50 Easy Fall Dinner Ideas for Lazy People

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Try whipping up one (or all) of these easy fall dinner recipes that just taste better in cooler weather. We’re guessing you might even have some of the ingredients on hand already.

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Balsamic Cranberry Roast Chicken

One bag of frozen cranberries goes a long way.

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Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Sausage

Two things we love: hands-off dinners and zero dishes.

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Cheater's Prosciutto Hawaiian Pizza

It starts with store-bought flatbread.

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Harissa Chickpea Stew with Eggplant and Millet

Swap in quinoa or farro for more tasty iterations.

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Butternut Squash Carbonara

Don’t tell the kids it’s packed with hidden veggies.

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Vegetarian Quinoa Bake

Coterie member Gaby Dalkin believes in the power of cheese.

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Spicy Turkey Enchiladas with Pumpkin Seeds

Swap in rotisserie chicken for roast turkey as you see fit.

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Bulgur with Roasted Butternut Squash, Sage and Goat Cheese

Pretty much the only thing we love more than our warmest sweater.

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Mexican Posole Soup

A chili-soup hybrid.

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The Ultimate Chicken Potpie

Puff pastry to the rescue.

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Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon-Herb Sauce

Easy enough for a Monday.

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One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone

That was easy.

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Oven-Roasted Buffalo Wings

Admit it: It’s what everyone wants.

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Ratatouille

It comes together in less than an hour.

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General Tso's Cauliflower

Psst, it pairs well with a bottle of Cab Sauv.

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Chrissy Teigen's Cheesy Chicken Milanese Recipe

Our celeb crush doesn’t mess around with fussy dinners.

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The Best Damn Tomato Soup

Don’t settle for the stuff in a can. Just don’t.

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Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce

On the dinner table in less than 30 minutes.

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Huevos Rancheros

Yet another way to put an egg on it.

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Roasted Cauliflower Sliders

Plain brilliance.

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Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry

Throw everything into a skillet and—bam—it’s done.

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Cacio e Pepe

Need we say more?

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Baking Sheet Quesadillas

Why fold each single tortilla when you can make one enormous one?

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Zoodle Stir-Fry

It comes together in no time.

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Skillet Chicken Fajitas

Our love for our cast-iron skillet runs deep.

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15-Minute Lemony Broccolini Pasta

Eight billion times better than spaghetti and a jar of sauce.

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Polenta and Meatballs

Creamy, satisfying comfort food? Coming right up.

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Sheet Pan Pomegranate Chicken and Roasted Squash

Full disclosure: We could eat this every night for the rest of our lives.

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Ditto.

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Pork Scallopini with Lemon, Capers and Radicchio

One pan, endless possibilities.

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Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Best paired with dry white wine. (Or dry apple juice for the kiddos.) 

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Vegetable Wellington with Mushrooms and Spinach

Hearty “meat” pies without the stomachache.

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Spiralized Winter Vegetable Gratin

Sooo creamy.

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15-Minute Cheater's Pad Thai

Tempted to order takeout? Try this instead.

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Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

Aka a vehicle for cheese and pasta.

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Flank Steak Tacos with Cucumber Salsa

The easiest way to cook a seemingly intimidating protein.

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Pasta Alla Norma

Think of it as a healthier, five-ingredient eggplant Parm.

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Kale Salad with Persimmons, Crispy Chickpeas and Fried Shallots

Hearty enough to steal the show.

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Rotisserie Chicken Ramen

Flavorful, filling and best of all, super simple.

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Cheater's Skillet Paella

The name says it all.

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Shrimp with Cauliflower Grits and Arugula

Thirty-minute dinners for the win.

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Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Hearty and delicious.

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Ginger-Pineapple Shrimp Stir-Fry

Like a ray of warm sunlight.

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Baking-Sheet Pizza with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Tastes like it was made in an ancient stone pizza oven. (Spoiler: It wasn’t.)

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Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes

You love ordering sirloin at restaurants; now you can make it at home.

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Tomato Soup in Grilled Cheese Bread Bowls

Never inappropriate.

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Mezze Plate With Toasted Za'atar Pita Bread

We officially give you permission to eat a plate of fancy snacks for dinner.

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Baked Sesame-Ginger Salmon in Parchment

Love cooking but hate doing dishes? (Join the club.)

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Baked Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Who has time to stand over a hot stove and stir (and stir and stir)?

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One-Pan Steak with Beets and Crispy Kale

No fuss, no mess.

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