DealDash Easy Dinners That Look Homemade

Everyone is busy these days, especially if you have a job outside of the home. Who has time to make fancy dinners on a worknight?

In the bustling life of a busy professional, finding the time to cook can be as challenging as meeting those tight deadlines at work. But, fear not, because I’ve got your back with some scrumptious dinner ideas that are quick, easy, and give off that impressive “made from scratch” vibe. Whether you’re aiming to impress a date, pacify a family of picky eaters, or simply treat yourself to a delightful meal without spending hours in the kitchen, these recipes are your golden tickets. Check out these recipes, then give them a try and let DealDash know how it turned out.

Semi – Homemade Pesto Pasta


  • Your favorite brand of fresh pasta (from the refrigerated section)
  • A jar of high-quality pesto sauce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente.
  2. While the pasta cooks, halve the cherry tomatoes and set them aside.
  3. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Stir in the pesto sauce until the pasta is well-coated.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes and give everything a gentle toss.
  5. Serve with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan and a few basil leaves for that gourmet touch.

This dish is a testament to how high-quality store-bought ingredients can be transformed into a dinner that looks and tastes homemade.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese with a Twist


  • Artisanal bread (think sourdough or ciabatta)
  • A mix of cheeses (Gruyère, sharp cheddar, or mozzarella are great choices)
  • Deli ham or turkey (optional)
  • Tomato slices
  • Butter
  • A dash of garlic powder


  1. Butter the outside of each bread slice and sprinkle a tiny bit of garlic powder on the buttered sides for an extra flavor kick.
  2. Layer your cheese, optional deli meat, and tomato slices between the bread.
  3. Cook on a skillet over medium heat until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted, flipping once.
  4. Cut diagonally and serve with a side of sweet potato fries or a simple salad for a complete meal.

Elevating the classic grilled cheese with gourmet ingredients and a simple twist makes it an instant, sophisticated dinner option.

Rotisserie Chicken Tacos


  • Store-bought rotisserie chicken
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Avocado slices
  • Fresh salsa
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt


  1. Shred the chicken and warm it up, if desired.
  2. Warm the tortillas on a skillet or in the microwave.
  3. Assemble the tacos by placing chicken, avocado slices, and a spoonful of salsa on each tortilla.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and a squeeze of lime.
  5. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt on the side.

Rotisserie chicken is a versatile ingredient that can be the star of numerous quick and easy homemade-looking dinners. Check out this article from Southern Living with 56 recipes you can make with a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

DealDash Helps You Make it Homemade

Do any of these homemade dinners sound good to you? If so, it’s time to check your kitchen and see if you have all of the small appliances, utensils, and serving items that you need to make these yummy creations. Know what would make any meal seem homemade? Fresh homemade bread! It’s a breeze to make bread at home with a bread maker. You can get one on DealDash in the Kitchen and Dining category, along with other items like serving pans, chef knives, and more.

Thanks for Reading

After a long day at work, the last thing you want is to be slaving away in the kitchen. These easy yet seemingly homemade dinner ideas are perfect for busy professionals looking to enjoy a delicious, comforting meal without the fuss. They prove that with a few simple ingredients and a dash of creativity, you can whip up a dinner that’s both satisfying and impressive. DealDash can make this easier for you, so be sure to get your new kitchen items such as a breadmaker from the Kitchen and Dining Category. So, go ahead, give these recipes a try, and watch as they become your go-to options for those hectic weeknights. Thanks so much for reading, and happy bidding everyone!

This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. Check out Dawn and her cats on Instagram! This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.