Mom, what’s for dinner? I’m hungry. Is dinner ready? How long until dinner is ready? And the chorus goes on and on and on. No matter how many times you cook dinner, someone always expects to eat dinner again the next day. Is this reasonable? I think not! But here we are, needing to make dinner yet again. Here are five simple ideas for the next time someone asks – What’s for Dinner?
Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken
I can never have enough simple, tasty chicken dinners in my recipe arsenal. Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken is one of my favorites. The recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken thighs, but I use whatever chicken I have in the freezer. Drumsticks and thighs are my kids favorites, so we do that quite often. Serve with rice and a vegetable – Dinner is Done!
Crock Pot Chili
I love chili. It is one of my go-to comfort meals, especially in the cold winter months. Crock Pot Chicken Chili is my simple formula for perfect chili with very little work. The recipe is versatile. Switch chicken for beef, venison, or sausage. If meat is not your thing, throw everything in the crock pot and omit the meat.
Crock Pot Tikka Masala
On a random trip through the grocery store I came across Tikka Masala sauce. I knew of it, but had never tried it. Turns out it is delicious and easily pairs with just about anything in my humble opinion. More of a method than a recipe, use jarred tikka masala sauce over your favorite protein and/or veggies and let it simmer in the crock pot on low for the day. Serve with rice, potatoes, or bread. One example of my tikka masala magic: venison roast cut into cubes, red onion chunks, mushrooms halved, and chopped carrots. Serve this marvelous concoction over rice. Simple and delicious.
Crock Pot Pulled Pork/Chicken
Pulled pork sandwiches are a favorite in my house. Using your crock pot, it becomes an easy one pot meal. Place a pork butt or pork roast into the crock pot. Rub with your favorite spice rub. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. To throw dinner together you need a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce, a package of hamburger buns, and a bag of chips. Pull apart the meat using a couple forks or a fork and a knife, add BBQ sauce and stir to combine. Dinner is done! Use the same method using boneless, skinless chicken breasts for a change of pace.
Crock Pot Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff is one of my favorite meals. I don’t know what it is about it, but I have loved it since I was a child. My preferred way to make it is in the oven in a black enamel pan. But on those busy days I can not attend to the oven, the crock pot saves the day. Click here for my recipe. Serve over egg noodles or rice. If you want to get fancy add a salad and some rolls.
What’s for Dinner?
So the next time the masses ask – What’s for dinner? – here are a few suggestions from my kitchen to yours. I hope you find these ideas simple and they help you muddle through another week of cooking dinner. Happy Cooking!