What Should I Make for Dinner Tonight?

Dinner Ideas for Tonight

Another day, another dinner. I love food. My whole day revolves around food. Generally speaking, I always thinking about my next meal.

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But every once and a while I just can’t make up my mind. Or nothing sounds good. Have you been there? The age old question what should I make tonight for dinner?

Collage of colorful easy dinner ideas

So I came up with a fun game that gets us out of comfort zone and makes me feel less guilty about my ridiculous cookbook hoarding habit.

Recipes page in a cookbook
Dinner Ideas for Tonight

I love the pretty pictures and trying new recipes, so I buy them with the best intentions and then…. you know how this story ends. They just collect dust on my counter or get lost in a cupboard.

I’ve found a solution to both of my issues:

  1. What do I want for dinner?
  2. What are you going to do with all of those cookbooks?

I call it recipe roulette. If I could have an actual wheel of dinner in my kitchen, I would. Kinda like a food and drink wheel of fortune.

My family has found some of our most favorite recipes from this simple little game. Gets us out of our comfort zone and trying new things.

Several of them are also popular on the site:

So here are the steps for the “What’s for dinner?” Game:

ONE. Generally speaking, you’ll want to plan a little ahead for this one. I actually plan the menu on Sunday, so I can go grocery shopping for the week. But if you have a stocked kitchen, this shouldn’t be an issue.

TWO. Find a cookbook you want to use. Take a brief look at the Table of Contents and identify a group of pages that will fit your needs. This is my favorite weeknight dinner cookbook.

Weeknight Cookbook Recipes
Weeknight Dinner Cookbooks

For example, if you don’t want soup for dinner, don’t select those pages. If you don’t want fish, omit those pages. Try to find some pages in a row.

If you need a way to decide what protein or section to even choose from, then we move to the paper ball game (more on that below).

Seafood section of cookbook
What’s For Dinner Game

I AM FULL OF FOOD GAMES!!!!

THREE. Take those pages between your fingers and randomly turn to a page.

selecting a recipe for dinner
Selecting a recipe for dinner

FOUR. You must select one of the recipes on those pages. No second chances (unless it is something really outlandish!).

FIVE. Make the recipe and explore something new! Enjoy!

Dinner Recipe Suggestions
Recipe Suggestions for Dinner

Looks like we are having halibut for dinner!

Dinner Recipes

Here is a group of easy dinner ideas for our own site. Perfect recipes for the home cook. Some are cooking from scratch and others semi-homemade, but one thing is for sure. Dinner will be ready and on the table in less than an hour from start to finish… some are even 30 minutes!

overhead of smothered beef burritos
Smothered Beef Burritos

Beef Recipes:

Beef is one of our favorite dinner solutions. Whether it is a juicy steak on the grill or ground beef in a casserole, it is sure to please. Learn more about beef dinner ideas and how to cook them in each of these recipes.

Crispy Mexican Chicken

Chicken Recipes:

Chicken recipes range the gamut from easy to hard, simple to complex. The one thing we all know is that chicken can get boring. Here are just a few chicken dinner recipes to brighten up your evening from chicken breasts, to chicken thighs, drumsticks and of course, chicken wings.

Onion Soup Mix Grilled Pork Chops is a easy pork chop recipe. Its wonderful when you can find a recipe that doesn't take too much time out of your day. #grilledporkchops #easyporkchoprecipes #grillingporkchops www.savoryexperiments.com
French Onion Grilled Boneless Pork Chops

Pork Recipes:

Pork comes in so many forms. The most common is probably bacon and if we were listing bacon recipes, this would be a long list. Has you have it, we really like pork and prepare it often in the form of pork chops, sausages, ribs, tenderloins and loins. Even pork butt (also known as a pork shoulder which is a whole other story….). Check out our favorite pork dinner recipes!

Lemony Artichoke Pesto is a fresh and punchy sauce perfect for summer meals and pasta. Takes only minutes to make, stores and freezes well and makes an excellent gift. Top with pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes and Parmesan Reggiano cheese. www.savoryexperiments.com
Artichoke and Lemon Pesto

Pasta Recipes:

There is nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of pasta. Pasta recipes bring a smile to my face. Did you know that every culture has a type of pasta as part of their diet?

Simple with flour and water, sometimes egg and then other elements, this is a truly a dish that breaks across cultural barriers.

And each type of pasta, of which there are over 500 varieties, is made with a particular purpose in mind depending on size and shape. Fascinating!

Voodoo Shrimp Creole is a tomato-based dish using shrimp and beer to make a sweet and spicy broth. Serve over rice or grits for a full meal. #voodooshrimp #shrimpcreole www.savoryexperiments.com
Voodoo Shrimp Creole

Seafood Recipes:

People tend to be intimidated to prepare seafood at home. The general scope ranges from shellfish and crustaceans to gilled fish and beyond like uni or eel. Salmon, crab, shrimp, scallops, lobster they are all good choices.

The truth is that sefood can be a healthy dinner idea and also cut down on cooking time, as they generally take less time to cook than other protiens.

The trick is to be confident on how you cook them and also where you buy them, both for freshness and price. Here are our favorite seafood recipes.

Rainbow French Bread Pizza Recipe
Rainbow French Bread Pizza Recipe

Vegetarian Dishes:

Whether you eat vegetarian as a lifestyle or just need a recipe for meatless Monday, here are a few that are sure to please and won’t have you missing meat in any way.

We hope that we’ve answered your questions what should I make for dinner tonight. Recipes for tasty main dishes and more!

If you are looking for appetizers, side dishes, like this roasted baby potatoes recipe, or even desserts– click on the links for recipes!

Click on any of these links to find great recipes and even more fabulous lists of ideas for dinner tonight. And if you are still stumped, shoot me an email for some more ideas.

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How can I make cheap meals?

Look for ingredients on sale and base your recipes around those. Choose ingredients you can use in multiple recipes and for goodness sake, use coupons! Pasta, rice and potatoes are always good, filling bases that cost little.

What is good comfort food.

I think the answer to this question varies from person to person, but I think we can all agree that cheese, starches and carbohydrates all make for good comfort food.

What is the most popular meal in the world?

1. Salad. No matter what cuisine you are looking at, salad is number one.
2. Chicken. Again, a common thread through many cultures.
3. Pasta. As mentioned before, nearly all cultures have some unique form of pasta.

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