(Closed) Share your go-to dinner recipes!

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 32
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ohh and I forgot about my most favorite pinterest recipe. Veggie & couscous stuffed bell peppers, so delicious. It has mushrooms, couscous, chickpeas, onion, bell pepper chunks and feta cheese.. SO YUMMY! I can post the link later, my work computer won’t let me access pinterest.

Have you checked on pinterest? I always seem to get inspired for meals from there and they may lead you to some helpful cooking blogs.

Post # 35
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

We have a ton of go tos, as like many of you, we work full time and have long commutes.

A few have been suggested– we do tacos or taco salads quite frequently. They’re quick and so, so yummy.

Also, I make manicotti just by mixing tofu, spinach and soy cheese in a food processor and then squeeze it into uncooked manicotti noodles. Top it with boiling sauce and throw it in the over for 45 minutes or so. It takes time to bake, but by not precooking the pasta, it’s less work for me! (Obviously you can use Ricotta, but I’m vegan)

Trader Joe’s is my friend… Spaghetti with meatless balls is a fave in my house.

Ooh!  Burrito pie– take 6 inch flour tortillas (4 or 5, depending how hungry you are) and make a layer of beans (black or refried) and cheese, then a layer of beans and salsa, then beans, cheese and salsa (and olives if you like ’em). Place a tortilla on top and spread some cheese on that one too. I make 2 “pies” on for each of us, and we typically have lunch for the next day or too. Bake it for about 15 minutes, and dinner is so yummy!

This one may sound too healthy, but it’s super good. Take about 3 cups cooked brown rice (I always make a bunch of rice the cooker and use it throughout the week), and add to it half a block of silken tofu that’s been blended with salt, pepper, garlic and Italian seasoning, and add defrosted, drained spinach and a can of corn… mix it all together and then bake for about 20 minutes. Yummy casserole to go with a side salad.

…I cook a lot. Soups are great, too. I just made a spinach tofu soup with vegetable stock, half a can of corn and some soy sauce and sesame oil– childhood favorite!

Post # 36
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I love the Real Simple “Dinner Tonight: Done” cookbooks/magazines.  Most of the recipes actually are simple (short list of ingredients and not a lot of steps) and easy to prepare on weeknights.

Post # 37
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I dont really have a “go to” meal that I make often, complicated or easy. Its always different for the most part. 

The other night when for a quick dinner I made Thai Chili pork chops, roasted portabello with balsamic and roasted blue cheese tomatoes. It took about 25 minutes max.

I tossed some portabello mushrooms with balsamic drizzled on it (I always make some and keep it in the fridge) and roasted in the oven at 400.

Meamwhile in a hot cast iron I tossed in pork chops. Right before they were done I brused on a That Hot & Sweet jarred chili sauce.

I then turned the oven to broil and in a pan blaced some roma tomatoes cut in half with a sprinkle of blue cheese. When tomatoes started to soften I took them and the mushrooms out.

Then served and ate! 

Post # 38
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Before I link to my go to meals I wanted to tell you that I struggled with the same thing for a very long time. I hated having processed food or pre-made food or ordering out. I wanted to cook like an adult! What I did was I made a board on Pinterest of meals that looked really delicious and then I compiled all the ones I thought I would actually try into a list on my blog. I started trying more and more of the recipes and was able to find recipes that were really easy to make, not that expensive and very delicious. While I’m not perfect (I don’t meal plan…yet) I’ve gotten much better at just throwing something together or figuring out what I have in my cabinet and trying to find a recipe that includes ingredients I already have. I’ve started to enjoy cooking more because of this and think that you could too! 

Coconut shrimp or chicken

Black bean enchiladas (you can easily do your own spin on these & theyre fairly cheap) 

Grown up fishsticks (again, you could make cauliflower or corn as a side instead or do a different type of fish)

Cucumber tomato onion salad (this is a favorite!)

Zesty shrimp salad

Carrot & Zucchini burgers (so tasty and easy to make!)

Tuna burgers 

As for sides, roasted vegetables are very easy. Throwing together a quick salad with just a few different vegetables is always a good option too. 

I regularly make avocado/onion/lettuce sandwiches if I just want something quick. 


Good luck on your new cooking adventures 🙂

Post # 40
1561 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999


We both work until 6:30-7 each night but I like to cook, so I mostly try to do things that take less than 30 mins.  

