30 Delicious Dinner Recipes

30 Delicious Dinner Recipes

Dinner.

That word seems to take on a whole new meaning once you become a wife, a mom, an adult. Remember the good old days when dinner just magically appeared in front of you with all of the sauces and utensils and napkins you needed? But now that you’ve become a grown adult, you are expected to create that magic yourself, which can be incredibly stressful and overwhelming.

I am a self-taught cook and I have had my fair share of fails along the way—one of which was a chicken cordon bleu that smelled so bad we had to open all the windows and physically leave the house. And don’t even get me started on the parmesan tilapia. (Let’s just say I have been banned from ever bringing tilapia in this home again.) 

However, through those fails I have also hit some high marks and today, I’m going to share with you the best recipes I have found on the internet to date.

Here is my master list of dinner recipes that are delicious, easy, and straight up winners in my book. Enjoy!

 

SALADS

(Photo of Honey mustard chicken salad with bacon & avocado, courtesy of Cafe Delites)

*Honey Mustard Chicken Salad With Bacon & Avocado (one of our absolute favorites!)

BLT Balsamic Chicken Avocado & Feta Salad

Mediterranean Salad: I don’t use a recipe for this one. Instead, I grab some fresh ingredients like romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and red onions. Then I hit the other aisles for marinated artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and a rotisserie chicken (shred the chicken), and top it all with this salad dressing.

 

CHICKEN

(Photo of Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken courtesy of Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice)

Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken

Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Cream Cheese & Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breast (This is one of the first recipes I made for Derek almost 10 years ago and it is still in our rotation because we love it that much)

*Homemade Chick-fil-A (A household favorite!)

Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken

 

MEXICAN FOOD

(Photo of Sheet Pant Shrimp Fajitas courtesy of No. 2 Pencil)

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Sour Cream Enchiladas

Authentic Pork Carnitas

Black Bean and Cheese Burritos

PASTA

(Photo of Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash Boats courtesy of ifoodreal)

Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash Boats

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Better Than Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce (I’ve been making this for 10 years. Derek once kicked our friend out of his apartment because he ate the leftover without asking. It’s seriously THAT good.) P.S. I usually serve mine with rotisserie chicken, shredded and medium shells so that the sauce can pool in them 

Last minute Pasta: When I’m in a pinch (aka, forgot to go shopping) I grab whatever noodles I’ve got and cook them al dente (8-10 min). Then I toss them with Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce. Rao’s ain’t cheap and that’s because it is THE BEST store bought pasta sauce. THE BEST. So good, that nobody in your house will give a crap that you literally just served them nothing but noodles and a jar of sauce for dinner. Top with some grated parmesan if you’re feeling fancy or add some ground beef or frozen meatballs to really bring this dish home.

 

CROCK POT

(Photo of The Best Ever Pumpkin Chili courtesy of One Lovely Life)

The Best Ever Pumpkin Chili

Crock Pot Buffalo Ranch Shredded Chicken Sandwiches

Skinny Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken

Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken: Take 1 lb. of chicken breast and put it in the crockpot with about 1/2 half bottle of Soy Vay Marinade & Sauce Veri Veri Teriyaki Less Sodium (you can use any teriyaki sauce/marinade you want, but this one has given me the best results). Let it cook on low for about 4-6 hours or on high for 3-4. Then get a bag of frozen mixed veggies and toss them in a pan with some olive oil or sesame oil until cooked through. Mix veggies in with the chicken and serve over rice.

 

PORK

(Photo of Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner courtesy of Jo Cooks)

Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner

Mustard Balsamic Pork Chops With Rosemary

Greek Stuffed Pork Chops With Grilled Veggies

 

ON THE GRILL

(Photo of Skirt Steak Marinade with Chimichurri courtesy of Grandbaby Cakes)

Skirt Steak Marinade With Chimichurri

Grilled Shrimp With Tomato, Garlic, and Herbs

Chicken Shawarma with Tahini Sauce: This is two different recipes that I found years ago, but I can’t find their links these days. Thank goodness I saved the ingredients though, because this is one of our all time favorites! Serve with a greek salad and let your taste buds go wild.

For the Chicken:

2 1/3 lbs. chicken thighs
1⁄4 cups Greek yogurt
1⁄2 cup olive oil
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp ground allspice
1 1⁄2 tsp ground coriander
1 1⁄2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
5 cloves garlic, minced

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and allow chicken to marinate for at least one hour to as long as overnight.
Skew chicken onto skewers
Grill until cooked through, turning halfway through

Tahini Sauce

1/2 cup Tahini paste (they sell it at Ralph’s in the peanut butter section)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp. Sea salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Blend everything together in a food processor or blender

 

MORE/MISC.

(Photo of Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps courtesy of Joy Food Sunshine)

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Mini Steak & Blue Cheese Pizzas (These are to die for!)

Baked Coconut Shrimp

French Bread Pizza Caprese


And there you have it! Thirty delicious dinner options that will hopefully help you if you’re stuck in a cooking rut.

I would also HIGHLY recommend grabbing a copy of Magnolia Table. The recipes are easy to follow and everything we have tried from it so far is absolutely delicious!

This post was created because one of my readers needed help finding meals to make for her family, I absolutely love when you send me messages and emails letting me know how I can better serve you and my inbox is always open, friends.

If you try any of these recipes be sure to let us know in the comments what you thought about it!

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