Do you lack inspiration for dinner tonight? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with a wide array of simple dinner ideas to suit every taste. Minimize your time in the kitchen with quick dinner ideas that take 30 minutes or less. Or perhaps you prefer to do the prep work in advance and are looking for slow cooker dinner ideas—we’ve included those too.
If you are living the keto life, don’t despair. We’ve also gathered flavor-packed keto dinner ideas to fit within every budget and taste. These dinner ideas stray just outside the norm and contain interesting combinations of flavor, texture, and nutrients.
Quick Dinner Ideas for Tonight
If you are tired of take-out, these meals are for you. They are fresh and delicious, and they can be prepared from start to finish in 30 minutes or less! We love the four recipes in this section. They were written to make preparation a breeze and are all truly dinner ideas made easy.
From Delish comes this crave-worthy salmon recipe rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Fresh, wild-caught salmon is always best. But you can also find high-quality frozen salmon fillets that preserve the natural richness and texture of the salmon.
Yes, we wouldn’t have believed it if we hadn’t tried it, but these fantastic gyros from Little Spice Jar really do come together in 20 minutes. The probiotic-rich Greek yogurt in the tzatziki is perfect to help heal a leaky gut, while the combination of lamb and beef lend a delicious flavor profile to one of our favorite quick dinner ideas.
Shrimp is an excellent source of protein that cooks very fast, which makes it a natural ingredient for quick dinner ideas. This delicious shrimp recipe comes from Dinner at the Zoo and includes a tangy salsa that would make cardboard delectable. Serve with rice noodles, rice, or even cauliflower “rice” as a low-carb option.
Roasted chicken in 15 minutes? Yes! This ingenious recipe from Gimme Delicious uses chopped chicken breasts and a screaming hot oven to get you to the table quicker than a pizza can be delivered. Feel free to play with the seasonings—try southwestern spice blends to shake things up a bit.
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat and are a staple in Japanese cuisine. The Food Network Kitchen crafted this versatile protein-rich recipe that takes less than 30 minutes, start to finish. Leftover rotisserie chicken and buckwheat noodles are the stars here, but you can adjust the flavors by adding whatever vegetables you love.
Frittatas are excellent quick dinner ideas that are loaded with protein and vegetables of your choosing. This potato frittata from Fifteen Spatulas bakes up in just 20 minutes. Partner this baked omelet with a leafy green salad dressed with a sharp vinaigrette to complement the light flavors of the potato, eggs, and cheese.
Dinner Ideas with Chicken
Chicken is an excellent source of protein that is low in calories and saturated fat. The following dinner ideas with chicken cross the globe and back with flavors from India, Italy, Asia, and beyond.
So many healthy dinner ideas made easy skimp on flavor and texture—but we are betting this Chicken Buddha Bowl from Delish will become a household favorite. Enjoy this complete and balanced meal featuring chicken, avocados, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and a delicious peanut butter-based sauce. Dive in. You are going to love this healthy meal.
If you love a smooth and creamy curry, you are going to adore this complete chicken dinner from Creme de la Crumb. Coconut milk, yellow curry powder, Thai red curry paste, lime, and cilantro bring the flavors of Asia to your table in 30 minutes or so. This recipe calls for white rice, but you can easily trade up for brown rice or even cauliflower rice to suit your dietary goals.
From the Fitoru kitchen comes this keto chicken Caesar salad recipe. Of course, one of the favorite things on a classic Caesar salad is the toasty chunks of bread. Here, we have used Parmesan cheese to create flavor-packed “chips” that complement the flavors and add the crunch you are looking for.
This recipe from Taste of Home is fusion cuisine at its finest! If you love lasagna and buffalo chicken, every bite of this dinner idea with chicken will delight you. Ground chicken, buffalo wing sauce, vegetables, and four kinds of cheese create this splurge-worthy dinner.
Ramen’s popularity grows because it is packed with flavor. This chicken ramen recipe from Country Living comes together in just over an hour, but most of the time is hands-off. The broth is rich and tangy, with just a hint of heat from the fresh ginger and garlic. Try this easy dinner idea next time you are craving chicken soup.
