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Fast easy dinner ideas

You can use fast & easy dinner recipes with less effort if you want to have a healthy and delicious dinner with less workload in the kitchen.

Dinner is not just only a meal in the evening it has its purpose in our body. Most of us take dinner in the evening to fill our stomachs. But the purpose of the dinner is not only to fill our stomach. 

Rather it helps us to have sufficient food energies if we maintain a healthy dinner. All we admit that a healthy dinner is essential for our body. 

To most of us, healthy dinner means we need to cook our dinner spending more time in the kitchen. But I want to assure you that we can cook a healthy dinner if we have a conception of how to cook dinner fast and easy way.

Why the 3 Fast & Easy Dinner Recipes for You?

In our busy days, it is a little bit impossible to cook healthy and tasty dinner spending huge time in the kitchen. The maximum of us, are working persons. We need to do our professional work a minimum of 8 hours a day. 

So, we are always in rush. When we return home we get minimum time for our recreation, watching TV, social communication.

In this situation of our regular lives, how much time can we give for preparing dinner? As we are always on a tight schedule we cannot afford more time to cook dinner for us. So we need to use fast easy dinner ideas to get rid of spending more time in the kitchen.

It is not the solution to save our time we get dinner from a restaurant. If we think we will go to a restaurant to have tasty dinner daily by saving our time then we are completely wrong.

Restaurant dinner can save time but not our money, not our health. Yes, albeit it is difficult to trust that we can save time getting our dinner at the same time saving our money, it is possible. 

To make it possible we only need to be concerned about our task. We can materialize our desire if we do our job with a plan. Here are a few fast easy dinner ideas which will help you to get a tasty and delicious dinner saving both time and money.

How You will Benefited by these Recipes?

You will chose the best 3 fast & easy dinner recipes for:

1. Trouble-free Dinner

The first condition of fast easy dinner ideas is to cook a simple dinner. If we cook difficult food for which we need more ingredients and need more time to be cooked we will not be able to make us free from the kitchen. 

So, we will select easy and simple food for our dinner such as dal, pizza, soup, and roasted vegetables or chicken. So far I think, we all love to get these items at our dinner time.

2. Make Plan for Dinner

Make a plan at the breakfast table that you want to cook at dinner time. If you have the plan for dinner you will have the mental preparation of your work. You can schedule your other activities depending on the cooking time and recipe for your dinner.

3. Stock Staples

You can stock the main food ingredients that can be preserved for long. It is not worthy to go again and again to the supermarket for grocery shopping.

You can buy rice, sugar, salt, flour and other staples for one month and so on. If you have to go to the supermarket putting your pan on the stove you will be overwhelmed with your work.

4. Take Preparation Early

If you want to make dinner fast using fast easy dinner ideas you have to take preparation early. An example you can chop your vegetables and marinate your chicken with which you want to cook later at dinner time.

 It will not save only your time but also your labor. You do not need to take more load at a time.

5. Kitchen Accessories

We need to pay our attention also to our equipment. If we are not using proper equipment our fast easy dinner ideas will not help us to cook fast.

Here are the few examples of how and which equipment we have to use for our dinner cooking.

a). Sharp Knives

If we use dull knives to chop vegetables or other ingredients it will take time and our preparation will be delayed. So we need to keep our knives sharp.

b). Pressure Cooker

Using pressure cooker we can save our time. A pressure cooker takes less time to cook than any other ordinary cooker.

c). Crockpot

With a crockpot, you can cook your dinner slowly. You do not need to stand beside the equipment. We can make minestrone very easily in the crockpot. 

We only need to place all the ingredients in the pot. It will be cooked 6-8 hours if the heat is low. So we can keep the ingredients in the pot and switch on when we are leaving for our work. 

After returning home we will see the dinner is ready for us. So using a crockpot also can help us to prepare delicious recipes using fast easy dinner ideas.

d). Microwave

Microwave cooks food faster. We need 45 minutes to 1 hour to cook baked potatoes but if we use the microwave we can cook the recipe within 20 minutes. We can save 25 minutes to cook this dish if we use the microwave. 

The 3 Fast & Easy Dinner Recipes

You can have the recipe “Seasoned Oven Roasted Chicken” to try and get a delicious dinner recipe following the ideas to enjoy the dinner with less time and labor.

1. Seasoned Oven Roasted Chicken

You can prepare your dinner dish “Seasoned Oven Roasted Chicken” with olive oil and herbs.


  • Boneless skinless chicken breast halves-8
  • Olive or Vegetable oil-1 tbsp.
  • Parsley Flakes- 1 ½ tsp.
  • Seasoned Salt-1 tsp
  • Garlic Peeper Blend-1tsp.
  • Dried Basil leaves-1tsp.


We need to heat the oven to 400®F. Now spray 13×9 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Brush the chicken with oil. Add parsley, seasoned salt, garlic pepper, and basil to the chicken.

Bake uncovered 25 to 35 minutes. The juice of chicken will be pink by this time. Let the chicken be cooled. Now cut the chicken into your desired size. You can refrigerate it for up to 2 days or freeze up to one month.


Now, we are going to discuss what types of ingredients will help us to get fast easy dinner ideas.


