Easy Weekly Dinner Menu #102: Recipes You Should Have Tried in 2014!

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4 minutes
June 3, 2016
Andi Gleeson

This menu of easy dinner recipes features some of my favorite dishes that didn’t get much attention in 2014!This menu of easy dinner recipes features some of my favorite dishes that didn't get much attention in 2014!

Hi, everyone! Happy New Year! I can’t say that I’m ready for it to be January 2nd. I was still enjoying the Christmas season, which went by all too fast, and I always feel sad that I have to wait almost a year for the holidays to come again. I’m just going to eat some chocolate out of my (still hanging) stocking and try to get excited about Valentine’s Day I guess.

While I’m feeling sorry for myself, why not feel sorry for seven easy dinner recipes too? Today’s dinner menu is full of seven recipes from the last year that I absolutely loved but that didn’t get much attention. I’m hoping if I tell you again about how good these dinners are, you’ll be convinced to try them. If not, feel free to tell me (nicely) in the comments why they aren’t your favorites!

  1. Chicken Sausage Gumbo – This recipe makes me sad. It is seriously one of the best things I cook, but it hasn’t gotten much love here. I saved it up for a year before posting it and was so excited to share it! I think maybe it’s too time consuming? It’s definitely not a weeknight meal but a great Sunday dinner. If you like gumbo, you should try it!The Best Chicken and Sausage Gumbo #cajun
  2. Chicken Parmesan Casserole – I thought this easy, tasty dinner would be popular. Everyone loves chicken parmesan, and this casserole is a simple way to make it. Womp. Womp. This one was only a hit at our house!Chicken Parmesan Casserole - wearychef.com
  3. Franks and Beans with Sweet Potatoes – Love this dinner, love the photos. Maybe franks and beans just doesn’t sound appealing. I promise this dish is flavorful and good for you, and you should try it!These Franks and Beans with Sweet Potatoes are a hearty, comforting, healthy dinner! - wearychef.com
  4. Gluten-Free Thai Chicken Pizza – I know having the words “gluten free” in a recipe title might say, “Don’t look at me!” to everyone who can eat wheat, but here’s the thing: This recipe works just as well with any crust! The “gluten free” part is completely optional. If you like Thai flavors, you’d love this pizza.Gluten-Free Thai Peanut Chicken Pizza - A quick and easy dinner idea!
  5. Layered Mexican Barley Casserole – I get it that this one sounds weird. Who eats barley anyway? This one is so good though. I couldn’t wait to eat leftovers the next day!Mexican Barley Casserole - Barley gets a chance to shine in this fun and tasty dinner recipe!
  6. Open-Faced Turkey over Cornbread – This one may win for most ignored recipe of 2014. This is really good! Are there too many words in the title? Do you not like the photos? We’re talking about turkey and homemade gravy on top of easy seasoned cornbread. Plus, it only takes about a half hour! You need to try this one. Open-Faced Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich over Cornbread - Get the taste of Thanksgiving dinner in an easy weeknight dinner!
  7. Spicy Pepper Jack Cheese Rice with Turkey – Maybe this one isn’t shown well in the photos, or maybe it sounds weird. For some reason, this easy rice bowl was not a hit, but it should have been! If you like meat, cheese, rice, and spice, you should really try this. (Even if you don’t like spice, you could leave that part out.)This spicy cheese rice bowl is an easy, hearty dinner loaded with ground turkey, pepper jack cheese, rice, and peppers.

Thanks so much for your patience the past two weeks while I took a break from writing new dinner recipes. I enjoyed spending time with my family, and now I’m energized and excited about lots of recipes I will share with you in the coming weeks! Talk to you soon!

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Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

15 comments

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet
9 years ago

That open faced turkey cornbread is calling my name! Now I’m hungry!

Andi
9 years ago

Thanks so much, Nancy!

Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)
9 years ago

I always get my feelings hurt when I go on and on about a recipe and then it doesn’t get much attention. Then there are those that go crazy and I would have never thought they would. I love seeing this list of yours. Your gumbo looks awesome too!

Andi
9 years ago

I am usually a terrible judge of what recipes will do well and which will flop. I just keep sharing what I like and hoping for the best! Thanks, Jaren :)

Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
9 years ago

Isn’t it a mystery why some recipes take off and others don’t? I can never figure out which ones are going to be best received. I think the Chicken Parmesan Casserole and Open-Faced Turkey Over Cornbread sound delicious! Pinned!

Andi
9 years ago

Yes, I can’t understand why some of my favorites don’t do better. Thanks so much, Kristine!

Beth
9 years ago

I love that you offer dinner suggestions to your readers each week, even as a food blogger I struggle with that!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Beth! I don’t know how you even have the energy to make dinner when you’re busy making all those gorgeous donuts and cute holiday foods :)

Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner
9 years ago

The chicken parm casserole looks right up my alley! I’ll be giving that one a try Andi! Happy New Year!

Andi
9 years ago

Thanks so much, Deb!

Melanie | Melanie Makes
9 years ago

I always find that the recipes I think are going to be a hit, never are – looks like I’m not alone! That gumbo sounds delicious!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you, Melanie! It is so hard (or impossible?) to predict what is going to do well!

Cate @ Chez CateyLou
9 years ago

These poor, neglected recipes! They all look amazing, especially the gumbo! That sounds like the perfect recipe to make some weekend this month! I’m so glad you had a nice time off, and can’t wait to see all the delicious recipes you make in 2015!

Andi
9 years ago

Thank you so much, Cate! I’m looking forward to seeing what you bring in 2015 too :)

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