Foodie Tuesday: What to make for dinner??…HUGE list of 100+ dinner ideas!

Welcome back to Foodie Tuesday! Last Friday our reader friend, Sarah, had a question about my methods of deal-shopping and buying bulk at Costco (see HERE). 

In my response I mentioned that I keep a big list of dinner ideas by my fridge.  This is SUPER DUPER helpful in terms of coming up with a variety of meals that can be made with things I typically have on-hand. I said I'd share this list with you, so here it is! It's also a great way to come up with uses for leftovers.

While I am bad at planning ahead for dinner (getting better though!), I firmly believe it's important to cook for your family rather than eating out or preparing processed meals. It's not only cheaper, but it teaches your family healthy habits and keeps you close as a family!

  • Keep a meal list like this close at-hand! You can even separate them out based on main ingredient, meals that can be frozen, how they are cooked (crockpot, baked, grilled, etc.), meals good enough to serve guests, etc. 
  • I also have a recipe notebook where I keep my favorite recipes so they are all in one place. If the recipe comes from a cook book, I photo copy it and keep it in the binder. That way you never have to say, “Now, where was that awesome chicken recipe again?….”

Here is the list I have to help me come up with what to make for dinner:

(If any of these require recipes I will try to post them over time and will update this list with links to the recipes. Otherwise, I recommend for recipes. Be sure to read the reviews!)

(Click HERE for a printable list)

  1. Hard Tacos, Tostadas, or Huevos Rancheros
  2. Mac ‘n Cheese (homemade)
  3. Chicken and rice
  4. Lasagna
  5. Paninis
  6. Homemade pizza
  7. Twice-baked potatoes
  8. Taco soup
  9. Stir fry
  10. Baked Ziti
  11. BBQ Chicken Salad
  12. Meatballs and rice
  13. Pulled BBQ chicken (sandwiches, put on a salad, etc.)
  14. Grilled chicken (season or marinade with whatever, and grill!)
  15. Beef & broccoli
  16. Chicken pot pie (easier than you think!)
  17. Fettuccine Alfredo (chicken, or shrimp)
  18. Pot roast (leftovers can be made into sandwiches)
  19. Burritos
  20. Fajitas
  21. Breakfast for dinner (eggs, pancakes/waffles, bacon…)
  22. Burgers and/or hotdogs
  23. Homemade corn dogs
  24. Chicken parmesan
  25. Chicken cordon bleu (easier than you would think, and so impressive! Great for guests.)
  26. Quesadillas (plain cheese, or steak, chicken)
  27. Pork chops
  28. Salmon
  29. Fish sticks (homemade or store-bought)
  30. Clam chowder
  31. Tomato bisque (I will try to post the recipe for this soon, I have the BEST recipe!)
  32. Baked italian sandwiches
  33. Cilantro-lime chicken
  34. Potato-topped casserole (like Shepherd's Pie)
  35. Minestrone soup
  36. Chicken noodle soup (homemade…serve with grilled cheese)
  37. Grilled-cheese sandwiches
  38. Creamy potato soup
  39. White chicken chili
  40. Crockpot salsa chicken (makes into great burritos or salads!)
  41. Italian wedding soup
  42. BLT's
  43. Beef or Pork Tenderloin
  44. Steak (grilled or broiled)
  45. Kabobs
  46. Breaded chicken (can bread with italian bread crumbs, graham crackers, saltines, potato chips)
  47. Sloppy joes
  48. Calzones
  49. Stuffed pasta shells
  50. Manicotti
  51. Spaghetti (and meatballs)
  52. French Bread Pizza
  53. Enchiladas
  54. Fried Chicken (baked or actually fried)
  55. Chicken nuggets (homemade…so easy!)
  56. Lemon chicken
  57. Chimichangas
  58. Fish ‘n Chips
  59. Pesto pasta
  60. Eggplant Parmesan
  61. Taco salad
  62. Tostadas
  63. Egg rolls (homemade)
  64. Chicken enchilada/tortilla soup
  65. Cheeseburger soup
  66. Corn chowder (various recipes, ham & corn chowder is good too)
  67. Tortellini
  68. Tortellini soup
  69. Stroganoff (chicken or beef)
  70. Crockpot alfredo lasagna
  71. Rotini Bake
  72. Vegetable lasagna
  73. Lasagna rolls (baked, or in crockpot)
  74. Bolognese sauce and pasta
  75. Spinach-bacon mac n cheese
  76. Tomato-bacon pasta
  77. Mexican chicken sandwiches
  78. Chicken wings
  79. Cheesy bacon chicken
  80. Dijon chicken
  81. Pulled chicken sandwiches (multiple recipe options)
  82. Cafe Rio pork salads or burritos (rice recipe HERE)
  83. Jambalaya
  84. Meatloaf
  85. Meatball subs
  86. French toast (stuffed or regular)
  87. KFC Bowls (mashed potatoes on bottom, then corn and breaded chicken bites on top)
  88. Ribs (grilled, baked, crockpot, etc)
  89. French dip sandwiches (roast in crockpot + au jus sauce = french dip)
  90. Stuffed pork chops
  91. Ham
  92. Crab cakes
  93. Sausage & pepper pasta
  94. Pad Tai
  95. Club salad
  96. Bowtie pasta & vegetables
  97. Chicken fingers
  98. Chicken & broccoli casserole
  99. French onion soup
  100. Orange chicken
  101. Waffles or crepes
  102. Stuffed Green Peppers
  103. LEFTOVERS! Anything that is already in your fridge, EAT IT or use it in another recipe!!
(Click HERE for the printable version of this list)

Hope this helps. I will continue to add to this list and will try to post recipes to these as I go along.
What is YOUR go-to for dinner?? 
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  1. l really appreciate what you posting and l am a girl who loves cookin and eating nice food ,so l would love you to send me lost of recieps so that l can also learn how to cook , l am an african

    thank you so much

  2. Love it! Although it would be nice to know the recipes that pass the freezer test… I know a few would!

  3. Oh my god, thank you so much for posting ideas for the classics that have graced the American dinner table for decades! I have been looking for this list for a very long time!

    I love food from all cultures, but don’t usually make it at home because I don’t know how, don’t keep the ingredients and don’t feel like facing the learning curve just yet.

    If you are looking for post ideas, may I suggest a similar list of side dishes?

    Much appreciated! 😀

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