Dinner ideas involve thousands of creative activities, meal planning, cooking tips, as well as healthy recipes that can make your dinner time the kind that will not be easily forgotten. Below are some very exciting dinner ideas that will turn your dinner time with your family or friends into a very memorable experience. Most of these ingredients and seasonings you may already have in your spice rack or refrigerator so time to put them to good use.
Frugal Bean Dinner
Use a variety of canned beans to make a hearty chili. Beans are known to be great sources of protein; they can equally supply fiber and foliate to the human body. A hearty Triple Bean Chili is always a wallet friendly dinner idea.
To prepare this chili, you can make a combination of one can of rinsed pinto beans, one chopped medium onion, one can of rinsed red kidney beans, one can of black beans, one chopped green onion, two cans of chopped tomatoes, one carrot sliced into ¼ inch coins, two cans of chopped tomatoes with the juice, one teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon of fresh ground pepper and two teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Combine all these ingredients in a crock pot, cook at high temperature for about six hours and serve with a toasted corn bread or on top of cooked rice with fresh salad.
Frugal Pasta Dinner
Hearty and filling whole wheat pasta is just ideal for a great frugal dinner. Whole wheat pasta is known to be loaded with whole grains and fiber, some brands even contain protein.
The first step to preparing this frugal dinner is to cook a full box of whole wheat pasta for about 10 minutes, after which you transfer the pasta to a large bowl and add one can of drained and chopped tomatoes, one minced garlic clove, ¼ cup of chopped basil, ¼ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of shredded Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup of chopped basil, ¼ cup of chopped kalamata and a pinch of kosher salt. Mix the pasta and the other ingredients in a large bowl and serve with toasted Italian bread and fresh salad.
Frugal Vegetable Dinners
Going vegan for your dinner will save you money and still deliver the needed flavor and nutrition.
To start this dish, you mix up a cup of whole wheat bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon of parsley, ½ cup of Parmesan and a pinch of salt. Cut a peeled eggplant into half inch rounds and dredge the eggplant in a bowl that contains a cup of flour, then dip into a bowl that contains beaten egg. Roll each eggplant piece in the breadcrumb mixture and place the eggplant in a heated skillet with 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Fry one side for 2 minutes and place the cooked eggplant on a cookie sheet, place in a preheated 350 degree oven. Cook eggplant for about 15 minutes, while it cooks, get a jar of tomato sauce heated and serve the hot eggplant with the tomato sauce on top.
Making dinner doesn’t have to be dreadful or boring. Mix it up and try these for dinner this week.
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