Quick Dinner Ideas

I had a “feeling OLD” moment this week, when I was getting an eye exam, and the doctor had to lift my eye lid up out of the way to see my eye better!   Oh well, if that’s the least of my worries, I don’t have it too bad…

If you need some inspiration for feeding your crew, here’s some ideas for this new week:

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

Asian Chicken Salad
Grocery list:  Cooked cubed chicken, lettuce, coleslaw mix, tortilla strips, sliced almonds and your favorite Asian dressing

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Tuna pot pie
Grocery list: Tuna, biscuits or pie crust, cream of chicken soup, peas and carrots

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingBeef and Spinach Pasta
Grocery list: Ground beef, pasta, spinach, garlic, tomato puree, beef broth, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce and mozzarella cheese

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Chicken salad sandwiches, red pepper strips and mandarin oranges
Grocery list: Bread or buns, chicken, mayonnaise OR ranch dressing, pickles, red peppers and fruit

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingBanana Bread, eggs and fruit

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Ham and cheese sliders and raw veggies
Grocery list:  Dinner rolls, ham, Swiss cheese, mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce and veggies

The dessert for the week is a healthier option:

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful Homemaking

Fresh fruit Strawberry Banana “Ice-Cream”

 Hope you have a great week!

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