Dinner Ideas with Beef
Beef is one of the most versatile meats on the planet, and it is rich in protein, iron, and healthy fats. If you are looking for dinner ideas tonight, let these beef recipes be your inspiration to try something new.
Yes, we acknowledge that taco salads aren’t new, but this recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef can be made ahead of time in a Mason jar and plucked from the refrigerator when you are ready to eat. The secret is to layer the jar in the order recommended so every ingredient stays fresh.
Korean flavors are growing in popularity due in part to probiotic-rich kimchi, which would be a great accompaniment to this dinner idea from The Recipe Critic. In under 30 minutes, you can enjoy an explosion of flavor from the fresh vegetables, spices, and herbs. If you avoid soy, use coconut aminos instead of the soy sauce.
The dinner ideas on this list are loaded with fresh herbs and spices, and this recipe from our friends at Country Living is no exception. Hanger steak is an underappreciated cut of beef in the United States, which makes it perfect for budget-conscious shoppers. This recipe is rich in flavor and perfect for a dinner idea for tonight.
From Damn Delicious comes this rich and creamy Swedish meatball recipe. Let’s make no mistake, this is not one of the healthy dinner ideas on this list, but it is the epitome of comfort food. If you want to save hands-on time, you can bake the meatballs on a baking sheet for 20 minutes at 375℉ before adding to the gravy.
Slow Cooker Dinner Ideas
If you love hands-off cooking, you have a slow cooker. Slow cooker dinner ideas are abundant on the Internet but many of them are tried and true and lack today’s diet sensibility and flair. We have gathered some taste-forward and health-forward slow cooker dinner ideas for you to love. Dust off that slow cooker and try one of these delicious dinner ideas tonight.
The Taste of Home has come up with a delicious way to use leftover chicken—chicken enchilada stuffed peppers cooked low and slow in the slow cooker. These aren’t your mom’s stuffed peppers but are rich with flavor and satisfying. The prepared enchilada sauce holds up beautifully in this slow cooker recipe as traditional Mexican spices can handle long periods of simmering without losing their punch.
Are you craving traditional Italian Bolognese? Get ready because this is one of the most delicious dinner ideas on this list. It features spicy Italian sausage, ground beef, vegetables, Parmesan cheese, and vodka. Vodka sauces have become more popular as of late as the alcohol rounds out the acid and herbs in Italian sauce recipes. This recipe from Half Baked Harvest stays true to Italian flavors, and at the end of the day, all you need to do is prepare some pasta and then enjoy.
Pulled pork slow cooker recipes are quite common, but this recipe from Live Well Bake Often amps up the flavor with traditional Mexican spices and a ton of citrus. The citrus cuts through the pork’s fat and adds a surprising zing on the tongue. The best part? Pork Carnitas create incredible leftovers! Warm and toss on a salad or use this beautiful shredded pork for Taco Tuesday and wow your family.
Traditional French onion soup takes hours and hours of stirring onions to get just the right level of caramelization. This recipe from The Busy Baker changes all of this with the use of a slow cooker. The white beans round out the inherent sweetness of the onions and add a healthy dose of protein and dietary fiber.
Risotto is a traditional Italian dish that requires a lot of attention when it is cooked on the stove. This recipe from the Food Network Kitchen uses a slow cooker to do the labor and swaps out the rice for pearl barley. This hearty vegetarian risotto is loaded with vegetables and mushrooms, making this dish incredibly satiating. To make this recipe vegan-friendly, omit the Parmesan cheese, and make your own vegan Parmesan cheese to give this recipe the old-world creaminess of traditional risotto.
Keto Dinner Ideas
Getting into a dietary rut is very easy, especially when you are on a restricted diet. Here are six of our favorite unique keto dinner ideas to help you hit ketosis and maintain your keto lifestyle.
