Fabulous Dinner Ideas for the Whole Family


Fabulous Dinner Ideas for the Whole Family | RecipesCooking dinner almost every night sometimes can feel a bit taxing – planning meals, scheduling around work and family activities, getting groceries and prepping ahead.

I get it … it’s a lot to take care of.  These fabulous dinner ideas will help you with the meal planning (and adding these recipes to your grocery list will help with that part, too)!

When planning out the meals, think ahead about the week’s schedule, noticing which days might work best for a crockpot meal or when you’ll need a fast, easy dinner that you can get on the table quickly between work and weeknight sports or activities with the kids.

Now on with those fabulous dinner ideas we promised! (Just click on the recipe name or picture to see the detailed recipe and to save it to your own recipe box or print).

A simple dish (though it might look complicated at first glance), “Family Meal” Chicken with Spinach is delicious and relatively quick.  While the pan-seared chicken finishes cooking in the oven for the last few minutes, use the same skillet to quickly wilt some fresh spinach to serve alongside.  A fresh, delicious meal.


Family Meal Chicken with Sauteed Spinach | Fabulous Dinner Ideas


Buttermilk Pecan Chicken – a baked dish with only 4 ingredients (serve with a simple salad or cooked greens); soak the chicken pieces in buttermilk for an hour or more (prep the morning of or night before to save time at dinner time), then coat in chopped pecans and panko crumbs and bake for about 30 minutes.


buttermilk pecan chicken recipe | fabulous dinner idea

Italian Pasta Stir-Fry offers a healthy, vegetarian dinner.  Feel free to top it off with some grilled chicken or fish, if desired.  Stir-fried zucchini, tomatoes and onions tossed with whole grain linguine pasta and seasonings.

Capellini with Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes, Italian Pasta Stir-Fry, Dinner Ideas


If you have a hankering for some fish, this Mojito-Marinated Fish with Avocado Chopped Salad will fill the bill, and it’s ready in about 30 minutes!

Mojito Marinated Fish | Fabulous Dinner Ideas


The Mexican Layered Salad is perfect for a large gathering and is so easy to make ahead! It’s ready to serve up quickly when you need it.

Mexican Layered Salad | Fabulous Dinner Ideas



Beef with Broccoli in Crockpot – a delicious crockpot dish, the beef cooks long and slow to make it super tender before adding the broccoli during the last 30 minutes; enjoy over some brown rice.  Yummy!

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Chicken Biryani provides Indian flair and flavor in a dish of chicken thighs, rice, peas and carrots, all cooked in one skillet for a simple dinner ready in about 40 minutes.  (While the rice is cooking, toss together a salad or heat up some naan to serve with it!)

Chicken Biryani, Indian recipe, Dinner Idea


What will you be dishing up for your family dinner this week?  We’d love to see – share a picture of your dish with hashtag #dishdish on social media or leave us a comment below.

Remember to add all your favorite recipes to your online cookbook here at Dish Dish and share with a friend!


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14 Delicious Shrimp Recipes



14 delicious shrimp recipes, seafood recipes


Do you enjoy eating shrimp, but maybe a little nervous about cooking shrimp at home?  Maybe you just haven’t figured out which shrimp recipes would work best for your family and schedule.

We love the fact that shrimp is such a versatile ingredient and can be prepared in so many different ways with amazing outcomes – in appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, and with rice!

So we rounded up 14 absolutely delicious shrimp recipes and categorized them below by meal course.

Since shrimp cooks so quickly (and is often added to dishes cold), most of these shrimp recipes are profoundly simple and will have you enjoying your dish in 30 minutes or less (though we did include a few exceptions). (Below photo by AM FL on Unsplash)

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First, we offer a few tips about purchasing, handling and cooking shrimp at home(foremost safety — always wash hands before and after handling fresh seafood!)

1. Good shrimp will be firm, translucent, and be free of black spots; it should have a fresh light scent, not overly strong.

2. Thaw shrimp safely by placing in the refrigerator overnight in an airtight container.  Thaw out faster by placing shrimp under running water (cold) for a couple of minutes.

3. If you’re not using the shrimp right away, place it in a large bowl filled halfway with ice, nestling the shrimp in the ice; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

4. To peel shrimp, pull back the shell from the inside curve of the body, and from the head, peel back gently down to the tail (you can remove the tail or leave it in tact, depending on how you’re cooking or serving it).

5. Devein the shrimp by running a knife along the center of the outer curve of the body from the head to the tail, locating and removing the dark vein; then rinse shrimp in cold water.

6. Shrimp cooks quickly, so whether cooking on the stovetop or the grill, it will only take 2-5 minutes to cook through (depending on the size of the shrimp).  Cooked shrimp will be lightly pink and opaque (even just a minute or two longer of cooking can make the shrimp tough – so watch it closely!)

Now, on to the recipes ….

