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Long weekend coming up? Skip the takeout and impress yourself with a delicious dinner! We’ve got tons of easy recipes perfect for lazy days. Make meatball marinara subs, a creamy feta pasta, or a quick skillet lasagna. Pick your favorite lazy weekend dinner recipe and get to relaxing!

Baked Feta Pasta

Overhead view of a pasta dish in a casserole.
Baked Feta Pasta. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This baked feta pasta dish is the perfect combination of creamy, tangy feta cheese and sweet, juicy tomatoes. It’s quick and easy to make, and sure to become a new favorite in your recipe collection!
Get the Recipe: Baked Feta Pasta

Truffle Nacho Loaded Fries – Taco Bell Copycat

A casserole dish with steak loaded fries.
Truffle Nacho Loaded Fries – Taco Bell Copycat. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

You are going to love all the flavours in this Taco Bell truffle nacho loaded fries recipe. It’s made with thick cut steak fries, strip steak, cheese, and more, for an incredible flavour in every mouthful.
Get the Recipe: Truffle Nacho Loaded Fries – Taco Bell Copycat

Crispy Turkey Tacos

A plate full of turkey tacos.
Crispy Turkey Tacos. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

A delicious alternative to beef tacos would be these crispy turkey tacos which are bursting with flavor. This turkey taco recipe is a quick and easy dinner idea that you will love. This will become one of your favorite quick dinner recipes!
Get the Recipe: Crispy Turkey Tacos

Salt & Pepper Pork Chop Bites

Salt and pepper pork chop bites.
Salt & Pepper Pork Chop Bites. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Rather than ordering salt and pepper pork chop bites from the local Chinese takeout, why not make your own gluten free pork chop recipe instead? The Asian salt and pepper seasoning adds so much flavour and you can make this dish as spicy as you dare!
Get the Recipe: Salt & Pepper Pork Chop Bites

One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

On pot taco mac and cheese in pot.
One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This easy taco pasta is wonderful for dinner and it’s one of the best skill pasta dinner ideas I’ve found. Beef, onion and garlic are dominating flavours in this creamy taco pasta with macaroni noodles.
Get the Recipe: One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Reverse Seared New York Strip Steak

A strip steak sliced on a cutting board.
Reverse Seared New York Strip Steak. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Take your basic NY strip steak to another level by reverse searing it. Pan seared steak makes a wonderful dinner and this reverse seared New York strip steak always comes out beautifully.
Get the Recipe: Reverse Seared New York Strip Steak

Italian Penne Rosa Pasta

Overhead view of penne pasta with a rosa sauce in a pan.
Italian Penne Rosa Pasta. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, try making this one-pot Penne Rosa Pasta with a creamy tomato sauce. This comforting and filling Italian dish is both tasty and satisfying, and perfect for those who love a little spice in their meal.
Grab the Recipe: Italian Penne Rosa Pasta

Cheesy Baja Chicken & Bell Pepper Skillet

A chicken dish in a green cast iron skillet.
Cheesy Baja Chicken & Bell Pepper Skillet. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This cheesy Baja chicken and bell pepper skillet is packed with south-of-the-border flavors. With juicy chicken, fresh veggies, and a blend of Mexican seasonings, all topped with melted Pepper Jack cheese, this chicken cheesesteak dish will indeed become a new family favorite!
Get the Recipe: Cheesy Baja Chicken & Bell Pepper Skillet

Garlic Tomato Shrimp Scampi

Garlic tomato shrimp scampi in a pan.
Garlic Tomato Shrimp Scampi Without Wine. Photo credit: xoxobella.

Many easy garlic tomato shrimp scampi recipes call for wine, but do you really need to add it? Is there a wine substitute you can add to this seafood pasta dinner recipe instead? The following recipe proves you don’t need to add wine for a delicious shrimp and tomato dish served with pappardelle pasta.
Get the Recipe: Garlic Tomato Shrimp Scampi

Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Skewers

Thai spicy basil chicken skewers.
Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Skewers. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Thai spicy basil chicken skewers make a tasty change from plain chicken ones. These Thai chicken skewers, or kebabs, are delicious. They go beautifully with a dairy-free skewer marinade and cashew dipping sauce.
Get the Recipe: Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Skewers

Copycat Taco Bell Chalupa Recipe

Homemade chalupas on a plate.
Copycat Taco Bell Chalupa Recipe . Photo credit: Sweet Tea and Sprinkles.