– H loves skinnytaste asian glazed drumsticks but i make them it with boneless skinless thighs

– pork tenderloin marinated in soy,OJ, garlic, ginger and whatever else i feel like throwing in, served with bok choy or asparagus

– chili lime salmon (just lime juice, little olive oil, chili powder and whatever other spices you like) served with a salsa of corn, black beans, red onion, cilantro, avocado and lime

– skinnytaste’s shrimp with cannelini beans and spinach 

– pizza on the grill

– in the summer when I can get nice fresh clams we will do a linguine with clam sauce

– stir fry, always a great great go-to

– fish tacos with mahi and a slaw for the topping – cabbage, red onion, cilantro, lime, little bit of greek yogurt (or sour cream), and vinegar… serve with tortillas and other toppings of your choice

– taco bar (H is a taco fiend): chicken and all the fixings.. if you are conscious of the tortillas, make a taco salad

– flank steak or hanger steak – so quick and delicious on top of salad



Post # 41
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I keep sides simple: veggies of all sort-grilled/oven roasted/boiled/steamed. Cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, corn, carrots, green beans, Le Seur peas with a bit of cream of mushroom soup.

This: http://southernfood.about.com/od/sidedishcasseroles/r/bl90911d.htm. I used to use jalapeno cheez whiz, but it’s been discontinued, so I add a bit of jalapeno juice.

This is good: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/corn-casserole-i/detail.aspx

Stuffed peppers (I use orange/yellow/red peppers)

This rice is my favorite:http://www.unclebens.com/Product/Detail?p_id=88

My go to dinners are:


This chicken:


Pork chops rubbed with a mixture of this and worcestershire sauce:http://www.mccormick.com/Products/GrillMates/Dry-Rubs/Grill-Mates-Sweet-and-Smoky-Rub.aspx

I use this on chicken thighs and grill or bake them:http://www.tabasco.com/tabasco-recipes/recipe/3897/chili-rojo-wings/

I make spaghetti using Classico sauce. I saute peppers, onions, and garlic, add a can  of of chunky tomatoes, a small can of whole mushrooms, and a small can of pieces and stems. I mix everything together, sprinkle cheese on top and bake.

Shrimp Scampi-it can be made creamy just by adding a bit of heavy cream. I add fresh parsley and a diced tomato.

This recipe works really well on Korean ribs and pork chops. http://www.hiddenvalley.com/recipe/view/121/Original-Ranch-Pork-Chops/

When it’s hot and I don’t want to cook, I grill a flank steak and make a salad with it.

Arroz con pollo

This (because I’m from Louisiana):

Post # 44
5474 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@hisgoosiegirl:  oh HAI!  I’m glad you started this thread.  I can take home some of these delish sounding recipes for Mr. Dane to try… cuz we all know I’m not cooking 😛

Post # 45
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Here are some of my favorite recipes right now, not all of them are for dinner though. Most come from Allrecipes.com

Indiana Style Corn Dogs are delicious but messy and really not healthy at all!

I use this recipe for Calzone Dough and then fill it with pesto sauce, chopped onions and green peppers, chunks of ham or browned sausage, parmesean cheese, and some Italian seasoning. But you can put whatever you want on the inside. Serve with some tomato sauce.

Our favorite cabbage recipe right now. I didn’t think I really liked cabbage until I made this. It’s sooooo good. But you don’t really need all that butter.

the best cole slaw I’ve ever made.

Super easy homemade yogurt with homemade granola.

Brown sugar meatloaf is also easy and delicious. If you are like my husband and don’t like “sweet meat”, then just sprinkle enough brown sugar in the pan to coat the bottom.

Sloppy Joes that aren’t too sweet.

Refried beans can be made for tacos or something Mexican. Or you can add a little more water to the recipe to make bean sauce that can be eaten with white rice. This is a very favorite recipe right now!! I make it with fresh beans, so it doesn’t take as long to cook. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you just have to boil them until mushy.


Post # 46
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have a few ‘go to’ meals, I have taught Fiance to cook these sorts of meals over the years and now he cooks healthily without my prompting which is great.


Spicy Thai Beef Salad w/ Shirataki Noodles (much lower carbs)

Mango Slaw w/ Spicy BBQ Squid

Taco Salad made with Chicken Mince and home made taco seasoning (lower sodium & fat) 

Marinated Pork Skewers with greek salad and Tzaziki 


All really healthy and delicious! It’s MUCH easier avoiding heavy and rich foods in summer!

I should add a recipe that is just fabulous! Home made Taco Seasoning, it’s so much healthier than the packet stuff, way cheaper and genuinely tastes better, I swear!!

Home Made Taco Spice Recipe!!

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


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