Let’s face it, keeping dinner fresh and exciting can be a bit of a challenge, but it’s possible without overcomplicating things. This is a list of dinners that are all not boring and will shake things up. They’re easy to whip up and they’re sure to bring a bunch of happy faces to the table. The best part? They’re meals that everyone can agree on, and they won’t have you camped out in the kitchen all evening.

A hand holding a cut steak quesadilla.
Leftover Steak Quesadilla. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Pizza Pasta Salad

A platter of pizza pasta salad served on a white rectangular dish.
Pizza Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Take all the beloved flavors of your family’s favorite pizza and mix it into a fun and easy pasta salad. That’s exactly what Pizza Pasta Salad does. It’s a cool twist on pizza night that’s perfect for those evenings when you want something satisfying without the hassle of baking.
Get the Recipe: Pizza Pasta Salad

California Eggs Benedict

Eggs benedict with ham and avocado on an English muffin served on a black plate.
California Eggs Benedict. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Here’s a dish that takes the classic and gives it a breezy California makeover. California Eggs Benedict adds some fresh, sunny vibes to your breakfast-for-dinner routine. It’s a little fancier than your everyday meal, but without all the complications, making you feel like you’re dining out.
Get the Recipe: California Eggs Benedict

Cucumber Salad with Feta

Cucumber and Feta salad in a black bowl.
Cucumber Salad with Feta. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

This is like a refreshing breeze at your dinner table. Cucumber Salad with Feta combines the crispness of cucumber with the creamy tang of feta cheese. It feels light yet satisfying and it’s the sort of dish that promises to keep dinner interesting without weighing you down.
Get the Recipe: Cucumber Salad with Feta

Cottage Cheese Toast with Blueberries

A plate of cottage cheese toast with blueberries, next to a honey dipper.
Cottage Cheese Toast with Blueberries. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Kick toast to a whole new level with Cottage Cheese Toast with Blueberries. This dish blends the creamy texture of cottage cheese with the sweet burst of blueberries atop a crunchy slice of your favorite bread. It is an unconventional but utterly delicious dinner option when you’re short on time.
Get the Recipe: Cottage Cheese Toast with Blueberries

Chinese Chicken Salad

A bowl of Chinese chicken salad with shredded chicken, snap peas, carrots, and peppers, accompanied by a bottle of dressing on the side.
Chinese Chicken Salad. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Not just another salad, Chinese Chicken Salad is a vibrant, crunch-packed dish. It brings together tender chicken with an assortment of fresh veggies, all tossed in an Asian-inspired dressing. It guarantees that no bite is boring, perfect for those evenings when you’re craving something loaded with flavors.
Get the Recipe: Chinese Chicken Salad

Copycat Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots

A bowl of Copycat Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots in a bowl.
Copycat Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Bring the comforting taste of Cracker Barrel right into your kitchen with Copycat Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots. It has sweet, buttery baby carrots that can turn even the pickiest eater into a veggie lover. It’s simple, it’s sweet, and it pairs amazingly with just about anything.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots

Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo

A bowl of olive garden creamy shrimp alfredo pasta served in a black bowl with a spoon.
Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Introduce the creamy, comforting flavors of Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo at home. It means you can treat the family to a restaurant-style meal without the restaurant-style wait or price. It’s a rich, decadent dish that somehow feels just right for family dinners. It’s also surprisingly straightforward to whip up.
Get the Recipe: Olive Garden Shrimp Alfredo

Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplins

Two bowls of Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplins.
Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplins. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

With this dish, you capture the home-cooked goodness of Cracker Barrel. Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplins creates a warm, comforting meal that feels like a hug in a bowl. It’s the best antidote to any day that feels a little too long or a little too cold.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplins

Easy Salmon Pasta Salad

A bowl of salmon pasta salad with a creamy dressing, garnished with a sprig of dill.
Easy Salmon Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Combine flaky salmon with the lightness of pasta salad. This Easy Salmon Pasta Salad is a meal that’s hearty without being heavy, and it has a way of making dinner both simple and special. It’s great for those evenings when you’re in the mood for seafood but need something that comes together quickly.
Get the Recipe: Easy Salmon Pasta Salad

Copycat Maggiano’s Little Italy Sausage & Peppers

A plate of Copycat Maggiano’s Little Italy Sausage & Peppers sprinkled with chopped herbs.
Copycat Maggiano’s Little Italy Sausage & Peppers. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Recreating this Copycat Maggiano’s Little Italy Sausage & Peppers is a good idea. It brings a burst of Italian flavors to your dinner table, offering a dish that’s both hearty and full of character. It’s an easy way to inject some excitement into your dinner routine with lively flavors.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Maggiano’s Little Italy Sausage & Peppers

Leftover Steak Quesadilla

A hand holding a cut steak quesadilla.
Leftover Steak Quesadilla. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Turning leftover steak into a mouthwatering Leftover Steak Quesadilla is the perfect way to give yesterday’s dinner a delicious makeover. It’s a meal that’s as effortless as it is delicious. It’s the ultimate in smart cooking, ensuring nothing goes to waste while still keeping dinner interesting.
Get the Recipe: Leftover Steak Quesadilla

Diner Style Salisbury Steak

A plate of Salisbury steak with gravy on mashed potatoes, and a side of peas on a white square dish.
Diner Style Salisbury Steak. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

A dish that brings the classic comfort of a diner is this Diner Style Salisbury Steak. It combines the hearty satisfaction of this beloved meal with the ease of dinner you can whip up on a busy night. It’s a throwback in the best way, providing a comforting, nostalgic meal that still fits neatly into today’s busy lifestyles.
Get the Recipe: Diner Style Salisbury Steak

Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp

A plate of Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp served on a white rectangular dish.
Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Think about being able to recreate the sweet, creamy crunch of Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp at home. It’s a dish that feels a little bit high-end but is totally accessible. It’s a fun way to shake up the usual dinner fare with something a bit unexpected.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp

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