Dinner Ideas

Dinner Ideas

Get easy delicious dinner recipes, 30 minute meals, 4 to 7 ingredient dinners and family friendly dinner ideas, from our families to yours.

Whether you need ideas for tonight or are planning in advance, we've got you covered. We made meal planning easy with weeks of free meal plans with recipes. Use our quick, easy and family friendly meals to plan ahead for stress fee suppers.

Pressed for time (or just don't want to spend hours in the kitchen)? Check out the 30 minute meals. These aren't 30 minute entrees, or recipes that take 30 minutes to prepare. They're entire meals that go from kitchen to dinner table in 30 minutes without sacrificing taste.

Need simple satisfying suppers? Try the 4 to 7 ingredient dinner recipes. These fast and easy meals let you enjoy your family time instead of spending it in the kitchen.

Every recipe has been tested and served on our family dinner tables . We hope your family enjoys them as much as our has.

If you're looking for a great selection of family dinners for beginners and even more experienced cooks, you've come to the right place. You can also get a new dinner idea daily on our Think Dinner Facebook Page.

Date Night Dinners
Elegant Entrees

Elegant Entrees

These are the memorable recipes for those special occasions. An anniversay, birthday or maybe just a date night without the kids...any one of these dishes will help make your evening a night to remember. From Simmering Scampi to Sizzling Steak, your luxurious feast awaits.

A Meal to Remember



Chicken Recipes
Chicken Recipes

We have all your favorite family chicken dinner recipes.

Easy Chicken

Quick & Easy Dinner
30 Minute Meals

From entree to sides, dinner is done in 30 minutes or less.

30 Minute Meals

8 Weeks of Menus
Easy Dinner Recipes and Menus

8 weeks of free family dinner plans with easy recipes included.

Easy Dinner Recipes


Fast Family Dinners
4 to 7 Ingredient Dinner Ideas

With a few ingredients, a homemade dinner is easy.

4 to 7 Ingredients

Sunday Dinner Ideas
Sunday Dinner Ideas

Mama Shirley's recipes are old-fashioned family meals.

Mama Shirley's Best

Healthy Family Meals
Healthy Dinner Ideas

Healthy is simple and delicous with our family dinners.

Healthy Dinners


Belly Filling Chili
Best Chili Recipes

The best chili recipes for a hearty meal.

Chili Recipes

Grilling Recipes
Barbecue Recipes

Great dinners from the grill.

Barbecue Recipes

One Dish Dinners
Casserole Recipes

Easy one dish dinners everyone will love.

Casserole Recipes


Slow Cooker Suppers
Crock Pot Recipes

The greatest slow cooker recipe stash for an effortless dinner.

Crock Pot Recipes

Easy Recipes
Easy Recipes

Easy recipes from appetizers to decadent desserts.

Weekday Recipes

Freezer Meals
Freezer Cooking Recipes

Have delicious dinners ready to heat and eat.

Freezer Cooking


Kids Friendly Dinners

Kids Favorite Dinner Recipes

These are the kids favorites, meals that even adults will love.

State Fair Corn Dogs

Pepperoni Chicken

Ranch Tenders

Dr. Pepper Sloppy Joes


Easy Family Dinners

Favorite Dinner Recipes

The most popular dinner recipes over the last 14 years on Moms Who Think.

Chicken Alfredo

Meatloaf Recipe

Lasagna Recipe

Easy Pulled Pork



Healthy Dinner Ideas

Use the free 8 weeks of healthy weekly meal plans we put together, along with our Healthy Recipes section for an easy way to plan your family's dinners.

Even your picky eaters will enjoy these delicious dinners while getting nutritious meals at the same time.

8 Weeks of Healthy Dinner Menus

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Simple Dinner Recipes

Whether you don't like to cook or don't have the time, you can have flavorful dinners with easy to find ingredients.

12 Simple Savory Dinners


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Quick and Easy Family Dinner Ideas

These are our most popular, pinned and "liked" recipes. They're the only recipes you'll need when you want dinner fast.

15 Easy Family Dinners


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Bread Bowl Potato Soup
Easy Chicken Parmesan


Shrimp Dinner Ideas

Shrimp is versatile, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Try it with one of our 16 recipes to add variety and superb flavor to this wonderful main dish.

