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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.

  • asparagus and creme fraiche tart

    Mother’s Day recipes to impress Mom!

    Cooking for Mom? Do it up right with my best Mother’s Day recipes for appetizers, main courses, and desserts that are guaranteed to get her stamp of approval.…

  • Mexican Steak Fajita Salad in a wooden bowl 2

    Mexican Fajita Steak Salad

    Mexican Fajita Steak Salad is a combination of a cool crisp romaine with juicy steak and hot seared peppers and onions ~ it’s hard to beat. We’re making homemade fajita seasoning and homemade…

  • beer braised Mexican short rib tacos

    Mexican Short Rib Tacos

    Mexican short rib tacos are the BEST tacos ~ melt-in-your-mouth tender beef braised in a beer and guajillo chile sauce for Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or just because!…

  • Salmon Cobb Salad in a wooden salad bowl with salad spoons

    Salmon Cobb Salad

    Salmon Cobb Salad is a twist on a satisfying and delicious classic main course salad that proves that salad can complete with tacos or pizza any night of the week!…

  • a bowl of dan dan noodles on a white table

    Dan Dan Noodles ~ Easy Weeknight Recipe

    This is the easy 30 minute edition of Dan Dan Noodles ~ spicy Asian noodles in a rich creamy sauce, topped with crispy pork and barely wilted greens ~ your regular…

  • Pasta peperonata with tuna in a bowl with fork

    Spaghetti Peperonata with Tuna and Olives

    Spaghetti Peperonata with tuna and olives is a rustic Italian style pasta that’s easy to throw together on a weeknight. It’s an inexpensive, healthy 30 minute meal with that casual Mediterranean…

  • spring pasta

    Our Favorite Spring Dinner Recipes

    These simple fresh spring dinner recipes are our absolute favorite way to eat this season, from comforting pastas and risottos, to uber healthy sheet pan salmon and roasted shrimp.…

  • taking a bit of Doritos Crusted tilapia

    Doritos Crusted Fish

    Doritos crusted fish is our new favorite dinner, so easy and so crispy! We used nacho cheese chips, but any flavor will work. They give the fish a delicious crunchy crust…

  • Truffle mac and cheese just out of the oven

    Truffle Mac and Cheese

    Truffle Mac and Cheese ~ a luxurious baked pasta with plenty of rich creamy sauce and an earthy flavor and aroma thanks to truffled cheese, truffle oil, and a dash of…

  • stuffed cabbage casserole with plate and fork

    Easy Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

    My easy stuffed cabbage casserole has everything you love about classic stuffed cabbage rolls, reworked into a weeknight friendly meal the whole family will love.…

  • pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa

    Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa

    My smokey roasted pork tenderloin with pineapple salsa is a quick and easy weeknight meal thanks to quick cooking pork. It’s also the most exciting meal of the week, thanks to…

  • lemon garlic shrimp with orzo in a skillet

    Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Orzo

    Lemon garlic shrimp with orzo in (would you believe it?) 30 minutes! My weeknight friendly shrimp scampi is served over toasted orzo for an easy meal with lots of saucy Mediterranean…

  • Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

    Thai Pineapple Fried Rice is our current 30 minute dinner obsession ~ one night we have it plain, the next night with grilled shrimp or rotisserie chicken, and again with a…

  • Chow mein in a wok with tongs

    Easy Vegetable Chow Mein

    There’s a reason chow mein is so incredibly popular, it’s a quick, satisfying dinner with a comfort factor that rivals mac and cheese. Everybody needs to know how to make themselves…

  • Colorful Firecracker Chicken in a wok with tongs

    The Best Panda Express Copy Cat Recipes!

    The Best Panda Express Copy Cat Recipes ~ from chow mein and fried rice to everybody’s favorite orange chicken, these restaurant style copy cats are spot on!…

  • slicing beef tenderloin on a cutting board

    Holiday Dinner Ideas that aren’t Ham

    Does your winter holiday menu need a little…sprucing? I’ve got delicious-yet-do-able holiday dinner recipes right here that are festive and fresh!…

  • spaghetti and meatball soup in a bowl next to the pot

    Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

    Spaghetti and Meatball Soup is a 30 minute meal the whole family can get behind. This comforting slurp-able soup is delicious and such fun to eat!…

  • a bowl of pumpkin Alfredo pasta with sage and pine nuts

    Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

    Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta is made with just 6 simple ingredients in 15 minutes! It’s a Fall comfort food powerhouse just waiting to happen in your kitchen. Yes carbs ~ but there’s…

  • 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.…

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