Greetings, Fellow Chefs! Is it Saturday again already? Then it’s time for your next easy weekly dinner menu! Before I get to your seven easy dinner ideas, let me tell you what my kids consider fine dining. Last night was movie night for the boys, so I made them a very impressive “bean dip” with fruit and veggies. This dip consisted of heating canned refried beans sprinkled with a little shredded Mexican cheese in the microwave. That is it. No salsa, seasoning, sour cream, or anything extra. I served it with edamame, sliced apples, and rainbow vegetable corn chips.
You should have heard the squeals of delight and shouts of “Yummy!” coming from the living room when I presented them with this feast. My oldest thanked me several times for the delicious bean dip and asked if he could have it again tomorrow. I’m not sure if I should be happy that they are so easy to please or sad that they don’t have better taste! I’m going to go with being happy because I can’t complain about preparing such an easy meal and having them clean their plates. The Pants and I will continue enjoying slightly higher end cuisine, and I’m sure the boys will grow into eating “our food” eventually.
OK, now onto the real menu:
- Lemon Chicken Soup – This is an oldie but goodie, and the photo is new and improved. This is one of the recipes I mentioned making with rotisserie chicken in my “5 Ways to Save Money on Meat” post earlier this week. The other one was the chicken salad included later in this list.
- Speedy Sausage Sandwiches – There are easy dinners, and there are “No seriously, I only have 10 minutes to cook” dinners. This is one of the latter. Slice your choice of fully-cooked sausages in half lengthwise, and brown well on both sides. Place them on sandwich rolls with sauerkraut, mustard, and any other condiments you like and call it dinner! Make fries to go with it if you have time, or serve with chips and fresh fruit and veggies.
- Easy Ravioli Lasagna – This original recipe came from Top Notch Mom, and I changed it up a tad to make it a one-dish meal. It is a very easy alternative to regular lasagna!
- Slow Cooker Beef Tips over Rice – I just got a new slow cooker this week after retiring our old one, so I can start making crockpot recipes again! I wanted to make slow-roasted beef without using canned soups, and this recipe was a hit.
- Chicken and Wild Rice Salad – This hearty dinner salad filled with chicken, avocado, fruit, and rice has a great mix of flavors you will love.
- Pineapple Shrimp – You can make this sweet and sour shrimp recipe as skewers or stir fry. It uses the same poppy seed dressing from the Chicken and Wild Rice Salad. Serve with rice.
- Chili Lime Fish Tacos with Easy Black Beans and Rice – No Weary Chef menu would be complete without a fiesta night, and you can’t go wrong with fish tacos and beans and rice!
I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with you!