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

Corn Chip Chili Bowl
Grocery list:  Canned chili, corn chips, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and Cheddar cheese

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingGrilled Cheese in the oven with raw vegetables
Grocery list: Bread, cheese, butter and raw vegetables

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingLemon poppy seed pancakes with fruit salad
Grocery list: Pancake ingredients, poppy seeds, lemon, lemon juice, syrup and various fruits

Sundried Tomato Mayo, Bacon and Egg Sandwich
Grocery list: Bread, eggs, bacon, tomatoes, mayonnaise, sundried tomato pesto and spinach

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingHummus soup and breadsticks
Grocery list:  Chickpeas, chicken broth, spices, Greek yogurt, tahini, lemon juice, red pepper and breadsticks

, Quick Dinner Ideas, Joyful HomemakingSuper Easy Crockpot White Chicken Chili
Grocery list:  Great northern beans, salsa, cooked chicken breast and Cheddar cheese

Have a great week!


  1. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes. The hummus soup is one I’ve bookmarked for later. ( I’m away from home, so I’ll print the recipe later.) I found you at Met Monday – can’t believe I haven’t run across you before in blogland. I’ll be following by facebook, pinterest, twitter, and G+. It seems we have a few things in common, and I look forward to bumping into you now that I’ve discovered your lovely blog. Blessings!

  2. I’ve pinned your Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes and Grilled Cheese in the Oven (brilliant idea, by the way!). I hopped over from Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie. Have a great day!

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