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
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!
Learning how to cook pork tenderloin in the air fryer is the best, most efficient way to get a perfectly cooked tenderloin. A tender, juicy inside whose flavor is only matched by the outer spicy, honey garlic-infused crust. The flavorful marinade is then turned into a thickened sauce giving the pork a beautiful finish. Ready …
Air Fryer New York Strip Steak with Garlic Butter: a foolproof way to achieve a juicy, flavorful, and perfectly cooked steak without a grill or a big mess. Using simple pantry staples such as butter, garlic, and herbs to enhance the natural flavors of the meat, this simple method to mouthwatering steak is a must-try. …
Savory Baked Stuffed Pork chops are filled with hints of apples, mushrooms and creamy cheese. An easy gourmet pork chop to make for weeknight entertaining. A perfect alternative to Thanksgiving turkey. Serve this alongside Sweet Potato Casserole and Wild Rice Salad and you are all set for a simple, elegant meal!
Grilled low and slow yields Fall off the Bone BBQ Ribs, brush with a tangy bbq sauce for lip-smacking deliciousness. Be forewarned, make a double batch of these bone tender ribs— after making these dozens of times there are never any leftovers. Perfect for grilling season or any time you want easy entertaining! (oven option …
Braised Boneless Short Ribs: fork-tender boneless short ribs in a smokey, coffee and wine-infused gravy. The rich sauce you’ll want to sop every last ounce of after devouring the fall apart mouth tender beef ribs. Complete comfort food, ideal for family dinner but fancy enough you could serve this for a special occasion with a …
Air fryer pork schnitzel is crazy delicious! It can be our secret that it’s a healthy alternative to deep-frying. This juicy tender boneless pork chop is coated in a crispy panko crust accented with bavarian seasonings that will become an entertaining favorite for a casual dinner! A simple weeknight dinner you can pair with a …
Chinese Pork meatballs: Char Seiw like charring on the edges with flavors hitting notes of sweet and salty in each that are ideal for delicious Asian meatball appetizers in about 20 minutes. When you are looking for fun appetizers these will also go well with Steamed Pork Dumplings and Easy Coconut Shrimp!
This Easy 4 Ingredient Prime Rib Bone In Recipe when followed gives you a juicy, tender perfectly seasoned prime rib. A special meal ideal for Christmas, New Years or any special occasion! Why head out to a restaurant, like Lawry’s the Prime Rib to eat the Lawry’s Prime Rib Recipe when you can easily make it at …
Learn tips on how to BBQ prime rib for a perfectly juicy steak just in time for the summer season! This chili-rubbed grilled prime rib roast is seasoned with a blend of cocoa and chili powders, cooked on indirect heat for a melt-in-your-mouth bite, and topped with a pat of dripping whiskey butter! This recipe …
Homemade gouda mac n cheese recipe is creamy, extra velvety and swirls perfectly around al dente pasta with extra cheese sauce in each crevice for pure deliciousness in each forkful. This homemade pasta dish actually has 2 kinds of gouda and a surprise cheese too! The creamy, smokiness of the gouda combined with the more …
A good summer corn chowder made even better with beer brats and lots of cheese make a perfect soup to serve for game nights at home. It comes together in less than 40 minutes so it makes entertaining a breeze! Also a great option for Oktoberfest Food Parties!