From scampi to slow cooker, you'll find the perfect way to make and enjoy this seafood favorite.

16 Dinner Recipes with Shrimp

Shrimp 16 Ways


Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

Chicken can be a dowdy dinner companion. Give boring chicken a show stopping makeover with 10 tantalizing recipes.

10 Easy Chicken Favorites


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Soothing Soup Recipes

When the chill of winter or the storms of life come rolling in, comfort can be found in a steamy bowl of homemade soup.

7 Soul Soothing Soups


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Muffin Pan Dinners

10 Muffin Pan Dinners

 Dinner can be hand held and fun when you make it in a muffin tin. Because they're so portable, they're fantastic for lunches too.


We also tested each recipe in double batches for the big eaters in the family and they all made a very hearty dinner.




Elegant Entrees


Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala Recipe

Chicken cutlets in a sweet marsala wine and mushroom sauce is a classic Italian recipe that will impress your guests or that special someone.



Herbed Pork Roast with Potatoes

Herbed Pork Roast

This extremely tender pork roast is made flavorful with rosemary and garlic. Roasted low and slow along with seasoned potatoes, this will become one of your favorite pork recipes!



Beef Tips in Wine Sauce

Beef Tips in Wine Sauce

An elegant dish made easy in a crock pot! Sirloin beef tips in a wine sauce is a delicious alternative to steak. Serve over buttered noodles with green beans for a complete meal.



Chicken Divan

Chicken Divan

Skip the canned soup shortcut of most Chicken Divan recipes and try this dish the way it was meant to be enjoyed.  With a homemade cream sauce, this recipe brings back all the flavor of the original recipe served at The Divan Parisien Restaurant in New York.



Bacon Wrapped Steak

Bacon Wrapped Steak

Melt in your mouth filet mignon is made even more flavorful with the addition of bacon and topped with garlic butter. A very special dish for a special evening.



Pork Cordon Bleu with Baked Apples

Pork Cordon Bleu

A twist on an old favorite.  Sauted pork cutlets topped with ham and cheese served alongside delicious, warm, cinnamon baked apples will be an instant hit!



Rosemary Beef Tenderloin with Chocolate Sauce

Rosemary Beef Tenderloin with Chocolate Sauce

A tender rosemary flavored beef tenderloin is given a unique and delicious twist with a chocolate sauce on the side. Served with seasoned roasted cauliflower, this dinner is also a healthy choice for your special dinner.



Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

One of the all time favorite shrimp recipies! Sauted shrimp in butter and garlic served over pasta is a dish that will make any special dinner fabulous.



Prime Rib

Prime Rib Recipe

When looking for a recipe that you can be sure will impress all your dinner guests, you can't go wrong with prime rib. A very tender slow cooked cut of roast beef, serve with your favorite potatoes and vegetable for a memorable dinner.



Beer Marinated Peppered T-Bone

Peppered T-Bone Steak Recipe

A bit sweet, savory, the slight kick of chili sauce, these T-Bones soak in a savory beer marinade to ensure juicy steaks. Grill to perfection for a delicious steak dinner!



Chicken Francaise

Chicken Francaise

Lemon and garlic breaded chicken topped with a lemon sauce is a restaurant favorite you can easily make at home. Lemon and chicken is a zesty flavor combination everyone will love.




10 Muffin Pan Recipes for Dinner

Each of the recipes below were made in a 12 cup cupcake tin and makes just 12. You may want to double the recipe and use two pans for big eaters.

For the recipes that called for cooked chicken, you can use a rotisserie chicken. Each recipe was also frozen and reheated via the microwave to test for make-ahead and turned out great.

Muffin Pan Dinners

Mini Chicken-Ricotta Pies (3rd picture on the top)

Grease a 12 cup muffin tin.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Roll out 1 store-bought pie crust that’s been brought to room temp to ⅛-inch thick or less.

Using a round cookie cutter, make 12 pie crusts (you may need to ball up and re-roll scraps). Line muffin tins with pie crusts.

In a large bowl, mix 1 cup cooked, chopped chicken, 1 cup ricotta cheese, 1 egg, ½ tsp minced garlic, 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning, and ¾ cup shredded mozzarella.