Pork belly? Yes, please. From Tasteaholics comes this keto-friendly roasted pork belly recipe. As a warning—this does take several hours to cook, so this is one of the dinner ideas that require a bit of planning. We think this keto pork belly recipe pairs nicely with watching football on a snowy afternoon.
Crunchy veggies, salty meat, creamy cheese—what could be better? This keto burrito bowl from Eatwell 101 is as beautiful as it is delicious. Instead of a tortilla or rice, one of the best low-carb veggies on the planet—cauliflower—is used as the base. One of our goldstar quick dinner ideas, this keto cuisine is best enjoyed on a busy night, as it is table ready in less than 30 minutes. You can get a jumpstart on this meal by chopping the garnishes in advance.
Lasagna is a meal that is incredibly difficult to recreate and make keto-friendly. But, that is precisely what we’ve done at the Fitoru Kitchen. The big change here is the swap of zucchini for pasta noodles—which does not affect the taste or texture. There are three kinds of cheeses in this recipe, along with some cream to make an outstanding dish reminiscent of authentic Italian lasagna.
If you love Italian flavors, this chicken recipe is sure to please. Marzia from Little Spice Jar has created this delectable recipe. The secret lies in the use of sun-dried tomato pesto. The sun-dried tomato pesto gives the sauce a cooked-all-day richness in just 30 minutes. Partner this cheesy chicken with zoodles to keep it keto-friendly.
Salmon makes a couple of appearances on this list because it is readily available and rich in healthy fats. And this recipe from Closet Cooking is a healthy keto dinner idea you’ll add to your regular rotation after tasting it. Salmon fillets are wrapped around a ricotta cheese mixture and asparagus and then baked to perfection. The lemon sauce adds a hint of tang and makes this the best of the best simple dinner ideas.
Do you have a spiralizer gathering dust in your cabinet? It is time to dust it off, spiralize some zucchini, and make this delicious keto meal from Pure Wow. Zucchini is an excellent keto diet food that replicates pasta nicely when topped with baked eggs. The secret here is to not over-bake the eggs—the runny yolk is what gives this “pasta” its creamy sauce.
Instant Pot Dinner Ideas
Did Santa Claus bring you an Instant Pot this year? Slow cookers are fantastic, but if you find yourself at the end of the day without a meal prepped and cooking, an Instant Pot is a great way to create a healthy and nutritious meal. Here are our favorite Instant Pot dinner ideas that are made with pantry staples.
Are you ready for a homemade tomato soup recipe that will blow your mind? From Peas and Crayons comes this tasty tomato soup without added preservatives. This recipe is one of the top simple dinner ideas sure to please even the pickiest of eaters in the household. This creamy tomato soup would be a great accompaniment to an old-school grilled cheese or a green salad.
This recipe is Little Spice Jar’s third appearance on this list of dinner ideas. Here, the Instant Pot takes beef chuck roast, spices, beef broth, and vinegar and cooks them up until the beef falls into shreds. Then, the meat is placed under the broiler for a couple of minutes just to give it the classic shawarma texture. If you have never had shawarma, once you taste this it will likely be a regular in your meal rotation.
Who says that Instant Pot dinner ideas are bland and boring—not once you try this Indian-inspired curry. From Foraged Dish, this is the only vegan dish to appear on our list of delicious and healthy dinner ideas. Coconut milk and cauliflower give this hearty stew its creamy texture, while the fennel seeds, black mustard seeds, curry powder, garlic, chiles, and ginger give it its powerful punch of flavor.
We know what you are thinking—salmon in an Instant Pot? Yes! If you found fresh wild-caught salmon at the market today, this is one of the best dinner ideas you can dive into tonight. From Wholesomelicious comes this stunning concoction of fresh julienned vegetables, ghee, fresh herbs, and salmon that is ready in just 15 minutes—including prep time.
Put the phone down. Do not call for take-out if you have an Instant Pot because From What Molly Made has crafted a healthy and delicious Mongolian beef recipe that only takes 30 minutes. Flank steak, fresh ginger, green onions, honey, and broccoli are the main components of this dish. Serve this hearty meal alongside brown rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice.