What’s for Dinner Tonight? 7 Satisfying Recipes to Try

What’s for Dinner Tonight? 7 Satisfying Recipes to Try

Are you tired of eating the same old boring meals every night? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of 7 delicious and easy recipes to add some variety to your dinner menu.

1. Creamy Chicken Alfredo

Indulge in this classic Italian dish that is sure to impress. Serve with garlic bread and a side salad for a complete meal in under an hour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of fettuccine pasta
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add garlic powder and stir until fragrant.
  3. Whisk in the heavy cream and simmer for 5-7 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  4. Add the Parmesan cheese and continue to stir until completely melted and combined.
  5. Add in the cooked chicken and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Place the cooked pasta into the skillet with the sauce and toss until fully coated.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

2. Shrimp Creole

Bring some New Orleans flavor to your dinner table with this spicy shrimp Creole recipe. Serve with rice for a filling meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the onion, bell pepper, and celery and sauté until softened.
  2. Add in the diced tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, and salt and pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  3. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until they turn pink and fully cooked.
  4. Serve hot with rice

3. Shepherd’s Pie

This comfort food classic is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly night. Use leftover mashed potatoes for a quick and easy meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 can of tomato soup
  • 2 cups of mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Once fully cooked, drain and set aside.
  3. Add the chopped onion to the same skillet and sauté until softened.
  4. Stir in the frozen peas and carrots and tomato soup. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place the beef mixture in the bottom of an 8×8 inch baking dish.
  6. Spread the mashed potatoes on top of the beef mixture, making sure to cover it completely.
  7. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of the mashed potatoes.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy!

4. Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Your favorite Chinese takeout dish can now be made at home! Serve with rice or noodles for a filling meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of flank or sirloin steak, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, soy sauce, and cornstarch.
  2. Season the sliced beef with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the remaining vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the seasoned beef and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until browned.
  4. Add garlic, broccoli, red bell pepper, and onion to the skillet and stir-fry for an additional 2-3 minutes until the vegetables are tender but still crisp.
  5. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the beef and vegetable mixture and stir-fry for an additional 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens and coats the beef and vegetables.
  6. Serve hot with rice or noodles.

5. Stuffed Peppers

This colorful and hearty dish is a great way to eat your veggies. Customize with your favorite meat or vegetarian filling.

Ingredients:

  • 4 bell peppers, any color
  • 1 pound of ground beef or turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of cooked rice
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Cut the tops off the bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef or turkey and onion until browned. Drain any excess grease.
  4. Add cooked rice, 1/2 can of tomato sauce, dried basil, salt and pepper to the skillet and stir to combine.
  5. Stuff the bell peppers with the beef and rice mixture.
  6. Pour the remaining tomato sauce over the stuffed bell peppers.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the peppers are soft and the filling is fully cooked.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!

6. Spinach and Feta Pie

This savory Greek-style pie is perfect for a vegetarian dinner option. Serve with a Greek salad for a complete meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C)
  2. In a large skillet, sauté the onion until softened. Add the spinach and cook until it wilts.
  3. Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface and place it in a greased pie dish.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, feta, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the spinach and onion mixture.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the pie is golden brown and fully cooked.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

7. Fish Tacos

These easy fish tacos are a healthy and delicious option for dinner. Top with your favorite salsa or avocado for added flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of white fish, such as cod or tilapia
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 small corn tortillas

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
  2. Season the fish with chili powder, garlic powder, cumin powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Drizzle olive oil on the fish and place on a lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the fish is fully cooked.
  5. Heat the tortillas in a large skillet over medium heat.
  6. Assemble the tacos with the cooked fish and your favorite toppings, such as salsa, chopped avocado, or shredded cabbage.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

Common Questions:

1. Can I substitute the meat in these recipes with a vegetarian option?

Yes, you can always substitute the meat in these recipes with a vegetarian option such as tofu, tempeh, or just use more vegetables instead.

2. Can I use different vegetables in these recipes?

Of course! Feel free to substitute or add any vegetables that you prefer or have on hand.

3. Can I make these recipes in advance?

Most of these recipes can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator or freezer, depending on the recipe. Check each recipe for specific storage instructions.

4. Are these recipes suitable for those with dietary restrictions?

Some of these recipes can easily be modified to meet dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, dairy-free, or low-carb. Check each recipe and modify ingredients as needed.

5. Can I double these recipes for a larger crowd?

Absolutely! Most of these recipes can easily be doubled to serve more people.

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