Quick Dinner Ideas: 20 Easy Dump and Go Meals


Quick Dinner Ideas: 20 Easy Dump and Go Meals

Check out our favorite quick meals, easy dessert ideas, tips from experts, time-saving cooking ideas, and more!


Quick Dinner Ideas 20 Easy Dump and Go Meals

We live in a world where everybody is busy and always on-the-go. If you're having one of those hectic days when you're not sure if you'll have time to eat, these Quick Dinner Ideas: 20 Easy Dump and Go Meals should help you out.

All of these quick dinner ideas are incredibly easy to make. Once you complete a little bit of prep work, all you have to do is put the ingredients in the slow cooker or in the oven, and then you're done! This is a very effortless, stress-free process, and it gives you more time to accomplish everything on your to-do list.

Not only are these recipes simple, but they're also quite delicious and filling. A wide variety of delicious recipes are featured below, ranging from a zesty Mexican dish to easy chicken casserole recipes. No matter what you're in the mood for, these dishes should satisfy every kind of craving you could possibly have.

All of these dump and go meals make excellent weeknight dinner options that your whole family will enjoy. If you don't have a lot of time to cook, or if you really don't want to spend much time in the kitchen, these recipes are perfect for you.

Just don't forget to leave room for dessert – we've featured some delectable dump cake recipes in this collection of dump and go recipes, and they are to die for! There's no better way to relax after a long day than enjoying one of these sweet, fruity treats. They're the ultimate comfort food. Many different kinds of dump cakes are listed below, so you could probably make a different cake for each season!

BONUS! Check out the quick dinner idea and video for Dump and Done Chicken Casserole from our friends at RecipeLion! It's quick to put together and only needs to bake for 30 minutes.

Quick Dinner Ideas

Easy, Cheesy, Ritzy Chicken Casserole

These savory ideas for dinner are sure to save you lots of time in the kitchen. And even though they don't take very long to make, they taste so good that it feels like it took hours of preparation.

Whether you're looking for a chicken casserole, a recipe with ham, or a pork chop casserole, you'll find something to love in our collection of quick dinner recipes.

Dump and Go Dinner Recipes

Dump and Bake Italian Meatball and Rice Casserole

When life gets busy it's helpful to have some easy dinner ideas on hand. These recipes call for 15 minutes of prep time, at most, which means they are a breeze to make.

Once your casserole has been prepared, just bake it in the oven and go about your day. These quick meals will help you enjoy a homemade meal with very little active cooking time.

Easy Slow Cooker Dinner Ideas

Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole

The following recipes make excellent dump and go meals. All you have to do is dump the contents in your slow cooker, let it cook, and then you have a delicious, filling meal. It's just that easy.

These slow cooker casseroles are comforting, filling, and so easy to make. What more could you ask for?

Easy to Make Desserts: Dump Cake Recipes

Peach Pineapple Dump Cake

Dessert sounds especially good when you've had a long, hectic day. These comforting dump cake recipes are perfect to make because they're super easy, quick and tasty.

Once you realize how easy it can be to make dinner, you'll definitely want to finish off the evening with a quick dessert.

Time-Saving Tips for Making Quick Dinners

1. Gather all of your ingredients before you start cooking anything. It is best to do tasks like opening cans, measuring out spices, rinsing beans, and chopping vegetables before you actually begin cooking. This will help keep you focused and will cut down on distractions. It can also keep your workspace cleaner! This culinary technique is known as mise en place, which translated from French means, “put in place.” It commonly seen on cooking shows and is used by professional chefs, but it is also great technique for any cook to use.

2. Cut or chop ingredients into smaller pieces. Ingredients like whole potatoes and carrots and meats such as whole chicken breasts and sausage can take a long time to cook. Cutting vegetables and meat into smaller, bite-sized pieces will help them cook faster and also make them easier to eat.

3. Line your casserole pans with foil. This step won’t make dinner cook any faster, but it will make clean-up a breeze! Lining your pans means you won’t have to wait for you casserole dishes to soak overnight. Once you’ve enjoyed your meal, just throw away the foil. And if the pan is lined well enough, you might only need to rinse out the pan rather than wash it.

4. Clean up the kitchen while your casserole is baking. Since all of the above recipes have quick prep times, you can utilize the baking time to wash dishes and put ingredients away. Then, after dinner, you don’t have to stress about cleaning up the kitchen.

5. Set aside time to prep ingredients. Although it takes a bit of time, prepping ingredients all at once will save you a ton of time during the week when you’re making a quick dinner. When it comes to prepping chicken, a great idea is to buy a large pack of chicken breasts (preferably when they are on sale) and cook them all at once. Then, you can freeze shredded or chopped cooked chicken in 1-cup amounts to use later. It can also save time to chop up vegetables all at once and right after you buy them. That way, you can easily use them in recipes throughout the week.

6. Plan your meals ahead of time. Taking the time to plan out the meals you want to make for the week will simplify your grocery shopping, cut down on food waste, and save you money. After deciding on the meals you’ll make for the week, head to your pantry to make sure you’re not buying something you already have and write down the ingredients you need to buy. For even more tips on meal planning, check out our guide, 8 Meal Planning Tips Everyone Should Know.

What's your go-to recipe for a quick dinner?

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These sound so scrumptious, especially that Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake.

Chicken and swiss casserole looks like a keeper. The picture immediately caught my eye and is something I am looking forward to trying.

The pork chop casserole looks fantastic! I'd have plenty of leftovers for the entire week!

These recipes sound delicious, I have never heard of dump cake before and I am looking forward to trying these out.

These cake recipes make me want to skip my meal and go straight for dessert!

Love these for late mornings before work.

I never seem to have enough time to cook so these are awesome. Looking forward to trying them out.

The Peach Pineapple Dump cake looks amazing!

Good idea. I never feel like I have a lot of time to cook, so I'll have to keep some of these in mind.

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