Fill muffin tins evenly and top with ¼ cup grated Parm. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.


Pizza-Mac Muffins (bottom 3rd)

Grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Prepare 8 ounces mini rotini pasta according to package directions; drain.

Add to hot pot ½ cup butter until it melts; add cooked pasta, ½ cup grated Parm, 1 tsp dried oregano, ½ tsp garlic powder, 1 cup shredded mozzarella, and 2 ounces of chopped sliced pepperoni.

Spoon mac and cheese mixture evenly into prepared muffin tins. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool in tins for 5 minutes. Serve with pizza sauce or ranch dip.


Cheesy Corn Dog Muffins (top 2nd)

Grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare one package of corn muffin mix according to package directions.

Chop 4 turkey hot dogs into bite sized pieces. Mix in hot dogs and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Bake according to corn muffin package directions.


Tiny Turkey Meatloaves (top far right)

Grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a large bowl with cooking spray.

In prepared bowl, mix 2 pounds ground turkey, 1 tsp salt, and ½ tsp black pepper; set aside.

In a large frying pan, heat 2 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp olive oil until butter melts; add 1 large, diced onion. Sauté over medium heat until translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Add 1 ½ tsp minced garlic; cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add 12 ounces diced mushrooms and sauté 3 to 5 minutes.

Add 1 tsp soy sauce and 2 Tbsp sherry cooking wine, cook until mixture resembles a paste, 5 to 10 minutes.

Toss in ½ cup fresh, minced parsley. Add mushroom mixture to turkey and mix until thoroughly incorporated.

Evenly fill prepared muffin tins; they will shrink considerably. Bake until turkey is completely cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.


Mini Lasagnas (middle far right)

Grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.

Add 12 ounces ground chicken, 1 cup chopped onion, ½ cup chopped mushrooms, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper.

Crumble the meat and sauté the mixture for 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Add 1 tsp minced garlic, cook for 30 seconds. Add one 14½ ounce can petite diced tomatoes and 2 tsp dried oregano.

Bring mixture to a gentle boil; reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix 1½ cups ricotta, ½ tsp each salt and pepper, 1 tsp dried oregano, and ½ tsp dried basil. Place 1 wonton wrapper into each of the 12 cups, pressing firmly in the bottom of the cup and up the sides.

Evenly divide half of the ricotta mixture among the 12 cups. Next, evenly spoon half of the chicken mixture over the ricotta. Sprinkle each cup with 2 tsp of shredded mozzarella. Gently press another wonton wrapper on top of mozzarella layer. Repeat the entire process ending with the mozzarella.

Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.


Loaded Baked Potato Cupcake (top left)

Grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Wash and chop 5 large russet potatoes (leave the skin on), place in a large pot and just cover with water; gently boil until potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.

In a large bowl, mash potatoes; mix in 1 cup shredded Colby jack cheese and 1 tablespoon butter. Mix in 3 large beaten eggs, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper.

Divide potato mixture evenly among cups (they will not rise so you can overflow them). Bake until golden brown on top, about 30 to 35 minutes. Frost with 1½ cups plain Greek yogurt, 3 slices of chopped cooked bacon, and 2 tsp chopped chives.


Zucchini, Ham, and Cheese Muffins (middle left)

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin with olive oil and dust with fine cornmeal. In a bowl, whisk together 1 cup fine cornmeal, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, and 1 cup grated Parm.

In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup plain Greek yogurt, ¼ cup olive oil, and 2 large eggs. Stir into the dry ingredients just until combined. Stir in 1 cup coarsely grated zucchini and ¼ cup finely chopped chives.

Spoon 1 heaping Tbsp of batter into each tin and spread over bottom.

Evenly sprinkle ¼ cup diced ham and ½ cup shredded Swiss among the tins. Spoon another heaping Tbsp of batter over the filling, spreading to cover. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Spinach Cheddar Muffins (bottom right)

Grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a large mixing bowl, mix 1½ cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda, and ½ tsp salt. Stir 6 Tbsp melted butter, 1 egg, 1 cup whole milk, ½ cup thawed, drained, and squeezed dry frozen chopped spinach, and 1 cup shredded Cheddar.

