10 Weeknight Go To Dinner Ideas

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Between working, packing school bags and keeping the house tidy, finding the time to serve a new dish to the dinner table can be almost impossible. At my house, I like to have a selection of easy and simple meals that have been made a thousand times before and require minimal effort. Unlike the uncertainty of starting a whole new recipe, weeknight go-to dinner meals can be cooked without much thought and are less time-consuming. This means that you can catch up on work or spend more time with the kids after school rather than be slaving away in the kitchen for hours on end.

I asked the community on Facebook recently what their go-to weeknight dinners are. Here are some of my favourite picks:


If you want to try something different, you could swap the beef mince for pork or turkey. This is definitely one of my top go-to meals.  Donna Hay has a delicious recipe here and this is my vegetable packed bolognese recipego to dinner meal idea

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These wraps are scrumptious. They’re quick to make and the kids can help assemble them too. Find recipes here and here.go-to dinner meal ideas

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Basil pesto pasta will keep you warm in the cooler months, and it’s ready in a flash! Find a recipe here or add a little Chicken and Bacon as I do in my recipe here.go-to dinner meal ideas

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Stir-fries can be made in 15 minutes or less, are super easy and taste good. It’s also a great dish to use up any vegetables you have in the fridge that are about to spoil. Check out my recipes here. 

Struggling for weeknight dinner ideas? In our busy household I like our weeknight dinners to be quick and easy. Stir-fries can be made in 15 minutes or less, are super easy and taste good.  It's also a great dish to use up any vegetables you have in the fridge that are about to spoil.


I like to make these at the end of the week and use leftover salad ingredients. Topped with cheese and salsa, these are delicious.  Find a recipe here.go-to dinner meal ideas

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Plain or with veggies, omelettes are really easy to whip up, makes for a light meal at the end of the day. Customise your omelette how you like! Find a recipe here.go-to dinner meal ideas

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This was many of the community’s favourite and it is one of mine as well! Recipe here. 




This is pretty straight-forward. I like cooking a piece of meat, usually beef, and making a nice toss salad to go with it. However, use whatever meat you like. Find recipes here and here.go-to dinner meal ideas

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I like topping mine with cheese, mushrooms, chicken, tomato and spinach. This is my chorizo and salami pizza recipe.



Bangers and mash is one of my favourite meals all year round. It’s quick and the perfect food if you need a quick dinner solution. Find a recipe here.go-to dinner meal ideas

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What is your favourite go-to weeknight dinner?

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Tracy February 13, 2017 - 6:05 AM

We have a few that we seem to do almost every week – mostly because they’re things the kids are willing to cook:
* Thai chicken curry
* Jacket potatoes topped with grated cheese and coleslaw (coleslaw from a bag
* Tuna & rice (a generational favourite – similar to your tuna mornay, but a little different)
* Oven fried chicken (like KFC, only healthier – winner!)
* Honey soy chicken tenderloins with Asian salad (recipe from the changs noodles pack)

Throw in a “fend for yourself Friday” where the kids are all gone by the time I get home and there’s a week! I also throw in some vegetarian meals, like quiche and a night of just “veggie plate” where we do a whole bunch of steamed and baked veggies.

Steph February 13, 2017 - 9:09 AM

Hi Kat! This post is just what I needed in my life right now. I have recently started full time studies along with working part time and dinner has been a hard time of day. I would love some ideas for meals i could make in advance and freeze if you know any goods ones. ?

Pat February 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Just about any pasta meal freezes well.
Make double quantity of your favourites and if they do not work out, then you will know that in future they are only single night meals.
Some people like frozen mashed potatoes, I do not. So try it out and find out what suits your family as every family is different.

Karen February 20, 2017 - 4:25 PM

I used almost all of these when the kids were young and also porcupine meatballs and fish finger with mash and beans. Unfortunately they develop tastes (along with their attitudes) and now they are teens it is much harder. Pasta sauce is a no go as is mashed potato and sausages. It is surprising how difficult it gets without these stand by ingredients.


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