30 Incredibly Easy Main Dishes Anyone Can Cook

In many families, one person often takes on the responsibility of cooking. While we encourage everyone to learn this valuable life skill, we understand that not everyone enjoys it. With that in mind, we’ve created 30 incredibly easy recipes that even those who aren’t experienced in the kitchen can prepare, from classics like roast chicken, to new-to-us dishes like Tofu Kimchi Stew or One-Pan Greek Salmon. Vegetarian and vegan options, too!

One-Pan Pasta & Vegetables

One-Pan Low FODMAP Pasta & Vegetables, steak alongside on blue and white plate
One-Pan Pasta & Vegetables. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

One-pan dishes get food on the table FAST! Here we have pasta and vegetables, hearty enough for a main dish. Or add a protein alongside, like steak or chicken. Get the recipe.

Whole Roast Chicken & Vegetables

Low FODMAP whole roast chicken and vegetables in cast iron pan on white quartz
Whole Roast Chicken & Vegetables. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Just 10 minutes of prep time and you will get this one-pan chicken and vegetable dish in the oven. While it roasts, help the kids with their homework, or kick back with a glass of wine. This classic recipe will make it into weekly rotation. Get the recipe.

One-Pot Greek Salmon with Feta & Peppers

Greek salmon on decorative light white plate on white quartz
One-Pot Greek Salmon with Feta & Peppers. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

We eat salmon every week, but sometimes we are pressed for time. Pull out a large skillet and this dish with feta cheese and bell peppers is simple, elegant and delicious. Get the recipe.

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing, Chicken, Blue Cheese & Strawberries on a white plate with blue background
Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

This Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing is a fantastic warm-weather dinner or a very hearty lunch. The salty blue cheese, sweet strawberries, tender chicken and crisp bacon are a combo you will want to revisit again and again. Get the recipe Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing, Chicken, Blue Cheese & Strawberries.

Super Quick Korean Beef

low FODMAP super quick korean beef
Super Quick Korean Beef. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

This recipe is one of your community favorites – and you can get it on the table in about 15 minutes! Low-sodium soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, and red pepper flakes work magic with lean ground beef. Don’t leave out the scallions as they are more than a garnish and truly add to the dish. Served with white rice. Get the recipe for Super Quick Korean Beef.

Fish Chowder

closeup of low FODMAP fish chowder on spoon and in rustic blue bowl
Fish Chowder. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Flaky white fish, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, leek greens and a little heavy cream in a bottled clam juice base. A soup that tastes like it simmered all day, but you can get it on the table in 30 minutes! Get the recipe.

Za’atar Spiced Tofu Scramble

Low FODMAP Tofu Scramble in dark bowl with fork
Za’atar Spiced Tofu Scramble. Photo Credit: Ayten Salahi from FODMAP Everyday®.

This plant-based tofu scramble is seasoned with za’atar: our version is a combo of coriander, cumin, sesame seeds, sumac, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Get the recipe.

Tofu Kimchi Stew

closeup low FODMAP Kimchi & Tofu Stew in white bowl on stone surface
Tofu Kimchi Stew. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Kimchi, either homemade or purchased, adds flavor to so many dishes. Here it is featured in a spicy tofu soupy stew. Get the recipe.

Grilled Calamari Steaks

Grilled calamari steaks
Grilled Calamari Steaks. Photo Credit: Philip Nicholas from FODMAP Everyday®.

A classic Mediterranean dish that’s all about quality ingredients and simple preparation. Just be sure to use a good quality olive oil and a very hot grill pan. Flash-frozen calamari steaks are now readily available in many fish markets and grocery stores. Get the recipe for Grilled Calamari Steaks.


shrimp scampi in a brown plate
Scampi. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Our Scampi is garlicky and buttery and super simple to make. Serve with pasta, or sop up with bread to get to every delicious bit. Get the recipe for Scampi.