Spoon 2 Tbsp batter into each muffin cup. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


Bacon Cheddar Muffins (2nd bottom)

Grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 ½ cups flour, 1 Tbsp baking powder, and ½ Tbsp sugar; add 1 cup shredded cheddar and 1 pound of cooked, crumbled bacon.

In a small bowl beat together 1 egg, 1 cup milk, and ¼ cup vegetable oil. Add wet ingredients to dry until just combined, don’t over beat. Evenly divide batter among muffin tins. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. /p>


Mini Chicken Pot Pies (bottom left corner)

Grease a 12 cup muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, combine 1⅓ cup shredded cooked chicken, 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables, 1 (10 ½ ounce) can cream of chicken soup, ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic salt, 2 Tbsp sliced green onions, and ½ tsp pepper; set aside.

From 2 cans of Pillsbury Grand Biscuits (16 total, bake 4 regularly to eat for breakfast), roll out each biscuit on a floured surface into a thin circle. Place a rolled out biscuit into each muffin cup, pressing into the bottom and up the sides. Repeat for all 12 cups.

Take a fork and pierce the biscuit to let air escape. Evenly spoon pot pie mixture into each biscuit cup. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, bake for 1 to 2 minutes longer or until cheese melts.

16 Recipes for the Perfect Shrimp Dinner



Shrimp is not only a savory seafood to please most any palate, it's also a Vitamin D powerhouse.

Vitamin D is not easy to get in measurable amounts in foods, but shrimp has about 30 percent of the daily recommended allowance in about three ounces – much more than a cup of milk with less fat. Shrimp also contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C, along with other nutrients essential for vibrant health, including iron and vitamin B12.


1. Curried Shrimp and Rice




2. Shrimp Salad




3. Cheesy Shrimp and Rice Casserole




4. Shrimp Scampi




5. Barbecue Shrimp with Pecan Rice




6. Herb Crusted Shrimp and Oven Fries




7. Easy Garlic Shrimp over Buttered Noodles




8. Coconut Shrimp and Rice




9. Garlic Lime and Shrimp Pasta




10. Spicy Shrimp and Broccoli




11. Slow Cooker Shrimp Creole Soup




12. Sesame Shrimp with Snow Peas and Baby Corn




13. Zesty Spiced Shrimp




14. Stir-Fried Lemon Shrimp and Asparagus




15. Broccoli Shrimp with Orzo




16. Shrimp and Rice Florentine





10 Deliciously Easy Ways to Make Chicken


Restaurant Bourbon Chicken


You don't have to give up taste by cooking at home. This recipe is money-saving and quick, so you'll be better off cooking it yourself instead of ordering takeout. 



Pulled Smoky Chicken Sandwiches with Cheddar

Liquid Smoke is all natural (it comes from actual hardwood and mesquite chips) and adds the flavor of a backyard smoker without the wait. Pairing it with chicken in this recipe is a heavenly duo.



Mozzarella Chicken


This recipe has only five ingredients but they simply deliver great taste in an easy weeknight dinner favorite, especially for cheese lovers!



Captain Crunch Chicken

Captain Crunch isn't just for breakfast anymore. It's a delicious coating for chicken that Planet Hollywood mixes with a few spices to produce a sweet, crunchy chicken tender that kids and adults alike can't get enough of. This is a great copycat of the restaurant version.



Sesame Chicken Recipe


This sesame chicken recipe will satisfy your taste for take-out Chinese Sesame Chicken. Since the chicken is not deep fried, you get all the take-out taste without the added pounds.



Smothered Chicken


The South is the known for barbecues, ranches, and tight knit families; where a hearty crowd pleasing recipe is a must to have on hand. No matter where you're from this is a family meal that will bring everyone to the table and asking for seconds. 



Potato Chip Chicken Casserole


With just enough potato chips to top this casserole, this casserole is a kid favorite. They get their favorite snack with dinner while eating a great, hearty meal. 



Honey Baked Chicken

 Honey Baked Chicken

Coated with a honey glaze and a hint of curry, this is an easy 5 ingredient baked chicken recipe that requires almost no time in the kitchen. 



Chicken Pot Pie

If you thought frozen chicken pot pie was good food, you need to try this homemade version. It's easy to make and will convert you from frozen chicken pot pie. Forever.



