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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:

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BBQ Chicken Salad
Grocery list: Mixed greens, hardboiled eggs, barbequed chicken, tomatoes, avocados, cheese and your choice of dressing

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Baked French Toast with Caramel Glaze
Grocery list:  Italian bread, eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, butter, brown sugar, pecans and powdered sugar

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Tuna Cornbread Cakes
Grocery list:  Cornbread mix, milk, mayonnaise,  onions, eggs, parsley, Old Bay seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, tuna and oil

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Pumpkin Pancakes
Grocery list:  Milk, pumpkin, egg, oil, vinegar, flour, vanilla, sugar and pumpkin spice

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Cabbage Roll Casserole
Grocery list:  Cabbage, ground beef, Italian dressing, onion, instant rice, tomato soup and pasta sauce

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Easy Cheeseburger Quesadillas
Grocery list:  Tortillas, ground beef, Cheddar cheese, steak seasoning, onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles and mustard

Make sure you check out my post from last week on planning a graduation open house party!

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Hope you have a great week!

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