The Best Burgers

Our Best Low FODMAP burger in two male hands
The Best Burgers. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

We start with freshly ground beef, preferably about 80% lean to keep it juicy. We love them cooked on the grill outdoors, but a cast iron pan or grill-pan indoors works wonders, too. The way to the juiciest, most flavorful result? It’s all in the prep and cooking techniques and we show you how. Get the recipe for The Best Burgers.

The Best Turkey Burgers

low fodmap turkey burger on a bun with potato chips on a white plate
The Best Turkey Burgers. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

We’ve got all kinds of burgers: beef, lamb, salmon and these lower fat turkey burgers! We have some special tricks to keeping the ground turkey super moist. Get the recipe.

Salmon Chowder

Salmon Chowder. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Soups in minutes? We have several chowders that come together in a flash. Here rich salmon is brought together with coconut milk, carrots, scallion and leek greens, bay leaf and thyme – and hearty potatoes! Get the recipe.

Roast Beef Hash

overhead of roast beef hash with fried egg and blue napkin
Roast Beef Hash. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Hash is simply a “hash-up” of meat, potatoes and simple seasoning. It is a homey, comfort food dish that barely needs a recipe, but ours makes an exceptional version. Get the recipe for Roast Beef Hash.

Shrimp Tacos

closeup image Low FOMAP Shrimp Tacos with Lime Crema on wooden board; wedges of lime alongside
Shrimp Tacos. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Our Shrimp Tacos are packed with garlic and chile flavors. The shrimp get a quick marination in Chipotle Chiles in Adobo. The garlic flavor comes from Garlic-Infused Oil, made with vegetable oil. This is an easy and fun dinner that can be made in less than 30 minutes, with the ingredients on hand. Get the recipe for Shrimp Tacos.

BLT Omelet with Blue Cheese

closeup of low FODMAP BLT omelet with blue cheese on a white plate; aqua wooden backdrop
BLT Omelet with Blue Cheese. Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Versatile omelets! This BLT version is fantastic for breakfast or lovely light supper, in which case you might want a larger serving. The recipe is super simple and makes a perfect brunch or lunch dish, too. Get the recipe BLT Omelet with Blue Cheese.

Spicy Sausage Pasta in Under 15 Minutes

Photo credit: Emmeline Kemperyd.

Make this Spicy Sausage Pasta in under 15 minutes with just 6 ingredients. Packed with flavor from fresh sausage, garlic, parmesan and bacon – with a lighter touch from spinach. Get the recipe for Spicy Sausage Pasta in Under 15 Minutes.

15 Minute Vegan Pad Thai

15 minute vegan pad thai
Photo credit: Alexandra Caspero.

Did someone call for pad thai noodles? Here’s a vegan version! It’s ready in less time than it takes to call up take-out or rummage around in the pantry trying to decide what to make! Get the recipe for 15 Minute Vegan Pad Thai.

Buffalo Shrimp

Photo credit: Emmeline Kemperyd.

Make this quick, easy and tasty buffalo shrimp recipe for a delicious appetizer, all done in less than 10 minutes. It’s healthy and made with just a few ingredients, and is so packed with flavor you will find yourself coming back to it again and again! Get the recipe for Buffalo Shrimp.

15-Minute Pan Seared Salmon with Basil Tzatziki

Photo credit: Shelley Fulton.

Pan Seared Salmon yields moist, fall-apart fillets with a flavorful, crisply caramelized crust on top. A refreshing basil and chive tzatziki sauce is an unusual yet startlingly perfect counterpoint. This quick salmon recipe is luxurious enough for dinner parties, yet it’s really easy and makes even the busiest weeknights feel special! Get the recipe for 15-Minute Pan Seared Salmon with Basil Tzatziki.

15-Minute Pizza Sloppy Joes Recipe

Photo credit: Shelley Fulton.

Pizza Sloppy Joes are a blissfully easy dinner your whole family will love! Filled with classic pizza flavors and two (yes … TWO!) layers of melty cheese. Plus, they’re ready in just 15 minutes. And you can even make them ahead for meal prep or freezer meals! Get the recipe for 15-Minute Pizza Sloppy Joes.

