There are easy dinners, and then there are EASY dinners. Meals you can shop for without a plan, or even a minute of forethought. Dinners you can cook with your eyes closed — or more like, while being a homework helper, dog caregiver, and human who still has at least 30 minutes more work to do. And when these meals are also ones that make everyone in your family happy, they become Magic Meals. Because all of it — getting dinner on the table, avoiding complaints, and actually enjoying every bite — feels like magic.
But it’s not: it’s you, with a little help from these recipes.
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No Thinking, Yes Eating
Whatever you call them — magic meals, go-to’s, meals without tears, brainless crowdpleasers — we all have those back pocket dinners that are easy to make and always win with our families. And we all can use more of them. Because when a meal comes together in a snap, without any planning or fussing, AND everyone eats it happily, there can never be enough.
Here are the recipes mentioned in this week’s episode:
Stacie’s Creamy Lemon Pasta
Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo (and on Stacie’s site, if that’s easier)
Meghan’s Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
How to Make Better-Than-Takeout Beef and Broccoli in the Slow Cooker
Snapshot Cooking recipes at The Kitchn
Miracle Meals recipes at The Kitchn
12 No-Recipe Dinners Made With a Store-Bought Rotisserie Chicken
Other DIJFY Episodes You’ll Love
If you loved this episode, we think you’ll also love these past episode. Binge listen, activate!
Our Best Dinner Shortcuts — and Shortcut Dinners with Kelsey Nixon
These are some of our favorite products mentioned in this episode:
Stacie’s book Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner: 50 Winning Ways to Cook It Up!
A review of Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken
Not Just pantry staples (we’re obsessed, especially with their dressing)
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