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10 Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas

Dinnertime at our house is preceded by the busy after-school rush which means I need easy dinner ideas that the family will love or more realistically some will love and everyone will eat ;)!    There are a few tried and true recipes that I make on repeat at our house because they always get a good reception.  I thought I would share them with you today in case you need some new easy dinner ideas for your weekly meal plan. 

Psst…I record all my meal ideas in my Simple Purposeful Living meal planner.  You can get yours here.

 

10 Easy Dinner Ideas

 

Italian Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans

This is my go-to for taking a meal to someone.  It’s an easy all-in-one meal to make in a disposable pan.  My kids gobble it up and I love that it can be made ahead.  Find the full recipe here.

 

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Crockpot Pot Roast

My kids love any meat cooked in a crockpot.  This pot roast can be served with mashed potatoes and veggies or served shredded on a hoagie roll with a side of au jus. We always love to make this early in the week and enjoy the leftovers.  

Favorite Simple Pot Roast Recipe – 

Chuck Roast 

1 packet ranch dressing

1 pack Au Jus Mix

1 stick butter cubed

4-6 pepperoncini

Place chuck roast in the slow cooker, sprinkle the ranch dressing and au jus packets on top, then cube up the butter and place on top with the 4-6 pepperoncini.  Cook on low for 8 hours or until meat pulls apart easily with a fork.

 

 

Breakfast for Dinner

My kids request resurrection rolls all year long.  They are perfect with eggs and breakfast sausage.  Some weeks we do pancakes and bacon.  We also love making a simple quiche or easy egg bake like this one.  We serve it alongside fruit and refrigerated cinnamon rolls.  Check out these simple love-inspired breakfast recipes.

 

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This slow cooker recipe with just 6 ingredients is perfect for a busy weeknight.  Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and cook all day.  The soup will be ready to serve with some guacamole, sour cream, tortilla chips, and shredded cheese for dinner.  Find the recipe here.

 

Mexican Casserole

When we got married, they asked Scott what his favorite meal I made was and he said this recipe.   Funny story, it’s actually his mom’s recipe and I never let him live that down!  Our entire family loves Mexican food.  This makes a great warm appetizer too and we serve it with chips, sour cream, and guacamole.  Check out the recipe here.

 

making chicken enchiladas

Baked Enchiladas

Need a variation to the typical taco dish.  Try this easy baked enchiladas.  You can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze then bake for a yummy weeknight meal.  It’s also perfect for entertaing.  Check out the recipe here.

 

Walking Tacos & Taco Salads

Cook up some ground beef, season it with taco seasoning and I also add in a can of rinsed black beans and canned carrots to extend the meat and add in some good nutrition.  We buy Doritos chips, crunch them up and layer on the ground beef mixture, shredded lettuce, cheese, and other traditional toppings.  If you never have had a walking taco, you need to try it.  My kids ask for them weekly.   They are great for a crowd too!  Read the full tutorial here.

 

Easy “Fancy” Sandwiches

Some nights just call for a sandwich.  Whether that means we are eating on the sidelines of a game or we need to rush out the door.  Chicken salad is perfect to eat with crackers or made into a sandwich.  I love adding pecans and apples in the fall!  Check out the recipe here.

Instead of a cold lunchmeat sandwich, check out this baked turkey pesto sandwich.

 

Pork Tenderloin, Rice & Veggies

Marinated pork tenderloin is so easy and delicious.  In the summer, butterfly cut it and grill it.  In the winter, pop it in the crockpot for the day. Serve it with a side of seasoned rice, risotto, or quinoa.  If I am in a hurry, I will buy the microwave rice bags and steam up some frozen veggies as well.  Our favorite marinated pork loin is the teriyaki flavor!

 

Chicken Pot Pie

This delicious and insanely easy recipe is perfect for making ahead and freezing.  It has just 4 ingredients. Serve it up with some bread!  Check out the full recipe here.

