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23 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Need mealtime inspiration? Check out these 23 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas.

23 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas | Garnish with Lemon


Most of us have a few last minute meals that we whip out of our back pockets when life is crazy and kids are hungry. But, if you’re anything like me, I find myself relying on the same handful of recipes when time is tight. (A girl can only eat so many tacos, you know?) So in an effort to arm ourselves with new recipe inspiration for the busy school year, Lisa and I combed the internet for some fresh takes on the evening meal. Check out what we found in this collection of 23 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas.

Want even more? Our ebook, The Well-Stocked Pantry, is stocked with 15 more of our tried-and-true, family favorite meals. Don’t miss it! 


23 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas | Garnish with Lemon


1. Maple Dijon Chicken Tenders from Garnish with Lemon 

2. Slow Cooker Carnitas from Mom on Timeout 

3. Pasta and Turkey Sausage Bake from Food Done Light 

4. Goat Cheese and Quinoa Crusted Chicken from Food Faith Fitness 

5. Southwestern Mini Meatloaves from Rachel Cooks 

6. Asian Beef Noodle Salad from Savory Simple 

7. Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa from Nutmeg Nanny 

8. Loaded Potato Soup from The Wicked Noodle 

9. Homemade Cheesesteaks from Handle the Heat 

10. Easy Caramelized Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella from The Food Charlatan 

11. Lemon and Dill Shrimp Quesadillas from Cookin’ Canuck 

12. Chicken with Feta Cheese Sauce from Garnish with Lemon 


23 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas | Garnish with Lemon


13. Crock Pot Ribs from Garnish with Lemon 

14. Quinoa Taco Bowls from Lemon Tree Dwelling 

15. Southwest Chicken Chili from In Katrina’s Kitchen 

16. Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi from Fifteen Spatulas 

17. Grilled Shrimp Nachos from Lemons for Lulu 

18. BBQ Chicken Pizza from Garnish with Lemon 

19. Lemon Pepper Shrimp Orzo from A Kitchen Addiction 

20. Chicken Parm Burgers from Sugar Dish Me 

21. Pierogies and Sausage with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce from The Slow Roasted Italian 

22. Southwest Black Bean Chicken & Rice from Dine & Dish 

23. Spicy Sweet Chicken Stir Fry from Garnish with Lemon 


P.S. Our Pinterest board, Weeknight Dinner Solutions, is also packed with ideas for quick and easy dinner recipes. Start your pinning!



  1. Thanks so much for including my quinoa crusted chicken! Pinned!

    • They look delicious, Taylor! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for the pin!

  2. I’m partial to that Loaded Potato Soup myself! Seriously though, thank you for including it. All of the recipes you’ve chosen look fantastic!
    kristy @ the wicked noodle recently posted…Smoky Summer Corn and Tomato Au GratinMy Profile

    • I’m completely salivating over your soup. Bring on fall weather!

  3. I love alllll these ideas! So super awesome. Thank you for including my Chicken parm Burgers!
    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me recently posted…Healthy Dill Chicken Salad WrapsMy Profile

    • Can’t wait to try them, Heather. I think my fam would be big fans!

  4. I really wanted to print your Spicy Sweet Str-Fry Chicken but there was no print button. Can you help me out by adding one, please. I hate to waste paper and ink by printing the whole blog. I’d really like to add this recipe to my regular rotation.

    Love you site!

  5. Thanks for including my recipe. This is the perfect round up for this time of year. It is hard to get back into the school groove with dinner.
    Christie – Food Done Light recently posted…Skinny White Velvet Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese FrostingMy Profile

    • Isn’t that the truth? Excited to give your pasta bake a try!

  6. Love this! Got some great ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    Love the chicken feta- my kids do too!

    • Anything for you, Rachel! :)

  7. What a great go-to list! Dinner 911 has arrived.
    Erin | The Law Student’s Wife recently posted…Healthy Peanut Butter Yogurt Fruit PizzasMy Profile

  8. I’ve been needing some easy dinner inspiration lately!
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction recently posted…Cinnamon Maple Pancake MuffinsMy Profile

  9. Great roundup! Love this category idea!

  10. I need to seriously bookmark every recipe in this roundup! This is going to save me come Monday when school starts! Thank you :)

  11. Quick easy dinner. Sounds perfect…as always!! What a great round up. Thanks for including my gnocchi!
    Karen @ The Food Charlatan recently posted…Caprese Burger with Artichoke Pesto SauceMy Profile


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