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100+ Delicious, Easy Dinner Recipes

Dinner is the time to sit down at the end of the day together to share our lives and stay connected. It’s the most special meal of the day where you are able to enjoy a delicious meal and talk about your day.

It’s highlighted by the main course or star of the dinner plate!

It’s also the best reason to host a dinner party so you can laugh, visit and create lasting memories over a great meal.

There are over 100 recipes on West Via Midwest to help you plan your dinner menus for weeknight meals or for entertaining company.

What Is considered a Main Course Meal?

The main course is the heartiest part of the meal. It can be made with any meat like chicken, beef, pork or lamb. It’s the star of the meal!

Most of the recipes for the entrees are more for dinner or the evening meal but many of them also work for a hearty lunchtime meal, a brunch or a potluck meal.

No need to stress about making a meal after a long day of work when you have tried and true dinner recipes everyone loves.

The entrée is the highlight of the meal and being able to cook everything like quick and easy meals and comfort food recipes, to fancy gourmet meals and easy healthy dinner recipes is something everyone can do.

You can make all of these types of meals and more,  all with the confidence they will come out deliciously if you follow the instructions I’ve perfected over the years.

Easy Weeknight Recipes

Whether you are looking for easy chicken recipes like French onion chicken, weeknight pork chops like panko breaded pork chops or the easiest slow cooker recipes like balsamic pull apart beef roast I have you covered. All of these recipes come together quickly and are easy to prepare while still being delicious.

Make-Ahead Dinner Recipes

Want a make-ahead pasta recipe or simple casserole to feed a crowd for a potluck? Ham and potato casserole has all the melty cheese, tender potatoes and bites of ham you love in a comfort food meal. The Cheesy Chicken Artichoke Casserole is another choice for an easy make and take potluck dish.

Sometimes you need a fancier pasta recipe to serve to company. The smoked gouda mac and cheese is an easy make-ahead pasta dish that is the most searched recipe on West Via Midwest every single holiday! 

Main Course Party Recipes

These delicious recipes are tried and true and are the best dining options for any special occasion you are hosting whether it be Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Christmas or Thanksgiving to more low key dinners for a laid back dinner party or a BBQ with friends.

Main Course Recipes by Cooking Method

I’ve got one-pan meals, easy air fryer recipes, fast and healthy grilling recipes,  and instant pot recipes that you can make with easy step by step directions.

I’ve tested these main course meals and served them to guests in my home so I know you can make the best dinner party recipes and easy family meals perfectly every single time.

Lazy Dinner Ideas

Looking for recipes that are low effort but big on taste? These dinner ideas are for you if you are looking for hands-off cooking! Try the beef back ribs or these fall off the bone ribs. They both are super easy and you basically set them and forget them while they cook and then sit down to enjoy a delicious meal.

Easy Comfort foods for Weeknight Dinners

There are weeknight dinner ideas that are gourmet comfort food classics. You know, the recipes that look crazy impressive but are just what you want to eat to make you happy! Healthy comfort food chicken piccata, grilled lamb chops or stove top steak recipe will make you one happy camper.

30 Minute Meals

Short on time?  There are recipes that come together in less than 30 minutes. Try out air fryer bone in pork chops, air fryer lamb chops  or the balsamic lamb chops.

Special Occasion Entertaining Recipes

I have restaurant quality Gourmet recipes you can serve for celebrations and the holidays that may take a little longer but can be our little secret at how easy they are to make. Some of the highlights are my version of Lawry's Prime rib the 4 ingredient Prime Rib, impressive seafood recipe of fancy bouillabaisse,  or the horseradish crusted prime rib. I promise you they will wow anyone you cook them for.

Recipes by Protein or type

Need a specific protein? These are categorized by protein (beef, chicken, pork, lamb, fish etc) but I also have pasta and casseroles – all the food recipes for dinner you could ever want!

Go ahead and scroll down to find all the dinner recipes you need to have a successful meal without all the stress!

Southern Sheet Pan Shrimp, Green Beans & Potatoes

This Sheet Pan Shrimp with Green Beans and Potatoes is an easy dinner that comes together in less than 35 minutes. It’s healthy, but you won’t miss anything because the spices in this recipe really give it so much flavor! Shrimp is great for dinner and if you like this one I know you’ll like …

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Loaded baked potatoes with Shepherds Pie filling

Shepherd’s Pie in Potato Boats is a fun take on classic shepherd’s pie! Easy, make-ahead party food, perfect for individual servings. Made with a traditional meat filling, sitting in a hollowed potato, topped with a cheesy mashed potato topping, baked to perfection. Your guests will love them! Of course, we also love the original Cottage …

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Spicy Asiago Shrimp Mac and Cheese

When you need excitement in your foodie life, you have to make this Spicy Asiago Shrimp Mac and Cheese. It’s got layers of flavors with juicy, tender shrimp tossed in with a velvety Mac and Cheese roux that is subtle, yet has a little heat. It’s perfect for your vegetarian friends, but delicious enough even …

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Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese

Spinach and artichoke dip meets macaroni and cheese with this incredible spinach and artichoke mac and cheese! Bits of spinach and tangy artichoke are combined with a creamy nutmeg infused cheese sauce. Topped with a sprinkling of panko bread crumbs for added texture and this delicious comfort food will be your new favorite! We know …

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Hawaiian Pulled Pork (Kalua Pork Recipe)

Hawaiian Pulled Pork, also known as Kalua Pork is so succulent and tender without any effort at all on your part you’re going to wonder why you haven’t been making this at home your whole life. Want a twist on them—- (not at all authentic, but very delicious none the less– drizzle the pork with …

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Pumpkin Lasagna Recipe: Vegetarian Thanksgiving Alternative

This delicious Pumpkin Lasagna is an easy and cheesy vegetarian alternative to your classic lasagna. Layers of perfectly spiced pumpkin, spinach, and a smooth creamy cheese sauce, make this a very simple and satisfying family dinner that will transform the way you think about lasagna! With the holidays around the corner, we will definitely be …

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Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Recipe with Beer Cheese Sauce

Every mouthwatering bite of an Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak combines thin strips of juicy beef, sauteed onions and peppers with an ooey gooey beer cheese sauce. Served on a soft tender bun, this homemade version of the classic sandwich, made in the Instant Pot is ready in under an hour! Nothing beats having a quick …

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