More Quick & Easy Recipes

Traditional Christmas Dinner Recipes

If you really want to make an entrance during the holidays, something spectacular on a platter does the trick. Here are six deceptively doable dishes—three serves-a-crowd main courses, three grand-finale desserts—to delight everyone, including you.

Easy, Healthy Dinners Ideas

Thanks to these easy, healthy dinner recipes, you can solve the mystery of what to make tonight (and all those busy nights to come).

10 Leftover Turkey Recipes

These simple recipes are also great year-round―just sub rotisserie chicken for turkey.

10 Easy Ground Turkey Recipes

Ground turkey is healthier than beef, less pricey than lamb—and, as you’ll see from these recipes, fast-cooking and versatile, too.

20 Dinners You Can Make in Mere Minutes

Need some quick dinner ideas? Try one of these speedy recipes that take just 15 minutes or less of hands-on work.  

How Busy Moms Can Save Time

The best time-saving tips, from quick dinner recipes to ingenious beauty shortcuts.

10 Easy Butternut Squash Recipes

Think butternut squash's only good for soup (or Thanksgiving)? Squash any preconceived notions and see how versatile butternut can be.

10 Inventive Ground Beef Recipes

Where’s the beef? It’s all over these fun, fresh recipes. Don’t expect the basic tacos, burgers, chili, enchiladas... When you feel like you’ve overused the classics, turn to our smart, delicious ideas for utilizing one of the kitchen’s top workhorses: ground beef. Rather than a plain old cheeseburger, we’ve got a patty topped with Monterey jack, avocado and salsa. Expected meat sauce over spaghetti? Nope, our version boasts a chunky tomato-beef sauce ladled over parrapadelle noodles. And we don’t stop there. Read on for smart tricks for stuffing bell peppers with browned ground beef and grains; rolling the beef into sweet-and-sour meatballs that’ll get snapped up at the start of any party; and modern twists on beefy standbys, from meat loaf to cottage pie. As a general rule, it’s safe to use lean ground beef (say, 80 percent and up) for dishes that don’t require a bit of fat to stick together. Go for fattier ground beef when you’re planning to make meatballs, burgers, and meatloaf. If you’re buying ground beef in bulk, separate the meat into different baggies or containers to freeze each pound on its own, so you’ll only need to thaw one nights’ worth of protein at a time.

10 Boneless Chicken Breast Recipes

The little black dress of the kitchen, the boneless, skinless chicken breast is a bona fide staple. We’d be willing to bet that if you peeked into the refrigerator of many a Real Simple reader—or took a gander at her “Quick Dinner” Pinterest board—you’d find at least one container of this versatile cut of chicken, along with plenty of ideas for how to prepare it. Luckily, the lean meat can be spiffed up in all sorts of ways and with a wide variety of flavors, and we’ve got ideas for how to bake it, fry it, grill it, or throw it in a salad. Take, for instance, our Italian-inflected Baked Pecorino Chicken, which is coated in homemade bread crumbs then baked. Or there’s our standard (but no less delicious) Chicken Enchiladas, which call for canned enchilada sauce, chicken, tortillas, cheese, and little else. You can dress the chicken breast up—in a bowl of pasta, or with a citrusy arugula salad—or dress it down (Crispy Popcorn Chicken, need we say more?). Here, you’ll find recipes for all these family suppers and more. We’ve got enough motivation to take you through nearly two weeks of chicken dinners. Pin individual recipes that appeal—or the whole slideshow—to consult our list when you’re feeling burnt out on your typical chicken dinners. And know that these ideas are just the beginning; add your own flair to these recipes, and tell us what additions or substitutions you made in the recipe comments!

20 Easy Steak Dinners

Craving meat? Indulge in one of these simple yet tasty steak recipes—sides included.