What’s For Dinner: 20 Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas

 Easy weeknight dinners

I’m in survival mode. I currently have over 250 pending Halloween orders and it’s not even October yet! By the way if you’ve been wanting to order one of my baby and toddler Halloween costumes the prices go up on Monday so hop to it! But all that is to say that food is going to be a lot of easy quick meals. The past few months we’ve been eating out SO much, over eating and just eating pretty unhealthy stuff. Now that Teddy has started to be a little more independent (you know like he’ll actually play in the exersaucer for 10 minutes!) and sleeping better (only wakes up 3 times a night) I feel a bit more sane and need to reign our eating back in line. So here’s the plan for this next month 20 easy weeknight dinner ideas.

  1. Baked Chicken and Two Potatoes
  2. Lemon Cream Fish, Mashed Potatoes, and Peas
  3. Chicken Sausage with Mushroom Risotto and Lemon Wilted Spinach
  4. Open Face Chicken Pot Pie
  5. Crock Pot Lasagna Soup and Parmesan Dinner Rolls
  6. Potato and Sausage Soup
  7. Curry Ramen
  8. Bacon and Eggs Rice
  9. Chicken and Artichoke Alfredo
  10. Cauliflower Crab Mac and Cheese
  11. Mediterranean Egg Rolls and Salad
  12. Corned Beef and Mashed Potatoes
  13. Mushroom Bisque
  14. Chili Cheese Pigs in a Blanket
  15. Pork Street Tacos
  16. Chili and Cornbread
  17. Curry Lentil Soup and Naan
  18. Chicken and Waffles
  19. Chicken Cobb Salad
  20. Tomato Bisque and Bacon Apple Grilled Cheese

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What’s For Dinner July 2014

Cucina Toscana - Rae Gun Ramblings

I do so much better with a meal plan. Not that I have to keep to it perfectly but having the ingredients to yummy meals on hand and a list to pick from just makes everything a lot easier. I used to do this weekly but with the baby I’m going to try a monthly list and just make a list of 20 meals that I plan on making for the month.

Delicious salad at Cucina Toscana Salt Lake City - Rae Gun Ramblings

Between eating out and family inviting us (and when I mean us I mean Teddy) over for dinner that should do the trick. I still want to try and up our vegetable intake and push myself to try some new recipes so I’m going to try and note that too in these monthly lists.

  1. Fish Tacos with fresh Mango Salsa
  2. Chicken Jalapeno Sausage with Macaroni and Cheese and Peas
  3. Campanelli Pasta (this will have to be tweaked since Teddy is weird with Italian Sausage and it has dairy we’ll see if I can make a baby friendly version, this is one of our favorite go to meals. I guess I should share the recipe when I go back to eating it like normal eh?)
  4. Sausage Potato Hash with Poached Eggs
  5. Crab Fried Rice
  6. Fancy Ramen
  7. Cowboy Burgers with Grilled Zucchini
  8. Wontons
  9. Homemade Pizza
  10. Cilantro Coconut Ribs with roasted potatoes and veggies
  11. Chicken with Cheese and Broccoli Baked Potatoes
  12. Southwest Eggrolls
  13. Oven Fried Chicken with roasted potatoes and veggies
  14. Chicken Cobb Salad
  15. Grilled Trout  with Alfredo Pasta and grilled veggies
  16. Meatball Sandwiches with Salad
  17. Pork Tacos
  18. Polenta Deep Dish Pizza
  19. Homemade Ravioli
  20. Lemon Fish with Wilted Spinach and Cous Cous

All the pictures were from a SUPER fun even I went to earlier this week at Cucina Toscana a great Italian restaurant in downtown Salt Lake. It was SO yummy. If you’re in the area and in the mood for Italian I definitely recommend it.

