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23 Deceptively Easy Dinners That'll Make You Look Like You've Got Your Shit Together

For when you want to look like you eat more than just two-minute noodles and frozen pizza.

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1. Pesto & Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken

Four ingredients, but a ton of flavour. Serve with a side salad or some roast veggies. Get the recipe here.
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Four ingredients, but a ton of flavour. Serve with a side salad or some roast veggies. Get the recipe here.

2. Roasted Pears With Cranberries, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

This dish just screams sophistication and "I've got my shit together". Not a main meal, but a perfect thing to serve to distract from the smoke billowing out of your oven. Get the recipe here.
spoonfulofflavor.com

This dish just screams sophistication and "I've got my shit together". Not a main meal, but a perfect thing to serve to distract from the smoke billowing out of your oven. Get the recipe here.

3. Lemon Chicken Piccata

Piccata is a method which involves sautéing your meat and serving it in a sauce. This lemon and cilantro recipe will be sure to impress. Get the recipe here.
jocooks.com

Piccata is a method which involves sautéing your meat and serving it in a sauce. This lemon and cilantro recipe will be sure to impress. Get the recipe here.

4. Honey Goat Cheese Pizza

Pizza is one of the easiest things to make, but step it up a level with some fancy ingredients. Get the recipe here.
thisweekfordinner.com

Pizza is one of the easiest things to make, but step it up a level with some fancy ingredients. Get the recipe here.

5. Beef Bourguignon

This recipe takes a fair amount of time, but is still easy enough to do while watching reruns of The Bachelor. Get the recipe here.
karenskitchenstories.com

This recipe takes a fair amount of time, but is still easy enough to do while watching reruns of The Bachelor. Get the recipe here.

6. Sweet Potato and Lime Taquitos

So much better than your stock-standard tacos, these are also gluten free and vegan. Get the recipe here.
beardandbonnet.com

So much better than your stock-standard tacos, these are also gluten free and vegan. Get the recipe here.

7. Beef Ragu with Polenta

If you've got a crockpot, this recipe is a walk in the park, perfect for winter nights. Get the recipe here.
pinchofyum.com

If you've got a crockpot, this recipe is a walk in the park, perfect for winter nights. Get the recipe here.

8. Individual Beef Wellingtons

These are insanely easy, but also look like you've been slaving away in the kitchen all day. Get the recipe here.
notquitenigella.com

These are insanely easy, but also look like you've been slaving away in the kitchen all day. Get the recipe here.

9. French Onion Soup

It's a time consuming recipe, but oh-so worth it. Get the recipe here.
gimmesomeoven.com

It's a time consuming recipe, but oh-so worth it. Get the recipe here.

10. Seafood Paella

If you're a fan of seafood, then this dish is definitely for you. Get the recipe here.
themediterraneandish.com

If you're a fan of seafood, then this dish is definitely for you. Get the recipe here.

11. Honey Glazed Salmon

Serve with a side of greens and you've got yourself one damn impressive meal! Get the recipe here.
damndelicious.net

Serve with a side of greens and you've got yourself one damn impressive meal! Get the recipe here.

12. Garlic Butter Mushroom Risotto

Honestly, who doesn't love risotto? Get the recipe here.
pinchofyum.com

Honestly, who doesn't love risotto? Get the recipe here.

13. Steamed Mussels

Mussels sound like a pretty difficult thing to cook. But trust us – it's easy and looks goddamn impressive when you pull it off! Get the recipe here.
thekitchn.com

Mussels sound like a pretty difficult thing to cook. But trust us – it's easy and looks goddamn impressive when you pull it off! Get the recipe here.

14. Tomato Tart

This is more assembling than cooking, which makes it so much better. Get the recipe here.
savorysimple.net

This is more assembling than cooking, which makes it so much better. Get the recipe here.

15. Cacio e Pepe

This is potentially the easiest meal ever, and the taste is incredible. Get the recipe here.
plainchicken.com

This is potentially the easiest meal ever, and the taste is incredible. Get the recipe here.

16. Baked Halibut with Dill

Put ingredients into paper. Bake. Done. Get the recipe here.
glutenfreegirl.com

Put ingredients into paper. Bake. Done. Get the recipe here.

17. Coconut Curry

This'll only take you 30 minutes, and the hardest thing you have to do is chop a carrot. Get the recipe here.
minimalistbaker.com

This'll only take you 30 minutes, and the hardest thing you have to do is chop a carrot. Get the recipe here.

18. Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

So simple, and so packed with flavour. Get the recipe here.
cafedelites.com

So simple, and so packed with flavour. Get the recipe here.

19. Rum and Spice Glazed Pork Tenderloin

It certainly doesn't look it, but this pork dish is insanely easy and tastes like you spent all day on it. Get the recipe here.
rockrecipes.com

It certainly doesn't look it, but this pork dish is insanely easy and tastes like you spent all day on it. Get the recipe here.

20. Orange-Thyme Grilled Shrimp

If you're a shrimp person, this dinner is right up your alley! Get the recipe here.
yummyhealthyeasy.com

If you're a shrimp person, this dinner is right up your alley! Get the recipe here.

21. Goat Cheese, Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Terrine

This is another easy-to-whip-up masterpiece which will set your tastebuds alight. Get the recipe here.
afamilyfeast.com

This is another easy-to-whip-up masterpiece which will set your tastebuds alight. Get the recipe here.

22. Couscous Salad

A perfect meal for summer nights, this dish is sure to bring in rave reviews. Get the recipe here.
foodfaithfitness.com

A perfect meal for summer nights, this dish is sure to bring in rave reviews. Get the recipe here.

23. One-Pot Greek Chicken and Feta Pasta

One pot = less cleaning. You're on to a winner. Get the recipe here.
hostthetoast.com

One pot = less cleaning. You're on to a winner. Get the recipe here.