Originally Posted by Ellien C
Would you mind posting your list, or some of it? I know there is a meal planning thread and forum, but I could really use some "weeknight" dinner ideas from another WOHM.
Sure! I don't cook anything very exciting during the week, I'm afraid...but then I guess that's what keeps these meals all simple and easy. Also, we do use more convenience food than I would prefer to, but for our budget and my sanity's sake, I deal with it for now -- the dream is to incorporate more organic, homemade stuff as DS gets older.
Weeknight Meal Ideas:
1. Spaghetti with simple sauce (heat tomato sauce + dried minced garlic or garlic powder + oregano). We love to add ready-to-eat meatballs (from the freezer section at the grocery store), though they can be a little pricey at times.
***Add a quick green salad, and/or garlic-cheese bread (this recipe
, with garlic and no olives, though the olive version is great, too). The bread can also be frozen w/the topping uncooked.
2. Alfredo pasta with or without meatballs (alfredo sauce recipe here
...it's really VERY simple)
3. Chili or taco soup (for taco soup: cooked grd. beef or turkey + 2 can pinto beans + about 1 cup frozen corn + taco seasoning + dry ranch dressing mix + 1 can diced tomatoes + 1 can water...mix all and simmer about 20 min.) Chicken would be good too (white chili, yum!), or leave the meat out.
4. Make use of rotisserie chicken (or keep shredded, cooked chicken on hand in the freezer). Two great recipes that use shredded chicken: Chicken Tamale Casserole
and Chicken Spaghetti
5. Red beans and rice (there's a great recipe here
but many times, I just cook brown rice according to package directions, then in another pot, mix canned beans + diced tomatoes + Creole seasoning to taste...maybe a tsp. or so?...then serve the beans over the rice. Maybe add a couple sides like a salad and green beans or corn on the cob.
6. Breakfast for supper (omelets, pancakes...whatever we're in the mood for)
7. Sloppy joes and baked potato wedges
8. Baked turkey burgers and veggies
9. Quick macaroni and cheese (cook elbow macaroni according to package, drain. Throw in some shredded cheddar cheese, a little sour cream for creaminess, and maybe even a little butter...sorry, I never measure any of this!). Add a couple veggies on the side.
10. Crockpot!!! We love a roast with potatoes and carrots...very quick and easy to throw together in the morning before work, or the night before. Also, this recipe
for Brown Sugar Pork Loin is delicious. Add a couple veggies and a salad, and you're done.
11. "Tapas" night (i.e., an array of leftovers from the past 2-3 nights
12. Quick baked pork chops (season pork chops with Worcestershire sauce + a little steak seasoning and bake at 350 degrees until done...maybe about 20-25 min. if they're thin?) with your choice of veggies
13. Parmesan Chicken
with your choice of veggies
14. Easy Beef Enchiladas (cook grd. beef, add taco seasoning...roll beef up in flour tortillas...top with enchilada sauce and cheese...bake until cheese is melted). Serve with mexican rice.
Hmmm...we seem to eat more pasta that I thought. Oh, well, it's filling! We eat a lot of meat because of DH, but you could leave the meat out for a lot of these meals. I try to keep a lot of pre-cooked "ground beef-plus" (plus taco seasoning or plus spaghetti sauce) on hand in the freezer since it can used as a base for so many meals.
Also, I can't *wait* to get our garden started this year...that means lots of fresh veggie suppers or pasta + whatever is in season. Yum! I tend to add to use fresh fruit as a side a lot, too, especially for DS...grapes, diced pears, clementines, and apples (or a mix) are all favorites.
Hope this helps a little!