Most people who cook for their families generally have a list of family favorites. I know we do. We often focus on what the kids like to make sure they will eat. Every so often however, we open the cabinets, the refrigerator, and the freezer, stand with our hands on our hips and say, “I don’t feel like any of this.” We want something different. It’s almost like a writer’s block. We are left wondering what to cook.
Here are a few ideas that we go to when we are left asking ourselves what’s for dinner. We try to make sure that all the meals use easy recipes for dinner and they are within our budget.
1) Spice it up.
We aren’t real big on spicy foods, but every once in a while it’s good. There are some Cajun meals like Jambalaya and Gumbo that are really easy to fix and add some zip and color to the dinner plate. If Cajun cooking isn’t high on your list of cooking ideas, think south of the border. Most people have Mexican food relegated to tacos and chili, but there is a world of burritos, enchiladas, and more that use easy recipes for dinner but add spice to the meal.
2) Go fishing.
This is more than Mrs. Paul’s ® Fish Sticks. Tilapia, Whiting, and other light fish are relatively inexpensive. There are a lot of very tasty healthy easy recipes that make fish an easy dinner recipe that has a delightful taste.
3) Visit the Orient
Chinese cooking in your own kitchen is among the easiest cooking you can do. A lot of meals use one pan – a deep frying pan. The ingredients are readily available in most grocery stores. If you are unsure, you can always go La Choy® even though it really isn’t what could be called authentic.
4) The Three “S” Meals.
Try soups, salads, and sandwiches. None of these are hard to put together. All of them allow for tasty kitchen experimentation. If you do a sandwich and a salad, there don’t have to be any pots and pans to wash. These can also healthy easy recipes for those who are wellness conscious.
5) Mangia il tuo cibo (Eat your food)
Italian cooking is more than just spaghetti or lasagna. Would it surprise you to learn that there are great Italian meals for beef, duck, chicken, and more? If you throw in the soups, sweetbreads, and delicacies, Italian for is some of the tastiest there is.
These are just some easy dinner recipe ideas for those times when you are left wondering what to cook. We don’t believe in doing things the hard way. Our kitchen exemplifies this. We focus on easy recipes for dinner and try to have some fun in the mix. We use all of these cooking ideas from time to time and it works out great for us. We hope it does for you, too.