Easiest Dinner Recipes for Busy Lives

Tight on time and energy? These easiest dinner recipes are the ticket to making dinnertime simple, healthy, and full of flavor.

BBQ Bean Tacos with Pineapple Salsa | A Couple Cooks

We get it: you’re busy! Most evenings when you’re trying to juggle work, kids, school, and all the things, there isn’t much time to think about dinner. But might we suggest that with just a little bit of forethought, dinnertime can actually be…easy? There are nights where we have time to cook up a great recipe for our family, but other nights we rely on our easiest dinner recipes to make dinnertime quick and simple.

Here are our easiest dinner recipes for busy nights. Most of these are concepts that you can feel free to take your own spin on. Serve your seared tuna with whatever is on hand. Make margherita naan pizza instead of Thai curry. These recipes are intended as templates, so feel free to follow them word for word, or put your own unique spin on them.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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