Author: Smita Dey - Researcher, Healthy Food and Recipes
Cooking is a little bit an effortful job for all of us. As we need to spend a minimum of 1 hour in the kitchen for cooking dinner. That is why most of us become reluctant for cooking.
But what will happen if we have to spend a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes in the kitchen? We will start to enjoy cooking.
Today I am going to share with you the 20 best & easy recipes for dinner that can make your dinner time full of fun.
7 Fun & Easy Recipes for Dinner to Enjoy Cooking
Yes, for you I have chosen only those recipes that can be made very easily and spending minimum time.
While cooking these recipes you can engage your kids with you as they can start to realize that cooking is not a difficult job. You can ask them to mix salads, to help you while you are decorating the dishes, or pour the sauce over the dishes.
All these are tricks to make your cooking dinner time fun and easy. So, I am suggesting you follow the ideas of my fun easy dinner ideas to have not only dinner time but also cooking dinner time full of joy and fun.
1. Baked Swordfish Steak
The 1st recipe of my dinner ideas to make fun of cooking time is ‘Baked Swordfish Steak’. You can cook swordfish steaks within 20 minutes only following my instructions.
By cooking the recipe you can provide a luscious dinner for your family. As the recipe is much easier to cook when you are following the instructions, you will enjoy the cooking and get fun spending time in your kitchen.
So, do not waste your time thinking about what you need to cook for dinner. Just follow my instructions and cook the recipe which I am suggesting. The quantity of the ingredients that I have used for the recipe is used for 4 persons’ dinner.
Freshly Grated parmesan-1/2c. Plus more for sprinkling
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water.
Drain water reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
Place a large skillet over medium heat.
Add cream and butter.
Cook as long as the butter is melted and the cream is heated through.
Mix the parmesan and add salt and pepper.
If the sauce becomes too thick mix 1 tablespoon of the reserved pasta water at a time.
Now, remove from heat.
Mix cooked pasta and toss until coated in sauce.
Sprinkle parsley on top of the pasta.
I assure you all your family members will love the recipe. So, I am suggesting you cook the recipe following my cooking process. As long as you have the cooking ideas you do not need to be worried about the liking of your family members.
3. Turkey Burger
It is rare to found a person from the age of 8 to 80 who does not like a burger. And I have chosen turkey burger as one of the recipes of my dinner ideas that are yummy.
You can cook the recipe within only 15 minutes following the instructions. So get ready to spend 15 minutes in the kitchen to have a delicious burger and follow the below instructions of the cooking recipe.
Mix turkey, Worcestershire sauce, and parsley in a large bowl.
Add salt and pepper for seasoning.
Form mixture into four patties.
Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
Mix patties and cook per side for 5 minutes. It will be golden and cooked through.
Serve on a bun with your desired toppings.
See how you had to spend only 15 minutes to prepare the recipe. Spending only 15 minutes we get such a luscious dish for us. It is only possible when you are with my dinner ideas to make your dinner time with full of fun.
4. Chicken Quesadillas
This chicken recipe also needs only 15 minutes to be cooked. There are very easy steps to cook the food if you are following my process. So let us see the steps of the recipe.
Mix butter, olive oil, grated asiago, garlic, basil, red bell pepper, and black pepper in a large bowl.
Piece French bread in half lengthwise. Piece each half crosswise into three pieces.
Place butter mixture over the pieces.
Add rotisserie chicken on the top.
Add mozzarella and parmesan cheese sprinkling over the chicken.
Bake for 8-12 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
You must say the food is delicious while you are tasting the recipe. To get such a delicious dinner you do not need to give more effort.
You can enjoy the restaurant taste at your home while making dinner with the recipe.
6. Eggs in Basket
The recipe is also known as eggs in nest or toad in the hole. Especially, you can make the dish for your kids. But other members of the family will love the recipe.
With very few ingredients you can try the recipe following the process. You need only 10 minutes to cook the recipe.
