More Dinner Ideas

I decided the hardest part of fixing dinner is deciding what to cook.  So, I'm listing tons of dinner ideas here. I often put a week or 2-week or 4-week menu on the fridge and leave it there indefinitely.  Today I'm cleaning the fridge off and putting all the meal ideas here!  I have two lists: crock pot and everything else.  The vast majority of the "everything else" meals can be cooked in under 20 minutes...I don't have time for much more than that!

Slow Cooker / Crock Pot:

Maple Pork Chops
pork chops
maple syrup

Chicken & Dumplings
Place in slow cooker:
4 chicken breasts
2 Tb butter
2 (10 ounce cans) cream of chicken soup
1 chopped onion

Add water to cover chicken.  Add lid & cook on high for about 6 hours

30 minutes before serving, break up 2 packs of refrigerated biscuit dough & place in cooker.

Everything Else:

Black Bean Quesadillas:
black beans
refried beans

Mix it up, put it in a tortilla, and grill it on the foreman (or melt it in the microwave or grill it in the oven or on a frying pan)!

Zucchini Pasta:
yellow squash


Romaine-Fruit Salad
Romaine lettuce
mandarin oranges
chopped apple
chopped green onion
canned red beans, drained
salad dressing

Chicken Salad Sandwiches
1-1/2 cups chicken
3 Tb onion
1/4 cup celery
1/3 cup mayo
salt & pepper

Mix and put on rolls!

Cabbage Rice Casserole
Grease a 9"x13" pan.

Just cover the bottom of the pan with spaghetti sauce.

Cover sauce with a head of shredded cabbage.

Add 1 cup uncooked rice.

Add 2 cups water.

Add 2 pounds cooked ground beef.

Add 1 (28-ounce) can of spaghetti sauce.

Cover with cheese.

Cover with tin foil.  Cook for 1-3/4 hours.  Remove foil & cook for 15 minutes.

Cacciatore Pasta
Cook 1 pound pasta.

Cook 1 pound beef and 1 bell pepper.  Drain.

Add 1 (14 ounce) can spaghetti sauce.

4-1/2 ounce mushrooms.

Mix & serve!

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
Cook & shred chicken.

Add cooked rice, sour cream, red beans, and green enchilada sauce.

Roll in tortillas, cover with enchilada sauce and cheese.

Cook & serve!

Cheeseburger Rice
Cook & drain ground beef.

Add 1-3/4 c. water, 2/3 cup ketchup, 1 Tb mustard.  Stir well & boil.

Add 2 cups uncooked minute rice.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Cover, cook on low for 5 minutes.

Orange Chicken
Cook 4 chicken breasts.

Mix following:
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ginger
2 Tb soy sauce

Mix with chicken & cook until warm in saucepan or microwave.

Eggplant Rice
Cook rice.

Cook hamburger, eggplant, broccoli.

Add salt, pepper, garlic, oregano.

Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches

Oatmeal Wheat Pancakes
This recipe made enough pancakes for our family to have four meals.  We ate one and then froze the others!  It is adapted from here.

1- Mix these together (in a huge bowl) and let them sit while you prepare Step #2.

  • 8-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 7-1/2 cups rolled oats

2- In another bowl, mix:

  • 7-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

3- Pour flour mixture into oat mixture.

4- Beat 10 eggs and them to batter.

5- Cook up your pancakes!  If the batter is too thick, add more milk.