100 Easy Dinner Recipes to Keep the Whole Family Happy
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Ree Drummond is known for her easy dinner recipes. When she first started sharing her family meals more than fifteen years ago, she was feeding a hungry crew of kids and cowboys. These days, she's busier than ever (even with her youngest off to college), so easy dinners are just as important. Whether it's a quick 30-minute meal, an Instant Pot recipe, or a sheet pan supper, Ree has got a solution for every night of the week. In fact, some of The Pioneer Woman's best recipes have been known to save the day on more than one occasion! "I find myself gravitating toward recipes that are delicious but don't require a lot of prep or fuss," she says. No matter how busy things get at home, if there's one thing you can rely on, it’s these easy dinner ideas to get you through the week.
Here, you'll find recipes for steak, pork, salmon, and chicken, not to mention some outside-the-box pasta recipes and other imaginative ideas to ensure you'll never be stuck in a cooking rut again. For instance, you can try the pretzel-crusted chicken with broccoli, the skillet lasagna, or the sloppy joe casserole for an updated take on a comfort food classic. There are also several air fryer recipes like the crispy air fryer pork chops served with mashed potatoes—it comes together in just 12 minutes! So whether you're cooking for a crowd or just dinner for two, these easy recipes will become your weeknight heroes—because take-out just isn't the same as a home-cooked dinner.
Psst—the meatballs are homemade but the sauce is jarred! That's the trick to keeping this comforting dinner easy to make even on busy weeknights.
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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs
This is one of those foolproof recipes that you can turn to again and again. The chicken comes out crispy every time and it's perfect for serving with a variety of sides.
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Can't decide between pizza and pasta? Now you don't have to! This fun mash-up is the best of both worlds. Plus, you don;'t have to fuss with making your own dough.
Get the Pizza Casserole recipe.
This weeknight recipe uses store-bought enchilada sauce so it couldn't be easier. We doctor up the sauce by simmering it for a few minutes with extra spices to wake up the flavor.
Get the Beef Enchiladas recipe.
Instant Pot Taco Soup
Ground beef, veggies, beans, and all your favorite taco toppings—this comforting bowl is a fun new way to enjoy taco night.
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This sausage and broccoli pasta recipe is not just fast, but it's also made in one pot. That means less time cleaning up and more time eating!
Get the Bowtie Pasta recipe.
Homemade Hamburger Helper
Skip the packaged variety and try making your own hamburger helper from scratch. It's easier than you might think!
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This recipe is a Drummond family favorite! Ree has made it hundreds of times for her hungry crew.
Get the Chicken Spaghetti recipe.
Adding some healthy recipes to your repertoire doesn't mean you need to miss out on your favorite comfort foods. This meatloaf is made with lean turkey but it still has that delicious ketchup glaze.
Get the Turkey Meatloaf recipe.
Everything about this dish is comforting—from the meaty sauce to the cheesy ravioli. It's just like a lasagna but with even less fuss.
Get the Baked Ravioli recipe.
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
You won't even need to boil a separate pot of water for the pasta with this easy recipe. Everything is cooked together right in the Instant Pot!
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Sticky-sweet chicken served over rice and ready in just 25 minutes. Sounds like a winning recipe, if you ask us!
Get the Bourbon Chicken recipe.
Chicken Noodle Casserole
This nostalgic casserole uses two shortcut ingredients to make it easy as ever: Leftover rotisserie chicken and cream of chicken soup!
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A classic lasagna is often saved for Sunday supper when you have more time on your hands. During the week, make this easy soup version instead.
Get Ree's Lasagna Soup recipe.
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Chicken tenders are a hit with kids and adults alike. Even picky eaters can get behind this crunchy favorite, especially when served with honey mustard!
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Slow Cooker Chili
You don't have to stand over a hot stove stirring chili all day when you're armed with this easy recipe. The slow cooker does all the work!
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This pepper steak is smothered in a sweet and savory sauce. It only takes 30 minutes to make, which is probably quicker than ordering take out!
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Chicken Alfredo Soup
Switch things up tonight with this fun twist on a classic pasta recipe. It's creamy, comforting, and perfectly hearty.
Get Ree's Chicken Alfredo Soup recipe.
Everything you love about taco Tuesday—in one casserole dish! It even has your favorite taco toppings, like avocado, sour cream, and pico de gallo.
Get the Taco Casserole recipe.
Buffalo Chicken Wraps
Looking for a grab-and-go dinner that the whole family will love? This game day classic is perfect for busy weeknights.
Get the Buffalo Chicken Wraps recipe.
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