(Closed) Easy weeknight dinner ideas?

posted 10 years ago in Cooking
Post # 33
7691 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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@SoontobeMrsA: You can do it in a skillet with a little lemon and some fresh herbs and spices or you can bake it as well – I love salmon!!!

Post # 34
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

love this thred!

Post # 35
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

my favorite weeknight dinner is sloppy joes! they are quick and simple.

Post # 36
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@SoontobeMrsA:  Super easy salmon recipe- spread dijon mustard on uncooked salmon, sprinkle with breadcrumbs, bake for 25-30 minutes at 350! 

I also sometimes just put choppied garlic, salt and peper on the salmon, bake at 350 for 25-30 mins and serve with dill sauce- 1/2 cup of light sour cream, 1/2 cup light mayonaise, juice of 1/2 lemon, fresh dill chopped (maybe 1 tablespoon), salt and pepper- mix together and put in fridge for about 30 minutes!

Post # 38
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I have a few standbys
Under 5 minutes (excluding boiling time)
Tortellini mixed with pesto
Just boil the pasta and stir in pesto after you drain the pasta (same pot)
If you have any cooked meat add that in or throw in grated cheese or baby spinach or diced tomatoes and heat through (you might have to add some olive oil to keep it from sticking to the pot.

Baked rice or pasta (go Italian or Mexican)
Cook ground meat (beef/turkey/whatever) in a pan with some seasonings – salt/pepper/whatever you like!  I usually saute onions in the same pan
Prepare rice or pasta – again – whichever but I usually do rice with ‘mexican’ ingredients and pasta with ‘italian’
Then layer the pasta/rice with meat and either pasta sauce or salsa and any vegetables you like (preferably something that isn’t rock-hard-raw because you’ll only be warming it up) and add cheese to the layers and on top.
Throw it in the oven at 350 for 15-20 mins til it heats through and the cheese melts.  Very quick and yummy.

Fajitas are another good standby and so are cheese quesadillas – I make those in about 4 minutes flat!

Thin steaks are easy to do quickly and you can have whatever on the side.  If you plan ahead (just that morning) it’s great to marinate them during the day and they’re ready for after work.

And another one I’ve had a craving for is my version of shrimp scampi – saute garlic and onion in a pan in olive oil until translucent, throw in shrimp (if raw, cook through, if cooked just heat through so they don’t get tough).  Add a bit more olive oil plus red pepper flakes and any other seasoning you think would be good.  Boil pasta in the meantime and after draining toss with the shrimp/olive oil/seasoning.  If you’re feeling indulgent throw in a couple pats of butter then grate parmesan cheese on top and a squeeze of lemon too.  ta dah!

Now I’m hungry!

Post # 39
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

One of my favorites is low fat chicken taco salad- so yummy!

Cut up chicken breast into bite size pieces (or put in the crock pot with some water, garlic and S&P for super tender shredded chicken) and cook until done.  In the mean time cut up veggies.  I use the following:

Iceberg lettuce , tomatoes, red onion, black beans, corn, shredded cheese and avacado.

Layer your salad on the plate and serve with sour cream and salsa.  (the sour cream and salsa take the place of salad dressing!)

My mouth is watering for some right now!

Post # 40
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Lolasmomma – that sounds faboo!  I’ll have to copy you! Wink

Post # 41
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Pork chops in the crock pot!  Cover the bottom of the pot with barbeque sauce and then layer the pork chops with barbeque sauce.  Cook on high for 4 hours.  Sooooo tender and yummy!

Post # 42
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am SO lucky that my husband is the one who cooks dinner during the week.  Here’s some idea of what he usually makes:


Chicken and rice or burger and rice

Salmon and broccoli

Spaghetti with meat sauce or meatballs, salad and garlic bread

Tacos or enchiladas

Fish and mac and cheese


Pork chops and mashed potatoes or brussel sprouts

Whole chicken roasted with onions/lemons (engagement chicken!!!!)

We also have a ‘date night’ every Tues night where we go eat dollar-by-the-slice pizza and drink beer.  LOL!


Post # 43
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

One of the easiest and tastiest things I have made is chicken tetrazzini. It’s fast and really easy to customize to your likings.

1 pound spaghetti, cooked and drained

4 or 5 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed

2 (10.75 oz) cans cream of chicken or mushroom soup

2 1/4 cups water

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

garlic powder, to taste


Put the cooked spaghetti in a 9×13 pan. Place the cubed chicken on top of the spaghetti.

In a saucepan, heat the soup, water, and butter to a boil.

Pour the soup mixture over the chicken and spaghetti. Sprinkle with cheese and garlic powder (if desired).

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.


Post # 45
6065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Since so many other ladies posted a bunch of recipes, I’d like to suggest you check out Ina Garten recipes. She is amazing at quick, tasty and refined meals all in one- I defer to her when I don’t have much time.

Post # 46
1504 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I can’t wait to try some of these!

Here’s a simple chicken recipe that I like to make if we’re getting into a flavor rut:Take boneless, skinless chicken breast, brush with a little melted butter then coat in a mixture of 2 parts shredded coconut and 1 part unseasoned breadcrumbs. Cook in a 375 degree oven for about 45 minutes, and enjoy! It takes all of 3 seconds to prepare and it’s really good!

Then when I’m looking to impress I make these pork chops:Use boneless thin cut pork chops. Dip in flour, egg wash then bread crumbs. Pan fry in just enough EVOO to coat your pan. As they’re cooking, mix a quick salad of chopped iceburg lettuce, walnuts, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Pile salad on top of the warm pork chops and top with goat cheese. I ate it in a restaurant and couldn’t help making it at home the next weekend.

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