Dinner Rut Solutions: 60+ Ideas For What To Make

I love being an adult as much as the next person, but there’s one thing I dread every week: figuring out what we’re going to eat. I find myself in a dinner rut more often than I’m willing to admit, leading to us just doing takeout meals. We’ve tried our fair share of meal-prepping services and have had positive experiences. Sometimes, I want to work with what’s in the pantry. 

I asked for help on Instagram in a moment of desperation, and y’all came through in a big way. I got hundreds (hundreds!) of recipe suggestions and ideas. I’m immensely grateful for the help. I’m not the only one who struggles with figuring out what food to eat, so I thought it’d be nice to share some of the suggestions I received.

The entire list can be FOUND HERE and is sorted by protein. There are sections for chicken, beef, pork, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. If a reply named a recipe creator, I included a link to their website in the second column. If you don’t see your website listed, please let me know, and I’ll add it. Here are a few standouts that I’m excited to try.

Dinner Rut Ideas: A Few Of My Favorites

I haven’t had a chance to make any of the suggestions I received, but I’m already bookmarking a few for the weeks ahead. If you’re truly stuck on what to make (been there!), try one of these highly-reviewed recipes, and you’ll have dinner ready in no time.

One-Pot Chicken and Rice With Ginger via New York Times

I’m a sucker for a one-pot recipe, and this one came highly recommended. I love the NYT cooking website because there are so many ideas, and many of them are accessible to beginner cooks. I’ll definitely report back with a review after we make this one.

Bucatini with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce via Bon Appétit 

I love following recipes from Bon Appétit for a few reasons. They’re rarely over-the-top, and you can easily follow along with the videos they include. Most importantly, they taste really, really good. We’ve been on a pasta kick, so I’m super excited about this one.

Don’t forget, you can find the entire food ideas list HERE. Good luck escaping that dinner rut — we can do it!

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  1. Jenny wrote:

    Wow! I totally saved this and can’t wait to try some of the recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 10.19.22 Reply
  2. Marissa wrote:

    anything from chungah @ https://damndelicious.net/ is a reliable dinner option. her recipes are easy and DAMN DELICIOUS 🤩

    Posted 10.20.22 Reply