Quick Dinner Ideas: A Series

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Quick dinner ideas are life-savers! Not only do they help us make dinner quickly, but they also help us save money and help us eat more healthfully. Let’s say no to take-out this month.

Quick Dinner Ideas | A Series from GoodCheapEats.com

Don’t you just love tradition? I mean, Cinnamon Rolls on Christmas morning, and eating whatever you want on your birthday, and making sure that the nut butter covers both slices of bread with the jam in between. Tradition is important, people.

I am a stickler for tradition. So as October is starting, so is another 31-day series on Good Cheap Eats. I’ve done this for quite a few years. It’s fun, and it gives me a chance to unleash new ideas in quick succession.

In the past I’ve written these 31-day series:

31 Days of Quick Dinner Ideas

This year, in honor of my new cookbook and the idea that homemade dinners should be quicker and easier than running to Taco Bell, I’m going to be presenting 31 Days of Quick Dinner Ideas.

I hope you’ll join me throughout the month, as I share guest posts, giveaways, and good cheap eats to help you make dinner quickly, easily, and economically.

Be sure to pin this post, as I’ll be updating it with links to all the posts in the series. If you’re feeling really pinteresty, you can follow my Quick Dinner Ideas Pinboard.

  1. This introduction 😉
  2. Easy Chicken and Green Beans
  3. A Mexican Buffet is a Quick Dinner
  4. A Meal Plan Can Speed Up Dinner
  5. Quick Sandwich Recipes
  6. Creamy Mushroom Pilaf
  7. Make Dinnertimes Easier
  8. Quick BBQ Ideas
  9. Quick Pizza Nights
  10. Easy Meal Planning Tips
  11. Sloppy Joes Variations
  12. 5 Quick Fix Dinner Ideas
  13. Polenta: Why I Love It and a Quick & Cheesy Polenta Recipe
  14. Recipe Sharing Sites to Help You Find a Quick Dinner Idea
  15. Salade Composee: What the Heck is That and Why Should I Make It for Dinner?
  16. Grocery Shortcuts to Help You Make Dinner Quickly
  17. Dinner Party Ideas That Won’t Take All Day to Cook
  18. Win a Copy of Good Cheap Eats Dinners in 30 Minutes (or Less)
  19. Lawnmower Taco Recipe
  20. Why You Should Plan for Taco Tuesdays
  21. Pumpkin Biscuits
  22. Stir the Pot: The Soup Pot
  23. Why a Burrito Really Isn’t That Hard to Make
  24. Frozen Chicken Tenders and Why You Should Buy Them
  25. Meal Prep Ideas for Quick Dinners All Week
  26. Quick Fix Dinners to Save You Time and Money
  27. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadilla
  28. 5 Quick and Easy Pasta Dinners
  29. Cheese Enchiladas
  30. Quick Whole 30 Dinners
  31. Make Breakfast for Dinner

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the years, it’s that time always goes by more quickly than I think it will. I can have great plans to cook a long, leisurely meal, but inevitably, something gets in the way of my plan. Having a list of quick dinner ideas comes in handy at these times.

So, we’ll be cultivating that list this next month. I hope you’ll come ready to share your tips and tricks for getting a home cooked meal on the table without a lot of hassle.

What’s one of YOUR favorite Quick Dinner Ideas?

P.S. I’m participating in 31 Days.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Janet says

    Last night I had 30 minutes notice that I would be hosting three extra children for dinner. I made penne with meat sauce served with cinnamon rolls and applesauce. I always keep a variety of pasta in the pantry along with prepared meat sauce in the freezer. I try to keep at least a couple types of bread, rolls or muffins in the freezer as well. That way I can easily get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less.

  2. Karen J says

    First of all, I received my copy of your new cookbook from Amazon yesterday! Tons of good recipes. Congratulations on a successful launch!
    My favorite 30 minute meals are beans and rice (made with frozen cooked rice from the freezer steamed back into existence), pasta and prepared pesto with salad, chili dogs, salmon burgers from Costco, and breakfast for dinner.

    • Tastycook says

      Tonight we got home from town with barely an hour to make something to eat, eat it and get back out + we also needed to finish picking our raspberries. So. . . I had a tomato basil soup in the freezer which started defrosting while we picked the rasps and then we made turkey sandwiches to go with our soup. And time to spare!

  3. Stephanie M. says

    Many times, I do my prep work in the morning and then when it’s time to cook, I have everything ready. Often times, prep work takes longer than the actual cooking process. Here is one recipe that I make when I don’t have time to fuss with a more time consuming dinner.

    Beef Casserole

    2 lbs. ground beef
    1 large chopped onion
    5 oz. cooked and drained noodles
    1 (10.75 oz,.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
    1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
    1 cup sour cream
    salt and pepper to taste
    1 can sliced mushrooms

    In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add cooked noodles, soups, sour cream, mushrooms, and salt and pepper; mix well. Transfer to a greased 3 qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through.

    This tastes a lot like Hamburger Helper but it’s homemade.

    Many times, I cook the noodles in the morning and let them sit till I’m ready. This cuts back on the time spent cooking this meal. Noodles can even be cooked the night before and refrigerated till needed.

  4. Laurie says

    This time of year I try to plan crockpot soups that can cook all day. Night before last I cut up the onion, celery and potatoes and soaked the beans for Senate Bean Soup (a family fave). In the morning I put it all in the cp with water and ham shanks. Pulled the meat off the shanks when I got home and adjusted seasonings and made some corn bread. The big win is I freezed enough leftovers for another night.

  5. Laurie says

    I ordered and received your new cookbook. I’ve already picked out several recipes to make. I’m now retired and have more time to cook but don’t want to be spending all my time in the kitchen!

  6. sukey says

    One of my favorite quick dinners is risotto. You can be creative and use whatever odds and ends you have around. It’s a great way to use cheese ends, a few stray vegetables, small pieces of meat that aren’t enough on their own. Risotto can be as simple (lemon and thyme) or as complicated as you like. It’s good filling comfort food. In the same vein, another quick dinner is an omelet. There, too, you can use bits and pieces of things.

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