101 Dinner Ideas To Bust A Meal Planning Rut

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Do you ever find yourself in a meal planning rut? I know I do. We tend to go in cycles of eating the same thing over and over. I’ve gone back through all my past menu plans as well as some favorite cookbooks and come up with a list of 101 dinner ideas. A look through the list will hopefully provide some much needed rut-busting inspiration.

101 Dinner Ideas to Bust a Meal Planning Rut

I’ve included links to my own recipes as well as other recipes that we’ve tried and enjoyed over the years.

  1. Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwiches
  2. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  3. Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
  4. Southwestern Cheese Panini (Eating Well)
  5. Grilled Burgers
  6. Cajun Chicken Wraps
  7. Turkey Sliders
  8. Beef Tacos
  9. Fish Tacos
  10. Shrimp Tacos
  11. Navajo Tacos (Dinner is Ready)
  12. Sloppy Joes
  13. Sauteed Shrimp Po’Boys
  14. Tilapia Po’Boys
  15. Chicken Quesadillas
  16. Meatball Calzones
  17. Grilled Chicken Burritos
  18. Lightened Hot Browns (My Recipes)
  19. Hot Dogs
  20. Chili Dogs
  21. Meatball Subs
  22. Reubens
  23. Muffalettas
  24. Taco Salad
  25. Black Bean Salad
  26. New Orleans Chicken Salad
  27. Grilled Chicken Salad
  28. Vegetarian Pasta E Fagioli (Food.com)
  29. Beef Stew
  30. Black Bean Soup
  31. Chili
  32. My Homemade Vegetable Soup
  33. Potato Soup
  34. Chicken Noodle Soup
  35. Spicy Black Eyed Pea Soup
  36. Grilled Pork Chops
  37. Jerk Flavored Pork Tenderloin
  38. Homemade Chicken Strips
  39. Pan fried Tilapia
  40. Asian Flank Steak Skewers (Skinnytaste)
  41. Grilled Steak
  42. Pepper Steak
  43. Meatloaf
  44. Teriyaki Grilled Chicken
  45. Chicken & Dumplings
  46. Baked Ham
  47. Crock Pot Pulled Pork
  48. Crock Pot Italian Roast Beef
  49. Slow-Cooker Saucy Swiss Steak (Kraft)
  50. Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken  (Skinnytaste)
  51. Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
  52. Roasted Tomato-and-Feta Shrimp (My Recipes)
  53. Shrimp Creole
  54. Fried Shrimp
  55. Steamed Shrimp
  56. Sauteed Shrimp
  57. Boiled Shrimp
  58. Shrimp & Grits (My Recipes)
  59. Mom’s Goulash
  60. Lasagna with Italian Sausage
  61. Veggie Lasagna
  62. Mexican Lasagna
  63. Spaghetti
  64. Chicken Parmesan
  65. Greek-Style Chicken & Pasta
  66. Lasagna Roll Ups
  67. Four Cheese Baked Penne (Food Network)
  68. Stuffed Shells (Kraft)
  69. Pasta Alfredo
  70. Corkscrew Chicken (Dinner is Ready)
  71. Spaghetti Pie (Cooks.com)
  72. Macaroni Pie
  73. Chicken Spaghetti
  74. Clam Sauce & Linguine 
  75. Macaroni & Cheese
  76. Cheese Pizza
  77. Pepperoni Pizza
  78. Veggie Pizza
  79. Homemade Bubble Crust Pizza
  80. Stuffed Baked Potatoes
  81. Beef Enchiladas
  82. Tortilla Pie
  83. Crawfish Etouffee
  84. Jambalaya
  85. Red Beans & Rice
  86. Beefy Spanish Rice (Dinner is Ready)
  87. Grandmother’s Beef Stroganoff
  88. Chicken Curry (My Recipes)
  89. Roast Chicken
  90. Chicken Cacciatore
  91. Honey Lime Chicken (affil. link Dinner is Ready)
  92. Sweet Chicky Nuggets (My Name Is Snickerdoodle)
  93. Candied Chicken (Dinner is Ready)
  94. Chicken Souvlaki (Allrecipes)
  95. Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole
  96. Chicken Pot Pie
  97. Berry Topped Waffles
  98. Pancakes (Allrecipes)
  99. Omelets
  100. Scrambled Eggs
  101. Dutch Puff (A Delightful Home)
Do you have any other dinner ideas to share?
101 Dinner Ideas to Bust a Meal Planning Rut
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Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at frugalandfocused.com where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.