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16 Recipes to Try When Nothing Sounds Good

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We've all been there. Thumbing through your recipe collection or scrolling the inter-webs trying to find something that sounds tasty... but you can't be swayed out of your indecision.

Well, good news! Whether you're looking for a comforting casserole, a scrumptious salad, a hearty soup, or a delicious meat — we know you'll love one of these outstanding recipes. Here are 16 Recipes To Try When Nothing Sounds Good, handpicked by our editor.



1. Crack Potatoes

Crack Potatoes

This potato casserole is so good, we call it like it is! Crack Potatoes make the perfect side dish or potluck addition, no matter the occasion. Cheesy, tangy, melty, and potato-y goodness combines with the zest and flavor of ranch mixed throughout for a dish that's so good, you just can't deny it! Oh, and we can't forget the bacon! You can assemble this recipe prior to your next meal or dinner event and refrigerate or freeze it for easy storage. When you're ready, pop it in the oven and, voila! Crack Potatoes! Pass us a plate!

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2. Cheeseburger Pie

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The grand tradition of meat pies meets the world’s most popular sandwich! Cheeseburger Pie is filled with juicy ground beef, crispy bacon, and sweet onions and topped with melty cheese. Instead of a bun, the crust of Cheeseburger Pie is rich, buttery pie crust. In less than an hour, you can have a new twist on a classic hamburger dinner on the table, drawing everyone to it with its incredible aroma.

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3. Dan Dan Noodles

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Skip the takeout and satisfy your noodle craving with Dan Dan Noodles! This authentic Chinese dish is so irresistible and easy that it is sure to become a staple lunch or dinner in your home. With tender noodles, a homemade sweet-and-savory sauce, and toppings like juicy ground beef mixed savory soy sauce, crunchy peanuts, and spicy chili flakes, Dan Dan Noodles serve up a kaleidoscope of flavors and textures that will have you relishing every bite!

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4. Million Dollar Chicken

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This Million Dollar Chicken bake will make you excited to eat a chicken breast again. The mayonnaise and cream cheese add in the moisture and fat chicken breast is often lacking, while the bacon and cheese give in an undeniable richness that will please just about any dinner companion. Serve this creamy, tender Million Dollar Chicken alongside a green salad and some rice for a balanced meal.

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5. Cinnamon Roll Casserole

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It shouldn't be possible for store-bought cinnamon roll dough to taste homemade. Yet with only 5 minutes of prep time, this Cinnamon Roll Casserole transforms boring canned dough into a richer, sweeter, and more cinnamon-spiced breakfast delight that tastes and looks just as amazing as anything found in your local bakery. In only 30 minutes, Cinnamon Roll Casserole gets that buttery, pull-apart, lick-icing-from-your-fingers flavor of homemade rolls. This is an easy and aromatic breakfast star that will warm your heart this winter.

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6. BLT Pasta Salad

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BLT Pasta Salad is the prime choice when you'd prefer to switch out your carbs, say, a bun for some pasta. Bouncy fusilli spirals, sweet cherry tomatoes, crunchy romaine lettuce, healthy baby spinach, and salty chopped bacon are tossed together with a creamy, garlicky, dilly dressing. You can serve it as-is or chilled; either way, tasty BLT Pasta Salad will make you forget there are other options out there!

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7. Beach Boys Chicken

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Wouldn't it be nice if dinner was joyous, inspired by the California coast and Surfin' USA? Beach Boys Chicken brings good vibrations, and it truly is fun, fun, fun! Grilled chicken, marinated in balsamic vinegar and honey for a delicate balance of sweet and sour, topped with melty mozzarella cheese, creamy avocado, and bright tomato for a taste like the warmth of the sun. Beach Boys Chicken will become a darlin' in your kitchen, and you don't have to go to Kokomo to enjoy it!

