Easy (But Impressive) Dinner Recipes

It often feels like being an adult comes down to one thing: deciding what’s for dinner every night for the next 70 years. Those who love to cook may see this as an enjoyable challenge. The rest of us? We bring easy recipes to the table every chance we get.

Fortunately, serving up an impressive meal doesn’t have to involve standing over a stove all afternoon. There are several ways to cook up a spectacular dish in a few simple steps. So head to the kitchen and see how the following recipes pan out: 

Black Bean Tostadas

Taco Bell might have brought back its Mexican pizza, but it still has nothing on homemade grub. These black bean tostadas are fast and flavorful and made with only five ingredients: black beans, tostadas, pepper jack cheese, avocado, and hot sauce. You can add other ingredients, such as salsa or ranch, depending on your preferences. 

Steak Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine alfredo is often made with chicken, but this recipe uses the potent flavor of steak. Even so, don’t let its fanciness fool you; it only takes 40 minutes to make this creamy, flavorful feast. Pair it with a glass of red wine to add a romantic element, or use the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Chicken Fried Rice

You don’t have to order takeout if you’ve got a hankering for chicken fried rice. This DIY recipe allows for all sorts of variations, including a vegan version and the option of adding broccoli, cashews, almonds, spinach, and onions. Of note, the best fried rice uses day-old rice; freshly made tends to be so moist that it affects the consistency. 

Salsa Steak Garlic Toast

This recipe is a creative take on open-faced steak sandwiches that emphasize the powerful pairing of steak and garlic. While this particular dish is garnished with sour cream, salsa, and cilantro, it makes room for flexibility. Skip the cilantro if your genetics make it taste like soap. No one wants to eat a sandwich with a side of Irish Spring.

Chicken and Corn Noodle Soup

Chicken soup isn’t just for runny noses and hacking coughs, at least not when it comes to this recipe. Made with creamed corn, this meal turns traditional soup into a heartier, more satisfying meal. It’s a great option on a cool winter’s night or when you’re in a rush; it only takes 15 minutes from start to slurping. 

You no longer need to make time to make dinner; with these recipes, you can cook almost as fast as you can order DoorDash. Try one of them and let us know how it goes.

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