Meal Planning Ideas – Miscellaneous (other)

Meal Planning Ideas – Miscellaneous (other)

How many times do you think “I have no idea what to do for dinner?” Things can get boring very quickly. Even with the best laid plans you still might look at it and shrug your shoulders. Been doing that lately ourselves. For me it’s literally just I’m kinda sick of cooking. Getting three meals on the table 7 days a week can get old. You just get in a funk for whatever reason. Now to brain storm so we can all get out of our funk. Let’s talk some random meals shall we.

When we get in a dinner rut I try to change things up and try some new recipes, pass the reins for a couple nights and or just plain get a break (way easier said than done I know).  As a benefit to both you and I, I’m working on a list of nothing but our random dinners.  I think it will be fun to see this list grow over time and how the rest of the lists grow as well.  I started this in my meal notebook, but thought I would share here for everyone.  Extra bonus is now I’ll have this available on the go as well.

Meal Ideas

This post is just as much for all of you as it is for me to be honest. Why? Because it’s hard to remember everything that you can make. Sometimes you just need to read through things to get reinspired. I won’t lie Pinterest in my best friend when it comes to new ideas. However, not all are keepers for us.

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With food being so personal one person’s favorites will be gross to someone else and that’s okay. For better or worst this post will be an ever evolving work in progress of all our favorites and go to’s for our randomness that fills our dinner menus. Eventually I’ll hope to have a recipe to link every one of them, but in the meantime use this as inspiration for your own benefit or use it for ideas to hop over to Pinterest to try your hand.

Meal Planning

Did you know that if you come up with a handful of go to recipes to keep in your back pocket you actually can get a great variety of recipes and not end up eating the same thing over and over again?

We split our meals up by main dish which means we have each dish (even our favorites) only about a half dozen times a year. Maybe a little more for our real favorites that are also great for picnics. But you get the idea. Besides the actual act of cooking it’s difficult to get into a rut this way unless you’re on a cooking strike which is another story. So let’s see what we have shall we?

What doesn’t fit into a nice little category.  I have these in our “other” category.  Actually includes fish mostly because we don’t have it a lot right now so because we’re not having it every week it’s just easier (for us anyway) to throw it in other.  Also includes our vegetarian or meatless options that don’t include pasta.

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Easy Random Dinner Ideas

  1. Pizza (could be it’s own category here but we’ll save that for another day) Look for a post on grilled pizza.
  2. Pizzadilla
  3. english muffin pizzas
  4. microwave pizza
  5. Rice and Beans

    Rice and beans
    love making this rice and beans in the microwave. Serve over rice and you’ve got yourself a meal

  6. Fish n chips
  7. Herbed fish

    Easy herbed fish
    Herbed fish is such a versatile recipe. Change it up just by changing your spice mixture.

  8. Cracker Fish
  9. Shrimp boil sheet pan dinner
  10. Jambalya
  11. Veggie Chili

    Crock pot veggie chili
    easy dump meal that’s super filling and delicious. Check out this crock pot veggie chili

  12. Cauliflower fried rice
  13. Snack night
  14. Stuffed Breads
  15. eggplant parm
  16. Steak n cheese pannini
  17. chicken chipotle pannini
  18. turkey n apple pannini
  19. Spicy Shrimp

    Spicy shrimp with gardening foodies
    Love this easy to make spicy shrimp recipe. Love the clean up even more.

  20. Fish Fillets
  21. cheesy skillet tuna
  22. Crockpot rissoto
  23. baked rissoto
  24. Quinoa stuffed peppers
  25. Fried Catfish
  26. Roast Veggie Quesadilla
  27. Eggplant pizza
  28. stuffed zuchini
  29. butternut squash noodles
  30. Salad (our go to during the summer.  Usually garden, chef or strawberry)

    Strawberry salad with candied nuts and mango balsamic dressing
    Strawberry salad became a quick favorite here. Twist on the melting pot salad this is an easy make at home version including candied nuts.

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