It is really difficult to believe that you need such a short time to get a luscious dinner. But, it is possible if you have my cooking technique. With the quantity of the ingredients, you can cook for 2.
Whole Wheat Bread- 2 Slices
Heat an electric griddle to 350 F or heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
Add 1 teaspoon of butter on the griddle.
Cut the center of each piece of bread using a cookie cutter as per your desired shape.
Mix the remaining butter on one side of each piece of bread including the cutout pieces.
Place the bread on the griddle keeping butter side down.
Break one egg in a small dish.
Slide it into the hole of one of the bread slices.
Do the same with the remaining bread slice and egg.
Cook for 1 minute or wait until the egg is golden on the bottom.
Flip gently to cook the other side for 1minute more.
Flip the cutout pieces of toast to cook on the other side for 1 minute to be toasted.
You should serve it immediately. Do not let the dish be cooled. Otherwise, your kids or other family members will not find the real taste of the dish.
7. Lamb Chops with Garlic Rosemary Sauce
You can try lamb chops with garlic rosemary sauce. You need only 6 minutes to get the yummy dish on your dinner table. Follow the recipe instructions and make your dinner time enjoyable.
Chopped Garlic Cloves-2
Lamb Shoulder Chops(each about ¾ inch thick)
Freshly Ground Black pepper
Olive Oil-2 Tablespoons
Fresh lemon Juice-2 Tablespoons
Chicken Stock-1/2 Cup
Add salt and pepper with the lamb and let it be seasoned.
Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it is hot but not smoking.
Singe lamb for 3 minutes.
Turn lamb over and sear for 2 minutes more.
Remove the lambs from the skillet and place it into 4 plates.
Mix garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, chicken stock to the skillet.
Cook for 1 minute over high heat stirring and scraping up brown bits.
Pour sauce over the lambs.
Have you seen that we have made the recipe spending only 6 minutes? Isn’t it interesting that you can make delectable dinner within very few minutes?
So, do not waste time thinking about what you need to cook for dinner, just follow the techniques.
The 6 Scrumptious Recipes for Dinner
Usually, we all do not have the same affordability. And I am sharing my perception dinner to make it easy at a cheap price for those who have a limited budget for their dinner.
To me, cooking my dinner within the budget does not mean that I cannot get the taste of delectable dinner. If we have ideas to cook dinner not exceeding the budget limits we can cook a delicious dinner with cheap ingredients.
Cheaper ingredients can make tasty food if we know the trick. I am sharing a few recipes with you like the recipes with a cheap cost that is not only can be cooked with cheaper ingredients that are also easy to cook.
So, friends, let me share my views and recipes with you as you can cook mind-blowing dinner using the technique of my ideas.
1. Chili Mac & Cheese
I am sharing the 1st recipe for you that is not only cheaper and easy to make but it is one of the healthy recipes as well. You do not need to think about your health issues while you are trying the recipes of my money-saving and time-saving dinner ideas.
I have used cheaper ingredients to prepare the current recipe. This recipe needs only 30 minutes from you to be cooked.
Guess, you can spend a lot of time to have delicious and cheaper dinner at the same time following my cooking techniques.
Add garlic and cook until it releases the fragrance.
Add beef and cook for 5/6 minutes. It will be pink. Drain the fat.
Now mix diced tomatoes, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, chicken broth, and pasta.
Bring to simmer. Cook for 14-15 minutes.
Remove the pot from heat and mix cheddar until just melted.
Your dinner is cooked. Decorate the dish with chives.
See, we have spent only 30 minutes to cook the delicious recipe. I am sure you will love the recipe and will try it next whenever you will need such a tasty dinner within a short time.
As the ingredients are cheap you do not need to think about your budget to cook the recipe. The recipe gives you the ideas of tasteful dinner recipes within your daily budgets.
2. Utz Baked Fish Fillets
Utz Baked Fish Fillets is the 2nd recipe that I have chosen as one of the recipes of my dinner ideas at a low cost. The cooking time including the preparation time of the recipe is only 35 minutes.
