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20 Easy Dinner Ideas For When You're Not Sure What To Make

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community for their go-to easy dinner ideas — the ones perfect for busy nights where you don't want to spend hours in the kitchen, but still want something more substantial than, say, a PB&J. Here are some of their picks, along with several of our favorites! 🍝


2. Black Bean–Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It's packed with protein and fiber, and you can add toppings — like avocado or sour cream — depending on what's in your fridge. Recipe here.

3. Bowties & Broccoli


6. Vegan Chickpea Shakshuka

9. Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos

These are super customizable — depending on your time or budget. Either stick to the inexpensive base: tortilla chips, black beans, canned tomatoes, and cheese. Or upgrade with the works: jalapeños, pickled onions, sour cream, and anything else you might want. Recipe here.


12. BBQ Meatloaf & Veggie Dinner

13. Scrambled Egg, Parmesan, and Asparagus Toast


17. Chicken & Veggie Meal Prep Bowls

Cubing the chicken first means that everything cooks through really quickly. You can also make a double batch and have plenty of leftovers for the week ahead. Recipe here.


19. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Heads up that this one does have to cook for a few hours, so you'll need to plan accordingly. But it's a true drop-and-go dinner — and basically makes itself. Recipe here.

20. 15-Minute Lo Mein

Better than takeout — and better for you, too. For extra protein and fiber, swap in soba noodles. Recipe here.

What's your go-to easy dinner? Tell us in the comments below!

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