Dinner Recipes for a Weekend Party

Entertaining can be a time consuming activity. There’s the business of decorating, selecting music and of course, preparing food. Choosing to have your get-together during the weekend is a smart choice because generally, there’s more time available to get creative. This is especially helpful when selecting easy dinner recipes for your guests. With an extension of time, you’re free to choose recipes for dinner that can be prepared on the grill.

The next time you plan a weekend soiree, try one of these great grilled dinner recipes.

Asian-Style Pork Chops with Rice Pilaf

Recipe Serves 4 | Prep Time 15 min | Marinate 180 min | Cook 20 min

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope Savory Herb with Garlic Soup Mix
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger (optional)
  • 4 pork chops, 1-inch thick
  • 1 package Rice Sides-Rice Pilaf, prepared according to package directions

Directions

  1. Create the marinade by combining the Savory Herb Garlic Soup Mix, soy sauce, honey, lime juice and ginger, then pour half of it over the pork chops in a pan. Cover the pork and allow to marinade in the fridge between three to twenty-four hours.
  2. Discard any excess marinade and grill the pork chops until they are fully cooked through. Serve with Rice Pilaf

Tip* Complement the Asian theme of this dish by hanging fun Chinese lanterns in your dining space.

Baja Chicken with Chipotle Rice & Avocado-Corn Salsa

Recipe Serves 4 | Prep Time 15 min | Marinate 15 min | Cook 15 min

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 Chicken flavored Bouillon cube, crumbled
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2- inch-thick
  • 1 ½ cups thawed frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 large avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 1 package Rice Sides- Creamy Chipotle, prepared according to package

Directions

  1. Whisk together the lime juice, oil, garlic and three tablespoons of the cilantro.
  2. Add the Chicken Bouillon to ¼ cup of the garlic mixture and pour over the chicken evenly. Refrigerate for at least fifteen minutes.
  3. In the meantime, create the Avocado-Corn Salsa by combining the corn, tomato, avocado and leftover garlic mixture. Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. After removing any excess marinade, grill the chicken until it is fully cooked, then serve with the Rice Sides and salsa.

Tip* This dinner recipe screams of Tex-Mex and would go well with a spoonful of fresh guacamole.

BBQ Shrimp

Recipe Serves 4 | Prep Time 10 min | Marinate 30 min | Cook 15 min

Ingredients

  • 1 tub Homestyle Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup [or pancake syrup]
  • 1 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ lbs. uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients, including the shrimp. Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Discard excess marinade, then thread the shrimp onto skewers and grill until they turn pink. Serve over hot rice, garnished with fresh herbs and lemon.

Tip* This recipe for dinner can easily be converted into tacos by serving the shrimp in tortillas rather than with rice.

It can be difficult to come up with the time to marinade proteins and set up a grill on weekdays. These easy dinner recipes however, are perfect for weekend parties, as you’ll have the time to prepare them. Plus, your guests will rave over the flavorful and unique dinner recipes you’ve chosen to serve them!

Easy Dinner Recipes For Two

If you are looking for easy dinner recipes for two, you have come to the right place. This article will share with you a recipe that is simple to make, healthy and tastes great.

Sometimes it is difficult to find recipes that are easy to prepare and designed for two at the same time. Here is a quick recipe that takes only 5 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes to cook. In addition, it is gluten-free.

Rump steak with quick mushroom and red wine sauce for two:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 rump steaks (about 200g/8oz each)
  • 140g mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 thyme sprigs, leaves removed
  • 150ml red wine
  • 1 tbsp butter

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Season the steaks, then fry for 2-3 mins each side for medium rare, or cook more to your liking. Remove from the pan, then set aside to rest.
  2. Add the mushrooms and thyme leaves to the pan, then cook for a couple of mins until softened and golden. Pour in the wine and bubble until syrupy, then turn off the heat and stir in the butter. Season.
  3. Serve the steaks with the mushroom sauce poured over, along with creamy mash and some crunchy spring greens.

Try:

Steak with creamy mushrooms

If you prefer a creamy sauce, try this: Cook steak as before, then set aside. Fry the mushrooms and thyme for 2 mins. Stir in 100ml double cream and 1 tsp wholegrain mustard. Bubble for 1 min, season, then spoon over the steaks.

Nutrition per serving:

500 kcalories, protein 43g, carbohydrate 4g, fat 32 g, saturated fat 13g, fibre 1g, sugar 4g, salt 0.42 g

Where To Find Easy Dinner Recipes For Two

There are many places on the internet where you can find different recipes. However, there are relatively less websites that offer recipes designed for two. I have looked around and found some sites that provide many easy and great dinner recipes if you are cooking for two. For example, allrecipes.com and eatingwell.com both offer a large variety of dinner recipes for two.

How Do You Find The Perfect Dinner Recipes? Where Do You Search For Your Food Ideas?

Let’s talk about finding recipes, simple recipes. Have you ever tried searching for dinner recipes online? Well let me be the first to tell you, there are too many recipe websites online. There are recipe websites for products. There are sites for dinner menus. There are sites for food manufacturers. There are sites for individual ingredients. There are even websites for multiple ethnicities. In fact there are so many recipe sites out there that there are actually recipe websites for recipe websites. Huh? Yep, it’s true there are recipe websites that let you search for recipes, let’s say “Beef lo Mein” for easy reference. You go to one of these sites, type in “Beef lo Mein” and you will get recipes from all over the web from different websites for “Beef lo Mein”. It is has a serious neat factor to it. The only real benefit that I can see for using a site like Recipe-Finder.com (Note the hyphenated title if you want to navigate to it) is to get a quick pick for a recipe. These sites are great if you need a recipe fast, especially in a small scale kitchen environment.

Sometimes the reason you navigate to a cooking website is not always for the recipe. Sometimes you navigate there for food ideas, or needed information before you decide to roll up your sleeves, crank the heat up, and throw down your sauté pan.

Here’s an example of what I mean, maybe you are looking for vegan or vegetarian food ideas. Wouldn’t like to know more about dietary concerns before you decide to jump in with both feet and get cooking?

If you search the internet for recipe website lists, it is the same, there are lists of lists. There are actually hundreds of links for recipe websites on some of these lists. How do you find the recipe you are looking for and sites you want to use?

What I realized was this; the bottom line is there is no perfect golden list of recipe websites. I want a list of ingredient rich and information rich websites. Currently, there only recipe website lists of lists, a sea of searchable sites, and recipe websites that search for recipes on other websites. So, as you have probably inferred by now, I have been bookmarking every site that I find is useful. It is small list now, and may change a bit in the future. I have developed my list based on usefulness and content. My advice for you is to do the same.

Get creative with your bookmarking [Shortcut on pc is to hold down ctrl+d], name your bookmark folder your “recipe-box”. Divide your “recipe-box” folder into sub folders named “Asian”, or “nuts”, or “vegetables”. Use your computer to solve your problem. The next time one of your friends is having trouble looking for dinner menu ideas, save them some time and email them your book mark list. You will be their hero.