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5 Dinner & Dessert Pairings Easy Enough for Busy Weeknights

Created January 10, 2017
These perfect pairings make it easy to get a special dinner and dessert on the table for your family, even on the most hectic of days!
one pot pasta bolognese + one bowl caramelized banana bread bundt cake

1.  One-Pot Pasta Bolognese + One-Bowl Caramelized Banana Bread Bundt Cake

Say goodbye to a sink-full of dirty dishes with this genius meal that pairs a one-pot pasta recipe with a one-bowl cake. Start with a simple spin on traditional Bolognese that’s made with pantry ingredients, and follow with an impressive (but easy!) Bundt cake inspired by one of Betty’s fan-favorite banana breads.

impossibly easy bake + skillet cookie pizza

2.  Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake + Skillet Cookie Pizza

Pizza for dinner and dessert? Don’t mind if we do! Mix the flavors of traditional pepperoni pizza in a 13 x 9-inch pan for cozy, bubbly, saucy goodness, and follow it up with a giant chocolate chip skillet cookie that’s oven-ready in next to no time. (Time this meal to perfection with our easy how-to guide, found here!)

easy oven baked chicken fajitas + cinnamon fried ice cream

3.  Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Fajitas + Cinnamon Fried Ice Cream

Get a Mexican-inspired meal on the table, minus the hassle, with this simple dinner and dessert combo. Baking your fajita filling in the oven makes prep and assembly easy, while our cinnamon fried ice cream recipe only calls for two ingredients.

ultimate chicken fingers + brownie sundaes

4.  Ultimate Chicken Fingers + Brownie Sundaes

This ultimate kid-approved combo will have your little ones asking for seconds (and thirds!). Who could resist a dinner of chicken fingers finished with super-fun, DIY brownie sundaes for dessert? (We’ve timed everything out, so you don’t have to, in an easy how-to guide, found here.)

slow cooker barbecue beef sandwiches + no bake chex cereal treats

5.  Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches + No-Bake Chex Cereal Treat Bars

Stay cool with this dinner-dessert pairing that won’t heat up the house. Tender cuts of beef simmer in the slow-cooker all day long for help-yourself-it’s-that-easy barbecue sandwiches, and our customizable no-bake Chex marshmallow treat bars are ready in less than 20 minutes.