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24 Yummy and Easy Dinner Ideas

Try these Yummy and Easy Dinner Ideas

Sometimes you just need a few ideas to get you started so that you will be inspired. Or perhaps you’ve opened your refrigerator and wondered what you can feed the kids with minimum effort? I have this list on my refrigerator and when I need inspiration, I just look for something that ‘fits the bill’. They are not fabulously creative – they are not recipes – they mostly just ensure that we get fed. (Cooking is so NOT my thing!)

We’ve listed some of our favourite easy dinner ideas – feel free to add your ideas to our Facebook post below:

Easy dinner ideas:

Super easy ideas that you can throw together in 5 – 10 minutes.

  1. Cheesy pasta and veg
  2. Homemade pizza – ham/chicken &/or sweetcorn, tomato, zucchini, olives, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese, egg

    The kids help with pizza
  3. Omelette/scrambled egg/poached egg on toast
  4. Steamed veg with grated cheese
  5. Chicken/cheese/avocado on toast – grilled
  6. Ham/cheese/tomato/pineapple on toast
  7. Tuna & sweetcorn & mayo pasta
  8. Tuna/ham/chicken/salmon salad – lettuce, tomato, cheese, sweetcorn, mushroom, egg, avocado, grated carrot
  9. Bought roast chicken & salad wraps – lettuce, tomato, cheese, cucumber

Favourite dinner ideas:

These ideas are crowd pleasers at my house – some take longer than others, but they are assured of a good response.

  1. Roast – pork/lamb
  2. Chicken & vegetable skewers – alternate chicken with zucchini, mushrooms, capsicum, pineapple, eggplant
  3. Jacket potato – tuna & sweetcorn or ham and pineapple

    Ham & pineapple jacket potato
  4. Tacos – mince, diced tomato, grated cheese, shredded lettuce, guacamole, sour cream
  5. Nachos – mince, diced tomato, grated cheese, shredded lettuce, guacamole, sour cream
  6. Spaghetti Bolognese – with fresh basil
  7. Lasagne – chips & vegetables
  8. Salmon pasta bake
  9. Chow Mein – mince, snow peas, grated carrot, red capsicum & noodles
  10. Butter chicken/prawns & rice
  11. Chicken Korma & rice
  12. Pork chops & vegetables

Slow cooker favourites:

When the day is going to be busy and you just need it to be ready on time, hot and tasty.

  1. Apricot chicken
  2. Beef goulash
  3. Beef stroganoff

Posted by Families Magazine – Brisbane on Friday, 20 March 2015

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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