We have to give more time to prepare the perfect broth. A tasty broth makes the recipes tastier. If I can buy broth from a shopping mall I do not need to spend my time for preparing this.

Canned ingredients

We can buy canned ingredients to save time. We can buy canned chicken, beans, fishes to make our cooking fast. If we want to cook dinner with dry beans it takes more time to be rinsed and soaked.

But if we try with canned beans we do not take the hassle of preparing the ingredient to cook. 

I am sharing a recipe for you with canned bean and tuna fish to make you realize how we can make our work easier at dinner time using fast easy dinner ideas.

2. Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad

It can be made in about 12 minutes.


  • Large Lemon: 1
  • White Kidney Beans(Cannellini)-2 Can
  • Pimientos-Sliced- 1 Jar
  • Olive Oil-3 Tbsp.
  • Dried Parsley Flakes-2Tbsp
  • Salt-1/2 Tsp
  • Coarsely Ground peeper-13Tsp
  • Tuna in Oil-1 can


  1. Peel 1 teaspoon lemon and squeeze tablespoon juice.
  2. Mix lemon peel and juice, cannellini beans, pimientos, olive oil, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  3. Stir now in tuna.

To get seasonal flair you also can stir in cherry tomatoes.

3. Easy Pea Risotto

The 3rd recipe is “Easy Pea Risotto” with canned chicken broth and frozen peas. Hope you will try this to have a fast dinner recipe.


  • Chicken Broth-1 Can
  • 2 1/4 c. plus water-2 tbsp.
  • Frozen peas-1lb
  • Olive Oil-1tbsp
  • Carnaroli or Arborio Rice-2c
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese-1/2 C


  1. Heat chicken broth in a 2-quart saucepan.
  2. ½ cups water to boil high
  3. Keep peas and water in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  4. Mix 1 ½ cups peas and ¼ cup hot broth mixture in a blender. Broth peas and broth mixture until it is purred.
  5. Keep remaining peas aside.
  6. Mix olive oil and rice in 3 ½ – to 4-quart bowl. Cook uncovered in the microwave for 1 minute.
  7. Mix in hot broth mixture. Cover the bowl with vented plastic wrap. Cook in microwave on medium for 10 minutes.
  8. Blend in pea puree. Cook in the microwave for 8 minutes on medium covering with vented plastic wrap.
  9. Blend in pea parmesan,1/4 tsp. salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, and remaining peas.
  10. Place the dish into a serving bowl and decorate with shave parmesan cheese.

I hope you will try the recipe to get their delicious dinner using fast easy dinner ideas.

More Easy Dinner Recipe Ideas for You

Another 4 easy dinner ideas for you:

1. Buy Chopped Vegetables

Buying chopped vegetables is one of the ideas to have fast and easy dinner recipes. To save your time in the kitchen to make your dinner you can go for chopped vegetables. 

If you cook with chopped vegetables you do not need to spend time on chopping these before cooking. But I want to request my readers to rinse them before eating or using it to cook.

2. Cook Double At Once

We can cook our dinner double or more to save our time. Maximum recipes can be frozen. After cooking the recipes double we can freeze half of it for later. 

When we need to eat we only need to put it on the microwave to make it hot. If we follow this idea of our fast easy dinner ideas we do not need to cook daily. We can cook our dinner of various recipes on our weekend and can use it for the following days of the week.

3. Buy Frozen Foods

We can buy frozen vegetables and fruits to save our time. Frozen vegetables and fruits do not lose food values. We can use the frozen vegetables to cook our dinner. 

If we have chopped frozen onions and spinach we do not need time to spend to chop these. Onions and spinach are used in most delicious recipes. If we keep these chopped frozen ingredients in our house we do not need to spend time on chopping these. 

Buying frozen foods is not only the technique of fast dinner ideas it is also the technique to save money in the long run.

4. Precooked meats and fishes

We can use precooked meats and fishes to make easier our dinner cooking. We can use cooked turkey sausage in a vegetable soup with pasta. We do not need to cook sausage for this recipe. We only need to slice this. 

We also can make salad with precooked shrimp and chicken. So it is not so difficult to cook our dinner as we think if we follow the fast easy dinner ideas. 

Keep Your Kitchen Neat and Tidy 

If you keep your kitchen untidy you will not find your necessary cooking tools such as knives quickly. You will also need to keep the jars of your ingredients close to your hand. 

You also need to label on the jars as you may not be confused in which jar you have kept which ingredients. If you do not label the jars you may have to open one jar after another to get the desired ingredients. 

So keeping your kitchen tidy is most essential as one of the ideas of fast easy dinner ideas.


I like to tell my readers that I have tried to give you a glimpse to have a thought about how you can make your dinner fast using my recipes. There are so many ideas and techniques using which you can make your delicious dinner in minimum time. 

You only have to sort out of these. As we are individuals, each of my ideas cannot be accepted by all. We may have different thinking as we are from different levels and sectors and our routine is a little bit different from each other.

So it is my request to the readers, you can try my suggestions and ideas but you also can think differently which also may help you to spend less time in the kitchen for making dinner on busy days. 

So readers must be innovative to get any new technique to make your effort easier in the kitchen with your innovative dinner recipes.