Appetizer Shrimp Recipes

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First up is a delicious Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo Dip with diced sausage, gumbo veggies, and shrimp heated in a cream cheese and Asiago creamy base for dipping your favorite baguettes, veggie strips or crackers.

A simple Oriental Shrimp Hors D’ouvre, this pan-fried shrimp is skewered on a toothpick with a slice of pineapple for a fun appetizer.

Garlic Shrimp Crostini makes a super easy appetizer with pan-fried shrimp served over seasoned cream cheese spread on toasted crostini.  Yum!

Soup Shrimp Recipes

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Salmon, shrimp and veggies in a white wine tomato sauce make a terrific Seafood Soup.

Tuscan Mariner Gumbo combines shrimp with diced fish and traditional gumbo flavors and seasonings for a hearty soup any day of the week.

Salad Shrimp Recipes

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Photo by Ryan Concepcion on Unsplash

Grilled Shrimp and Mango Salad – grill some shrimp on skewers for a few minutes over a hot grill; serve on top of shredded seasoned mango over a bed of greens for a healthy, delicious meal.

If you’re not that excited about greens in your salad, try this Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad – chopped pre-cooked shrimp with tomato, avocado, jalapeno and lime-marinated onion and seasonings.

Pasta Shrimp Recipes

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Photo by Alyssa Kowalski on Unsplash

Try this Garlic Shrimp Linguine for a flavorful complete dinner in less than 30 minutes.  Garlic shrimp served with linguine noodles, fresh spinach, and Parmesan.

Paella Style Pasta is a Spanish style dish made with orzo pasta (resembles rice), tomatoes, peas, corn and shrimp.  It takes closer to an hour to have it ready for dinner, but it’s worth the wait, if you have the time!

Main Dish Shrimp Recipes

Shrimp Recipes - Cooked Shrimp in Skillet

Shrimp Etouffe is a simple dish with tomato sauce, shrimp, onion, bell pepper and celery, served over rice – a traditional Cajun dish.

A spicy, quick dish that can be made in a tagine, if you have one, or a heavy skillet, if not.  Moroccan Shrimp Tagine is seasoned with garlic, tomatoes, cayenne, cumin, and can be served alone, as an appetizer, or over rice as a main dish.

Here’s a creamy dish made with shrimp, spinach, mushrooms, cream cheese and rice, and topped off with a little Parmesan cheese (Creamy Lemon, Mushroom, Shrimp & Rice); even better, it’s ready in about 30 minutes for a quick week-night dinner recipe.

Coconut Shrimp Curry is a delicious dish – shrimp with cauliflower and sweet potatoes is served over jasmine rice.

Last, but not least, these New England Shrimp Rolls are sure to please any time and are so quick to put together – perfect for a busy week night, and fun for a picnic or enjoying al fresco on a summer evening.

So, what are your favorite shrimp recipes?  Did any of these inspire you to try something new in the coming days?  Or maybe remind you of an old favorite you’d forgotten about?  Please leave us a comment with your thoughts; we enjoy hearing from you!

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25 Amazing Chili Recipes {Roundup}


25 amazing chili recipes

There are so many ways to make and enjoy chili, and we are excited to share these 25 amazing chili recipes with you!

People can be quite opinionated about chili, really. It has to have beans. It can NOT have beans. It requires cubed meat. It requires ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken, sausage), or NO meat at all. It must have diced tomatoes. It can NOT have chopped tomatoes. It must be vegetarian. It should be thick and chunky. It should have the consistency of soup. LOTS of spice and heat, or VERY mild.  So, how do you like your chili?

We have rounded up 25 amazing chili recipes (featuring some terrific foodie bloggers), and at least one of them is sure to fit the bill — whatever your exacting chili taste buds may require.

1. The Best Healthy Turkey Chili – This gluten-free chili is made with ground turkey, kidney beans and corn, taking less than an hour to make from start to finish!


2. Chipotle Beef Chili — If you like your chili spicy, then this one is for you!  Seasoned with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and cooked in the crock pot for hours until the beef is super tender.

chipotle beef chili recipe, 25 amazing chili recipes


3. Healthy Chicken Chili – A hearty healthy chili recipe made with ground chicken, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, traditional chili seasonings along with a little cocoa powder for a unique twist; serve over brown rice.

healthy chicken chili recipe, 25 amazing chili recipes


4. Weeknight Black Bean Chili — For those nights when you haven’t thought about what to make for dinner and don’t have any spare time, this simple chili recipe with ground beef, black beans, and crushed tomatoes with loads of flavor is ready in about 30 minutes.  Perfect!