Bloggers hit Cucina Toscana in SLC. Green Dress from eshakti - Rae Gun Ramblings

(picture from Courtney at Fry Sauce and Grits)

Also I got this darling green dress from eShakti a bit ago but it’s not nursing friendly so this was my first time getting to wear it and I’m totally in love. Besides fitting great and being really comfortable there are all these hidden features like little loop snap things under the shoulder part to keep your bra strap hidden with the wide neck and pockets! I love having pockets at blogger events so I can have my camera and business cards close at hand but usually pockets on dresses make things poof weird but this didn’t. Any ways I thought I’d share since I had a bunch of people ask me for an update when I shared my picture on facebook when I put the order in :)

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What the Week: Zombie Mommy

puro peru fantastic Peruvian food in Sandy UT - Rae Gun Ramblings

Well my menu was totally off last week but no worries right? I forgot that some family friends were going to be in town so we ate most of our meals with them and my family and then Teddy got SUPER HARD, so the moms brought us dinner.

Also that deliciousness above is a huge seafood platter from one of my favorite new restaurants Puro Pero in Sandy, UT. It’s absolutely scrumptious Peruvian food. Great prices and HUGE portions.  Definitely check it out if you’re in the area.

What’s for Dinner?

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies and Fish)
Friday Mac and Cheese with Corned Beef Veggies: Carrots, Spinach, PeasFish: Tilapia
Saturday Tacos and Homemade Refried Beans
Sunday Stuffed Shells
Monday
Tuesday Eat Out
Wednesday Coconut Curry Lentil Soup and Naan
Thursday Lemon Cream Tilapia and Peas
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What’s the World ?
  • Have you heard of The Daily Sew? It’s a great resource for sewing tutorials, patterns and just chatting with other sewing lovers!
  • We caught the Divergent movie. The baby was great and nursed/slept through the whole thing. My verdict? Shailene actually made a great Tris. As attractive as Theo is I still couldn’t buy him as Four. And as a whole the movie was good but I wouldn’t say great. There were some annoying changes and after school special type of moments but it was still fun, we still got to see one of my favorite books come to life. It’s no where near as good as the Harry Potter movies or The Hunger Games but definitely better than The Mortal Instruments movie.
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What’s With Us?
  • It’s been a pretty rough week. The baby has had a super hard time settling so he hasn’t slept much. And yes I know newborns can be fussy but they also need more than 2.5 hours of sleep a day. He’s not hysterical for more than a few minutes at a time and he seems happy and full after eating it’s just he doesn’t fall asleep like he was sigh. Some friends suggested gas drops so I’m gonna give that a go. But even though I expected a new baby to be hard I just have to say as much as I love him some times (especially this week) it’s been SUPER hard. But we are blessed to have both families close and more than willing to help.

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What the Week: Dinner and a Wee Update

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Hey gang it’s been a while since I’ve done a What’s for Dinner just because honestly I haven’t been cooking. But I figured it was high time to start back up. Not just that but I’ve been wanting to do a kind of weekly round up type of thing while we’re at it so What’s for Dinner is now “What the Week” and will have a little more than my weekly menu but not to worry you’ll still be able to see what I hope to be making for dinner each week because truthfully I work so much better with having a plan!

What’s for Dinner?

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies and Fish)
Friday Noodles for T’s birthday Veggies: Carrots, Spinach, Peas

Fish: Tilapia

Saturday Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs
Sunday Stuffed Shells
Monday Tacos and Homemade Refried Beans
Tuesday Eat Out
Wednesday Coconut Curry Lentil Soup and Naan
Thursday Lemon Cream Tilapia and Peas
What’s the World ?
  • The Divergent movie is out today! I’ve got tickets for Sunday and I can’t wait. If you’re still going you might want to whip up a batch of these Dauntless Chocolate Cakes to share with your fellow movie goers or get into the Divergent mood.
  • It seems like Frozen frenzie has taken the world by storm. If you have a houseful of Frozen fans you might want to check out this great round up of Frozen projects and recipes!
  • And we’ve got two new YA Books to movies trailers that were released this week. The Maze Runner and The Giver. What do you guys think. I think The Maze Runner looks great. And while I enjoyed the books enough I think it could be an even better and actually great movie franchise!
  • This week I tried out this Lactation Cookie Recipe and it’s super yummy. If you’re looking for a good fiber filled oatmeal chocolate recipe I highly recommend it and based on the increase of wet diapers I think it is doing some good for my milk supply.
What’s With Us?
  • We are slowly but surely getting used to life with a little one. Teddy has had a mix of super good and really long days this week. But I totally expected that and even when he’s having a cranky time he’s still snuggly and kissable. Hopefully I’ll get around to writing down his birth story soon. It was ahem long.
  • I am slowly getting back into the swing of work. I haven’t added back all the listings but I did start taking orders for the Gryffindor outfits.
  • We did our first try at eating out and it was a success wahoo.
  • Daniel has been able to get out and do some work and Teddy and I have survived so that’s good right?

