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350 + dinner recipes from healthy whole 30 meals to decadent comfort food and everything in between. Easy dinner ideas for families of all sizes.

  • sliced pot roast with gravy

    Classic Sliced Pot Roast

    How to make a classic sliced (not shredded!) pot roast for that tender, succulent braised beef of your dreams. This is the ultimate meal for comfort food lovers.…

  • graving dripping down a Swedish Meatball Meatloaf

    Swedish Meatball Meatloaf

    Swedish meatball meatloaf is juicy and delicious, complete with gravy and lingonberry jam. This cozy family meal is also perfect for the holidays!…

  • Overhead photo of creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs in blue pan

    Our Most Popular Cozy Dinner Recipes!

    These are YOUR favorite dinner recipes, taken from over ten years of Great Island cooking. If you’re looking to spruce up your regular meal rotation, you’ll find some yummy tried and…

  • chili oil noodles in a black bowl with a fried egg

    Quick Chili Oil Noodles

    Szechuan chili oil noodles are a famously easy late night meal, but these spicy Chinese noodles are welcome any time, especially after a busy day. When you’re fiercely hungry, totally beat,…

  • chopsteak with mushrooms and bacon gravy

    Chopped Steak with Bacon and Mushroom Gravy

    Chopped Steak with Bacon and Mushroom Gravy is a cozy and comforting supper with a Scandinavian vibe ~ perfect for hunkering down on a chilly night. These easy hamburger steaks are…

  • Overhead of a bowl of broccoli and white cheddar baked shells with a fork.

    Broccoli and Cheddar Baked Shells

    Broccoli and cheddar baked shells is comfort food at its finest! This classic macaroni and cheese is quick and easy for family meals, and upscale enough for company.…

  • Baked brats in sauerkraut

    Baked Brats in Caramelized Sauerkraut

    Baked brats in caramelized sauerkraut is a wonderfully easy sausage casserole that feeds the family on a cozy weeknight. It’ll satisfy an Octoberfest or game day crowd, too ~ you decide.…

  • egg roll bowl with crispy wontons

    Weeknight Egg Roll Bowls

    Egg roll bowls provide all the yummy, comforting flavors of your favorite egg rolls in a low carb, protein rich, veggie packed bowl. This easy dinner bowl recipe is a universal…

  • Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto in a white bowl 5

    Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto

    Instant Pot Wild Mushroom Risotto ~ this earthy risotto is one of my all time favorites for a quick weeknight meal or a romantic dinner by the fire. Wild mushrooms, dry…

  • Creamy Lemon Basil Pasta

    Lemon Basil Pasta is my kind of comfort food! Linguine lightly coated in a creamy lemon sauce, tossed with fresh basil, and served up in less than 30 minutes is a…

  • Tropical Hot Dog Bar ~ seven exotic condiments to take your next barbecue to the tropics!

    Tropical Hot Dog Bar

    I admit it, I’m a closet hot dog lover, maybe you are too? Today I’m sharing a slew of exotic toppings for a fun summer hot dog bar, including homemade spicy…

  • Mediterranean roasted sheet pan salmon with tomatoes, olives, onion, and lemon

    Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon

    Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon looks impressive but is so easy. This heart healthy meal is full of omega 3s, and topped with Mediterranean inspired ingredients. This is a 30 minute meal…

  • How to Make Summer Rolls

    Vietnamese summer rolls are one of the most refreshing foods on the planet, and they get bonus points for fitting in to just about any diet you’re on, from low carb…

  • colorul and super healthy chopped salad

    The Perfect Chopped Salad

    My Chopped Salad is a healthy meal that doesn’t skimp on anything! With lots of protein and crunchy veggies, this main course salad is as gorgeous as it is delicious.…

  • Thai chicken salad with jar of dressing

    Thai Chicken Salad

    Thai chicken salad is the runaway hit of summer, inspired by our favorite Thai flavors. With juicy chicken, so many crunchy veggies, and that peanut dressing we all live for, this…

  • Grilled Chicken with Peach Jalapeno Salsa ~ this lightning quick meal is low calorie, low fat, low carb, gluten free, Whole 30 and Paleo compliant, and Weight Watchers friendly. Or, to put it another way, it’s healthy and insanely delicious.

    Grilled Chicken with Peach Jalapeño Salsa

    Grilled Chicken with Peach Jalapeño Salsa is a lightning quick meal that’s low calorie, low fat, low carb, gluten free, Whole 30 and Paleo compliant, not to mention Weight Watchers friendly.…

  • Rainbow Salmon Skewers are colorful, healthy, low carb and so easy to make!

    Rainbow Salmon Skewers

    Rainbow Salmon Skewers are easy, healthy, and so fun to make ~ these colorful fish kabobs are gorgeous, too, and make a quick and delicious 30 minute meal ~ have you…

  • New England Style Shrimp Roll with chips

    New England Style Shrimp Rolls

    New England Style Shrimp Rolls ~ this is the stuff foodie memories are made of…jumbo chunks of wild caught shrimp simply tossed with mayo and lemon and then stuffed into a…

  • mushroom and Boursin puff pastry tart

    Mushroom & Boursin Puff Pastry Tart

    Mushroom & Boursin Puff Pastry Tart is a multi-tasking dress-it-up or dress-it-down kind of dish that takes a couple of minutes to throw together and impresses everybody ~ I mean, puff…

  • A bowl of spaghetti salad.

    7 Ways to Love Spaghetti this Summer

    Summer spaghetti recipes are light, bright, and veggie forward ~ look to no cook or barely cooked sauces like basil pesto, aglio olio, and fresh tomato alla checca for delicious inspo.…

  • falafel burger with the works

    Falafel Burger Recipe (copycat McFalafel)

    My falafel burger is two crispy chickpea patties, tzatziki sauce, cheese, tomatoes, cukes, onions, sprouts, and hummus on a brioche bun. It's a delicious meatless mouthful that's so much healthier than…

  • Greek Meatballs in a luxurious tangy lemon sauce

    Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce

    Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce is the ideal spring supper — the herbed meatballs are satisfying but light in texture, and the pale yellow sauce is tangy, silky, and utterly luxurious…

  • British Kedgeree with soft cooked eggs

    Kedgeree

    Kedgeree is classic British comfort food made with basmati rice, smoked salmon, soft cooked eggs, and lots of herbs and spices — it’s versatile enough to eat for breakfast, brunch, lunch,…

  • creamy lemon asparagus pasta in a skillet

    Creamy Lemon Asparagus Pasta

    Creamy Lemon Asparagus Pasta is a 30 minute vegetarian meal that’s cozy and incredibly delicious. I call it comfort food, spring style!…

  • Shrimp Taco Salad in a white bowl

    Shrimp Taco Salad

    Shrimp Taco Salad is a stunning  main course salad with jumbo Mexican spiced grilled shrimp, homemade tortilla strips, house pickled red onions, and all the fixings on a bed of zesty…

  • Quiche Lorraine on a plate with salad

    Quiche Lorraine

    Quiche Lorraine is a lesson in the power of simplicity and the importance of texture in great food. Restrained yet exuberantly luxe at the same time, (how do the French do…

  • broccoli beef in a bowl with noodles

    Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls

    Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls ~ these lightning fast stir fry bowls are so vibrant and full of flavor you’d never guess it’s a 30-minute meal!…

  • serving falafel with tahini sauce

    The Best Falafel Recipe

    The best falafel near you? It’s right in your own kitchen! This recipe is crispy on the outside, a moist emerald green on the inside, garlicky, with lots of warm spices…