Easy Weekly Dinner Menu #26 – We are not gourmets.

3 minutes
March 22, 2023
Andi Gleeson

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:

  1. 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.Lemon Chicken Soup - Delicious, #easy #chickensoup #recipe by @wearychef
  2. 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.10-minute dinner idea: Sausage Sandwiches | wearychef.com
  3. 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!Easy Ravioli Lasagna - A few ingredients make a hearty Italian dinner! by @wearychef
  4. 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.Slow Cooker Beef Tips over Rice - You'll love this easy dump and go #crockpot #recipe! wearychef.com
  5. 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.Chicken with Wild Rice Salad - Try something different with this #dinnersalad #recipe by @wearychef
  6. 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.Easy Pineapple Shrimp Skewers or Stir Fry!
  7. 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!Chili Lime Fish Tacos - Healthy #taco #dinner ready in 15 minutes! by @wearychefEasy Black Beans and Rice by @wearychef

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I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with you!

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.


Gloria Phillips (@simplygloria1)
11 years ago

You seriously crack me up! I love when our kids can be so easily pleased!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you, Gloria! I’m glad I can amuse someone besides myself ;)

11 years ago

Andi – I have a similar soup recipe and it is the best! Now I need to make it – pinned and will share!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you, Deb! Is your recipe on your blog? I’ll go look for it and try your version too!

11 years ago

I would like some of everything please :-) now what’s this I hear about margarita night? The post office must have lost my invitation haha. You should definitely be glad your son likes the dip. It is REAL food you’re serving him. Refried beans, cheese. That’s awesome! And if he’s eating edamame and apple alongside–wow. I call that a huge score.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

It’s a sangria party and it’s going on now! So wish you could come!

Thank you for the encouragement about my kids’ eating habits. I like you more and more all the time.

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