-Pot Beef with Broccoli
It's loaded with protein and fiber, and depending on what's in your fridge, you can add toppings like avocado or sour cream.
9. Black Bean–Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
The only thing better than one super easy dinner is being able to make *four* of them at once. This handy meal prep version means you can stash a few away for future Hungry You
10. Meal Prep Pesto Chicken & Veggies
For the easiest cleanup, line the sheet pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Once cooked, serve over rice, in a pita, or on its own.
11. Sheet Pan Sausage & Veggies
The trinity of weeknight dinners: fast, cheap, and easy
12. Bowties & Broccoli
These can be prepared in the oven or on the grill in only 20 minutes, and cleanup is a pleasure owing to the foil.
13. Teriyaki Chicken & Veggie Foil Packs
Perfect for meal preppers.
14. BBQ Meatloaf & Veggie Dinner
Hot sauce, Dijon, and green onions are quickly added to canned tuna and wrapped in whole wheat tortillas. (Bread, pita pockets, or simply eating them as lettuce wraps.)
15. Tuna & Avocado Wrap
While there is some preparation involved—crisping chickpeas and baking sweet potatoes—the rest is basically just assembling.
16. Protein-Packed Veggie Bowl
Not an asparagus fan? The simple lemon and garlic sauce would work with whatever greens are in your fridge — like spinach, broccoli florets, or zucchini.
17. 10-Minute Lemon Garlic Salmon & Asparagus
Depending on your needs or resources, these are incredibly flexible. Or, stay with the basic ingredients that are less expensive: tortilla chips, black beans, canned tomatoes, and cheese.
18. Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos
Doesn't get much easier than this, TBH.
19. Pesto Chicken Bake
This egg-free version, which serves four, substitutes protein-rich chickpeas for eggs.
20. Vegan Chickpea Shakshuka
The easy sauce — which includes soy sauce, garlic, and ginger — comes together quickly and packs a ton of flavor.
21. Instant Pot Cashew Chicken
Better for you and superior to takeout. Change to soba noodles for more protein and fiber.
22. 15-Minute Lo Mein
Be aware that this one will need to cook for a few hours, so make sure to allow enough time.
23. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
This less expensive variation roasts pantry essentials like canned corn and black beans on a sheet pan.
24. Roasted Veggie & Black Bean Tacos
These go from prep to plate in about 20 minutes. Keep the peppers whole, or slice them into bites (or "boats") to turn them into kid-friendly finger food.
25. Stuffed Bell Pepper Boats
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