What’s for Dinner?

It’s the question that everyone wants to know, but no one wants to figure out.

But don’t you worry! We are making dinner time a breeze with all of the best recipes – from casseroles to brinner to everything in between, we are here to help you out!

The main dish is typically the star of the dinner and is often the most filling of the entrees. Main dishes can be a protein like fish or chicken, they can be a soup, salad, or casserole. The portion serving size of each type can vary, but in general plan to serve 6-8 oz per person.




Nothing beats simple when it comes to dinner time.

Some of our easiest dinner recipes include a lot of:

The key is to make them kid-friendly or ones that require few ingredients, are quick and are enjoyed by the whole family.

Once you have your favorites, create a monthly meal plan to keep those favorites in rotation. And don’t be afraid to throw some new ones in there to find new favs!



Do it in advance!

Make ahead: Many main dishes can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer to be cooked later. 

  • Freezer tips: To easily get a stockpile of freezer meals simply double a recipe you are already making and freeze half of it.
  • Be sure to use a freezer safe container. Ziplocs are great. 
  • Meals can typically be frozen for 3-6 months. Thaw overnight before reheating. 

Be sure to check out each main dish recipe for tips and information on how to store and how to make meals ahead of time.



How Much to Make?

Amounts to serve: Planning on how much to make for your main dish can be a bit tricky. Some people eat more than expected and some eat less. Here are some guidelines that will help you as you plan: 

  • Pasta: Plan to serve 2-3 oz of dry pasta per person. If your recipe calls for 16 oz of pasta then the dish can serve about 6-8 guests. Now if you are adding c=veggies or portions to the pasta, then you will be able to serve about 8-10 guests. 
  • Meats: When you are serving beef, chicken or pork as the main dish pan to serve 8-12 oz per person. 
  • Casserole: I typically cut my 9×13” casserole dishes into 20 squares. I’ll usually calculate about 1 ½-2 squares per person. 

Soups or Stew: Plan to serve each guest 5-6 oz of soup or stew or 1 ½-2 cups.

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