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17 Easy Dinners Everyone Should Have In Their Arsenal

Back away from the instant ramen. You got this.


1. A hearty slow-simmered chili:

Like this three-bean version you can make on the stovetop. Recipe here.

More ideas: 24 Chili Recipes That Will Warm You Up

2. A classic pasta that only needs a few ingredients:

Like Marcella Hazan's famous four-ingredient tomato sauce, or a back-to-basics Cacio e Pepe. Recipes here and here.

More ideas: 21 Simple One Pot Pastas

3. A casserole that will feed a crowd:

Like this white chicken enchilada casserole that's ready in less than an hour. Recipe here.

More ideas: 20 Casserole Recipes To Try

4. Chicken (or fish) in a simple white wine sauce:

Like this stovetop chicken piccata with lemon and capers. Recipe here.

More ideas: 23 Boneless Chicken Breast Recipes That Are Actually Delicious

5. A savory stir fry:

Like this one loaded with fresh vegetables and a DIY sauce of rice vinegar, sesame oil, molasses, and soy sauce. Recipe here.

6. An easy sheet pan dinner:

Like oven-roasted chicken breasts with tomatoes and chickpeas. Recipe here.

More ideas: 30 Easy One-Tray Oven Dinners

7. A foolproof slow cooker soup:

Like big batch minestrone. Recipe here.

More ideas: 24 Extremely Delicious Slow Cooker Dinners

8. A filling frittata that goes beyond breakfast:

Like this one with bacon, potatoes, green onions, and plenty of cheese. Recipe here.

More ideas: 31 Breakfast-For-Dinner Recipes

9. A light but filling fish fillet:

Like balsamic glazed salmon. Recipe here.

More ideas: 23 Quick and Delicious Fish Dinners

10. Homemade fried rice that's even better than takeout:

11. From-scratch pizza that beats delivery:

12. A perfectly seared steak:

13. A meatless option that even carnivores will crave:

Like white bean ragout with cherry tomatoes and Parmesan. Recipe here.

More ideas: 29 Vegetarian Classics You Should Learn How To Cook

14. A healthy meal that puts everything you need in one bowl:

Like these spicy fish taco bowls with tilapia, red peppers, black beans, avocado, and brown rice. Recipe here.

More ideas: 21 Healthy and Delicious One-Bowl Meals

15. Mac 'n' cheese that doesn't come with a seasoning packet:

Like Martha Stewart's version here.

More ideas: 21 Mac 'n' Cheeses That Are Better Than A Boyfriend

16. A simple seafood option:

Like garlic butter shrimp over rice or quinoa. Recipe here.

More ideas: 15 Flavorful Seafood Recipes To Make This Summer

17. And a burger that's not boring:

Like this one with cheddar, sauteed mushrooms, arugula, and homemade dijon. Recipe here.

More ideas: 28 Badass Burgers To Grill

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