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Your friend, her husband and their three kids are staying with you this weekend. Breakfast is easy but what the heck are you going to serve everyone for dinner? Relax, we've got you covered. Here, 50 crowd-pleasing big-batch dinner ideas you can have on the table in no time.
Even better: Make a double batch and freeze it.
Skipping the traditional noodles is a genius shortcut.
Pair it with a simple salad and rotisserie chicken.
The whole family will approve.
Because sometimes you’re sick of pasta.
Italian cheesy goodness, coming right up.
Let your Crock-Pot do the work.
Our three favorites, together at last.
Waaaay better than the stuff you ate in college.
Minimal effort required.
We’re not drooling, you’re drooling.
Extra napkins needed.
Just ten minutes of prep.
Vegan and gluten-free.
Basically like taking a multivitamin.
A brilliant twist on an old classic.
Chopsticks optional (but highly encouraged).
Trust: You’re gonna want to make a double batch of this guy.
Did you know a cup of quinoa has eight grams of protein? (True story.)
Pile it on top of rice, quinoa or even romaine lettuce.
Set it and forget it. (But, uh, don’t forget to eat it.)
Just like Grandma used to make. (If Grandma made really kickass Italian food.)
Best idea ever: put it in a taco shell.
Our favorite grain strikes again.
Hearty, cheesy and makes great lunch leftovers.
Bonus: It makes the whole house smell amazing.
Even better when you reheat it. (Just add more avo.)
Eat your heart out, Julia Child.
Taste the rainbow. (It’s delicious.)
Did we mention it’s Paleo?
Never be nervous to cook steak at home again. This one looks (and tastes) fancy.
Super quick and easy to make.
Bookmark this one for Taco Tuesday.
Easy enough for Monday, impressive enough for Saturday.
Anyone else want to dig in?
Long gone are the days of boring spaghetti and meatballs.
Pair it with rice or quinoa.
This tender, fall-off-the-bone meat is ideal for tacos, sandwiches and even with fried eggs.
Just a handful of ingredients and three simple steps.
Who needs takeout? Not you.
Meatless never looked so good.
Wrap each square in tinfoil, store it in the fridge, then pop it in the oven when you’re ready to eat.
Spice up your weeknights.
Close your eyes and you’re in New Orleans.
Lucky for you, it only takes 30 minutes.
Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough
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