Chicken Scampi

If you're not a fan of seafood or you want a budget version of shrimp scampi, this recipe uses much less expensive chicken instead of shrimp with all the robust flavor of the scampi sauce.




7 Soups to Soothe Your Soul


Homemade Vegetable Soup


A hearty vegetable soup can warm you on the coldest of days while providing your body with the vitamin packed nourishment it needs to stay strong through the worst of storms. 



Crock Pot Chicken Soup

Chicken soup really is good for the soul, and making it in the crockpot is good for a weary body. Let the crock pot do the work while you take time to be kind to yourself.



Zesty Taco Soup


Sometimes the best medicine is adding some zest to your day to energize you. Taco soup is the perfect spicy little energizing meal.



Baked Potato Soup


Add some biscuits for dipping into this thick hearty soup and you've got an easy, filling dinner.



Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup


With so many recipes that call for canned soups, substitute with this homemade condensed cream of chicken soup to make them healhier (and more flavorful). 



Gazpacho Soup Recipe


This Spanish style soup is not only exotic and flavorful, but it's also good for you. Low in calories but filled with flavor and power veggies, it's the one you need to get you going.  



Curtido Salvadoreño Soup Recipe


Curtido Salvadoreño is a much loved salad in El Salvador. This recipe takes all the deliciousness of the salad and creates a simple, filling soup that will transport you to another place. 




Fast and Easy Family Dinners

Crispy Pork Cutlets



4, 5, 6 and 7 ingredient dinner recipes have just a few ingredients and loads of flavor! Start saving time and money in your kitchen with these family-friendly recipes, packed with delicious options.



Chicken Recipes

4-7 Ingredient Chicken Recipes

4 to 7 ingredient chicken dinners are great tasting recipes for everyday dinners.

Made with chicken and easy to find pantry ingredients, these no-fuss high flavor dinners make having a home cooked meal easy.

4-7 Ingredient Chicken Recipes

Beef Recipes

4-7 Ingredient Beef

4 to 7 ingredient beef dinners are recipes that have few ingredients but a lot of flavor.

It doesn't take much to put together a great homemade dinner, because the recipes don't require exotic or expensive items.

4-7 Ingredient Beef Recipes

Pork Recipes

4-7 Ingredient Pork

4 to 7 ingredient pork meals feature sausage, bacon, ham and other cuts of pork with a few added ingredients for delicious home cooked dinners.

From classic chili or herbed pork chops to cherry glazed ham you have a variety of easy ways to make dinner.

4-7 Ingredient Pork Recipes

Meatless and Seafood

4-7 Ingredient Meatless and Seafood

4 to 7 ingredient pasta pizza and seafood meals are super easy to put together on busy nights.

These recipes give pasta robust flavor to make it much more than oridinary spaghetti. Pizza gets packed with taste and shrimp and fish add variety to the mix.

4-7 Ingredient Meatless Recipes


Salad Recipes, Soup Recipes and Side Dish Recipes


Homemade Soup Recipes to Start Dinner

Soup Recipes

Soup Recipes

Soup for the soul...try recipes for creamy to noodle filled, savory, hearty, and classics. Soup isn't just for sick days!

A hearty soup can be the main meal or a lighter soup can be the starter course for a leisurely dinner.

Check out all our favorites and delicious healthy versions we've made over the years.


Side Dishes to Go With the Main Meal

Side Dish Recipes

Side Dish Recipes

The main dish doesn't have to take center stage when paired with mouth watering hearty sides to complete dinner.

With so many choices you can easily serve up the side dish that takes a meal from ordinary to awesome.

Any of our easy side dishes are perfect for dinner tonight.


Hot and Cold Salad Recipes

Salad Recipes

Salad Recipes

For hot days, light lunches, picnics, potlucks and classic sandwiches; salads aren't confined to lettuce leaves and diets. Make a classic or a daring new taste with our great selection of salad recipes.

From the classic salads like macaroni salad, potato salad, egg salad, and tuna salad to the dessert Ambrosia and Jello salads; we've got plenty of great ideas from our families to yours.




