17 Easy Dinner Ideas | I’m Lovin’ It {linky party}


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

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 Dinner Ideas  pinterest board.

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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, who found it from Let’s Dish Recipes!  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.


To Enter Giveaway

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 pick the Italian Countryside pattern. Lovely! Thanks for the recipes. That spicy sausage pasta looks awesome.

  2. I would love that Italian Countryside:)

  3. I like ya on facebook, that’s how I found out:)

  4. I would pick Italian Countryside. It is my fave! 🙂

  5. I like TidyMom on FB.

  6. I like Mikasa on FB.

  7. I love Anissa!

  8. I like Tidymom on facebook

  9. Hi – I would love to win the Mikasa Anissa set. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. Dorinda Selke

  10. Loving the Italian Countryside place settings. So simple and elegant, perfect for so many occasions!

  11. I like the Anissa dinnerware.

  12. I like Mikasa on facebook.

  13. I like TidyMom on facebook.

  14. I love all 3 patterns, but would pick Italian Countryside due to it’s versatility. You can dress it up or keep it Casual. Thanks for the entry!

  15. I absolutely love the crisp white Italian Countryside set! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I like Mikasa on facebook.

  17. I like TidyMom on facebook.

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  19. Anissa!

  20. I’d love the Italian countryside set of plates

  21. Italian countryside would go with just about any table you set!!

  22. I’d have to have the Italian Countryside!

  23. I like TidyMom on Facebook!

  24. Anissa, All the way! This book is needed for my picky eaters.

  25. I always prefer simple white patterns and Italian Countryside would be perfect!

  26. I like TidyMom on Facebook.

  27. I have been looking at white dinnerware and would love to have the Italian Countryside. As new empytnesters, we are starting to entertain more again, and my dishes don’t really allow me to by very creative with my table and decorations. I love your blog and all your creative ideas and recipies. Thanks so much.

  28. I hands down choose the Italian Countryside. It has a fresh couture feel to it, that perfectly matches my kitchen! The other two are gorgeous as well.

  29. Annisa

  30. I love the white design…you can add to it to match nearly any holiday decor!

  31. I like the Italian Countryside

  32. I like Mikasa and TidyMom on Facebook

  33. I tweeted Easy dinner ideas and a beautiful tabletop with #Mikasa #win 8 placesettings @TidyMom

  34. I would love to have Italian Countryside!! Absolutely Beautiful!!

  35. I like TidyMom and Mikasa on Facebook!!!

  36. I would choose the Black Swirl Mikasa set. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  37. I love Anissa! So cute and different!

  38. I am a fan of yours on Facebook!

  39. I am a fan of Mikasa on FB! Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Wow, that’s a tough decision! I’m having a hard time deciding between the Italian Countryside and the Anissa…

  41. I LOVE Anissa!

  42. And I like Tidy Mom on facebook 🙂

  43. Italian Countryside!

  44. I’d choose the Italian Countryside pattern. Love it!

  45. I like Mikasa and TidyMom on facebook.

  46. I love TidyMom and Mikasa!!! I’ve had my Mikasa dishes since I started my hopechest at age 19, over 25 years. I have the French Countryside pattern and I still love it but I think the Black Swirl would be a really nice update to add to it! Thank you for all your wonderful tips – keep them coming!!!

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