 

Chicken Nugget Parmesan

This is so simple but another fan favorite.  We get the all-white meat chicken nuggets and cook them.  Then, we boil some spaghetti and warm up some spaghetti sauce.  I usually add in about a 1/8 cup of sugar to the sauce for a sweeter taste.  I cut up the chicken nuggets and layer on top of the spaghetti and sauce and garnish with parmesan cheese.  We usually serve with garlic breadsticks and a side salad!

 

Chicken Stuffing Bake

This is another great meal to take to others.  You can serve over rice or alongside some vegetables.  This is another great meal you can make ahead or make in the crockpot (just cook on low for 8 hours with chicken on bottom).  Read the full recipe here.

 

Simple Meals Make Meal-time Easy

So, there you have it, 10 simple and easy dinner recipes we make on repeat around here.  Do you have any go-to meals that you make repeatedly?  What does your family always request? Hands down we have to have a Mexican dish of some kind every single week!

 

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I write down all my meal ideas for the week in the Simple Purposeful Living 52-week meal planner.  Get yours here.   Join the Meal Plan Simple on Purpose group on Facebook for more meal planning ideas and support.  Join here.

 

 

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Simple 7 Day Aldi Meal Plan

Aldi is my go-to for great groceries on a budget.  Aldi keeps their prices low because many of their products are not name brand.  However, if you are like me you don’t want to waste your time or your money on food that doesn’t taste good so I rounded up 7 simple Aldi meal plan ideas.  These 7 meals are perfect for a busy night and can easily be scaled up or back to accommodate the size of your family.

 

7 Simple Aldi Meal Plan Dinner Ideas

 

Italian Grilled Sandwiches

One of my favorite things to get at Panera is a toasted panini sandwich.  It’s cooked on the griddle and so yummy.  Grab some sourdough or ciabatta bread, pesto sauce, sliced cheese, turkey and salami for this recipe and serve it with a Caesar salad bagged kit.

To make the sandwiches, lightly brush both pieces of bread with a little bit of butter.  Then, brush the inside of one the bread slices with pesto.  Top with the meat and cheese.  Grill on a hot skillet.  Cover to allow the cheese and meat to warm.  

 

Crab & Tomato Ravioli

Aldi has lots of ravioli options.  They have ravioli in the dry pasta aisle, as well as in the refrigerated and freezer section.  Choose a ravioli that works for your taste buds and wallet.  Cook the ravioli based on the package directions.

To make a simple sauce, buy a package of cherry tomatoes and slice in half.  Liberally coat the bottom of a skillet with olive oil and heat.  When the olive oil is warm, place the cherry tomatoes in the pan.  Add 1/4 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning or fresh basil.  Allow the cherry tomatoes to cook down.  

Once the pasta is cooked, place the pasta in with the tomatoes and toss to coat.  Serve the tomato and crab ravioli with a bagged Caesar salad kit for a simple meal you can make in under 15 minutes.

If you would prefer to not make your own sauce, grab a marinara sauce of your choice at the store and warm up.  Then, toss the pasta and sauce together before serving.

 

Meatballs & Steamed Vegetables

Pre-made meatballs are perfect for a quick meal.  You can toss them in a slow cooker with marinara sauce or try this easy sweet BBQ meatball recipe for a different twist.  Serve with some steamed vegetables and a side of fruit.

 

Marinated Pork Loin & Risotto

 

You can really change up meat with a marinade.  Aldi has lots of great pre-marinated meat choices in the refrigerated meat section.  Check out their marinated chicken options as well.  In the summer, we love to grill these marinated pork loins but in the winter I just put it in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours. 

We serve it with rice or this delicious risotto found in the dry pasta section at Aldi.  Pair it with a mixed vegetable medley and fruit and you have yourself a delicious meal for a busy weeknight.  If you have a larger family or want leftover, grab two pork loins!

 

Pancakes & Sausage

 

This meal is perfect for a quick breakfast, a babysitter or a SUPER simple busy weeknight meal.  Just reheat the pre-cooked sausage and warm up some pancakes and you have yourself a meal faster than you can go to a drive-thru.   We often pair breakfast for dinner with smoothies, check out this super simple smoothie recipe.

