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Dinner Ideas for Tonight

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These dinner ideas for tonight will help you get dinner on the table fast with what you already have on hand. Easy dinner ideas are my jam! You’re in the right place.

couple preparing tonight's dinner

Scrambling for an idea for dinner tonight is one of the most frustrating parts of the day to day for me. I love having a repetoire of meals that I can get ready quickly, don’t have to have anything thawed, and probably already have what it requires.

I keep a well stocked pantry, and it saves me so much time and money. It’s tempting to just get take out when you’re tired from working all day and still have a busy evening coming.

Cheese quesadillas or nachos are always a quick and easy go to. Just slice or grate some cheese. For quesadillas, put a little butter in a pan and then a tortilla, top with cheese and another tortilla, brown both sides, and enjoy. You can heat up some frozen vegetables or make these air fried vegetables to go with it and bam, you’re done.

air fried broccoli for an easy dinner tonight

For nachos, toast a few tortilla chips, sprinkle with cheese and let that melt a bit on the warm chips, then top as desired with lettuce, tomato, onion, peppers, cucumbers, sour cream, avocado, whatever you like.

Sandwiches are always a great pinch hitter. Add a side of coleslaw or potato salad and you got dinner. I like to keep cheese and meat handy for that.

Use a premade pizza crust or whip up some homemade dough and top it with some delicious pizza toppings. Homemade pizza can be healthy and it’s so good!

Pasta dishes can be done in a flash. We make all of these hamburger helper type pasta flavors but they are healthy, unprocessed ingredients and we are skipping all the chemicals. It’s probably just as fast as the stuff in the box cooks too.

Dinner tonight

Salads are always quick and easy. Wash and chop up some lettuce or greens, chop up some toppings, leftover meat from the fridge, lunch meat, boiled eggs, assorted fresh veggies or canned beans or corn or both, salsa, cheeses, whatever you have on hand and make a masterpiece on the top.

Have leftover spaghetti? Whip up this yummy spaghetti pie to give it a new look and taste.

sausage spinach tortellini soup in a bowl

There are a ton of soups that can be thrown together quickly. This Tortellini soup is really simple and fast.

Soups are easy to whip up fast. This instant pot chicken and wild rice soup makes a quick dinner that can be done with frozen chicken. It is so good too!

chicken and wild rice soup in a bowl with a piece of toast on the side for dinner tonight

Another quick instant pot soup is this chicken tortilla soup. One of the best soups I’ve ever eaten.

This summer squash soup is so good and light for summer time.

One of my kid’s favorite soups is this taco soup. You can make it with all canned beans in just a few minutes on the stove top, or start with dried beans if you’re headed to work in the morning and come home to magical delicious fragrances of soup all through your house.

More dinner ideas for tonight

Angel Hair Pasta recipe with Blush Sauce is easy to prepare and requires only a few ingredients.

Super easy garlic spaghetti with simple ingredients. Ready to serve in 15 minutes!

Enjoy Asian comfort food at home with this quick-cooking 10 Minute Ramen Noodles Stir Fry. This vegetarian dish cooks quickly but is packed with flavor, and it’s easily customizable.

This easy to make tomato soup comes together in under 10 minutes and is made with ingredients from your pantry and a little milk from your fridge. Add a grilled cheese sandwich and you have a meal.

Easy sheet pan eggs recipe that makes a perfectly healthy breakfast, brunch, or light lunch. It is a great breakfast meal to cook for meal planning as well as to feed a crowd.

This Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is on the table in 20 minutes and uses affordable pantry and freezer ingredients.

Everyone loves juicy and messy homemade sloppy Joes! This easy 30-minute meal uses pantry staple ingredients so it can be whipped up on short notice.

Eggroll In A Bowl (Crack Slaw) is a one-skillet meal that is bursting with flavor and can be on the table in 20 minutes. It will keep everyone happy because it fits into Keto, Paleo, Whole30, Weight Watchers, and Low Carb lifestyles!

Hopefully something on this list will spark your interest and you can whip up on of these dinner ideas for tonight with what you have on hand right now! You’ll be the dinner hero without having to get takeout again.

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