Life can be hectic, and sometimes it’s hard to find the time to cook a casual dinner. But don’t be afraid! Below are 15 quick and delicious dinners that will make your life easier.
From Mediterranean burritos or bowls to Chicken Parmesan, these ideas will give you variety and save you time in the kitchen. They’re easy enough for beginners, and the Ninja Speedi™ Deep Fryer and Slow Cooker do most of the work, so don’t worry about long prep times or fancy ingredients. The Ninja Speedi™ allows you to cook complete, multi-textured meals in one pot in as little as 15 minutes.
For a delicious burrito bowl, all you need is rice, beans, chicken, your favorite taco seasoning, and toppings to make an incredibly flavorful dish in just minutes.
Rice and beans cook together easily in the bottom of the pot, while chicken cooks in the crisper pan on top, for a flavorful meal ready in 35 minutes (prep time included). Serve topped with cilantro, sour cream, and guacamole for the perfect bite.
In the mood for something Mediterranean? Whip up this easy Mediterranean bowl that includes quinoa and spinach with chicken meatballs. Topped with hummus and the best sauces and garnishes, they are sure to be a family pleaser. Feel free to swap out the meatballs for falafel to make it vegetarian (cook times may vary).
Frittatas aren’t just for breakfast. This classic fritatta is filled with flavorful bacon, onion, and Swiss cheese, but you can use any toppings you have on hand or like. This fritatta is so easy and comes together in a flash for an inspired breakfast dinner.
Herb Crusted Salmon
Herb Crusted Salmon is another great option that requires minimal time and effort, but yields maximum flavor. Salmon fillets are coated in herbed breadcrumbs and toasted to perfection. Serve salmon with quinoa and peas for an impressive yet simple dinner.
Chicken Parmesan is a classic Italian dish made with breaded chicken topped with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. This meal is served with penne cooked al dente in your favorite pasta sauce.
This is a perfect weeknight dinner that’s easy to make but impressive enough for company and can be ready in under an hour. Be sure to use your favorite ingredients like good quality chicken and fresh Parmesan cheese.
Feeling like a Mexican, but don’t want to order? Make these inexpensive Steak Fajita Bowls for a party at home! Cilantro-lime marinated steak fajitas are served over a base of savory cauliflower rice for a light but hearty weeknight meal.
Chicken meatballs are a delicious way to enjoy ground chicken while adding more flavor than regular meatballs. Ground Chicken Meatballs are juicy, tender, and full of flavor thanks to feta cheese and seasonings like garlic and onion powder.
Serve these flavorful chicken meatballs with a delicious cheesy orzo pasta base and zucchini for a hearty meal any night of the week.
Pizza Dough Bowl with Meatballs
This delicious Meatball Pizza Pasta Bowl is a quick and easy way to put a new spin on your favorite pizza flavors. Pepperoni stuffed meatballs, served with a creamy zucchini and tomato sauce pasta. The perfect family meal for when you can’t decide between pizza and pasta. Enjoy both in this fun dish!
salmon covered with pesto
These Pesto Coated Salmon and Rice Bowls are another easy and tasty meal for a busy weeknight. The salmon is seasoned with a mixture of pesto and breadcrumbs to create a crunchy and delicious coating. Served with turmeric basmati rice, this dish is bursting with brilliant flavor. Pair this delicious fish dish with a simple salad or your favorite roasted vegetables.
Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin
This Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is an impressive side dish, but still requires little effort to make for a weeknight dinner to feed your entire family. Delicious, juicy pork tenderloins wrapped in crispy bacon and cooked to perfection in the Ninja Speedi™. Served with crispy baby potatoes tossed with parmesan cheese and parsley.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese
Baked macaroni and cheese is a delicious and simple dish that can be made with few ingredients that you probably already have on hand and with little effort. Macaroni or pasta, milk, and cheese are used to make the traditional comfort food. This version takes it up a notch with the added flavors of chicken and bacon ranch for an indulgent and flavorful dish. In just minutes, you can whip up a creamy, cheesy dish of warm baked macaroni with just a few ingredients.
Tofu Rice Bowls
Crispy Tofu Rice Bowls are an easy vegan dinner option that comes together in no time. Crispy garlic tofu is served with a savory garlic base and herb rice. This dish is served with mixed greens salad and topped with the dressing of your choice for choose your own adventure bowls. These are made with bell peppers and cauliflower, but you could even add your other favorite vegetables like carrots, mushrooms, or bok choy for extra nutrition.
Warm Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
If you want something light but filling, try making a sweet potato salad. In less than an hour, you can have a hearty, vegan bowl of seasoned sweet potato, black beans, rice, and avocado, all tossed in a creamy homemade cilantro-lime dressing. Now, salads can be eaten all year long!
A great side dish for Meatless Monday, these Mushroom Burgers are a vegetarian side dish that even meat lovers can enjoy! Flavorful and hearty mushrooms are a great alternative to meat when paired with cheese and breadcrumbs on burgers. This dish is complete with a side of cheesy and delicious quinoa for a filling vegetarian meal.
You can easily customize your own burger recipe to make it perfect for one person, just add whatever seasonings you like (curry powder or cumin would be great here), shape into patties and then cook them in the Ninja Speedi™. Serve with your favorite toppings, like lettuce, tomato slices, and arugula.
Butternut Squash and Ravioli with Plant-Based Meatballs
A great meal for vegetarians, this Butternut Squash Ravioli and Veggie Meatballs dish is quick and easy thanks to pre-made ingredients like store-bought spinach ravioli and alfredo sauce. Perfect for when you just want to get dinner on the table, but still want to eat well! Your family is sure to enjoy this hearty fall meal, prepared in just 20 minutes.
Speedi Meal Creator
Don’t see something for dinner here that catches your eye? Or did you want to make a meal out of ingredients you already have on hand? Try our Speedi Meal Builder to create your own recipe in under 60 seconds for tonight’s dinner.
Speedi Meal Builder is a fully customizable experience that allows you to easily create and save thousands of custom recipes. You can customize your meal with whatever ingredients you have in your fridge or pantry. Simply choose your base, protein, seasoning, vegetables, and toppings, and a custom recipe will be generated for you to use with your Ninja Speedi™. You can also save these recipes for easy access later.
Quick alternatives to fast food
Sometimes you just need a quick and easy dinner. People are busy, often rushing from one activity to the next, making it difficult to find the time to cook a nutritious meal. That’s why convenience is key when it comes to dinner, but health is important too, so having to resort to eating fast food isn’t ideal.
With that in mind, there are plenty of options for those looking for a satisfying dinner that doesn’t take too long or require a ton of ingredients.