Quick Dinner Ideas

Happy Monday! Here’s this week’s edition of “Quick Dinner Ideas.”

To me, “quick” dinner ideas doesn’t necessarily mean a meal you can throw together in five minutes. To me, the quick part comes before dinner time by:

  • having a plan for this week’s dinners
  • having the ingredients on hand–(a.k.a. a trip to the grocery)

That is the biggest hurdle to jump in having a quick dinner. Once you do that, for the most part you are set!

For those nights however, that you literally may have minutes to spare, plan a few super simple dinner ideas:

  • light all beef kosher hot dogs (nitrate free if you can find them)
  • pasta
  • scrambled eggs
  • frozen veggie burgers
  • burritos with whatever fillings I have on hand
  • frozen chicken, veggie and pasta “dinner in a bag” from the freezer section of the grocery
  • a crockpot meal that you started in the morning and is ready at dinner time
  • keep raw veggies and fruits on hand to add to a less than ideal dinner

Check out my post 10 Ways to Make “Making Dinner” Easier.

To help with menu planning and grocery shopping, be sure to check out my free printables:
Dinner Planner and Grocery List Printable
Weekly Meal Planner
Printable Grocery List

Okie doke, on to this week’s quick dinner ideas:

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Southwestern steak salad
Grocery list: Mixed greens or romaine lettuce, tomatoes or salsa, grilled steak, and any or all of the following: cucumbers, corn, black beans, avocado and dressing of your choice

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Grocery list: Taco shells, ground beef, taco seasoning, re-fried beans, tomato sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheddar cheese

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingBLT sandwiches (bacon, lettuce and tomato), cheese crackers and fruit
Grocery list: Bread, mayonnaise, bacon, lettuce, tomato, crackers and fruit

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingQuiche and Banana bread
Grocery list: Pie crust, eggs, broccoli, cheddar cheese, bacon or ham (or just veggies), white and whole wheat flour, sugar and bananas

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingTurkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas
Grocery list: ground turkey, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, potatoes, peas

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingTuna Cornbread Cakes and vegetable soup
Grocery list: Cornbread, tuna, green onions, mayonnaise, parsley, Old Bay seasoning, vegetable soup

Hope you have a great week!
Blessings, Margo


  1. That Southwestern steak salad looks very good. I’m going to give a go. For some reason right now I have a thing for salads. 🙂

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