Easy Dinner Recipes to Give Your Family the Meals They Deserve

Easy dinner recipes really are lifesavers! If you are anything like me, after a tough day at work you do not have the energy or the inclination to make something creative. Until about a year ago I had got sick and tired of having to think of something original and exciting for my family to eat. Because I have zero time to think about ingredients, shopping and variety of dishes I became stuck in a rut of making the same few meals week after week.

My family was bored long ago with my cooking and I as much as I hated disappointing them with the same food over and again, I was always too exhausted to do something different. In the end we used to eat out up to 2 times a week spending hundreds of dollars a year on visiting restaurants. Although my family got something they actually enjoyed eating this was costing us way too much. Something had to be done.

Then a lightbulb moment came! A friend of mine had recently bought a book of copycat recipes which solved her what-to-cook? dilemmas. This book contained tens of recipes for the food her family loved to eat in their favourite restaurants.

My family loves the Olive Garden ® and when I tried a couple of the Olive Garden ® recipes out my kids went crazy for them and I was convinced this was the way forward.

Copycat recipes really are easy dinner recipes! Copycat recipes are basically reverse engineered recipes of the dishes you love to eat out. By following these recipes you not only learn how to cook restaurant quality food but you get to recreate some of the nation’s favourite dishes! Think how much your family will love the meals you give them when they are basically the very same dishes they love to eat when they go out. Your easy dinner recipes will mean they have a “treat” meal any night of the week you want.

I now rely on these easy dinner recipes to give my family the food they love and to save hundreds of dollars a year. Read onto the next page to discover how easy dinner recipes can help you give your family the meals they deserve.

Finding Budget Dinner Recipes That Suit You

Finding good quality budget dinner recipes isn’t an easy task, however thankfully there are a number of avenues that you can pursue that will help you find just the right budget dinner recipes that will suit you and your family’s needs.

To start with, have you ever thought about trying one of those cheap dinner recipes that they have in the supermarkets? You can find them located on the shelves, usually in the fruit and vegetable section. These recipes often contain tasty, delicious meals, that should cost no more than a few dollars to prepare. If done correctly, you can reheat these meals and enjoy them again without having to worry about waste.

Another technique that you might consider is searching the internet for good quality recipes. There are often a number of sites that list some delicious budget dinner recipes that are simple and straightforward to prepare. These budget recipes are often of a high quality, and designed for all levels of frugal chefs, meaning that you shouldn’t have any troubles preparing a delicious and healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy.

Some of the best budget dinner recipes are those passed down in old cookbooks. Sure there are a lot of new magazines and books out there that offer some decent dinner recipes, but you’d be quite surprised to find that a lot of traditional cookbooks have some great and ideal dinner recipes that shouldn’t cost too much. You can often reuse a lot of these meals for left overs, and eat them for breakfast, or freeze them.

Speaking of freezing, when you’re searching for budget dinner recipes, search for recipes that will allow you to freeze some food. It is often a good idea to cook a little excess just in case if hungry mouths want to eat a little more than normal, and if they don’t, rather than having to worry about throwing out the excess food, you can instead freeze it and eat it later.

Hopefully this article has given you some tips and ideas that you can use in preparing budget dinner recipes that are suitable for your budget. Finding the right meal that suits you can be difficult, but after experimenting with a few different dishes, you should eventually find a meal that is just right for you and your family.

Remember one thing, and that’s that saving can be as easy as you make it. Buy primarily dry foods, and only buy fresh produce when you know that you’ll be eating it quickly. This will help reduce waste and lower the costs of your meals.

An Easy Dinner Recipe – Broiled Garlic Ginger Pork Tenderloin with Broiled Vegetables

This easy dinner recipe is also an easy clean up. You need only a broiling pan and a cutting board to make the complete meal. The menu features broiled pork tenderloin and broiled vegetables. Add a nice slice of bread to round out the meal. The vegetables are broiled right alongside the meat for a quick, easy dinner recipe that is sure to please.

Garlic Ginger Pork Tenderloin Dinner

3/4 pound pork tenderloin

1 Tablespoon garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon fresh ginger root, minced

seasoned salt

1 large onion, sliced thin

2 small yellow squash or zucchini squash

2 medium size tomatoes

1-2 Tablespoons olive oil

Few drops balsamic vinegar (optional)

kosher salt

  1. Preheat the broiler
  2. Combine the ginger and garlic. Pierce the tenderloin all over the surface forming little pockets. Rub the ginger and garlic mixture into these pockets. Season the outside well with seasoning salt.
  3. Place onto a broiler pan. Slice the onions, squash and tomatoes for broiling. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and the tomatoes crosswise. Slice the onion into slices and place on the broiler pan, cut side up, around the pork tenderloin.
  4. Brush the onions, squash and tomatoes with oil, then sprinkle with kosher salt. Optional: sprinkle the tomatoes with a little balsamic vinegar.
  5. Broil 4 – 6 inches from the heat for 8 minutes.
  6. Turn the pork tenderloin over. Broil for another 6 minutes.
  7. When the pork is done, transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Cut the pork into thin slices and arrange on dinner plates with the onion, squash and tomato. Enjoy!

You can roast any other vegetables you desire with this easy dinner recipe as well. Use sliced peppers, leftover boiled or baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.

This easy dinner recipe for pork tenderloin prepared is very with garlic and ginger, but it is delicious! It is worth the effort to make the pockets for the ginger and garlic. The spiciness penetrates the meat. If you don’t want to be bothered making the pockets, then coat the meat with the spices on the outside. I prefer Lawry’s Seasoned Salt for coating the outside, give it a good sprinkle. The salty spiciness makes this dish.

You can prepare a pork loin this way as well, but it will need to cook much longer. Usually, when preparing a loin, I prepare it this way, then put it on the grill for about 30 – 45 minutes or until done.

I hope you enjoy this easy dinner recipe and that it will inspire you to try broiling other vegetables and meats for an easy and quick meal.