13 ‘Dump Dinners’ For Quick And Easy Mealtime


I think it’s safe to say that many of us struggle to prepare healthy (but delicious) meals for our families on weeknights. When we’re pressed for time, it’s all too easy to think, “We might as well go to the drive-thru.” Fortunately, there is a much better alternative! “Take-out dinners” are anything that can be thrown into a slow cooker, instant pot, casserole dish or stovetop pan. Then just walk away until it’s time to eat! Here are 13 takeout recipes that are quick, nutritious and will make your weeknight meal prep a breeze.

1. Dump-And-Go Chicken & Dumplings

source: Recipe Chatter

The best part about this classic dinner recipe? It only needs to cook for 20 minutes!

2. Lamb & Spinach One-Pot Pasta

source: EatingWell

This pasta recipe is so delicious, no one will know it’s full of veggies and other healthy ingredients!

3. Instant Pot Salsa Shredded Chicken

source: Skinny Taste

Serve this salsa shredded chicken with rice, veggies, or in tacos. This recipe can be cooked in either an Instant Pot or pressure cooker.

4. Instant Pot Beef Gyros

source: 365 Days Of Slow + Pressure Cooking

Tender pieces of beef, soft onions, fresh tomatoes, and homemade tzatziki sauce? This recipe is a winner in my books!

5. Alfredo Shrimp Scampi Dump Dinner

source: Food Network

Shrimp, pasta, garlic, spices, and parmesan cheese come together in this simple yet unique recipe.

6. 4-Ingredient Hawaiian Pork Dump Dinner

source: Homemade for Elle

Four ingredients will give you this Hawaiian-inspired recipe that the whole family will love.

7. 30-Minute Instant Pot Orange Chicken Dump Dinner

source: Forkly

This orange chicken recipe is healthy, full of flavor, and only takes 30 minutes to cook in an Instant Pot.

8. Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

source: The Recipe Critic

This decadent recipe is creamy, hearty, and even keto diet-friendly.

9. Chicken Teriyaki Dump Dinner

source: Food Network

Just toss some chicken, veggies, and a teriyaki sauce in a casserole dish, and pop it in the oven for a yummy yet nutritious dinner.

10. Instant Pot Chili

source: Melanie Cooks

This list just wouldn’t be complete without a hearty and easy chili recipe.

11. Crockpot Ranch Chicken

source: Moms with Crockpots

To make this recipe, all you need to do is dump some green beans, potatoes, chicken, and bacon into your crock pot and walk away!

12. Country Ribs Dinner

source: Taste of Home

This is a classic country recipe if I’ve ever heard of one! I can’t wait to try this out.

13. Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

source: I Wash YouDry

Spaghetti squash is a great, healthy alternative to traditional pasta. Did you know you can slice a spaghetti squash in half and toss it straight into a crock pot (with meatballs, too)?!