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
  • Tweet this giveaway:  Easy dinner ideas and a beautiful tabletop with #Mikasa #win 8 place-settings @TidyMom
  • link up a post to I’m Lovin’ It linky below

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 Like Mikasa on facebook

  2. Love the Italian Countryside~

  3. I like Tidy Mom on Facebook!

  4. i like TidyMom of FB

  5. Love the Anissa!

  6. Like Tidy Mom on FB

  7. I like them all but think I would pick the Black Swirl.

  8. I like you on facebook.

  9. i would love to win the anissa dishes:-)

  10. i already like tidymom on facebook

  11. i just kiked mikasa on facebook!

  12. If I won, I’d choose the Italian Countryside pattern.

  13. I already like Tidy Mom on Facebook

  14. I like Mikasa on Facebook

  15. Anissa is my pattern of choice

  16. Love Italian Countryside. Timeless and versatile. 🙂

  17. The anissa for sure!

  18. I like mikassa and tidy mom on FB.

  19. I tweeted giveaway

  20. Love Mikasa – the plain white is perfect – everybody needs a nice basic white china

  21. I love the Swirl Black

  22. I ‘like’ Tidy Mom on FB

  23. I ‘like’ Mikasa on FB

  24. I love the Anissa Collection! Thx 4 the chance to win.

  25. I “LIKE” Mikasa on FB 🙂

  26. I would choose the Anissa set! Very pretty.

  27. I like Mikasa and TidyMom on Facebook

  28. Anissa

  29. liked Mikasa on fb

  30. liked Tidy Mom on fb for a long time!

  31. I love them all! I guess if I were to win I’d choose Italian countryside

  32. Like tidymom on DB!

  33. Love Tidymom! Thanks for the reminder about the giveaway.

  34. I love the crisp white of the Italian Countryside pattern!

  35. I like mikasa on fb too!

  36. Love the Italian Countryside pattern. Great giveaway!

  37. I like Tidy Mom on Facebook!

  38. I would chose The Italian Countryside. Simple and elegant.

  39. I like Mikasa on facebook!

  40. My husband and I have been shopping for replacement dinner ware and would love to win a set of the Anissa pattern!


  41. I liked TidyMom on facebook. ~ Italian Countryside Pattern

  42. Hi Cheryl,
    great giveaway! I already like your FB page, and will be heading over to Mikasa as well.
    I don’t need dishes for myself – but I my son does, and I know he would love the black set.
    But who wouldn’t!


  43. I LOVE the Anissa pattern! The set matches our kitchen perfectly & would be a wonderful early wedding present for us 🙂

  44. I already LIKE TidyMom & Mikasa on Facebook!

  45. I Tweeted the Giveaway! (@sQuirrelboTTom3)

  46. I linked up a post to the I’m Lovin’ It linky!

  47. I love your choices, Cheryl, they’re all really pretty If I were to win I would chose the Italian Country Side Pattern. That’s my favorite!

  48. I would choose the Italian Countryside. I am in the process of changing everything to this fabulous country blue, and the pattern is perfect, and white goes with everything!

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