7 Dinner Ideas For The Week Ahead

The week ahead is full of possibilities for dinner. Here are seven ideas to get you started:

1. Million Dollar Spaghetti: Not your traditional pasta and sauce but is always a hit with kids and adults alike. Plus, it's simple to make and can be cooked in one pot.

2. Grilled cheese and tomato soup – a classic comfort food combo that's perfect for chilly weather.

3. Sheet pan salmon with roasted vegetables – an easy and healthy meal that's ready in just 30 minutes.

4. One pot pasta with creamy tomato sauce – a simple and flavorful pasta dish that the whole family will love.

5. Pulled Pork Sammies – a hearty and comforting dish that's perfect for a weeknight dinner.

6. Chicken fajitas – a quick and easy Mexican favorite that's perfect for a busy weeknight.

7. Fried rice – an easy and customizable dish that can be made with leftover cooked rice and whatever ingredients you have on hand.

Million Dollar Spaghetti

I have made this for over 30 years and is very good. It is not your traditional pasta and sauce, but an elegant one-dish meal. It has a cheese filling with the mixture of hamburg and sauce on the top. The cheese filling is yummy with the spaghetti.

Grilled Mozzarella Cheese Sandwich

I saw a photo on Pinterest of a grilled cheese sandwich made with mozzarella cheese that looked simply amazing. So I made sandwiches today to reflect the photo. My DD said it tastes across between a cheese stick and French toast. I thought it was just as amazingly delicious as the photo with the crunch of the bread, the gooey mozzarella goodness oozing out. My DD and DH dipped it in red pasta...

Rustic Tomato Soup

A very flavorful rustic tomato soup. The mix of roasted and fresh, along with the canned base gives this soup a nice flavor. No cream needed, just a very nice rich tomato taste. Serve with a toasted baguette with melted cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich, and enjoy.

Pan Fried Salmon With Fresh Herb Sauce

This is a quick and enjoyable meal made of salmon that is pan fried until the skin crisps up. It is then served with a fresh sauce that includes, parsley, chervil, basil, lemon, tomatoes, and top quality olive oil. Good to serve for company but quick enough to serve for a worknight meal.

Roasted Carrots (And Other Vegetables)

Roasting vegetables brings out a natural sweetness without added sugar and concentrates flavors, so it's a favorite at our house. The basic carrot recipe here is borrowed from Ina Garten, and it can be used for broccoli, asparagus, sweet or white potatoes, onion wedges, small brussel sprouts, and even green beans. Times and seasonings may differ, but the method doesn't. Roasted...

Creamy Buttery Chicken Pasta Bake

I first posted this recipe to another site back in 2010,and decided to post it here also.And one of the best things about this recipe,it uses leftovers( Which should be no surprise to any of you who know me ;)). I had some leftover Fried Chicken and didn't want the same meal twice, so I came up with this.Any boneless skinless Fried Chicken with crust will work in this recipe.The taste of...

Pulled Pork Sammies

One of my favourite pulled pork recipes. This is always a hit at pot-luck events.

Chicken Fajitas

I usually love steak fajitas, but for chicken prepare this way, I will make an exception. It's the beer. I do this out on the grill in the cast iron skillet but you can do it inside on the stove. The plus side of doing it outdoors is the smoky flavor it imparts to the chicken and veggies.

New Year Fried Rice

I got this recipe from a Kikkoman booklet. I made it for the first time around 1993 and it was so good I never tried another fried rice recipe ever since.