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What’s for Dinner: Cheater Navajo Tacos

Yummy and easy homemade cheater Navajo tacos at Rae Gun Ramblings

Once upon a time I went for delicious homemade tacos at a friends house and when they asked if I wanted a crunchy shell or soft of course I said crunchy. I mean have I ever been known to turn down fried food? And do you know what they did? They had fried up flour tortillas. It was delicious and genius. How had I never thought to do that before? Seriously it’s the tastiest.

If you like Navajo tacos this isn’t quite the same but it’s super easy since you don’t have to make up a batch of dough and it’s satisfying in that same way. I like to think of them as my cheater Navajo tacos. To fry up the tortillas just heat up some oil in a skillet fry one side then flip and cool on a paper towel. I usually put normal taco stuff (beans, corn, taco meat, avocado, lettuce, greek yogurt) but really you can top it with whatever sounds good. I’ve done ground beef or yummy slow cooked barbacoa pork. Super yummy. So there you should try it too!

What’s for dinner this week…

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies and Fish)
Saturday Left Overs Veggies: Carrots, Spinach, Peas
Fish: Tilapia
Sunday Teriyaki Meatballs and Mac and Cheese
Monday Shepard’s Pie
Tuesday Lasagna Soup
Wednesday Pizza
Thursday Tacos and Homemade Refried Beans
Friday Lemon Cream Tilapia and Peas
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What’s For Dinner: Utah Eating Tour

Eateries to try in Utah - Rae Gun Ramblings

I promise that I totally had intended to cook this week but my family had other ideas. My mom wanted to make me birthday noodles, my husband babysat his grandma so we just took her out since she’s a weird eater, and my husband’s gift to me was a birthday eating tour. We’ve been to lots of yummy places in the last few days.We’ve been trying some newbies not our standard favorites so it’s been fun.

Here’s what we’ve had so far:

  • The Habit Burger: I have sought high and low for a burger comparable to my favorite burger from The Hat, a Ca classic chain, and the off-menu Santa Barbara style burger at The Habit Burger is pretty darn close. There hasn’t been a single burger even in the ballpark out of everything I tried in Ut. It’s a chain but the fries are just as yummy as the burger and the ranch is mighty tasty.
  • Beyond Glaze Donuts: I’ve been wanting to try these “gourmet donuts” and usually I like donuts but think the fancy ones are overprices and and take or leave them but I REALLY liked these. I’ll definitely be going back. I had the Peanut Butter Swirl and Daniel got the Blueberry Torte. Besides being gorgeous they were both yummy and I’m excited to try more
  • Birthday Noodles at my Mom’s always delicious!
  • Pipa: This is an Asian fusion tapas place that came HIGHLY recommended. I liked it but it didn’t blow me away. And as I think back on if I was going to eat out and spend that money again I’d probably pick one of my favorite places. We ordered the Asparagus (my favorite dish but probably easy to replicate), Calamari (I try calamari every time it’s on a menu, this was overcooked and Daniel loved the wasabi cucumber sauce (I don’t like horseradish), I didn’t like that the marinara was cold but the flavor was good, and I dipped it in the garlic aioli from the asparagus), Soup Dumplings (good dim sum type, I’ve had something like this before and this was a yummy version of it), and the Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms (you could see the lobster and not taste it, it was pretty much an artichoke cheese stuffed mushroom with a bit of an expensive ingredient).  We both decided we might give the restaurant another shot but order different things.
  • Salt Lake Roasting Co: I had my favorite Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cake and daniel had a cookie, which he didn’t love. I love the drinks and the chocolate cake here. It’s actually THE BEST CAKE I’VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. But unfortunately all the other pastry stuff we’ve tried have not been our style, but we haven’t tried any of the other cakes besides their “cheesecake” which is slightly savory and not your traditional cheesecake and not finished. But go get the Chocolate Cake. Some day I might try one of the other cakes but really this one is SO SO good I don’t think I’d have the guts.
  • Rodizio Grill: Usually this is so yummy but today was very underwhelming. The cheesey popover bread and fried polenta was delicious as normal but the meats were not very flavorful, the servers kept skipping us, and our waited totally seemed put out to be serving us. Bummer. It’s not a good sign to go to a Brazilian BBQ and have the highlights be the sides. We usually go here a few times a year but I’m thinking it will be a while until we return.
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: We got an Apple Pie Apple to split. But I may have finished the last third just now while I was typing this up, shhh don’t tell.

