17 Easy Dinner Ideas

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I have two requirements for week night dinners: Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes

I love to be in the kitchen to bake………but when it comes to cooking, I like to get in and out.

I’ve been collecting recipes I’m finding around the web for dinner ideas – some I’ve tried already, some are on my list  and others are on my Eats & Drinks  pinterest board.

What's for dinner? I have two requirements for week night dinners: Easy & Quick Here are 17 QUICK AND EASY DINNER IDEAS to take the stress out of your weekly meal planning!


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What’s easier than a one dish meal that can be prepared all in one pot too! …… THAT is my dream dinner!  Kevin and Amanda shared a recipe for Spicy Sausage Pasta that I can’t WAIT to try! I love that it has summer sausage instead of our usual chicken or ground beef with pasta.

We first made  Chicken Enchilada Puffs last fall, and they have since showed up on our menu at least once a month!  All of the taste of a chicken enchilada rolled up in a crescent roll.  Toss up a salad while they are in the oven and you have a quick and easy dinner the whole family will love! – these are great left over too!

Pork Tenderloin is on our table a few times a month – I usually just season and toss on the grill, which is super easy, but I was starting to get a little bored with it.  Enter the day I found the Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin over at C+C Marriage Factory.  This recipe changed my life! …..ok, maybe not really, but this is one FABULOUS pork tenderloin, it’s tender, juicy and mildly sweet.  You can pop in the crockpot in the morning and serve with your favorite sides, or as sandwiches or wraps.  I would guess it would be delicious leftover…..but we never have any left over to try!

This Chicken Spaghetti Recipe has been on my must make list for a while, but for some reason I haven’t made it yet.  What I love about it, besides being a one pot dish, is you can use a Rotisserie Chicken!  I love to pick those up for a really quick dinner and I love using them in recipes.

More quick & easy dinner recipes

Southwestern Club Wrap

Lemon Chicken Spaghetti Toss

Basic Roasted Chicken

Crispy Gnocchi with Basil Pesto

Blackened Tilapia Sandwich

Chili Rubbed Pork with Pineapple Salsa

Red Pepper Chicken

Grilled Italian Pizza

Rosemary Grilled Scallops

Easy Pasta with Vegetables

Asian Chicken  Salad Lettuce Wraps

Lemon Spaghetti

Spicy Bow Tie with Broccoli and Sausage

Because every good dinner is better served on beautiful dinnerware, TidyMom sponsor,  Mikasa would like to give 8 place settings of Mikasa dinnerware to one lucky TidyMom reader!  How cool is that?!

UPDATE:  Giveaway has ended!

Congrats to comment #423 Heather

Heather said she loves the Italian Countryside pattern!

Mikasa Giveaway WIN 8 place settings from TidyMom

I have selected three of my favorite patterns, and the winner will get to chose which of those 3 patterns they would like to win!

Choose from: 40 piece Italian Countryside |  32 piece Swirl Black | 32 piece Anissa

If you are looking for great tips for entertaining and styling your dinnerware, be sure to check out Mikasa’s The Great Dinner Party  for lots of great tips for parties and more in their Table Tips section.


Simply leave a comment on this post telling me which of these 3 patterns you would choose.  That’s it! (if you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email)

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  • Let me know if you Like Mikasa and TidyMom on Facebook
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Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only . Must be over 18. Giveaway will end on April 19 2012 at 5:00 pm CST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. TidyMom, and Mikasa are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails.

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. I would love the Italian Countryside! I am moving this summer and would love to start fresh with a new set of dining ware! Thank you for hosting this incredible giveaway!

  2. I would love the Italian Countryside. They are so pretty.

  3. I like the Mikasa Anissa pattern, so pretty!

  4. I love the ANISA style. Very countryish…..

  5. I love the Anissa pattern

  6. I would love Italian Countryside. I was on line looking for new dishes earlier this week, these would be great.

  7. I would for sure choose Anissa….I’m drawn to the solid colors but need a little more color in my kitchen!

  8. I love the Italian Countryside, so pretty!

  9. Love the Italian Countryside! Love your blog too!

  10. I loooved the Anissa!! 🙂

  11. I like you BOTH on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson

  12. I’m not sure my comment saying I followeed you BOTH on Facebook showed up (Carolsue Andeson)
    (Just wanted to make sure I got it in)

    I also posted your button on my blog here:

  13. I luv the Italian Countryside and your blog!

  14. I really like the swirl black!

  15. I would love the Italian Countryside!

  16. I love the Italian Countryside dishes! And thanks so much for sharing all the yummy recipes that you do. I’ve pinned lots of them & just need to get busy cooking!

  17. I liked TidyMom on Facebook.

  18. I liked Mikasa on Facebook.

  19. Hard decision but I think the Anissa is the most interesting! Thank you for the giveaway!

  20. I like Mikasa and TidyMom on facebook!

  21. My favorite design for the dinner plates are, Italian Countryside… I love the clean yet inviting look of white. I would dress this set up with lots of color using some of the great recipes on this blog… Thanks for sharing…

  22. Without a doubt I would choose Italian Country Side – my husband, however, wrinkles his noise at all things white (“They’re CREAM.” I tell him). He would choose Black Swirl and so we’d end up settling on Anissa, which is within both our tastes! Hope we win!!

  23. The Black Swirl Mikasa is my favorite since is it not like anything I have ever had! Unique! TidyMom is a wonderful blog and always helpful/interesting!

  24. Love Italian Countryside! Got a setting as a wedding gift for a couple a few years ago and it’s been on my wish list ever since!

  25. I like Tidy Mom on Facebook!

  26. The Anissa is my favorite!

  27. Like Tidy Mom and Mikasa on Facebook. Love the Italian Countryside pattern! Hope I win! 🙂

  28. Italian Countryside

  29. Thank you for sharing. The Italian Countryside caught my eye.

  30. Thank you for sharing. The Italian Country Side caught my eye. Your blog is lovely.

  31. Thank you for sharing. Your blog is lovely. If chosen, the Italian Country Side caught my eye.

  32. I love the black swirl pattern! So clean, yet contemporary, and will show off the food nicely!

  33. I ‘liked’ you on FB!

  34. I liked Mikasa on FB!

  35. I LOVE the Italian Countryside pattern. White always looks so clean.

  36. I love the Italian Countryside pattern! I have a thing for white dishes and serve ware 🙂

  37. I already like you on FB 🙂

  38. I like Mikasa on FB

  39. Heck yes I like TidyMom on FB (Julie Espy)

  40. I want the black swirl set! Please. 🙂

  41. I linked up my Inside-Out Cheesecake Cookies. Thanks so much for the giveaway and party.

  42. I love Tidy Mom and I’d love the Mikasa Italian Countryside!

  43. Ilike the italian countryside 🙂

  44. I like Mikasa and Tidy Mom on Facebook

  45. I’d choose the Anisa pattern. It’s simply darling.

  46. I’d choose the Anisa ones.

  47. Already like Tidy Mom on FB 🙂

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