You will need very few ingredients to cook the recipe. As you are following my techniques you can cook healthy food comfortably.
So, don’t worry. Just follow the instructions for cooking the recipe that I am sharing below.
Finely Chopped Fresh Flat-leaf parsley-2 Tbsp.
Finely Chopped Garlic Clove-1
Lemon Zest-1 Tbsp.
Halibut Fillets-6 (6Oz)
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Finely Crushed Utz Potato Chips-1c
Preheat Oven to 425 degrees F.
In a rimmed baking sheet set a wire rack.
Grease the rack lightly.
In a bowl mix sour cream, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest.
Add salt and pepper on both sides of the fish for seasoning.
Place the fish on the rack.
Add the sour cream mixture on top of the fish, diving evenly.
Top with chips, dividing evenly, pressing lightly to adhere.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until chips are golden brown and fish flakes easily with a fork.
Garnish the food with parsley.
Your dinner is ready to taste. Serve the food with lemon wedges.
I am sure that, you will find something special in this recipe while you are tasting. You will also start to think that you can cook such a mouth-watering dinner recipe with my cheaper ingredients and fewer efforts.
You can cook such recipes easily while you are following the strategies of my cooking. So, always try to follow the instructions properly of my cooking process. So let us try the current recipe as per the instructions.
3. Steam Mac and Cheese
The recipe is prepared with Steam Beer, Havarti Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, and other cheaper ingredients. The cooking time of the food including preparation time is 45 minutes.
You do not need to arrange expensive food ingredients for the preparation of the recipe as you are getting the ideas to cook food with cheaper ingredients. I am sharing the ingredients and cooking recipe.
Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated (About 2 cups) divided-8 oz.
Freshly Ground Pepper
Cook pasta as per the direction of the package. Drain.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
Mix Shallot and garlic and cook for 2 to 4 minutes. The mixture will be golden.
Whisk flour and cayenne pepper and cook for 1 minute.
Whisk beer gradually and cook for 1 minute.
Mix and whisk in half-and-half and mustard.
Cook and bring to boil for 1 to 2 minutes. It will be thickened.
Reduce the heat and cook for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.
Remove from heat.
Mix Havarti and 1 cup of Cheddar and whisk until it is smooth.
Add salt and pepper for seasoning.
Fold in pasta.
Place the mixture into a 3-quart baking dish.
Sprinkle with remaining cheddar,
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or wait until golden.
Let stand for 5 minutes for serving
Is not the recipe different from any other recipes of pasta? Is it difficult to cook? I am sure your answer will be no. so do not make late to try the shared recipe.
You will find the different taste of pasta and cheese following my cooking methods. So I can say that my ideas make your dinner time amazing and enjoyable.
4. Chipotle Chicken Fajitas
We are now trying with chicken to make our dinner recipe with an affordable budget. The recipe is one of the easy recipes. It does not exceed our budget as we are following the ideas.
I have designed the recipe keeping the time-saving issues of my readers. So this recipe is not only cheap and easy to make but it also saves your time.
Readers, please follow the instructions and cooking recipe of the chicken recipe and try the dish for your next dinner.
Boneless skinless Chicken Breasts (cut into thin strips)-1 lb
Ground Cumin-1 Tsp
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Canola Oil-1 Tbsp
Red Bell Pepper-Sliced-1
Sliced Small Onion-1
Chopped garlic Cloves-3
Chopped Chipotles in Abodo-1Tbsp
Fresh Lime Juice-1 ½ Tbsp
Warm Flour Tortillas-8
Grated Cheddar Cheese
The last three ingredients are used for serving
Add cumin, chili, salt, and pepper with the chicken for the seasoning.
Heat oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Add chicken and cook for 5 to 7 minutes as it is cooked through. Stir it occasionally.
Remove the chicken to a plate.
Add pepper, onion, mushroom, and garlic into the same skillet. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes stirring occasionally.
Mix chipotles, lime juice, and chicken. Cook stirring until warm.
Add season and pepper for seasoning.
Your food is ready to be tasted.