 

Slow Cooker Pot Roast 

 

This is a fan favorite at our house and it’s so SIMPLE you will never make a pot roast any other way.  Grab the Pub Style pot roast marinade at Aldi.  It’s located by the pickles and dressings.  Then, just put the pot roast in the slow cooker and top with the marinade.  

Cook on low for 8-10 hours.  Pull out of the slow cooker and shred.  You can strain the juices and repour in with the meat to keep the meat moist.

We served it with leftover sourdough bread from the panini sandwiches, vegetables, and white rice.  

 

Breakfast Casserole

 

 

A breakfast casserole is a perfect weekend morning meal or brunch.  Get the full directions to this easy and simple egg bake recipes here.  

Serve this easy egg bake up with some cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit for a simple weeknight meal.

 

Just Remember…

Meal planning doesn’t have to be complicated.  You can keep it simple, on budget and prepare delicious meals for your family.  If you haven’t shopped at Aldi, I would encourage you to check it out.  What are your favorite meals to make with ingredients you find at Aldi?  Let me know in the comments.

 

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Simple Snack Tray Supper

 

Snack trays are the family-friendly version of the ever-popular charcuterie boards and I have never met a charcuterie board I didn’t like.  Snack tray suppers are going to be your new best friend.  Try a snack tray for your next family meal and your kids will think you are a genius, you are welcome!

 

 

Snack Tray Supper – A Happy Accident

Our Sunday night snack tray supper tradition started by accident which is usually how all good traditions get started!  We were running low on food since I grocery shop on Monday mornings.  We are on a tight budget at the moment since we are adopting so going out to eat was not an option.

So, I just gathered up all the random leftovers and pantry staples we had on hand and put them on a big tray.  To make it a little more fun, since I wasn’t sure how it would go over, I pulled out a waterproof picnic blanket and we ate our snack tray supper in the living room.

 

 

Love at First Bite

It was love at first bite!  Not only could my kids pick what they wanted to eat off the tray, but we also sat on a picnic cloth in the family room.  From my perspective, I fell short and from their perspective I was genius!  Just goes to show, we can be awfully hard on ourselves as moms!

 

 

A Weekly Tradition

I now write “snack tray supper” for every Sunday on my weekly meal planner (get yours here).   The snack tray is never the same week to week because it’s based on what we have leftover.  Some weeks it’s heavy on the popcorn (because I always have popcorn in the pantry) and other weeks it’s heavy on refrigerated leftovers.    I thought I would share a few ideas to help you get started with your own snack tray supper tradition.

 

 

What to Put on the snack tray?

Nothing is off limits and the options are endless.  Literally, start by pulling out leftovers from your fridge and your pantry.  I try to include lots of different food groups but some weeks the pantry and refrigerator are a little leaner than others.   Here’s a list of popular favorites for our family!

Raw sliced vegetables

Fruit – Dried and fresh cut

Cheeses – string cheese, sliced cheese, block cheese, spreadable cheeses

Cured meats – salami, summer sausage, braunschweiger, jerky

Chips 

Crackers

Pita Chips

Pretzels

Popcorn

Dips – Hummus, Salsa, Guacamole, Queso Aldi’s Frozen Buffalo Chicken Dip, Aldi’s Frozen Spinach Artichoke Dip, Ranch Dressing, layered dips, yogurt dips

Nuts 

Trail mix

Pickles 

Olives

You can even add in desserts and candy or you could make a separate dessert snack tray!  Now that I say that out loud, my kids are going to want that stat.  The options are endless when it comes to snack trays.  You can be as creative and in as many things as you want.  It’s perfect finger-food and kids love the chance to choose their own adventure when it comes to dinner.

 

Snack Trays Are Not Just for Dinner

Snack trays aren’t just perfect for dinner, they are perfect for lunches and get-togethers too!  Summer is coming, save on the dishes and make up a snack tray and eat on the driveway or outside in the grass.  Avoid sweeping and your kids will think it’s the coolest thing ever!  Take it on the road!  The options are endless.

 

Before you know it, your kids will be making snack tray suppers for their dolls!  How cute is that pint-size snack tray supper?

 

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