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

Taco pie and salad
Grocery list: Pie crust, ground beef, taco seasoning, olives, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, corn chips and salad ingredients

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking
Pinto beans
, cornbread and salad
Grocery list: Pinto beans, bacon (optional), pinto bean seasoning (optional), cornbread ingredients, salad ingredients, onion

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking
Pepperoni and cheese stromboli
and raw veggies
Grocery list: Dough ingredients, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and raw veggies

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Pasta salad with balsamic vinaigrette and artichokes
Grocery list: Rotini pasta, fresh spinach, fresh basil, grape tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and lemon

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking
Biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs and fruit salad
Grocery list:  Biscuits, sausage, milk, flour, eggs and fruit


, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking
Grocery list:  Chicken, tortillas, rice, lettuce, tomatoes, taco seasoning, black beans, ranch dressing, taco sauce and sour cream

Have a great week!


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