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27 Easy and Delicious Main Dishes That Make Dinner a Breeze

FEBRUARY 13, 2023
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27 Easy and Delicious Main Dishes That Make Dinner a Breeze
What’s for dinner tonight? If your answer is “I don’t know,” don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy or a dish that will wow your dinner guests, we’ve compiled 27 of our favorite main dishes that check all the boxes. From veggie-packed to one-pan meals, these easy recipes are guaranteed to please—and they’ll save you a ton of time in the kitchen. Looking for something a little more adventurous? We’ve got hearty proteins, and pastas made with fresh and flavorful ingredients that will make you forget all about takeout. Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. Let these easy main dishes be your inspiration tonight.
The Recipe Critic

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are filled with tender chunks of roast beef with thin slices of melted mozzarella cheese all held together by a soft hoagie bread all dipped in au jus sauce. This warm, savory and comforting sandwich is a MUST!
10
15,373
2,408
722
CALORIES
$2.92
PER SERVING
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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich
Salt and Lavender

Easy Creamy Lemon Chicken

This creamy lemon chicken recipe is fast, simple, and uses everyday pantry ingredients. You will love the tangy lemon sauce. The chicken melts in your mouth! Easy and elegant!
18
81
25 min
TOTAL TIME
494
CALORIES
$1.14
PER SERVING
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Easy Creamy Lemon Chicken
Primavera Kitchen

Garlic Shrimp and Veggies Meal Prep Bowls

Garlic shrimp and veggies meal prep bowls are a quick and easy make-ahead meal that is incredibly delicious! Tender shrimp, zucchini, bell peppers, and onion tossed in garlic butter sauce.
88
12,792
171
20 min
TOTAL TIME
254
CALORIES
$2.75
PER SERVING
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Garlic Shrimp and Veggies Meal Prep Bowls
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Plain Chicken

Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo

Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo - Only 5 ingredients - smoked sausage, pasta, cajun seasoning, heavy cream and parmesan - ready in under 15 minutes! No prep! Very similar to our all-time favorite Chicken Lazone, but with smoked sausage. OMG! AMAZING! Make this tonight! We ate it two nights in a row - i...
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34,805
1,253
15 min
TOTAL TIME
922
CALORIES
$1.75
PER SERVING
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Smoked Sausage Cajun Alfredo
The Girl on Bloor

One Pan Sausage Peppers and Onions

This Sausage, Peppers and Onions Skillet is an easy one-pan weeknight dinner made with turkey sausage, bell peppers, onions and pasta sauce.
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27,943
65
30 min
TOTAL TIME
225
CALORIES
$1.67
PER SERVING
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One Pan Sausage Peppers and Onions
The Modern Proper

Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner

This recipe ticks all the boxes—a little meaty, some dark leafy greens, and some starchy goodness. An easy one-pan sausage, kale and potato skillet that pleases everyone, from cook to clean-up crew.
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10,478
418
30 min
TOTAL TIME
955
CALORIES
$5.29
PER SERVING
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Sausage, Kale and Potato Skillet Dinner
The Almond Eater

Quinoa Crusted Salmon

This Quinoa Crusted Salmon uses quinoa and breadcrumbs for added texture, flavor and nutrition and pairs beautifully with a side salad. It's packed with flavor and ready in under 20 minutes, making it an ideal weeknight meal!
2
297
19
15 min
TOTAL TIME
321
CALORIES
$3.56
PER SERVING
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Quinoa Crusted Salmon
Taste of Home

Penne alla Vodka

This easy and impressive pasta is always on the menu when my husband and I have new friends over for dinner. Years later, they've asked me to make this Penne alla Vodka recipe again. —Cara Langer, Overland Park, Kansas
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1,774
183
30 min
TOTAL TIME
493
CALORIES
$1.68
PER SERVING
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Penne alla Vodka
Closet Cooking

Baked Firecracker Chicken

Sweet and spicy baked chicken that is both packed with flavour and nice and light!
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150.0k
1.9k
30 min
TOTAL TIME
343
CALORIES
$1.08
PER SERVING
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Baked Firecracker Chicken
The Pampered Chef

Stromboli

Our stromboli has classic pizza flavors wrapped in a pizza dough crust. Think of it as a pizza turnover that's ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes.
9
798
CALORIES
$2.14
PER SERVING
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Stromboli
Creme de la Crumb

One Pan Brown Sugar Pork & Apples

Easy and incredibly delicious one pan brown sugar pork & apples is quick to fix in less than 30 minutes and has wonderful fall flavors the whole family will love!
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3,652
170
20 min
TOTAL TIME
449
CALORIES
$2.89
PER SERVING
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One Pan Brown Sugar Pork & Apples
The Recipe Critic

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet is the BEST 20 minute meal packed with awesome cajun flavor with shrimp, sausage, and summer veggies. This makes a great low carb meal and is also great for meal prep!
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28.2k
15 min
TOTAL TIME
335
CALORIES
$2.84
PER SERVING
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Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet
Cooking Classy