Love Taco Bell chalupas? Now you can make them easily at home with this simple Taco Bell chalupa recipe. The crispy, fluffy texture of the chalupa bread will elevate your next Taco Tuesday into the ultimate family favorite meal.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Taco Bell Chalupa Recipe

Meatball Marinara Subs

Two meatball subs on a tray.
Meatball Marinara Subs. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Savor the juicy homemade meatballs, tangy marinara sauce, and fluffy brioche buns in Italian meatball marinara subs – a satisfying comfort food that’s perfect for lunch or busy weeknights. These sandwiches are far tastier than the fast-food version and are sure to please anyone, regardless of their Italian heritage.
Get the Recipe: Meatball Marinara Subs

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza

Bbq chicken french bread pizza on a plate.
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Instant Pot BBQ chicken French bread pizza is a super-easy 20 minute meal which I just know you’re going to love. Barbeque French bread pizza offers a change of pace from traditional pizza recipes and combines the deliciousness of baguette bread with some wonderful toppings.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza

Fiesta Chicken Pasta Casserole Bake

A casserole serving on a white plate.
Fiesta Chicken Pasta Casserole. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Fiesta Chicken Pasta Casserole Bake is filled with chicken, pasta, corn and beans. It’s a great way to use leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken and this cheesy chicken bake is a delicious weeknight dinner.
Get the Recipe: Fiesta Chicken Pasta Casserole Bake

Herb Grilled New York Steak

A plate with grilled steak.
Herb Grilled New York Steak. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Whether you’re cooking for a special occasion or just want a treat, grilled New York steak is hard to beat! Just imagine steak with bacon and scallions. The aroma, the juicy meat, the side dishes… this is one meal you will never get tired of.
Get the Recipe: Herb Grilled New York Steak

Cool Ranch Turkey Taco Casserole

Cool ranch turkey taco casserole in a white dish.
Cool Ranch Turkey Taco Casserole. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

Cool ranch turkey taco casserole combines ground turkey with Doritos, vegetables, Greek yogurt, taco seasoning, and more, for ultimate flavour. This is a simple recipe to make and a sure way to spice up taco night. If you’re on the lookout for a Mexican inspired meal, give this easy taco bake Dorito casserole a try.
Get the Recipe: Cool Ranch Turkey Taco Casserole

Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin Medallions

Beef tenderlion on a plate.
Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin Medallions. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

The delicious flavours of cayenne, garlic, chilies, horseradish and more, these seared beef medallions with tomato relish sauce are sure to tantalize your taste buds with this 30 minute meal.
Get the Recipe: Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin Medallions

Chicken Enchilada Soup – Chili’s Copycat

Homemade chicken enchilada soup in a white soup bowl with a handle.
Chicken Enchilada Soup. Photo credit: xoxoBella.

This Chili’s copycat chicken enchilada soup recipe is easy, tasty, and perfect for any night of the week. It can be made with rotisserie or leftover chicken.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Soup – Chili’s Copycat

Easy Skillet Lasagna

Scooping lasagna out of a skillet.
Easy Skillet Lasagna. Photo credit: Noshing with the Nolands.

Do you have a hankering for comforting classic lasagna but don’t want all the fuss? Then this easy skillet lasagna recipe is for you. In a mere 30 minutes, you can have comforting cheese lasagna for you and your family. A great weeknight meal!
Get the Recipe: Easy Skillet Lasagna

Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo

A white bowl of pasta with chicken and parmesan.
Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo. Photo Credit: Cheerful Cook.

Creamy Chicken Alfredo is the perfect recipe for all comfort food lovers! A deliciously easy homemade chicken pasta dinner idea.
Get the Recipe: Fettuccine Chicken Alfredo

Chicken Mushroom Stroganoff

Chicken and mushroom stroganoff with sour cream in a sour cream sauce.
Photo credit: Lavender & Macarons.

This Chicken Mushroom Stroganoff is a creamy, savory, luxurious dinner inspired by delicious Eastern European cuisine and it’s ready to eat in just half an hour! You simply can’t beat this easy stroganoff recipe for a one-skillet, thirty-minute dinner when you’re ready for a satisfying, comforting meal that doesn’t involve slaving in the kitchen all afternoon.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Mushroom Stroganoff

Skillet Shepherds Pie

A skillet of shepherds pie with a scoop out.
Skillet Shepherds Pie. Photo credit: Jo Cooks.

Shepherd’s pie is always a hearty dinner idea. Preparing it in a skillet makes it easy to take from the stovetop to the oven to the table.
Get the Recipe: Skillet Shepherds Pie

Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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