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Dinner Ideas

This is the first post in a 3 part meal planning series with the following topics: dinner ideas, lunch ideas, and my favorite meal planning tips

Looking for dinner ideas inspiration? Here are over 90 ideas for what to cook for dinner.

Does your mind go blank when coming up with dinner ideas? You sit down to meal plan and woosh every meal you have ever known is gone! 

Believe me. I feel ya! 

I used to hate when my husband would ask, “What’s for dinner?” I would secretly wish that food would just appear out of nowhere, but sadly that never happened. 😉

Half the battle of knowing what to cook for dinner is just having ideas. It makes grocery shopping easier too because you know what to get. 

That’s why it’s super helpful to have a list of dinner ideas to refer to. I call it a master list of meal ideas. My family has a list of about 30 dinners that we rotate on a regular basis. They are the tried and true meals that my family enjoys and I know how to cook well. 

Whenever I meal plan, I simply refer to my master list of dinner ideas and then choose a couple of simple side dishes.

In this post, I’ve added over 90 dinner ideas to provide you inspiration to make your own master list of dinner ideas. Of course, not every meal idea is going to be your family’s favorite. This list is meant to give you a bunch of ideas, so that you can add to your list of dinner inspiration.


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Italian/ Pasta Dinner Ideas

chicken parmesan
stuffed shells
baked ziti
beef stroganoff
chicken tetrazinni


Mexican Dinner Ideas

tacos (beef, chicken, pork, fish)
nacho bar
taco pie
taco salad


Meaty Dinner Ideas

pork tenderloin
roasted chicken
pot roast
roasted turkey
pork chops
chicken fried steak
chicken tenders
meatballs (BBQ, Swedish)
baked chicken (BBQ, Herbs)
gam (Sliced, Maple Glazed,fried steaks)
chicken pot pie


Sandwich Dinner Ideas

tuna melt
meatball subs
philly cheese steak
French dip
sloppy joes
loose meat
sausage dogs
BBQ pulled pork
BBQ pulled chicken
grilled or breaded chicken
egg and tomato

egg salad
chicken salad
tuna salad
ham salad
lobster roll
turkey wraps
pita sandwiches


Rice Dinner Ideas

beef and broccoli stir fry
beef tips over rice
cheesy chicken, broccoli and rice
cajun jambalaya
fried rice (chicken, pork, beef)
chicken teriyaki
Mexican rice
red beans, sausage, and rice
Korean beef bowl


Meatless Dinner Ideas

macaroni and cheese
salad bar
baked potato bar
bean and cheese burrito
broccoli alfredo
black bean stuffed peppers
spinach lasagna rolls
bean and veggie burrito bowl
eggplant parmesan
veggie fajita


Seafood Dinner Ideas

honey garlic butter salmon
fish tacos
shrimp fried rice
crab cakes
shrimp and sausage gumbo
garlic parmesan tilapia
baked honey marinated cod
fried catfish
seafood stuffed shells
shrimp enchiladas


Soup Dinner Ideas

loaded baked potato
vegetable (Beef, Chicken)
beef stew
chicken noodle
tomato basil
taco soup


I hope this list has given you much dinner inspiration and helped simplify your meal planning!

If you’d like to get a printed copy of this list along with 70+ side dish ideas, make sure you get your copy of WHAT TO COOK FOR DINNER available in my Etsy shop.


Dinner Ideas, what to cook for dinner printable


Here’s what is included in the workbook: 

1. 90+ Dinner Ideas divided into the following categories:

~Rice Dishes
~Hot and Cold Sandwiches

2. 70+ Side Dish Ideas divided into the following categories:
~Raw vegetables
~Creamy Salads
~Lettuce Salads
~Roasted and Steamed Vegetables
~Raw fruit
~Cooked fruit
~Rice and Quinoa

3. Helpful tips for saving time and making food healthier


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