Mama Shirley's Old Fashioned Recipes


Mama Shirley was a loving grandmother, mother, and wife who believed that the kitchen was the heart of the home. She cooked hearty soul-satisfying meals for her husband and six children while using everyday ingredients.

The family dinner at the table was part of a nightly routine that created a strong bond with all of her children. On Sundays she would wake up early to begin the prep for special Sunday dinners. It was always just the kids, Dad and Mama Shirley...but those were pretty special people to her.

Yeast cakes were combined with the ingredients that would eventually become soft, fluffy rolls. Beef was tenderized and vegetables chopped to make mouth-watering stew. Dough was rolled for pie, filled with the succulent fruit of the season and topped with freshly whipped cream.

The family memories that were created were something her children would cherish always, even more so after her passing. Those memories, and the time spent with her in the kitchen as she cooked, helped shape their lives.

Mama Shirley left us far too soon, but her family dinners live on through her recipes. The fluffy rolls are still rising, the pies are still baked with just the right amount of sugar and spices, and the kitchen table is still set with the good dishes on Sundays.

This is happening in other kitchens now, with Mama Shirley's love of family and good home cooking at the heart of it all. We hope your family enjoys Mama Shirley's recipes as much as we did growing up, and still do with our own families.






Crock Pot Recipes for the Crockpot and Slow Cooker


Crock Pot Recipes

Crock pot recipes are perfect for busy cooks. Cooking dinner after a long day is something a lot of people don't look forward to, so they end up eating unhealthy take out food or they throw something in the microwave just to get dinner over and done with.

A great slow cooker recipes stash and a crockpotwill solve the dinner dilemma. There are an incredible amount of recipes for tasty main dishes, side dishes and desserts that are easy to make.

You can get everything ready in the crock pot in the morning, and then walk in the door in the evening to a wonderful home cooked meal.

We've cooked each of these crock pot recipes with a great selection of different ingredients and meal types (all with pictures). There are main dishes with beef, ground beef, pork, chicken and turkey for dinners to please every preference.

You're sure to find the perfect crockpot recipe to help you create a great tasting meal that is easy to make.

Crock Pot Dinners






8 Weeks of Dinner Menus & Recipes


Click on the link for each week to get the full week of easy dinner ideas and the meal plans that go with each day. They're simple, tasty home cooked meals your family will enjoy. 



Week One

Week One Menu

Week Two

Week Two Menu

Week Three

Week Three Menu

Week Four

Week Four Menu

Week Five

Week Five Menu

Week Six

Week Six Menu

Week Seven

Week Seven Menu

Week Eight

Week Eight Menu

Dessert Recipes

Dessert Recipes

Side Dishes


Side Dish Recipes

Side dishes add the extra excitement to meals. These great side dishes go with everything from elegant holiday meals to a relaxed pot roast meal during the week.

With hearty corn pudding, garlic mashed potatoes, and more...we'll have you wondering if dessert is actually the best part of the meal!

With lots of great side dishes, plus tasty dinner recipes in our easy recipes section and our four weeks of dinner recipes, putting together a great meal from start to finish is a snap.




Baked Corn Pudding Recipe


This corn pudding recipe (also referred to as baked corn) is a classic southern comfort food. There are many variations although this recipe is simple, straightforward and above all, tasty. It is slightly sweet due to the use of creamed corn, but mostly it has been described as savory.

Corn pudding can be served year round, however it often makes an appearance at the Thanksgiving or Easter dinner table. Its great served with ribs, ham, chicken, turkey, or just about anything you want to serve different side dishes with.

This amazing baked corn recipe freezes well, but you will rarely (if ever) have leftovers to freeze. 


1 can creamed corn
1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup butter (melted)
One 8 oz. container sour cream
1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
1 tablespoon sugar


1. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl.

2. Bake in 9 x 13 buttered pan at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.



Alfredo Sauce Recipe


This is such an easy and tasty Alfredo sauce recipe. You may never go back to jars again. In fact, it will take you longer to read this recipe then it will for you to make.

Alfredo Sauce consists of 3 very basic ingredients: Parmesan cheese, heavy cream and 1 stick of butter. You can use the microwave to semi-melt the butter and then use the mixer to blend in the cream and cheese until it resembles soft cottage cheese.

Once tossed with hot pasta, the butter will continue to melt and coat every bite with its savory flavor.