Serve chicken and vegetables with tortillas and toppings. The recipe is delicious and easier to prepare. You have noticed that the steps of the preparation are really easy to follow.
So, if you want to get a taste of chicken in a different way you can try it following my instructions. As long as you are following my ideas you do not need to think about your budget and time because I have designed all the recipes concentrating on your budget and time.
5. Totsagna Recipe
I have chosen the Totsagna recipe as one of the recipes of my dinner ideas with a low budget. Like other recipes, you will need very few ingredients to try the recipe. I can assure you will cook a marvelous dinner with these cheaper and fewer ingredients as I am with you with my ideas. You just need to follow the instructions that I am sharing with you to cook this recipe.
Brown the ground beef on a skillet over medium-high heat.
Mix garlic powder into the skillet.
With a wooden spoon or spatula break up the meats into small pieces.
Once the meat is browned remove it from the skillet and drain any excess grease. Then return to the skillet.
Mix the marinara sauce, then the water to the skillet to thin out the sauce.
Whisk the sauce until it is combined.
Turn off the burner.
Mix 1 cup mozzarella, ¼ cup grated parmesan, all of the ricotta, and the egg in a large bowl.
Pour meat sauce to coat lightly the bottom of a 13’’x9’’ pan.
Top with a layer of tater tots.
Mix the ricotta mixture and a layer of meat sauce.
Cover with another layer of tots.
Mix more meat sauce.
Add remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until the cheese is melted and tots are lightly browned.
The total time you have to spend for this recipe is only 1 hour. I think it is not a big deal to spend a lot of time for getting a special dinner. So, I am suggesting you try the recipe following the instructions to give the taste of the restaurant dinner to your own.
6. Easy Cajun Jambalaya
I have chosen Easy Cajun Jambalaya as the last recipe. Like my other recipes, I am going to share the ingredients and cooking process of the recipe. It is as easier as my other easy recipes. You need 40 minutes to cook the recipe. Please follow the below instructions and cook the mouthwatering recipe for your next dinner time. You will find how you can make such a delicious dinner following the instructions.
Olive Oil-1 Tbsp
Finely Chopped Onion-1
Chopped Bell peppers-2
Cubed-Boneless, skinless Chicken Breast-1 lb
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Sliced Andouille Sausage-6 oz.
Minced Garlic Cloves-2
Tomato Paste-2 Tbsp
Low Sodium Chicken Stock-2c.
Crushed Tomatoes-1 Can (15oz)
Long Grain Rice-1c
Old Bay Seasoning-1 Tsp
Peeled and deveined Shrimp-1lb
Thinly Sliced Green Onions-2
Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Mix onion and bell peppers and season with salt and pepper.
Cook for 5 minutes to be almost tender.
Mix chicken. Season with salt, pepper, and oregano.
Cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is golden.
Add andouille sausage, garlic, and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute more. A fragrance will release.
Mix chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, rice, Old Bay Seasoning.
Reduce the heat to medium-low.
Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook 20 minutes or wait until the rice is tender and the juice is almost absorbed.
Mix the shrimp to the pot and cook for 3to 5 minutes or wait until it is pink and cooked through.
The dish is ready to be served. You only need to add green onions just before the serving.
I am sure you have decided to get the taste of the recipe as it is much easier than you thought. So do not late. Just follow the instructions and cook the lovable food.
I can perceive that you will give me thanks as I have given you the ideas to cook such a recipe.
7 Delicious Recipes of Great Easy Dinner Ideas
I am sharing seven recipes for you using great easy dinner ideas. These recipes will help you to get the proper nutritious and tastier dinner with less effort.
I choose to fish, meat, and asparagus as the main ingredients using which you can make your dinner full of taste and nutrition as well. You do not need to spend more time to prepare these recipes.
I have chosen the ingredients keeping concentration on our body needs. Our ideas will help you to enjoy your healthy dinner with scrumptious foods.
1. Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub
Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub is the first recipe. The dish is very simple to make and very tasty as well. The main ingredient of the recipe is salmon fish. You will need only 15-17 minutes to prepare this.
Nonstick Cooking Spray
Chili Powder- 1 Tablespoon
Light Brown Sugar- 1 Tablespoon
Ground Cumin-1 Teaspoon
Freshly Ground Black pepper-1/8 Teaspoon
Salmon Fillets (skin and bones are removed)-6
Olive Oil- 1 Tablespoon
First of all, you need to coat the grill or grill pan with a cooking pan and preheat with medium heat.
Mix chili powder, brown sugar, and cumin, salt, and pepper while the grill is heating.
Brush each salmon fillet with ½ teaspoon of oil.
Rub each fillet with ½ tablespoon of the mixture.
Now grill the salmon, 4 to 5 minutes and then flip it and cook for a further 5 to 6 minutes. You can cook for 1 to 2 minutes more if it is needed.
Keep the cooked salmon in a serving dish. You can decorate the dish with cucumber, tomato, and onion.
You will get a tastier dish using the steps of cooking techniques. This dish is not only simple to make but is luscious.
The dish contains proper nutrition for your body. Salmon provides you protein, vitamin D, and Omega3- fatty acids. Brown sugar provides minerals, vitamins, and energy. Cumin provides lipid, sodium, potassium, and carbohydrate. Cumin also helps in digesting.
So ideas do not provide only tasty recipes but help you to get health benefits.
2. Soy- Glazed Salmon with Cucumber- Avocado Salad
The second recipe, Soy- Glazed Salmon with Cucumber- Avocado Salad is also prepared with Salmon fish. As the first recipe, Salmon is the main ingredient in our 2nd recipe. Please maintain the following steps of the cooking process.
Salmon fillets- Skinless Centre Cut -4/6 ounce
Low Sodium Soy Sauce – 2 1/2teaspoon
Sesame Oil-1 teaspoon
Rice vinegar-2 tablespoon
Mayonnaise- 1 tablespoon
English cucumber-quartered lengthwise and sliced-1
Combine honey. 2 teaspoon soy sauce and cornstarch in a bowl. The bowl needs to be microwave safe.
Need to simmer in the microwave.
Now, you need to rub the fish fillet with ½ teaspoon sesame oil and add salt to it.
Bake the fish for 5 minutes keeping in a baking dish.
Remove the dish from the oven.
Add honey soy sauce mixture with a brush.
Keep in the oven again and cook for more than 7 to 9 minutes.
You need to whisk rice vinegar, mayonnaise, the remaining half teaspoon soy sauce, and sesame oil in a large bowl.
Mix cucumber, scallions, and ¼ teaspoon salt, and then flip.
Fold in the avocado gently.
Your dish is ready to eat now. You can prepare a dish with all the available ingredients. The ingredients and spices are used in the dish are available in our kitchen.
So you do not need to pay extra time and money to collect the grocery. Moreover, you are getting nutritious food at your dinner time following our ideas. The dish provides you with calories, carbohydrates, fat, cholesterol, sodium, fiber, and protein.
3. Spaghetti and Meatballs
It is our 3rd recipe. The name shows that I am going to make the recipe with spaghetti and meat.
Ground Beef-1 lb.
Parsley- finely chopped-1/4 c
Parmesan-freshly grated-1/4 c
Garlic cloves-minced- 2
Red pepper flakes-1/2 tsp.
Olive oil-2 tbsp.
Finely chopped onion-1/2 tsp.
Crushed tomatoes in puree-1 35 oz. can
Freshly ground Black pepper
Spaghetti- 1 lb. prepare as per the package instruction
Mix beef with breadcrumbs, parsley, parmesan, egg, garlic, salt, and pepper flakes in a large bowl. Make 16 balls with the mixture.
Preheat a medium pot with medium heat.
Add 1 tbsp. oil.
Cook the balls for 10 minutes. Let the balls be browned and boiled.
Now keep the balls on a plate.