We’re wanting to get down to Provo to either Black Sheep or Communal but not sure when and then my family still wants to do birthday dim sum. Yes it has been a delicious week with no dishes!

What’s for dinner this week…

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies and Fish)
Saturday Rodizio Veggies: Carrots, Spinach
Fish: fish
Sunday Lemon Fish
Monday Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce
Tuesday Taco Mac and Cheese
Wednesday  Sausage and Potato Hash with Poached Eggs
Thursday Eat Out
Friday Something New
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What’s For Dinner Christmas Recap

Christmas Feast - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’m pretending that I have a normal job and am on vacation like everyone else. That’s okay right? We had a lot of yummy food over this last week. And I have to say it’s the first time we’ve had great holiday meals but didn’t go away feeling gorged which was so nice. We had Stuffed Shells on New Years Eve with both sides of the family (I’ll share the recipe soon) and my sister’s fantastic Prime Rib on Christmas.

We lucked out too because we all agreed that this year was her best yet! She also made a delicious blue cheese sauce to go with it and I brought my favorite asparagus with bacon and poached eggs. We finished off the meals with cheesecake on Christmas Eve and mousse and cheesecake on Christmas (I’ll have to share my mom’s mousse recipe it’s so yummy). My only regret is that I let my mom keep the leftover cheesecake, total mistake!

I’m realizing that Toasty is going to be here pretty soon and I’m getting a bit nervous. I’m trying to check a few things off my lists of things to do including make some freezer meals. I’m thinking of making at least one dish that I can double or triple to freeze each week. If you have any favorite freezer meals please let me know!

What’s for dinner this week…

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies and Fish)
Saturday Eat Out Veggies: Carrots, Spinach
Fish: fish, crab
Sunday Soup
Monday  ?
Tuesday Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce
Wednesday Shepherd’s Pie
Thursday Seafood Mac and Cheese
Friday Sweet Potato and Kielbasa Hash
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Zebra Cookies Recipe and What’s for Dinner

Zebra Cookies Recipe. This is one of my absolute favorite cookie recipes - Rae Gun Ramblings

Umm so Christmas is almost here. How on earth did that happen? I mean seriously. No really, wasn’t it just Halloween? Ahhh. Thankfully we’ve been on a marathon of Christmas shopping the last couple days have checked off almost everyone. I have a few things to make still but I think we’re mostly good to go. Now to wrap. The one think I’m nervous about though is I still need to go to the grocery story. I’m thinking tomorrow late at night.

Yummiest easy cookies. Zebra cookies recipe a fun spin on the peanut butter kiss blossom at Rae Gun Ramblings

I finally got around to making my favorite Christmas cookies, these Zebra Cookies. I always loved Peanut butter blossoms growing up but when I went off to college and first put hugs instead of regular old kisses I was sold. So here’s my easy Zebra Cookies Recipe perfect for making with the little ones. They love unwrapping the foil rolling the balls and smushing the candy in.

Zebra Cookies Recipe

  • 1 3/4 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C Shortening
  • 1/2 C Peanut butter
  • 2 TBS Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Bag Hugs

Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine all ingredients except for hugs in mixer until dough is well incorporated and balls up. Shape into small balls and press candy into the center of each ball. Bake at 375 F for 10 to 12 minutes.

I like to make my balls relatively small so there is a high proportion of candy to cookie.

