20 Crazy-Easy Dinners You Can Make Fast

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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I’m all about fast and easy dinners nowadays. I mean, it’s a bonus if it’s a crazy-easy dinner that you can make fast! 🙂 I don’t have the time (or energy) to make elaborate recipes anymore, so my favorite meals require minimal prep, not too many ingredients, and speedy cook times.

That said, here are 20 of my very favorite, go-recipes that are crazy-easy to make (if I can make them, anyone can!) and they come together in no time at all. Enjoy!

20 Crazy-Easy Dinners You Can Make Fast

FYI: A few of the recipes below require a little pre-planning, but if you’re a Sunday prep-er like I am, it won’t be an issue at all. If anything, your meals will come together even faster during the week!

Cheesy Garlic & Herb Brussels Sprouts with Sausage – I love this meal so much. It’s cheesy, nutritious, and filling– a perfect combo for dinner!

Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie – Love Shepherd’s Pie and Trader Joe’s? You will love this recipe! And it comes together in no time at all!

Last-Minute Lasagna – An oldie, but goodie! You basically just layer ravioli, sauce, cheese, and spinach like you would lasagna and then pop it in the oven. Easy.

Chicken Bacon Alfredo – One of my favorite recipes ever. It requires a little pre-planning (cooking spaghetti squash), but once you have all of the ingredients ready to go, this meal comes together in minutes.

Avocado Chicken Salad – It doesn’t get easier than this! Just combine chunked chicken breast with mashed avocado and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad – This is a great recipe if you have a busy week ahead because it’s super easy to make and the leftovers are incredibly versatile!

Roast Chicken with Roasted Onions, Peppers, and Tomatoes – I love making this recipe when whole chickens go on sale at the grocery store. It’s such a budget-friendly recipe, and it always turns out well.

Prosciutto and Spinach Pizza – Craving pizza? This pizza pie comes together in under 15 minutes and, boy, is it tasty!

Garlic Mustard Drumsticks – You only need four ingredients to make these drumstick and the flavor is truly outstanding. Drumsticks were never so delicious!

5-Minute, Protein-Packed Vegetarian Stir Fry – Totally strapped for time? You’ll have this protein-packed stir fry on the tables in minutes!

Crock Pot Chicken Tortellini Soup – Set it and forget! Just throw the ingredients for this recipe in a crock pot and dinner is done!

Cheeseburger Casserole – This casserole really does taste like a cheeseburger, but it’s much lower in calories and fat. It also makes great leftovers!

Sweet Potato Quesadillas – Yum! If you like sweet potato, you will love this recipe. It’s guaranteed to become a favorite!

Chicken Ole – We love this recipe in our house! Made with just 5 ingredients and you probably have most of them in your kitchen already. Definitely give it a try!

Low-Calorie and Portion-Friendly Mac & Cheese – Who doesn’t love mac & cheese, right? In addition to being crazy-easy to make, this recipe is low in calories and portion-friendly.

Potato and Chorizo Dobladas – Oh, how I love this recipe. We make this one quite often in our house. It’s so delicious, comes together in no time (you just need to mash some potatoes ahead of time), and makes awesome leftovers.

Potato Chickpea Masala – This recipe is from my friend Monica at Run Eat Repeat. It’s incredibly easy to make and it’s a great vegetarian/Meatless Monday meal. It’s also one for the Trader Joe’s fans!

Turkey & Spinach Sweet Potato Hash – Made with ground turkey, sweet potatoes, and spinach, this meal is both nutritious and satisfying. I love eating it after a tough workout.

Soy-Glazed Fish – Intimidated by fish, but want to add more of it to your diet? (It’s so healthy!) This recipe is for you! It makes cooking fish insanely easy and delicious!

Sweet Potato Pizza Crust – A more nutritious pizza! Once the sweet potato crust is made, this dinner comes together in less than 10 minutes!

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite, go-to FAST dinner recipe? 



  1. Chicken ole sounds good as does the the turkey spinach sweet potato. I just made chicken and black beans in the crockpot this weekend for taco salads one of my favs! I wonder if Chipotle knows you can make the chicken in a crockpot?

  2. Totally saving this for later! My favorite go-to weeknight dinner is a a huge salad with baked chicken. The chicken bakes for 20 minutes and I chop up every veggie I have while it cooks. So easy and great for un-creative people like me haha.

  3. Thank you, I’m bookmarking this!
    I have a baby Q’s age and a 2 year old and I work full time. We always eat as a family, so these will come in so handy on a weeknight. And these are really baby friendly too (or at least components of them). It’s so much easier once the little ones start eating what we do.

  4. I love cheeseburger casserole! The leftovers were great for lunch!

    My go to recipes are tacos, shrimp quesadillas (frozen shrimp is a freezer staple!), veggie pasta and the local pizza joints phone number 😉

  5. Thank you for sharing! This is perfect for me because I’m always looking for super simple meals during the week. Saving!!

    My favorite meal is to make salmon and quick-cook brown rice, and adding TJ’s corn and chili tomato-less chili on top! Takes a few minutes and it’s SO good!

  6. OMG Murphy’s puppy pic in the Chicken Ole post – I can’t! He is so tiny! My go-to meals are “my” american chop suey (ground turkey breast, whatever veggies i have in the fridge, whole wheat pasta, sauce), or just baked chicken with either quinoa/brown rice/pilaf and veggies 🙂 definitely book-marking this post though! I forgot all about the brussels with sausage and cheese!

  7. Yum! I’ve definitely made similar versions to to the ones you listed above and can vouch that they are super quick and easy! Glad to see them all in one convenient spot 🙂

  8. When we’re in a rush I rely on the slow cooker. Today I’m trying out the Soy-Braised Chicken with Bok Choy that you recommended a few weeks ago 🙂

  9. I love fast dinners! The easiest one for me is to just dump a jar of pasta sauce in a pot, then add chicken and cook it on the stove for like 15 min. I will also steam some veggies like broccoli in those Ziploc steam bags and toss that in at the end. So quick!

  10. I made your Shepard’s Pie from a couple days ago and me and my fiance loved it. I had made it in the past and didn’t add ketchup and worshire sauce. Made all the difference. So yummy and super fast and easy : )

  11. About a month ago you did a list of recipes you were going to make for the week and one was a slow cooked pulled pork taco recipe…think it was a Real Simple recipe. I kept hoping you would report back if it was a good one or not. It had some cocoa powder which I thought was strange but when reading the reviews on the site…most kept saying how wonderful it was. Did you end up making it? Worth it?

  12. Thank you for the reply Tina! There was just something different about the recipe that I thought I would like to try.

  13. I have IBS – how do you manage to eat pasta and dairy so well with your Crohn’s?? I can’t seem to get any of that old ‘good stuff’ to agree with me anymore…literally kills my stomach.

    1. IBS is very different than IBD. (I have UC, not Crohn’s.) It’s an autoimmune disease, so the body attacks itself. When I’m well, most foods agree with me. It’s just when I’m in a flare that I can’t eat much without issues. Have you tried an elimination diet to see what foods work for you?

  14. In the evening, when i start craving to eat something, I realize that now I have to cook something and within that time, I want something really tasty and healthy, but realize that time is running out. This one is the best solution for my hectic schedule.. Thank you

  15. The sweet potato pizza crust sounds good and I love all the other pizza recipes featured in that post, so thanks! I’ve been digging quinoa lately, it’s easy to have a bunch cooked up and use as a side dish with chicken or fish.

  16. I love Mark Bittman’s “Fast” cookbook, everything in there is great. I especially like the quinoa puttanesca recipe!

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