Naan Pizza

Photo credit: Katie Trant.

Naan Pizza is an amazing way to get a quick and easy dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less! This margherita flatbread uses grocery store naan bread to make it a breeze. The recipe is endlessly customizable to suit everyone in your family, and kids can help to make their own. Get the recipe for Naan Pizza.

Potato Crusted Cod

Photo credit: Kristin King.

Potato chips form an easy crunchy coating for cod fillets. This meal comes together quickly for a delicious family friendly weeknight meal! Get the recipe for Potato Crusted Cod.

10-Minute Vegetable Ramen Noodles

Photo credit: Katie Trant.

Easy Vegetable Ramen Noodles with a spicy miso broth. Loaded with veggies, plant-based protein, and an optional soft-cooked egg, this vegetarian ramen noodle bowl is ready in just 10 minutes and is the perfect quick lunch or dinner. Get the recipe for 10-Minute Vegetable Ramen Noodles.

15-Minute Tortellini Carbonara

Photo credit: Emmeline Kemperyd.

15-minutes and 6 simple ingredients is all you need to make this delicious Tortellini Carbonara. Following the traditional method for making creamy carbonara without cream, filled tortellini is what gives this recipe a fun new twist. Get the recipe for 15-Minute Tortellini Carbonara.

15-Minute Shrimp Tacos

Photo credit: Mabintu Mustapha.

Need a quick and simple dinner recipe for tonight? Try these easy Shrimp Tacos! Full of awesome Mexican flavor, they only take 15 minutes to put together and are easily customizable to suit everyone’s tastes! Suitable for gluten free diets. Weight Watchers Points included. Get the recipe for 15-Minute Shrimp Tacos.

Ramen Noodles Stir Fry

Photo credit: Mabintu Mustapha.

Enjoy Asian comfort food at home with this quick-cooking 10 Minute Ramen Noodles Stir Fry. This vegetarian dish cooks quickly but is packed with flavor, and it’s easily customizable. Suitable for vegetarian and Vegan diets. Get the recipe for Ramen Noodles Stir Fry.

Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders

Photo credit: Mabintu Mustapha.

Chicken tenders are the most versatile main dish you can fix in your kitchen and they are incredibly easy to make. Learn how to make this chicken tenders recipe for budget-friendly cooking that’s perfect for meal prep, simple enough for a weeknight dinner, yet flavorful enough to serve to company. Post includes Weight Watchers points. Get the recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders.

Warm Zucchini Noodles with Fried Halloumi and Burst Tomatoes

Photo credit: Katie Trant.

Warm Zucchini Noodles with fried halloumi and burst tomatoes is a delicious, low-carb, and healthy alternative to a traditional pasta dish. It’s quick and easy to make, naturally gluten-free, and a great way to get in extra veggies! Get the recipe for Warm Zucchini Noodles with Fried Halloumi and Burst Tomatoes.

5 Minute Chicken Parmesan Chaffle

Photo credit: Amy Roskelley.

This easy, high protein, low carb, low calorie, Chicken Parmesan Chaffle only takes 5 minutes to make! You can have dinner in less time than you can order take-out! Get the recipe for 5 Minute Chicken Parmesan Chaffle.

 20 Delicious Macaroni And Cheese Variations For Every Taste

Photo credit: Dédé Wilson.

Macaroni and cheese is a beloved comfort food enjoyed by people of all ages. Its appeal lies in its simplicity and versatility, with countless variations to suit different tastes and dietary preferences. It has so much going for it, from its creamy texture to its nostalgic connection with many of our childhoods. Dive into our traditional, and more adventurous creations, 20 in all.

READ: 20 Delicious Macaroni And Cheese Variations For Every Taste

20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

macaroni slaw.
 Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson.

 Here are 20 of our favorite side dishes to pair with burgers, from oven-baked fries (2 kinds), green salads to hearty potato and pasta sides, even a quick stovetop mac and cheese. READ: 20 Favorite Side Dishes To Pair With Burgers

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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