Panko Crusted Honey Mustard Salmon

Likely to become one of your new favorite ways to prepare salmon and it's so easy. Salmon fillets are coated with a simple honey mustard glaze and dredged in crispy panko then oven baked.
8
2,258
127
25 min
TOTAL TIME
356
CALORIES
$3.39
PER SERVING
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Panko Crusted Honey Mustard Salmon
Copykat Recipes

Olive Garden Grilled Chicken and Alfredo Sauce

Enjoy Olive Garden Grilled Chicken Alfredo Sauce even more at home. 
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1,312
134
30 min
TOTAL TIME
$3.57
PER SERVING
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Olive Garden Grilled Chicken and Alfredo Sauce
Mom on Time Out

Kielbasa, Peppers, and Potato Hash Skillet

This Kielbasa, Peppers, and Potato Hash is a delicious and easy dinner recipe that takes just 20 minutes and one skillet!
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8,172
1,039
25 min
TOTAL TIME
356
CALORIES
$1.77
PER SERVING
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Kielbasa, Peppers, and Potato Hash Skillet
Feel Good Foodie

Arrabiata Pasta with Shrimp

Arrabiata pasta is a traditional Italian spicy sauce pasta made with garlic, tomatoes and dried red chili peppers cooked in olive oil. It's made with simple ingredients yet has a deep spicy bite that will definitely give your taste buds a kick. Try it with sauteed shrimp for a quick and flavorful we...
2
3,906
33
25 min
TOTAL TIME
347
CALORIES
$1.97
PER SERVING
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Arrabiata Pasta with Shrimp
Charisse Yu

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage

This easy cajun shrimp recipe with veggies and sausage is perfect for a hot summer day. Cooked in less than 15 minutes, this will be your family's favorite!
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30
247
CALORIES
$2.62
PER SERVING
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Cajun Shrimp and Sausage
Completely Delicious

Steak Fettuccine Alfredo

A simple but elegant dinner in for two!
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6,210
30
20 min
TOTAL TIME
1511
CALORIES
$8.76
PER SERVING
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Steak Fettuccine Alfredo
Skinnytaste

Spicy Hearts of Palm Noodles with Chicken

This quick and easy, Spicy Hearts of Palm Noodle Stir Fry with Chicken is made with ground chicken, ginger, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, and sambal oelek – under 15 minutes!
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20 min
TOTAL TIME
315
CALORIES
$2.97
PER SERVING
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Spicy Hearts of Palm Noodles with Chicken
Hungry Root

Super Spinach + Salmon Flatbread

Get ready to step up your flatbread game with this delicious Super Spinach + Salmon Flatbread. This drool-worthy recipe features flaky, oven-baked salmon, a medley of roasted vegetables, and a creamy spinach sauce. All these flavors come together for a flatbread that's sure to be the star of your ne...
578
7 min
TOTAL TIME
294
CALORIES
$4.59
PER SERVING
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Super Spinach + Salmon Flatbread
Eating Well

20-Minute Chicken Cutlets & Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Tomato Sauce

This low-carb chicken dinner whips up in only 20 minutes, thanks to thin-cut chicken breast and packaged zucchini noodles. If you have a spiralizer and want to make your own zucchini noodles, use two medium zucchini.
1
806
17
20 min
TOTAL TIME
805
CALORIES
$7.71
PER SERVING
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20-Minute Chicken Cutlets & Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Tomato Sauce
Hungry Root

Chicken + Creamy Broccoli Mash

Craving comfort food? This Chicken + Creamy Broccoli Mash is just the ticket. A perfect balance of creamy mashed potatoes, tender chicken, and hearty broccoli make for a delicious, wholesome meal. Ready in under an hour, this recipe is the ideal weeknight dinner.
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1
29 min
TOTAL TIME
954
CALORIES
$6.04
PER SERVING
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Chicken + Creamy Broccoli Mash
BuzzFeed

One-Pan Garlic Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe by Tasty

Here's what you need: canola oil, chicken breasts, garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, heavy cream, grated parmesan cheese, pesto, penne pasta, cherry tomato, parmesan cheese, fresh basil
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$1.55
PER SERVING
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One-Pan Garlic Chicken Pesto Pasta Recipe by Tasty
Eating Well

Skillet Pork Chops with Peas, Carrots & Pearl Onions

This superfast one-dish dinner is full of classic flavor and is such a crowd pleaser that you'll want to work it into your regular weeknight dinner rotation. We call for bone-in pork chops to maximize flavor, but boneless pork chops are a fine substitution. To round out this meal a little more, serv...
8
2,097
116
20 min
TOTAL TIME
586
CALORIES
$5.82
PER SERVING
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Skillet Pork Chops with Peas, Carrots & Pearl Onions
Recipe Box

Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls

Colorful and fresh, these bowls may seem involved but they're actually simple to make and full of so much flavor!
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$5.77
PER SERVING
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Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls
Craving Home Cooked

Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Chicken and Asparagus

Quick and delicious Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Chicken and Asparagus that can be on your dinner table in only 30 minutes! Cheesy, creamy, delicious goodness!
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30 min
TOTAL TIME
687
CALORIES
$2.29
PER SERVING
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Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Chicken and Asparagus