What are some easy dinner ideas?

One of my family's resolutions is to have dinner together every night, with a special dinner on Sundays. My problem is that I don't have a lot of ideas for dinner. I don't want to have spaghetti or tacos every other night. Can you share some easy dinner ideas and recipes? tia :)


Asked by jen_mamax3 at 8:21 PM on Jan. 5, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • One of my boys' favorites is Tater Tot casserole. Not the "healthiest" meal but it is yummy.
    1 lb. Ground beef or turkey
    32 oz. tater tots (thawed. Ore Ida crunchy is the best)
    1 can cream of mushroom
    1 can cream of celery
    1 can milk
    1-2 cups of cheese
    6 oz. French's fried onions
    Spray 9x13 " pan with Pam.
    Cook turkey. Line bottom of pan with tater tots. Combine cheese, soups, turkey, and milk in a bowl. Pour over tater tots. Bake at 350 for 30-45 min. Add onions and bake 5 min. longer.

    Another easy one is Beef-Vegetable soup.
    1 lb. ground beef
    1 14 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
    2 c. beef broth 1 10 oz. pkg. frozen mixed vegetables
    1 pkg. Lipton's dried onion soup mix.

    Cook beef then add the rest of the ingredients.

    Answer by femomof3 at 11:23 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • One of my favorites, and very good.
    Easy Hamburger Casserole

    1 lb extra lean ground beef (or brown ground beef or turkey and drain fat)
    1 small chopped onion
    ½ tsp salt
    ½ tsp pepper
    1 pkg (16 oz) frozen mixed vegetables
    1 can cheese soup
    1 (16oz) pkg tater tots

    Heat oven to 375°. Mix beef, onion, salt, and pepper in ungreased 2 qt casserole. Arrange vegetables on meat. Pour soup over, cover with tater tots. Bake uncovered 1 hour or until potatoes are golden brown.

    Answer by Bmat at 8:24 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • Boil any type of pasta, steam some broccoli, chop up some cooked chicken and throw it all in a large baking dish. Add Velvetta and some milk and bake until cheese is melted and it is cheesy enough for your family!

    Answer by Justice828 at 8:27 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • Pork Chops Parmigana...just made this tonight So yummy!!!

    Dreadge the chops in flour, then in bread crumbs. Flash fry them in a pan with a bit of oil to brown them. Put them in a baking pan, cover with tomato sauce, mozerella and parm cheese. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about half an hour.

    Answer by desert_diva at 9:21 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • Crock pot orange chicken: some chicken (boneless or bone-in, doesn't matter, but no skin), a bottle of orange soda (you need about 12-16 oz for 2 lbs of chicken) a few shots of low sodium soy sauce and a few scoops of orange juice concentrate if you like it more orangy. Put it in the crock pot on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 6 hours. I add broccoli about 45 minutes to an hour before I plan to serve it. Serve it over rice. We have actually found that this is at it's best 3 days after you make it! We mix the rice in and it soaks up all the sauce.

    I have TONS more so feel free to PM me with what you guys like and I'll gladly share some of my recipes.

    Answer by jms124 at 9:36 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • Left over meal.
    I cut up any veggies we have in the fridge the night before shopping day. Onions, carotts, peppers, mushrooms and fill with frozen corn and/or peas and potaotes.
    Put all in a large pot with some veggie broth.
    Cook either beef, ground or cubed or chicken and add to pot. Once it boils add some gravy thinckner.
    I make a shepherd's pie like the one above with some variations.

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 8:28 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • need a pressure cooker. this is fun and easy to do while carrying on conversation with family or guests. add 1/4c oovo to pan add chicken pieces that u wish,add 1/2c. of white wine or broth salt pepper and season to your choice,and bring to 15lbs pressure for 15mins then cooloff under water add carrots,potatoes any root veg cook at pressure for 10 mins,cool off again add onions and other quick cooking vegs,bring back to pressure for 8mins cool off,add tomatoes if desired bring back to pressure for 4mins,cooloff its ready.total time is about 60 mins,with the cooling off and bringingt back to 15 lbs pressure each time.this is my wifes and i favorite recipe while entertaining ar just talking among ourselves. we keep it low fat by skinning the chicken,this same idea can be used with lean beef roast,lamb roast or pork roast.so here four ideas with common ingredient's.


    Answer by chefdick at 12:34 PM on Jan. 6, 2009

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  • I just read that my recipes were similar to pp. Sorry! I guess our family's have similar taste in food. :-)

    Answer by femomof3 at 11:30 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • my mother in-law uses 1lb cooked groundbeef.5 or 6 boiled potatoes,and 1 4to6oz can tomatoe sauce or pato sauce,mix it 2gether.its sooo yummy.plus with tortillas and smushed avocados,and some lettuse.its my fave!!

    Answer by mamamunoz215 at 12:16 PM on Jan. 16, 2010

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  • Believe it or not, one of my go-to dinners for my husband and 4 sons is pesto chicken. I put chicken breasts in a baking dish, cover liberally with jarred pesto sauce and put slices of provolone cheese over that. Bake at 375 for about an hour (or until the chicken is cooked through) . So easy and so good. :)

    Answer by flowerindogwood at 3:17 PM on Apr. 26, 2010

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