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February 3, 2024

Best Quick Dinner Ideas

With every recipe we create here, our hope is that you’ll make flavorful and beautiful dishes that are on the table swiftly. Here’s a few of our best quick dinners for your friends and family.


homemade curry salmon made with four filets of salmon in a coconut curry broth in a skillet topped with cilantro

One Pot Wonders–Soups

We love soups because we can throw everything in a pot and let it simmer until dinner is ready. These are four soups that require very little effort, and deliver big on the flavor.

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These Salmon Recipes Basically Make Themselves

Salmon is a quick cooking protein we always have in the house. It’s great to have a few filets in the freezer when you need a healthy meal fast.

Chicken, Always A Favorite

We’ve made a thousand chicken dinners over the years, and here’s our top picks for the best quick chicken dinner recipes from our archives.

Quick Healthy Dinner Ideas–Salads!

Use these recipes as a loose guideline when you need something quick and healthy for dinner. You don’t always need to follow these recipes to the letter to have a really nice salad ready for dinner in no time.

Quick Dinner Ideas For Kids

A handful of easy recipes for the kids when you need to get dinner on the table, and quick. And don’t worry, we’ve included our favorite mac & cheese recipes.

Sandwiches Are A Great Lazy Dinner

From tuna melts and patty melts, to the classic sloppy joe and reuben sandwich, we’ve got a few sandwiches that we can count on for dinner in a flash.

These Pasta Recipes Are The Perfect Easy Weeknight Dinners For Family

Buttered noodles are our number one, quick cooking dinner of all time. But when you want to get a tad fancier, these four pasta dishes will get a flavorful dinner on the table, fast!

Quick Tex Mex Dinner Ideas For Family

With our homemade taco seasoning on hand, our easy steak or shrimp fajitas are a few quick steps away. There’s chicken fajitas or the chicken fajita burrito bowl that you can cook up in no time.

Seafood Recipes Ready In No Time

Seafood is super quick cooking, and easy enough to make flavorful. Our shrimp scampi en papillote means there’s very little cleanup because the cooking takes place in parchment paper, or our shrimp scampi that’s ready in 15, are both super quick dinner recipes.

Quick Dinner Ideas Vegetarian

Our favorite vegetarian recipes range from noodles, to mushrooms and tofu and pack in flavors like spicy peanut, coconut, and juicy tomatoes.

And A Few More We Love

Our gingery ground beef and thai basil beef are some of favorite recipes to serve over a bowl of white rice. There’s also a few easy skillet dinners to try, and an easier than you think egg roll bowl.

Steak & Beef Quick Dinner Ideas

Cook up some beef in a skillet and call it dinner. This selection of beef recipes takes you around the world in flavors, all in the name of quick and easy dinner recipes.

More Dinner Ideas At The Modern Proper

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Best Quick Dinner Ideas

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  • Jared

    Keep all these ideas coming. Started with the philly cheese steak skillet and it was simple and good.

    Thank Jared, glad you're enjoying the list! We love the philly skillet too!