1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
pepper to taste
1/2 cup butter


1. Grate cheese. Cut butter into quarters.

2. In glass serving bowl, combine cheese, butter and cream.

3. Cook at MEDIUM 3 - 4 minutes or until butter melts. Stir well.



Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is one of those Thanksgiving dinner traditions that sometimes gets more attention than the turkey itself.

This sinfully delicious sweet potato casserole is filled with fluffy sweet potatoes on the inside and a crunchy pecan topping.

It is the perfect sweet side dish for turkey, or any other light meat.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Casserole Ingredients:

4 cups mashed sweet potatoes
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter
1/3 cup light cream

Topping Ingredients:

1 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup butter, melted


1. Mix casserole ingredients together, beating well until smooth.

2. Place into greased 2 quart casserole dish.

3. Combine brown sugar and flour for topping, being sure to smooth any lumps.

4. Add pecans and butter to topping mixture. Pour topping evenly over top of sweet potatoes in casserole dish.

5. Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 25 to 35 minutes. Serves 8.




Onion Roasted Potatoes


Onion Roasted Potaotes Recipe


1 envelope Lipton onion recipe soup mix
2 lb. all-purpose potatoes, cut into large chunks
1/3 cup olive or vegetable oil


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In large plastic bag, add all ingredients.

2. Close bag and shake until potatoes are evenly coated.

3. Empty potatoes into shallow baking or roasting pan; discard bag.

4. Bake, stirring occasionally, 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden brown. Garnish, if desired, with chopped parsley.



Broccoli Cheese Bake


Broccoli Cheese Bake Recipe


5 boxes frozen chopped broccoli
1 pound Velveeta cheese
Salt, black pepper, garlic powder (all to taste)
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 sleeve Ritz crackers


1. Cook broccoli.

2. Melt 1 stick butter and Velveeta cheese (careful not to burn). Season broccoli. Add cheese mixture.

3. Crumble crackers and mix throughout, saving some for the top. Dot casserole with remaining butter.

4. Bake 20−25 minutes at 350 degrees F.



Roast Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe


8 to 10 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup olive oil
4 russet potatoes
2 Tablespoons butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Asiago cheese, grated
2 Tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Put the garlic and olive oil in a heavy saucepan over lowest possible heat and simmer until soft; 30 to 40 minutes.

2. Drain off oil (reserve for marinades or vinaigrettes).

3. Puree garlic; set aside.

4. Meanwhile, prick potatoes with a fork and bake in a 400°F oven for 1 hour, or until soft. While still hot, peel and mash, or pass through a potato ricer.

5. Melt butter in heavy cream; whisk in puréed garlic.

6. Stir into potatoes.

7. Stir in cheeses and season with salt and pepper.

8. Spoon into a gratin dish.

9. Place in a 400 degrees F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until browned and bubbling.



Twice Baked Potato Recipe


This twice baked potato recipe is a great use of those leftover mashed potatoes. Adding onion to the mix and a generous coating of cheddar cheese really breathes new life into the potatoes, which may have suffered a different fate.

If desired add chopped chives instead of onions and serve with a dollop of sour cream. Or add crunchy bacon bits, once plated.


Cold leftover mashed potatoes (enough to fill baking dish)
1 medium onion, chopped
1/8 -1/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese  


1. Mix the chopped onion into the cold mashed potatoes. Add milk a little at a time, if the potatoes are too stiff and/or thick.

2. Put potato mixture into a greased 9 x13 baking dish and spread/mash evenly into the dish.

3. Sprinkle shredded cheese over top of potato mixture.

4. Cover dish with foil or a lid and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.



Cute and Cheap Ways to Organize Your Desk

 Desk Organization

Organizing your desk can be like organizing your kitchen junk drawer, a never-ending task.Get a few ideas for how to make it easier, prettier, and with the right tools...a way to make sure it stays that way. You don't have to go as girly as shown, there are endless design choices at places like Ikea, Target and any office store. You can use dividers that may be designed to hold silverware as the perfect way to corral paperclip, pen, pencils and other little items.

Organizing may not be fun, but it is definitely rewarding. Keeping your spaces clutter free is good for the soul, and saves tons of time when you're searching for that something you need right now!


