Quick Dinner Ideas

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

Sometimes we get in a rut for breakfast and lunch, so here’s some ideas to get you started:

Breakfast Ideas:
(Any combination of the following)
French toast
Egg whites and spinach (hubby’s choice)
English muffins
Baked oatmeal
Breakfast cookies
Cinnamon rolls
Pumpkin pancakes
Baked eggs and cheese casserole
Toasted peanut butter & banana sandwich
Coconut Quinoa Granola

Lunch Ideas:
(We like to add fruit and/or carrots to any of these “entrees”)
Pasta  (my kids love it)
Macaroni and cheese
Vegetarian corn dogs
Vegetarian hamburgers
Hot dogs (We like Hebrew National)
Chicken, turkey or ham sandwiches
Graham crackers and milk
English muffins
Peanut butter and fluff sandwiches
Whole wheat toast
Yogurt or cheese sticks, crackers

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

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Penne, tomato and mozzarella salad
Grocery list:  Penne, olive oil, green onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, basil and olives (optional)

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingStrawberry Banana French Toast
Grocery list:  French bread, eggs, milk, vanilla, frozen strawberries, bananas, sugar, apple pie spice and cinnamon sugar

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Garlic Chicken & Vegetable Feta Cheese Pizza
Grocery list:  Pizza crust ingredients, garlic, butter, spinach, cooked chicken breast, broccoli, tomato, feta cheese and Mozzarella cheese

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking
Grilled steak and fixings


, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Baked Chicken Chimichangas (These are so good!)
Grocery list:  Cooked chicken, olive oil, onion,  garlic, green chilies, salsa, cilantro, tortillas, refried beans, sour cream, tomatoes and guacamole

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas
Grocery list:  Ground turkey, breadcrumbs, onion, eggs, ketchup, parsley, mustard, sage, potatoes and peas

Hope you have a great week!


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