Go to Dinner Recipes

I’d say making dinner is the best part of my day. I love making dinner for me and my boyfriend. Discovering new recipes, adapting old ones, experimenting…it’s all so fun for me. And lucky for me I have a boyfriend who thinks everything I make is amazing, which really boosts my confidence. I love watching cooking shows and browsing Pinterest for new ideas. Cooking is just the best. (But washing dishes is the worst!) Over the past few years of being on my own and cooking for myself I have found a few recipes that have made it into constant rotation in my kitchen. Today I thought I’d share them with you and hopefully inspire you to make something delicious!

(Pictured above are some of my own home made goodies: One Pot Pasta, Chipotle Black Bean Nachos, Mushrooms with Polenta and Fried Egg, Butternut Squash Ravioli, Tomato and Salami Pizza, Roasted Vegetables for Pasta)

Recipe: Classic Beef Meatballs from Martha Stewart


Meatballs are and obvious dinner here in America. I mean who doesn’t love meatballs! You probably already have a meatball recipe you use all the time, but you’ve got to try this one from the queen herself, Martha. The secret is ricotta. It makes the meatballs super, super moist. Also going simple on the seasoning (other than salt and pepper) is best here. Let that meat shine! I usually make my own ricotta for this, and sauce, but you don’t have to to make it delicious!

Recipe: Dad’s Arroz con Polllo from A Cozy Kitchen


I think I found this recipe randomly on Foodgawker, and now it’s my most made dinner. As it says in the recipe, it’s more of a paella than regular arroz, but that doesn’t mean it’s delicious. Tons and tons of spices make this super flavorful, but it’s so easy. I always make the mistake of not buying enough chicken, so then I have tons of leftover rice but no chicken. The chicken sits in the rice as it cooks so it becomes tender and moist. The only annoying thing about this recipe is that I don’t have a pot that’s really big enough, so things get squished. But omg it tastes SOOOOO good.

Recipe: Crispy Pizza Dough from Food and Wine


It took awhile, but I finally found the perfect pizza dough recipe. It’s always easy to knead, rises perfectly, and turns into the most amazing crispy pizza crusts. I’ve made a lot of different kinds of pizzas over the years, but this crust is the base of all of them. Secret tip: Make the crust a day or two in advance. The yeasty flavors develop more and it’s easier to roll out.

Recipe: Lemon Chicken from Shutterbean


Probably my second most cooked meal. (Guess I like chicken thighs?) So happy I discovered this recipe from one of my favorite bloggers, Tracy Benjamin. I’ve always got onions, lemon, olive oil, and garlic, so as long as I pick up chicken thighs, we’re good to go. Onion, lemon and olive oil (or butter…) how could it go wrong? I prefer it super lemony, but the boyfriend doesn’t so I add some extra on my plate. It goes amazingly with most veggies, rice, pasta, or bread to soak up the juice. I need a bigger pan so I can make more at a time, great for leftovers!

Recipe: Mushroom and Leek Pasta from Gordon Ramsay


Here’s a newer one in my cooking arsenal. Gordon Ramsay is most definitely my ultimate DILF. (Did I just write that?) Watching him cook is…intense, but I just love it. I actually got this recipe from a cookbook my boyfriend got me for our anniversary. The book has a section on cooking for two, which is perfect for me and the boy! We’re huge fans of leeks and mushrooms, so it obviously needed to be made. It’s super easy, the ingredients are cheap and easy to find, but it tastes like it’s straight out of a restaurant. I think there are other good recipes in book too, but every time I open it I just end up making this…

Alright I have now made myself royally hungry.

Other go to dinners:

Grilled Sausage with Salad

Whatever roasted veggies I have with whole wheat pasta and bread crumbs

Roasted Chicken Breasts and Veggies

Please send me recipes for your favorite things to make! I need to add a few to my brain.


19 thoughts on “Go to Dinner Recipes

  1. Love these recipes!! I think I’ll try the lemon chicken. Also your pizza looks perfect. I make the Cook’s Illustrated pizza dough recipe, and I like it a lot. However, I can never get my pizza to roll out perfectly round like yours. I end up with a rectangle.

  2. Omg all of it looks amazing! That lemon chocken is right up my alley! The rice and chicken looks awesome. I love Spanish rice and pork but sooo stink at making it. Currently my go to is throwing a pork roast in a bag with carrots, onions, and potatoes with spices….easy and little clean up 🙂
    Thanks for the really yummy looking ideas!

  3. My mouth is watering reading this post! 😀 My go-to is always lemon chicken, I use some fresh garlic, white wine, lemons, a little chicken broth and bread crumbs sprinkled on top. It’s so easy and yummy!

  4. I really like America’s Test Kitchen! Their cookbooks are great for beginners, because they have a bunch of tips, measurement conversions, and ingredient options at the front of the book. That Gordon Ramsay pasta looks amazing! I’ll have to try it.

  5. I looooove lemon chicken, but I prefer breasts do you think it would work with that? Also, I’m going to try that ricotta secret next time, we love meatballs. One thing that I always make is broccoli rabe with chicken sausage and pasta. It’s from the cook yourself thin cookbook 🙂

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