5. Turkey Sausage Chili — A spicy chili recipe with sliced Italian sausage, pinto and black beans, along with spicy poblano peppers.  Ready in a little over an hour.

turkey sausage chili recipe, 25 amazing chili recipes


6. Bean-Free Chili — Simple chili made with only 6 ingredients (plus seasoning), and no beans (in case you prefer that)!



7. Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili — Here’s a chili recipe for the crock pot with a creamy white base, made with chicken, ranch dressing mix, RoTel, black beans, corn and cream cheese.  Throw the frozen chicken and other ingredients in the crockpot in the morning before heading to work and have a warm delicious meal when you return.

slow cooker cream cheese chicken chili recipe, 25 amazing chili recipes


8. Magnesium Rich 3-Bean Chili — Made with 3 types of beans, ground chicken (or turkey), and chipotle chili powder for real heat!

magnesium rich 3 bean chili recipe, 25 amazing chili recipes


9. Slow Cooker Black Bean and Mushroom Chili — perfect hearty vegetarian chili recipe, healthy and robust with flavor.

slow cooker black bean and mushroom chili recipe, 25 amazing chili recipes


10. Five Ingredient Easy Chili — Top this easy chili that’s ready in 30 minutes with a little sour cream, green onions, cheese or cilantro for added color and flavor.


11. Colorful Chili — A plethora of different beans, including green beans, add a rainbow of color to this chili recipe, which can be made in a stock pot on the stove or in the crock pot.  Very hearty, so feel free to leave out the meat for a completely vegetarian dish, if desired.

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12. Buffalo Chicken Chili — Yes, indeed, if you love buffalo chicken, this is the chili for you!  Throw in some chicken, celery, black beans, and red pepper sauce and top it off with some blue cheese crumbles.

buffalo chicken chili recipe, amazing chili recipes


13. Bacon Bison Chili — This chili recipe has a mountain of flavor, made with bacon, bison and ground beef; seasoned with green chilies, cocoa powder, fire roasted tomatoes, and salsa; includes carrots, celery and onion, too!

bacon bison chili recipe, amazing chili recipes


14. Vegetarian Chili — Quinoa “beefs” up this chili recipe along with corn, peppers, 3 kinds of beans, and tomatoes with lots of seasoning; throw it all in the crockpot for an easy dinner.

vegetarian chili recipe, amazing chili recipes


15. Game Day Chili — Here’s another basic chili recipe, but with green and red bell peppers along with the tomatoes, onions, beans and ground chuck; a dash of cayenne pepper kicks up the heat.


16. Italian Chili — This chili recipe presents an Italian twist on a southwestern favorite dish, cooked with a mix of Italian sausage and ground beef, and includes zucchini, fresh mushrooms and sweet red pepper.  Yum!

italian chili recipe, amazing chili recipes


17. White Bean and Chicken Chili — A subdued chicken chili dish made with green chilies,white and cannellini beans, chicken breast, poblano peppers, Monterey Jack cheese and white wine; add a pinch of cayenne pepper if you like a little more kick to your chili.

white bean and chicken chili recipe, amazing chili recipes


18. Slow Cooker Brisket BBQ Chili  — Brisket pieces cooked in the crockpot with onion, tomatoes and seasonings, with beans added at the end; served over rice for a filling and delicious meal.

slow cooker brisket BBQ chili recipe, amazing chili recipes


19. Turkey Chili made with leftover turkey — instead of ground turkey, make this chili recipe with the leftover cooked turkey you have on hand.



20. Southwestern Chicken and Black Bean Chili — Southwestern chili recipe filled with chopped chicken, black beans, corn, olives, along with red, green and yellow bell peppers.

southwest chicken and black bean chili recipe, amazing chili recipes


21. Ladle in Red Chili — Filled with red beans, ground beef, peppers, onion, and tomatoes; seasoned with bbq sauce, honey, cilantro, and lime juice.

ladle in red chili recipe, amazing chili recipes


22. Chili Redux — An interesting chili recipe seasoned with bacon, poblano and chipotle chiles, brown sugar and a little brewed coffee or beer for a unique twist.


23. Spicy Tempeh Chili — Use turkey or tempeh for the protein in this lean chili made with peppers, beans and tomatoes.

spicy tempeh chili recipe, amazing chili recipes


24. Venison Chili — The perfect chili recipe for any hunter, a venison chili seasoned with dried chiles, chorizo or bacon, molasses, and a little black coffee.


25. Quinoa Turkey Chili — Ground turkey and quinoa provide the protein in this hearty chili dish with tomatoes, zucchini, black beans and corn.

quinoa turkey chili recipe, amazing chili recipes


So, how do you like your chili?  Leave us a comment below with your preferred characteristics – beans, no beans, meat, no meat, spicy, mild, preferred vegetables, etc.  Do you have another chili recipe that’s a favorite?  Please share.

And remember to add all your favorite recipes to your online cookbook here at Dish Dish, so you can easily scale and edit recipes, add ingredients to your shopping list and share with friends.  What are you Dishin’ up this week?


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