Easy Mole Sauce Recipe

Easy Mole Sauce

This mole sauce recipe is an easy version of the Mexican mole sauce; a type of gravy with chiles, chocolate and seasonings. Mole is tasty on chicken (as suggested in this recipe) but works equally well on enchiladas or beef.


2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup water
3 large dried chilies
2 onions; chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
2 cups tomato sauce
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1 oz. square unsweetened baking chocolate


1. Combine salt, pepper, water, chiles and onions in a saucepan. Simmer for 30 minutes on low.

2. Add garlic, tomato sauce, sugar, cinnamon and chocolate.

3. Stir until heated through and chocolate is melted, then serve over chicken. Garnish with fresh cilantro.


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Onion Ring Recipe

Onion Ring Recipe

This onion ring recipeis so popular because onion rings are found on nearly every chain restaurant's menu, and people love them.

Not only is this appetizer popular in America, it's also enjoyed around the world in places such as Canada, Australia, Europe and parts of Asia. The crispy beer batter adds crunch and flavor that coats the onion. The onion in turn, almost melts in the batter and subsequently in your mouth.

These onion rings will go fast, so you may want to double-up or triple-up if you're cooking for a large crowd.

Onion Rings Ingredients:

2 large white onions
1 cup beer
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp oil
1 beaten egg


1. Slice onions into ¼ inch slices.

2. Separate into rings.

3. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, egg, beer and oil.

4. Blend until smooth.

5. Dip onion rings into batter to coat well, fry in hot oil at 375 degrees until golden brown.

6. Drain on paper towels, serve hot.


Sliced Baked Potatoes


Sliced Baked Potatoes Recipe


4 medium potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons melted butter or margarine
3 Tablespoons herbs (dried or fresh - parsley, chives, thyme or sage or any of your favorites)
4 Tablespoons grated Cheddar cheese
1 ½ Tablespoon Parmesan cheese


1. Scrub and rinse potatoes and if the skins are tough peel them.

2. Cut potatoes into thin slices but not all the way through.

3. Put potatoes in a baking dish and fan them slightly. Sprinkle with salt and sprinkle melted butter over them. Finish off by sprinkling them with the herbs.

4. Bake potatoes at 425 degrees F for 50 minutes. Remove from oven.

5. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake potatoes for another 10 to 15 minutes until they are lightly browned and cheeses are melted, and potatoes are soft inside, using a fork to test.



Baked Beans Recipe


A BBQ favorite, this baked beans recipe is always a welcome addition. Using a can of beans as a base and then adding a few ingredients take the canned beans from o.k. to yummy.

The distinctive sharp taste of the mustard, ranging from sweet to spicy, contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the brown sugar. Brown sugar is sucrose sugar that contains molasses, the dark having a higher content than the light, adding to its flavor.

Add America's favorite condiment (is it ketchup or catsup?) and the enticingly aromatic bacon and you've got a great side dish.   If you are watching your middle, take a look at our healthy baked beans version. 


1 large can pork and beans
1 tsp or more mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup catsup
1/2 pound bacon


1. Grease large baking pan.

2. Mix all ingredients except bacon, pour into baking pan.

3. Place strips of bacon on top.

4. Cook for 45 minutes or 1 hour at 350F.



Cheddar Corn Bake

Cheddar Corn Bake

Cheddar Corn Bake Recipe


1 stick butter, melted
1 large onion, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 can (16 oz.) creamed corn
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


1. In a medium saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat.

2. Add onion and peppers and cook until softened, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove from heat. Combine remaining 6 tablespoons butter, eggs, and sour cream in a large bowl. Whisk together until smooth.

4. Mix in corn, cornmeal, salt and pepper. Stir in cheese and onion−pepper mixture.

5. Turn into a 2−quart buttered baking dish. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until puffed and golden.



Glazed Carrots


Glazed Carrots Recipe


3 cups carrots, sliced
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. orange peel, grated
Parsley, chopped


1. Cook carrots in 1 inch boiling water 10 to 20 minutes or until tender. Drain.

2. In small saucepan, melt butter, stir in syrup, ginger and orange peel, cool 1 minute.

3. Pour glaze over carrots, stir, garnish with chopped parsley.