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8. Crispy Garlic Potato Wedges

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Crispy Garlic Potato Wedges are like the homemade fries of your dreams. Coated in aromatic garlic and sharp parmesan cheese, each wedge is flavorful, crispy, and fluffy on the inside. Golden brown and tasty beyond belief, Crispy Garlic Potato Wedges are perfect for serving alongside steak, pork chops, fried chicken, and more. You might want to double the recipe because these will go fast!

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9. German Potato Salad

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In the contest of side dishes, German Potato Salad wins first place! Its versatility and deliciousness can't be beat — you can serve it warm or cold, and it's always a treat for the taste buds. Hearty potatoes, crispy bacon, and crunchy onion come together with vinegar, mustard, and seasonings for a dish that is savory and irresistible. German Potato Salad is potato salad just like Grandma used to make! Bring this dish to your next function and you'll be the talk of the town.

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10. 7 Can Soup

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The name of this recipe gives a hint to the ingredients list but is shy about revealing the actual taste, which is a cross between tortilla soup and chicken chili. The directions are devastatingly simple, and the hearty, filling dish all comes together in 30 minutes. This makes 7 Can Soup the ideal thing to whip up after work.

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11. Thai Fried Rice

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Thai Fried Rice differs from other similar dishes thanks to its distinctively spicy flavor: this dish is sure to delight those who like a little heat! But there's so much more than spice to be found here: the rice is savory, rich, aromatic, and filled with fresh vegetables and juicy chicken. Stir in fluffy scrambled eggs and you have an instant classic. Plus Thai Fried Rice only takes 15 minutes to make, so busy schedules are no obstacle to enjoying this scrumptious supper. Get your taste buds ready because this is going to shake things up!

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12. Sheet-Pan Quesadilla

Sheet Pan Quesadilla

What's the greatest tragedy when it comes to quesadillas? It never feels like there are enough! The Sheet-Pan Quesadilla ensures there is plenty for everyone to enjoy the crispy-on-the-outside, hot-and-savory-on-the-inside Mexican-style meal, and the resulting happiness can be seen from space! Filled with juicy, Tex-Mex spiced chicken, hearty black beans, seared fajita vegetables, and melty cheese, the Sheet-Pan Quesadilla is the embodiment of pure joy emerging from your own oven. Grab sour cream, salsa, guac, or whatever dips you can think of because the party is just about to start!

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13. Amish Country Casserole

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After a long, hard day of work, there's nothing better than kicking off your shoes, spending time with the ones you love, and digging into a hearty, satisfying dinner. Amish Country Casserole is the bubbly illustration of what a cozy, relaxing, and delicious weeknight should taste like. Your favorite fluffy pasta rests in a creamy tomato sauce. To ensure you're filled to the brim and ready for a good night's sleep, crumbled seasoned ground beef gets tucked in throughout the sauce. Baked and ready to ease and eat your worries away in less than 45 minutes, Amish Country Casserole is the suppertime solution for a peaceful evening!

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14. Creamy Chicken Casserole

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What makes a recipe a classic? Creamy Chicken Casserole has a good answer: hearty, juicy chicken saturated in a creamy, savory sauce. Take a bite and you'll see just how good of an answer that is! Creamy Chicken Casserole is rich, flavorful, tender, and perfect for wrapping up long days and warming up cold nights!

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15. Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

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Why rush out for disappointing fast food when you can take it slow and enjoy the best version of the same meal? Slow Cooker Orange Chicken practically cooks itself, so you still have that don't-need-to-worry feeling that fast food provides without having to leave the house. Its savory chicken is coated in the same sweet and tangy citrus glaze that gets everyone excited. Slow Cooker Orange Chicken satisfies cravings with its beautiful balance of flavors and its surprising simplicity.

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16. Taco Puffs

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Taco Puffs takes everything that you love about tacos and packages them for even easier sharing! With flaky, buttery puff pastry taking the place of the taco shell, these apps are filled with juicy taco meat and spicy chiles for a wonderful kick! Taco Puffs are cheesy, savory, and speedy, taking less than half an hour to make! Once you serve these up at your next dinner party, your guests will be asking for the recipe.

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We feel confident something on that list tickled your taste buds. Happy cooking!

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