, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Quick Dinner Ideas

Happy Monday! Oh, I am so ready for Spring! We can finally see the ground this week after all the piles of snow, but I’m not holding my breath, since we’ve been known to get snow in May at times…:P
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 HomemakingChicken Noodle Casserole with your favorite vegetable
Grocery list:  Chicken breasts, cream of chicken soup, spaghetti, breadcrumbs and milk

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingGrilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich and fruit salad or orange juice
Grocery list: Favorite bread and cheese, bacon, eggs and fruit

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking*This is amazing, and I’ve used the sauce for chicken too!

Korean Beef with rice and broccoli or string beans
Grocery list: Ground beef, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, red peppers, green onions, rice and broccoli

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingCashew Sesame Noodles–goes great with broccoli
Grocery list: Spaghetti noodles, cashews, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, Asian sesame oil and red pepper flakes

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingQuiche with Hashbrown Crust
Grocery list:  Hashbrowns, eggs, half and half, bacon, onion and Cheddar cheese

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingMini Cheeseburger Pies
Grocery list:  Ground beef, onion, Worcestershire sauce, Cheddar cheese, Bisquick, eggs and pickles

Hope you have a great week!



  1. Who doesn’t love a quick meal? We eat quiche a couple times a month – we just love it. I am going to try your Hash Brown crust quiche! Sounds great. Found you from Orgjunkie!

  2. I love a quick meal and anything I can throw together in the crockpot! Tonight we are having coney islands with a killer recipe for turkey chili topping. That quiche looks great – people here love breakfast for dinner!

  3. Thank you sooo much for these wonderful ideas: I made copies of every recipe you suggested. It all looks luscious and easy. I’m looking forward to some yummy meals! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  4. Hi Margo – You’re on the same page as I am. I like quick , simple and ingredients that I have on hand for meals. Now that I have been retired for five years — I just don’t have the time or the craving to stand and cook for hours. I’ve been married for 50 years this year and have cooked for a few of those years. I’ll be checking in on your site from now on. Gods Blessings Anna

  5. Well, in my area I can’t see snow even in January, so spring has arrived at least two months ago.
    I like the idea with the grilled cheese breakfast sandwich, I think my family will eat this in the morning.

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