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Dinner Recipes

What's for dinner? Get great ideas for casserole, pasta, chicken, beef, pork, or other favorite recipes with this easy guide.

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My favorite main dish recipe from Mom, this casserole is considered "birthday food" because we often requested it for our birthdays. Hearty and flavorful, it's a real family-pleaser anytime!
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Spinach Crab Chicken

Spinach Crab Chicken

Spinach Crab Chicken

I altered a friend's recipe for crab-stuffed chicken to include one of my favorite vegetables- spinach. Now my husband requests this elegant entree all the time. Served over rice, it's special enough for company. -Vicki Melies Glenwood, Iowa

Ham Loaf

Ham Loaf

Ham Loaf

"I COPIED this recipe exactly the way Grandma has written it in her worn cookbook. The only difference today is that I can't get home-smoked ham like those Grandpa used to cure in his old-fashioned smokehouse. But that never matters to hungry folks at the table—Grandma's recipe is a winner every time!"

Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce

Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce

Meat Loaf with Chili Sauce

I used to serve this meat loaf in my cafe. Everyone asked for it. I adapted the recipe so I could make it in my slow cooker at home, where it's quite popular, too. —Robert Cox, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas

I use this recipe often when entertaining. I set out all the toppings, and folks have fun assembling their own carnitas. Because I can prepare everything in advance, I get to spend more time with my guests. —Tracy Byers, Corvallis, Oregon

Zucchini Pizza Casserole

Zucchini Pizza Casserole

Zucchini Pizza Casserole

I grow zucchini by the bushel, so this pizza casserole is one of my dinnertime go-to's. My hungry husband and kids gobble it right up. —Lynn Bernstetter, White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Turkey with Mushroom Sauce

Turkey with Mushroom Sauce

Turkey with Mushroom Sauce

When we were first married, I didn't have an oven, so I made this tender turkey in the slow cooker. These days, I rely on this recipe because it frees up the oven to make other dishes for large get-togethers. —Myra Innes, Auburn, Kansas

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

I developed this quick and easy recipe through trial and error. I used to garnish with sour cream, too, but eliminated it in order to lighten the recipe. My friends all love it when I cook these, and they're much healthier than fried chimichangas. —Rickey Madden, Clinton, South Carolina

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini

This recipe comes from a cookbook our church compiled. It's convenient because it can be made ahead and frozen. After the holidays, we use leftover turkey to prepare a meal for university students. They clean their plates! -Gladys Waldrop, Clavert City, Kentucky

Traditional Lasagna

Traditional Lasagna

Traditional Lasagna

My family first tasted this rich, homemade lasagna recipe at a friend's home on Christmas Eve. We were so impressed that it became our own holiday tradition as well. I also prepare it other times of the year. It's requested often by my sister's Italian in-laws—I consider that the highest compliment! —Lorri Foockle, Granville, Illinois

Family Favorite Taco Meat Loaf

Family Favorite Taco Meat Loaf

Family Favorite Taco Meat Loaf

Our children think there are three basic food groups—pizza, tacos and burgers! They like to doctor up slices of this specially seasoned meat loaf with their favorite taco toppings. —Diane Essinger, Findlay, Ohio

Pork Schnitzel with Dill Sauce

Pork Schnitzel with Dill Sauce

Pork Schnitzel with Dill Sauce

Schnitzel is one of my husband’s favorites because it reminds him of his German roots. An appealing dish for guests, it’s ready in a jiffy. Pop it on buns for a fun handheld option. —Joyce Folker, Paraowan, Utah

Quick Chicken Piccata

Quick Chicken Piccata

Quick Chicken Piccata

Laced with lemon and simmered in white wine, this stovetop entree is super easy and elegant. Just add sides of bread and veggies to make it into a great meal. —Cynthia Heil, Augusta, Georgia

Meaty Corn Bread Casserole

Meaty Corn Bread Casserole

Meaty Corn Bread Casserole

This casserole is as indulgent as it is delicious; this is stick-to-your-ribs, down-home comfort food at its finest.—Justina Wilson, West Salem, Wisconsin

Crab 'n' Penne Casserole

Crab 'n' Penne Casserole

Crab 'n' Penne Casserole

Purchased Alfredo sauce lends creaminess to this crab casserole while red pepper flakes kick up the taste. Summer squash and zucchini bring garden-fresh goodness to the comforting main dish from Bernadette Bennett of Waco, Texas.
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