Add the rest quantity of olive oil, onion. Combine bay leaf and tomatoes. Add salt and pepper. Bring it to simmer
Now add the meatball into the pot and cook for 8-10 minutes and wait until the sauce is thickened.
Your dish is ready now.
You can serve pasta with meatball and sauce.
Readers, hope you will like the recipe. If you have a maximum of 1 hour in your hand you will prepare the dish very easily. You do not need to spend more time on the preparation of the ingredients which are used to cook the dish.
4. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
The 4th recipe is Chicken Bacon Ranch casserole which we can make very easy and with less labor following our ideas. You will need to spend only one hour to prepare the recipe. So, please see how I use the cooking process and technique to cook the recipe.
White Rice: 1 ½ c
Cooked and chopped Bacon- 8n slices
Finely Chopped Onion-1/2
Boneless, skinless Chicken Breast cut into small pieces-3
Add oil to a pressure cooker and make it hot with medium heat.
Add the beef to be cooked for about four minutes. The beef must be browned on all sides.
Now add onion and cook it for 4 minutes. By this time it will soften and brown.
Mix white wine, mustard, and flour. Bring to simmer and cook for about 2 minutes.
Mix beef broth, mushrooms, carrots, and celery.
Cover the pressure cooker with its cover and bring it to high pressure over medium heat.
Cook for 18 minutes.
Remove from heat and open carefully releasing the air.
Mix in the Neufchatel, parsley, salt, and pepper to increase the taste.
Cook egg noodles as per the package instruction.
Drain and keep warm.
Divide the noodles and beef stroganoff into serving bowls.
You can prepare all the ingredients before you leave for work in the morning. A pressure cooker will help you to cook faster. I am sure that you will just love the said recipe.
7. Asparagus and Chicken Stir Fry
This recipe is the 7th and last recipe. You need only 32 minutes to make the dish for our dinner.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts-1 lb.
Minced garlic-2 cloves
Peeled fresh Ginger, cut into thin matchsticks-2 inch
Soy sauce-1 tbsp.
Kosher Salt-1/4 tsp.
Chicken broth-3/4 cup
Vegetable Oil-2 tbsp.
Medium Asparagus, woody stems trimmed, sliced into 1 inch pieces-2 bunches.
Thinly sliced of white and green parts of scallions -1 bunch
Brown or White Rice
Freeze the chicken for 20 to 30 minutes.
Slice thinly against the grain to strips
Mix half the garlic and ginger, soy sauce, sugar, 1 tsp. of cornstarch, 1tsp. of salt, and sherry with the chicken in a bowl.
Add 1 tbsp. of oil in a large nonstick skillet and heat over high heat.
Add asparagus, scallions, remaining garlic, ginger, ¼ cup of water, 1/4 salt.
Needs to stir-fry until the asparagus is bright green but crisp. Need to cook for about 3 minutes.
Keep in a bowl.
Heat the skillet again. Let it be very hot.
Add the rest quantity of olive oil.
Add the chicken and stir fry for 3 minutes. Wait until the chicken loses its color and will be a little brown.
Add the asparagus and mix to heat through.
Stir in the reserved cornstarch mixture and bring to a full boil. It will be thickened.
Now your dinner is ready to enjoy.
I am sure that you will try the dish and will be fond of the item. You do not need many more ingredients to cook the dish and you do not need much time to cook.
My dinner ideas make your cooking easy. You can get a healthy and tastier dish with less effort in your weekdays following the suggestions of our ideas.
The recipes for dinner that I have shared with you are only to give you the touch of fun while you are cooking your dinner. I have chosen the recipes for you that can be made within a maximum of 20 minutes.
Most of the recipes can be made within 5-10 minutes. If you need to spend 5- 20 minutes in the kitchen you will not feel bored with cooking. Rather cooking will be fun for you.
I also have shared the recipes as you can prepare food with your kids. This attempt will help your kids to be taught how to help their parents and getting enjoyment and fun at the same time.
Lastly, I am assuring you that if you follow my suggestions and instructions, you will not be tired of cooking.