Easy Dinner Recipes and Menus
We've put together eight weeks worth of easy dinner recipes, complete with the easy recipes for each day's main dish and side dishes. 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. We've done the meal plans so you can forget worrying about what's for dinner tonight.
These easy dinner recipe ideas are simple, tasty home cooked meals your family will enjoy. If you need more dinner recipes, you'll find plenty in our easy recipes collection.
If you're watching your waistline or just trying to eat healthier, try the Eight Weeks of Healthy Dinner Recipes. They are tasty, healthy and just as easy to make as the traditional easy dinners!
Even More Easy Dinner Recipes
While this section of Moms Who Think is titled Easy Dinner Recipes, the easy prep and cooking methods aren't the heart of it. The free fully planned out weekly menus are.
What's for Dinner Tonight?
This is the dreaded question for way too many families. By not knowing what's for dinner in advance, you are probably spending more than you need to on meals. Even worse, opting for takeout can blow a budget (and your health) in no time flat. Another big negative of shopping for dinner on the fly is waste. You may buy things like fresh veggies that end up going bad because you don't have the right ingredients to put together a full meal.
If you've used a shopping list, then you know you spend less than the times you walk into a store to pick up "one or two things". While a shopping list is a great start, it won't save you very much without a plan. Saving time and money are the biggest benefits of a meal plan, but having stress-free planned family dinners is priceless.
With 8 weeks of dinner menus, when you're at the grocery store on any given week you'll buy only what you need for the planned meals. You won't have to run out for ingredients mid-week and you won't have shopping bags full of vague dinner ideas.
You can easily mix and match the recipes from different weeks to fit your family's personal tastes. It's not that much work to customize each plan. Each week has 2 to 3 chicken recipes, 2 beef recipes, 1 or 2 pork recipes, and 1 meat-free recipe.
If you use the weekly plans as is, all you need to do is create a shopping list (our printable Grocery Shopping List includes more than just dinner items).
Not only is having a plan for your meals each week a great way to save money, but it's also an investment in good health. When you plan your meals, you tend to steer clear of the pre-made processed foods that seem easier than meal planning (but end up being far more difficult when you factor in health issues that appear from poor eating habits).
Start with one week at a time. Print out the week that appeals to you the most, or just print enough individual recipes from different weeks to cover a full week of dinners. A bonus to having the recipes printed out is that cooking duties can be shared when the recipes and the ingredients are all on hand and easy to use.
The hardest part of planning dinners is the actual planning, and that's done for you. Added to that is the recipes are all easy. Easy as in taste great but don't require an hour or more prepping and cooking. Give meal planning a try with the easy dinner recipe weeks. You'll find the savings are substantial and best of all..."what's for dinner?" won't be a source of stress any longer.