Easy Dinner Ideas Blog

Making dinner every night can be hard especially if you don't know what to make or have all the ingredients in the house. I'm a Mom of 4 kids and each week I share Weekly Dinner Ideas & a Printable Grocery Shopping list. No need to think about what to make for dinner, I'll do the planning for you!

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Aldi Grocery Produce Section

We like to shop Aldi Grocery's produce department. Aldi's prices are what draw us to their fruits and vegetables; yet equally, we're drawn by the quality

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Going Retro With An Easier Way to Make Salmon Patties

Shortly after we were married, my husband was reminiscing fondly about the salmon patties his mother used to make. This wasn't something that I grew up with but I'm always game to try something new. After my first attempt using canned salmon, I new there had to be a better way.

Of course, I could use fresh salmon but I was looking for an easy way to make this a pantry kind of dinner, with easy ingredients that I could keep in the house. Bingo, I figured it out. Click through to the recipe to see the easy trick I discovered to make this retro dish in a much easier way.

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A hot bacon dressing really dresses up this Chicken Club Salad!

Bacon. Did I tell you that this Chicken Club Salad not only has bacon in the salad but it's served with a hot bacon dressing!

If you're a bacon lover, there is a lot of bacon to love in this salad.

Fresh tomatoes, diced chicken, bacon and romaine. A yummy salad that can be served as the main course.

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Slow Cooker Beef Cubes with Mushrooms Recipe - Perfect for Fall!

Fall is here and queue the comfort food!

This Slow Cooker Beef Cubes with Mushrooms recipe qualifies for both.

This recipe uses two of my favorite tricks to produce a dish with flavorful browned meat and veggies that aren't overcooked and limp. This slow cooker recipe also has a rich gravy that's great over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta.

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An Easy Weeknight Jambalaya Recipe

One of the easiest ways to make this Jambalaya recipe on a weeknight is to plan on making sausage the night before for dinner.

Using pre-cooked sausage, some rotisserie chicken and cooked shrimp from the seafood department at your grocery store helps to make this recipe super fast to assemble.

I've included a number of other tips to make this recipe easy enough to make on a busy weeknight!

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A Recipe for Never Fail Brownies!

I don't know what my problem was but for years I couldn't make a decent pan of brownies. they were either too crispy around the edges or too soupy in the middle.

I do like to make things from scratch and a good basic brownie recipe is something that I needed to have. I finally pieced together several recipes and came up with this recipe that never fails me, hence the name. Let me know if it works for you too!

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Stuffed FILO shell appetizer from Safeway

It is easy, elegant , delicious and well-priced

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Do you ever bake with olive oil? Try it in this Pumpkin Squares Recipe!

These pumpkin cake squares are one of my go-to Fall dessert recipes. They're super moist and you can make the recipe in one bowl for easy clean-up! I usually make this recipe multiple times during the Fall because it's so easy to make. You can frost these if you prefer but my family prefers them plain and I even give you a few options to make these lower in fat or to use healthier fats in this recipe!

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A Grilled Turkey Burger Recipe with a few extra ingredients to make them moist!

I've been making turkey burgers for years, and I'll be honest I didn't think there was anything all that special about them. I thought they tasted great and that is why I kept making them the same way I always had. It wasn't until I started getting comments from people like "these aren't all dried out" and I've never had a turkey burger that is moist" that I thought I might be on to something. Ground turkey can be rather bland and if you don't add anything too it it will probably be lacking in flavor and have a dried out texture. I think the secret is adding ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce for flavor and tenderizing. In this case the bread crumbs create a little space between the meat fibers which makes the patties a little less dense. That, at least is my theory! Click below to see the full recipe!

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Oven method for fall of the bone tender bbq ribs!

Living in the midwest there are more than a few days that are just too icky out to grill. Now, I don't even mind shoveling snow to get the the grill but I have my limits when it pouring out! That is how this recipe for Oven Braised Ribs was invented. I made them on a day when it was pouring and they were so good I make them this way even when the sun is out. So tender and the bbq flavor is infused throughout the meat!

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A Rotisserie Chicken Salad made better with a tip from Grandma!

The preparation of this rotisserie chicken salad uses a little trick that my husband's Grandmother taught me. For years she worked in the kitchen at a well known Chicago hotel and she brought this tip home with her which I've incorporated in this really easy dinner recipe. Not every dinner has to include meat and mashed potatoes and often my kids like something simple like soup or a sandwich. If you pick up a rotisserie chicken and a few croissants at the store you can have this recipe made and on the table in no time!

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A Slow Cooker Spinach Dip Recipe That Uses Fresh Spinach!

A lot of spinach dip recipes call for frozen spinach and are baked. This recipe is different on two counts. It calls for fresh spinach leaves and you cook it in the slow cooker. This is my recipe of choice when making this kind of dip because I like using fresh produce whenever possible. I'll warn you though, spinach does shrink a lot when it's cooked, and this dip is so yummy that you may want to make a double batch at least!

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What's for dinner at your house this week? 5 easy ideas!

There are a lot of people who pay for a subscription to a dinner planning service. This one is free. Every week you will find 5 dinner ideas posted complete with recipes and a printable grocery shopping list that is organized by aisle and cross referenced by recipe. A link is posted which allows you to print out the entire plan for the week. Some families print out the plan. do the shopping and leave the menus and recipes on the counter for the first person who gets home to start dinner. Making homemade dinners doesn't have to be hard, especially if you can get free dinner plans with family friendly recipes!

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Tortilla Soup with Self Serve Toppings for Dinner

For some reason my kids seem to like dinner better when they can pick and choose what goes on their plate or in their bowl. If your kids are like mine then they just might love this Tortilla Soup Recipe. I love it because it's easy to make and you can make it even easier if you use a store bought rotisserie chicken. But the best part is that each person can ladle the soup into their own bowl and top it with whatever toppings they want. I've made this for parties and it's always been a hit!

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