You don’t need to wonder anymore what to make for dinner tonight. Here’s why: I’ve got two weeks’ worth of easy dinner recipes for two that are perfect for beginners. Even if you’re not a chef, you can make these and they will be delicious.
These simple quick dinner ideas take between 10-30 minutes, are packed with wholesome ingredients, taste amazing and pretty much anyone can make them.
Two weeks Of EASY DINNER Ideas
The recipe collection might be small but it has everything you need when you’re looking to make dinner for two!
From creamy pasta and healthy one-pan meals to flavorful Mediterranean dishes, these simple dinner recipes are great for two but can be easily adapted for a bigger family.
So if you’re just starting out with cooking, try some of these!
1. Creamy Tortellini With Spinach
This creamy tortellini recipe is SO comforting! It’s creamy, delicious and ridiculously easy to make for dinner. You’ll need rerfigerated tortellini, spinach, sour cream and about 20 minutes to put this scrumptious pasta together. Recipe here.
2. Fifteen Minute Spicy Chickpeas And Chicken
If you’re looking for some healthier meals to add to your dinner plan you have to try this 15-minute one-pan chicken and chickpeas recipe. It’s spicy, it seems simple and it really is! As long as you know how to open a can of chickpeas, you’ll be able to make it in no time and will love the result. Recipe here.
3. Garlic Shrimp In Tomato Sauce
When you want to impress someone, you make this one-pan dish. Now, it does come with a lot of garlic, but that’s okay, because everybody loves garlic. This shrimp recipe calls for only five ingredients, but those five ingredients create a magical dinner. With a little assistance from you, of course. And it all takes 15 minutes. Recipe here.
4. Fifteen Minute Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla
I would have this chicken quesadilla every evening if I could! It tastes wonderful and can be made with leftover or rotisserie chicken. Super cheesy, so flavorful and ready in about 15 minutes. If you love cheese and chicken, this recipe is for you! Recipe here.
5. Coconut Curry Shrimp Soup
This soup recipe is so simple, yet a must try if you love Thai food! You will need some shrimp, red curry paste, coconut milk and vegetables to make this tasty coconut curry soup. It is such a great supper – light, but flavorful and satisfying. And it can be made in 10 minutes. Recipe here.
6. Mediterranean Chicken Wraps
One of the more time-consuming dishes in the collection, these Mediterranean chicken wraps are a great healthy dinner that you can prepare in about 30 minutes. If you want to speed things up – use rotisserie chicken and store-bought hummus. Recipe here.
7. Tortellini With Salmon
If you like salmon, why not pair it with tortellini in a creamy sauce? This is without a doubt one of my favorite easy recipes to make in the evening and it also needs only 20 minutes. Recipe here.
8. Ground Beef And Broccoli Fried Quinoa
Got some ground beef and leftover quinoa? Then you must make this surprisingly tasty ground beef recipe. Use vegetables like broccoli, cabbage or spinach and cook it in about 20 minutes. Another great part? You will only one pan. Recipe here.
9. Spicy Mediterranean Bowls
Have no time to cook? Get some hummus, some canned chickpeas and chop vegetables. You will be amazed how good these vegan spicy Mediterranean bowls are! You will need to chop up the vegetables for the salad, heat up the chickpeas and spice them up. As for the leftovers – they make a great lunch on the next day (follow the meal prep instructions in the post). Recipe here.
10. TEN minute Macaroni With Chicken
Pasta is among my favorite things to make for dinner! It’s super easy, it tastes wonderful and can be healthy too. Use quick cooking macaroni and cooked chicken (rotisserie will work too) to make this mouthwatering recipe, it will take you around 10 minutes. Recipe here.
11. Healthy Ground Beef and Cabbage Stir-fry
Nothing easier than a good stir-fry! This healthy version with ground beef is packed with flavor and deliciousness. It’s also low-carb, full of vegetables and super nutritious. Recipe here.
12. One-Pan Mediterranean Chicken Dinner
If you love the Mediterranean diet, chicken, feta cheese and garlic…this one-pan chicken dinner is the way to go. It takes between 20-30 minutes and is made with tomatoes, eggplant, spinach – super healthy and tastes incredible. Toast some bread and dip it into this. SO good. Recipe here.
13. Quick Shrimp And Vegetable Stir-Fry
Another 15-minute meal that you can prep for dinner – it’s spicy, fresh and very tasty. Made with shrimp, green beans, broccoli, garlic and ginger this dish is super healthy too. Find the recipe here.
14. Quinoa Fried Rice
Imagine making fried rice at home. I know it sounds daunting, but it’s actually pretty easy if you have some leftover rice. If you don’t you can even use cooked quinoa and make a healthier version of vegetable fried rice. The recipe is vegetarian, but you can add in some more protein by adding cooking up some shrimp or chicken before adding the eggs. Recipe here.
More Tasty Dinner Recipes
I hope you enjoyed this collection of fast and easy dinner ideas for two, make sure to save it for later to have whenever. And when you need even more dinner inspiration, make sure to check out the links below:
- 6 oz / 180g salmon fillet
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 8oz / 220 g tortellini, refrigerated
- 1/3 cup cream cheese
- 1 small tomato, chopped
- 1/2 zucchini, chopped
- 1/2 tsp dill, dried
- 2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 Tbsp mozzarella
- Prepare your vegetables and cut the salmon in bite-sized pieces.
- In a large pan, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil and add the salmon, dill and tomato. Add a tbsp of water and a pinch of salt, cover with a lid and cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Stir in the cream cheese, black pepper and add a Tbsp of water (if needed - sometimes tomatoes aren't juicy enough!) to create a creamy sauce.
- Stir in the tortellini pasta and cook in the sauce for 3-4 minutes or however long the package says.
- Lastly, add the garlic, basil, zucchini and stir in the mozzarella cheese.
- Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese on top (if desired!).
For more details, check out the recipe here.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 770Total Fat 42gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 150mgSodium 693mgCarbohydrates 58gFiber 3gSugar 5gProtein 41g
This post was originally published in March 2020 and updated with new images and information in September 2022.