Great use of leftover candy. Zebra cookies recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings

What’s for dinner this week…

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies and Fish)
Saturday Grilled Bacon, Cheese and Apples and White Chili Veggies: Carrots, Spinach
Fish: Shrimp
Sunday Some Kind of Quiche
Monday Sausage Hash with Poached Eggs
Tuesday Italian Feast
Wednesday Prime Rib Yumminess
Thursday Teriyaki Meatballs and Mac and Cheese
Friday  Eat Out

Peanut butter and chocolate in the best combination. We adore this easy zebra cookie recipe

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What’s For Dinner and Homemade Liege Waffles

Homemade liege waffles - Rae Gun Ramblings

So I finally tried my hand at making liege waffles I used this recipe from I’m Topsy Turvy. They were yummy for sure but they are definitely the time investment. And it’s not like they are really breakfast food because they are crazy sweet which I know so part of me just wonders if for all the time and expensive ingredients if I’d almost rather eat cheesecake. I kind of think I do. Except for the fact that supposedly  you can freeze the individual balls of waffle dough. I’ll see how good the frozen ones are since I did freeze some of the dough and even though you’re supposed to be able to freeze cheesecake I’ve never thought that they were as good after being frozen. My sister on the other hand thinks they were totally worth the investment, although this time it was MY investment ;)

What’s for dinner this week…

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies and Fish)
Saturday Sausage Mac and Cheese Veggies: Carrots, Spinach
Fish: Salmon, Crab
Sunday Church Christmas Party
Monday Hamburgers
Tuesday Seafood Chowder
Wednesday  Wine Sausage Pasta
Thursday Crock Pot Tacos and Homemade Refried Beans
Friday  Eat Out
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Turkey Tortellini Soup Recipe and What’s For Dinner

Turkey Tortellini Soup super fast idea to use up Thanksgiving leftovers - Rae Gun Ramblings

I may have made the yummiest soup ever this week and it was day 4 of eating Thanksgiving leftovers. If you don’t already know, we don’t eat leftovers. Like really, I cook two servings and if there are any leftovers they die a slow solitary death in my fridge, except for Thanksgiving and St. Patrick’s Day leftovers. Even still we were burn on open face sandwiches after the first round so when the last of the precious meal was still left to be consumed I made it into a yummy Turkey Tortellini Soup and served it with my knock-off Macaroni Grill Rosemary Bread. And frankly I like it enough that I may make up all the ingredients just to make this soup in the future!

Turkey Tortellini Soup super fast idea to use up Thanksgiving leftovers - Rae Gun Ramblings

Ingredients

  • 2 TBS butter
  • 2TBS flour
  • 1 C milk
  • 3-4 C Chicken (or turkey) broth (I just used bouillon and water)
  • 1 C leftover green bean casserole (cut into small pieces, I use kitchen shears)
  • 1/2-1 C leftover mashed potaoes
  • 1/2 to 1 C turkey coarsely chopped
  • 9 oz refrigerated tortellini (I used Buitoni’s Three Cheese Tortellini)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Make a roux from by melting the butter and then cooking the flour. Gradually add milk to make a cream sauce. Add in 3 cups of chicken broth, green beans, mashed potatoes, and turkey. Boil water in a separate pan and cook tortellini al dente. Once everything in the soup mixture is warm and well incorporated season to taste. Add in tortellini. If you want it thinner add some more broth. It’s so so yummy! I wish I had done it sooner so we had more.

As far as food goes this week, my mom randomly called an announced that it was cheese fondue weather. And really who am I to complain. So I’m off to go have a mini Swiss feast. I’ve been doing “cooking class” with the nieces and this week I taught them how to turn on the burner on the stove. T was so stressed that she shed a few tears but she made me and herself a tasty quesadilla on the stove. L turned it on just for practice and then claimed she didn’t like crispy quesadillas so went bake to the microwave, peasant. Tomorrow we’re gonna make some Cranberry Double Chocolate Cookies because I’ve been craving them like a beast but kept forgetting I was out of eggs. But this will be fixed!

What’s for dinner this week…

Day Main Meal Goals (Veggies and Fish)
Saturday Cheese Fondue Veggies: Peas
Fish: Tilapia
Sunday Shepard’s Pie
Monday Potato Sausage Soup
Tuesday Roasted Chicken and Mushroom Risotto
Wednesday Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
Thursday Eat Out
Friday Lemon Fish and Fettuccine Alfredo
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