What to Have for Dinner Tonight | Plus Sunday Dinner Ideas for Family
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I seem to ask myself this question daily! What to have for dinner tonight?
You would think as a food blogger, I would have a 5-course dinner on the table, every night (with a beaming smile). NEWS FLASH my friends, it is untrue! I scramble and struggle just like you.
The other day I was joking with my husband and son, as I scrambled to put something on the table; I said, I should create a meme of a food bloggers family — showing them eating, oh I don’t know…. apple pie, banana bread or queso — for dinner! 🙂
You asked for more easy, dinner recipes and here are 7 fantabulous and satisfying recipes to make for dinner!
What to Have for Dinner Tonight?
7 Slam-Dunk Meals to answer the question, what to have for dinner tonight?
So how would you answer that question, pop down to the comments at the very end of this post, and let me know? I’ll wait….
Glad you’re back! I cannot wait to read what you are having for dinner tonight!
These recipes are tried and true, mostly healthy and always delicious! And just in time to inspire your Sunday Dinner Ideas.
What to Have for Dinner Tonight - 7 Easy Dinners to make this week
Healthy Mongolian Beef
Brand new recipe! This Mongolian Beef tastes better than take-out AND it only takes 20 minutes to make. Less sugar than traditional recipes, steam up some rice and broccoli you have a filling, healthy dinner!
Bow-Tie Pasta | A Creamy Pasta Recipe
You can make this easy, creamy pasta in your Instant Pot and it's so satisfying! I give stovetop instructions too! Pair with some cheesy bread and a salad! Whoop!
Easy Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya
One of my most popular recipes, this you control the heat chicken and sausage jambalaya can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop. You will LOVE this easy recipe.
Creamy Chicken Poblano Soup
Pair this brothy, delicious creamy poblano soup with a crisp green salad and you have dinner!
Easy Crockpot Butter Chicken (or Stovetop)
This butter chicken recipe has just a teensy bit of butter for a healthier version and it is so good. With immune boosting spices and creamy coconut milk, it will become a family favorite! Don't forget the homemade Naan!
Bread and Butter Pot Roast
This easy recipe always gets loads of downloads at this time of year, this fall apart pot roast, will slow cook in your oven all day! Serve with potatoes and carrots or over a baked potato! YUM!
Best Cheesesteak Sandwich Recipe
Another dinner ready in 30 minutes or less! Love, love, love these easy cheesesteak sandwiches! Serve with or without a roll and a veggie side dish -- dinner!
My Favorite Sunday Dinner Ideas
Do you make a big meal for Sunday dinner? Sometimes I do, sometimes it’s leftovers or fend for yourself night. But as the weather cools, I love popping something in the oven or crockpot that will cook low and slow, so we can all sit down to dinner, relax and eat a healthy, delicious home-cooked meal.
Maybe you do too! Here are some of our family favorites.
Sunday Dinner Ideas for Family
Oven Baked Barbecue Beef Brisket
A seriously tender, flavorful, oven-baked brisket recipe! It's not fussy, no babysitting the smoker. BUT do start this the night before for the best flavor.
The Best Beef Stew Recipe
Original recipe by The Pioneer Woman with classic The Fresh Cooky tweaks, this beef stew tastes incredible, cooked low and slow in the oven! Pair it with a loaf of Beer Bread or Cheddar Biscuits.
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice
A Southern Classic, loaded with delicious kielbasa, healthy beans this is a winner for Sunday dinner!
Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
A family favorite in the winter and fall months, we call this SKI FOOD, because I typically throw the ingredients in the crockpot just before we head out skiing.
Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs
If you are looking for a restaurant quality recipe, fall off the bone tender ribs, this is it!
Grandpa Frank's Spaghetti Sauce | Authentic Italian Pasta Sauce
Our secret family recipe for Italian Red Sauce, this cooks low and slow as the flavors deepen it will become your family favorite too! Use over any pasta, dip homemade calzones in this delicious sauce.
Here are some of our favorite sides to go with these Sunday dinner ideas.
- Creamy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes or try these simple roasted Rosemary Potatoes
- Corn Pudding Casserole
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Honey Balsamic Glaze
- Tarragon Carrots
- Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits (biscuits & skillet bread)
- Sweet Molasses Brown Bread Rolls
- Cheddar Beer Popovers
Dessert, then Dinner?
Maybe, maybe not, but the weekends and occasional weeknight deserve dessert!
- Magnolia Banana Pudding
- Half Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies (Mini Skillet Cookies)
- Easy Chocolate Loaf Cake
- Nothing Bundt Cake Recipe | Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundtlets and Bundt Cake
- Basic Fudge Brownies with Fudge Frosting Option
My favorite tool this week is the pan that I used to cook the Mongolian Beef in, I use it for everything — in fact, it is actually called the EVERYTHING pan! It’s cast iron, part wok, part braiser, can go from the stovetop to the oven, I use it for so many things from cooking bacon to Penna alla Vodka.
It’s an investment, but for me it’s a worthy investment as you will have this pan for decades to come!
Popular TFC recipes on the blog and on Pinterest, these are tried and true with many reviews!
- Giant German Pretzels
- Traditional Oktoberfest Recipes
- Firecracker Chili (a spicy, but not hot chili recipe)
- Best Key Lime Pie
- Fruit Fly Trap
P.S. Did you know that clicking the links to the recipes on the blog is what ultimately provides the means for me to bring you fresh, new recipes each week! FREE TO YOU!
Browse through my recipe index, you will see morning sweet treats, 30 Minute Meals and Dinners of all sorts, sensational sides and of course drinks and desserts!
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About Kathleen Pope
Recipe Innovator | Food Photographer | Food Writer
Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.