Quick Dinner Recipes

Dinner recipes for busy people

Try these quick dinner favorites that celebrate everything from comfort food-inspired mac and cheese to your own homemade version of reliable orange chicken.

Americans spend more time in restaurants than in the kitchen. In a public opinion poll from two years ago, 58 percent of American adults said they eat out at least once a week. It’s not really all that shocking when you think about it. Busy schedules, long work hours, and a general lack of time make eating out an easy dinner fix.

Eating out, however, can be rather strenuous on the wallet and your health. So next time you consider Yelping the nearest burger joint or reaching for that Chinese take-out menu, instead rely on these quick dinner recipes that will make you wonder why you ever settled for that subpar pizza in the first place.

Try these quick dinner favorites that celebrate everything from comfort food-inspired mac and cheese to your own homemade version of reliable orange chicken. If you are feeling nostalgic for your take-out leftovers, feel free to throw what’s left of your home-cooked meal in a smiley face to-go bag.
 
Black Bean Burger

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If you are tired of the same old burger, try this vegetarian black bean version for a quick dinner fix. The rich, smoky flavor will make them a hit with the whole family.

For the Black Bean Burger recipe, click here.

Curried Lentil Soup

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This lentil soup is hearty and delectable. Eat this quick dinner recipe with a warm piece of garlic naan on the side for an extra treat

For the Curried Lentil Soup recipe, click here.

Chorizo Mac and Cheese

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Make this comfort food classic mac and cheese recipe a little heartier with the addition of spicy chorizo. This quick dinner will simplify suppertime and keep the family happy.

For the Chorizo Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

Salmon Burgers

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Salmon is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, boasts a laundry lists of health benefits, and is quick to prepare. Try this quick dinner recipe for salmon burgers and top them with a dill crème fraîche before serving.

For the Salmon Burgers recipe, click here.

Sweet and Tangy Chicken

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It might not come in a white cardboard take-out box, but serve this quick dinner recipe with a side of sticky rice and I promise you won’t be complaining.

For the Sweet and Tangy Chicken recipe, click here.
 

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Angela Carlos is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @angelaccarlos.