Low-effort weekend dinner recipes are always appealing for a lazy Saturday or Sunday when you’re more in the mood to binge your favorite shows than sweat over a hot stove. Simple, tasty weekend dinner ideas like one pot cheesy taco pasta, meatball marinara subs and easy skillet lasagna are just some ideas for this coming weekend. So, choose some quick and simple comfort food or classic one-pot recipe from this list of tasty meals, relax and enjoy your well-earned weekend. This list of 22 lazy weekend recipes is perfect for relaxing at home. So, kick back, relax, and enjoy these lazy dinner ideas!
Baked Feta Pasta
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!
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Truffle Nacho Loaded Fries – Taco Bell Copycat
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.
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Crispy Turkey Tacos
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!
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Salt & Pepper Pork Chop Bites
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!
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One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta
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.
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Reverse Seared New York Strip Steak
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.
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Italian Penne Rosa Pasta
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.
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Cheesy Baja Chicken & Bell Pepper Skillet
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!
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Garlic Tomato Shrimp Scampi
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.
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Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Skewers
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.
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Copycat Taco Bell Chalupa Recipe
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.
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Meatball Marinara Subs
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.
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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza
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.
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Fiesta Chicken Pasta Casserole Bake
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.
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Herb Grilled New York Steak
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.
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Cool Ranch Turkey Taco Casserole
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.
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Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin Medallions
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.
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Chicken Enchilada Soup – Chili’s Copycat
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.
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Easy Skillet Lasagna
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!
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Sesame Mango Chicken
This sesame mango chicken is an easy Asian-inspired recipe with tender sesame chicken, juicy mango, and soy-garlic-ginger infused cabbage and carrots!! One skillet, ready in 15 minutes, and perfect for busy weeknights!!
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Chicken Mushroom Stroganoff
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.
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Skillet Shepherds Pie
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.
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