I know. You cook every day. And yet, you still can’t think of a single thing to cook tonight.

 

Three days in a row, I received phone calls from three different friends.

 

“What are you making for supper?” they each asked.

 

After the third phone call, I decided it was time to do something about this. Why, after cooking dinner for over a decade, do we still need dinner ideas?

 

Does this happen to you too? Often, I get into a phase where I’ll make the same 10 dinners over and over again. Suddenly, I remember a dinner I used to make years ago…and get excited!

 

We all suffer from dinner boredom. No matter if you’re a newlywed or if you’ve been cooking a long time…we all need new ideas (or reminders about our old ideas!). The list below isn’t a list of recipes (although occasionally I linked to a recipe on the site). It’s simply inspiration to get rid of the “What should I make for dinner” conundrum. Obviously, you can use these ideas for lunch too.

 

Some of these are ideas for super simple dinners (like hot dogs or eggs)  while others are what I call “a really great dinner” (a soup, main, and a vegetable..). What they have in common is that they’re family-friendly. They’ve actually been compiled after speaking to over 30 people! Mix and match whatever suits your family’s needs.

 

Thanks to everyone that contributed. Please leave a comment at the end with your own dinner ideas!

Check back often as I’ll be adding more ideas (and some recipe links).

 

Meat:

99 Kosher Dinner Ideas - Dairy. I know. You cook every day. And yet, you still can’t think of a single thing to cook tonight. Meat

  1. Meatballs and Spaghetti (or Guilt Free version)
  2. Meat Manicotti + Salad
  3. Meatball Subs
  4. Tacos (Meat Chili) + Guacamole + Corn + Salsa
  5. Ground Beef in Pitas + Israeli Salad + Red Cabbage Salad
  6. Spaghetti Bolognese or Penne with Meat Sauce + Cut Vegetable Sticks with Dressing
  7. Mock Stuffed Cabbage
  8. Sloppy Joes (optional: substitute a baked potato for the bun)
  9. Pepper Steak + Rice
  10. Meat and Vegetable Lasagna
  11. Chinese Meatballs + Rice + Edamame
  12. Burgers + Toppings (avocado, fried onions, sauces) + Sweet Potato Wedges
  13. Beef Kabobs + Roasted Cauliflower and Techina + Sweet Potato Fries or Couscous
  14. Shredded Beef Pizza + Green Salad
  15. Grilled Sandwich Steaks in Pita (hummus, lettuce, pickles) + Fried Couscous
  16. Hot Dogs + Buns + Corn on the Cob + optional Hot Dog Toppings (sauteed onion and peppers with bbq sauce, sauerkraut, crispy pastrami, and Russian dressing…)
  17. Shredded Beef Sandwiches + Onion Rings + Coleslaw
  18. Minute Steak + Mashed Potatoes + Salad
  19. Mongolian Beef + Rice + Green Beans
  20. Beef Stew + Orzo
  21. Beef and Broccoli + Lo Mein
  22. Flanken Meat Soup + Rolls
  23. Pot Roast + Potatoes + Roasted Root Vegetables
  24. Teriyaki Steaks

 

Chicken & Poultry:

99 Kosher Dinner Ideas - Dairy. I know. You cook every day. And yet, you still can’t think of a single thing to cook tonight. Meat

  1. Chicken Stir Fry + Lo Mein
  2. Grilled Chicken + Rice and Vermicelli + Roasted Zucchini
  3. Grilled Chicken in Baguette + Veggies
  4. Grilled Chicken (using Pereg Chicken Spice) + Roasted Broccoli + Roasted Eggplant with Techina
  5. Cream of Chicken Soup + Grilled Chicken Salad
  6. Chicken Skewers + Couscous + Zucchini Soup
  7. Chicken and Pastrami Roll Ups + Butternut Squash Soup
  8. Chicken Fajitas
  9. Shawarma Chicken (shawarma spices on pan-fried chicken ) + Israeli Salad + Roasted Eggplant + Techina (optional: cabbage salad)
  10. Sesame Chicken + Rice + Stir Fried Vegetables
  11. Chicken Nuggets + Rice + Dipping Sauce + Vegetable Salad
  12. Cauliflower Soup + Chicken Marsala + Asparagus + Mashed Potatoes or Orzo
  13. Honey Mustard Chicken Cutlets + Roasted Potatoes
  14. Buffalo Chicken Cutlets + Sweet Potatoes + Cole Slaw
  15. Baked Pretzel Chicken + Bow Tie Noodles (with pesto and tomatoes)
  16. Schnitzel + Roasted Potatoes + Green Salad
  17. Schnitzel Wraps (chummus, lettuce, fried onions, tomatoes, coleslaw, and Russian dressing)
  18. Schnitzel Salad (lettuce, schnitzel, crispy pastrami, tomato, breaded cauliflower, Caesar dressing)
  19. Deli Roll wraps
  20. Turkey Lettuce Salad
  21. Turkey Sandwiches + Split Pea Soup
  22. Breaded Chicken on Bone + Crispy Potatoes + Salad
  23. Grilled Baby Chicken  + Grilled Onions + Quinoa
  24. Southern Fried Chicken + Sweet and Sour Zucchini + Mini Potato Knishes + Broccoli Soup
  25. Chicken + Bulgur + Broccoli
  26. Baked Sesame Chicken with Brown Rice
  27. Baked Chicken and Farfel (one pan in the oven)
  28. One Pan Chicken + Green Salad
  29. Freezer One Pan Chicken and Potatoes in the Oven
  30. Buffalo/BBQ Wings + Onion Rings  
  31. Sticky Chicken Drumsticks (lollipops) + French Fries + Salad
  32. Broiled Chicken Drumsticks + Salad + Roasted Veggies + Couscous
  33. Duck Sauce Chicken Legs + Fried Rice + Sugar Snap Peas
  34. Chicken Paella
  35. Baked Sesame Garlic Schnitzel + sesame noodles/orzo + grilled vegetables

 

Dairy:

99 Kosher Dinner Ideas - Dairy. I know. You cook every day. And yet, you still can’t think of a single thing to cook tonight. Meat

  1. Mushroom Barley Soup + Mini Pizzas
  2. Mushroom Calzones + Greek Salad
  3. Eggplant Parmigiana + Onion Soup + Garlic Knots
  4. Pizza + French Fries + Feta Cheese Salad
  5. Sushi + Cauliflower Pizza
  6. Pancakes + Eggs + Yogurts
  7. Avocado Panini or Tuna Melts
  8. Cheese Latkes + Onion Soup + Tuna Steak + Salad
  9. Onion Soup + Mac and Cheese Casserole + Fresh Cut Veggies
  10. Onion Board + Eggs + Israeli Salad
  11. Baked Ziti/Penne ala Vodka +  Cauliflower or Mushroom Soup
  12. Mac and Cheese
  13. Homemade Pizza + Salad + Soup
  14. Pancakes/waffles + Fruit Shakes + Cut Fruit (melon)
  15. Gnocchi or Ravioli
  16. Quesadillas
  17. Stuffed Spinach Shells
  18. Eggplant and Techina + Falafel + Israeli Salad
  19. Quinoa + Zucchini Noodles + Salmon
  20. Pareve Chulent + Potato Kugel + Kishke
  21. Meatless Taco/salad
  22. Home Fries + Bagels + Eggs + Spreads
  23. Avocado Toast + Tomato Salad + Ice Coffee
  24. Frittata + Mixed Green Salad
  25. Stir Fry Tofu
  26. Breaded Tofu + Cauliflower Rice
  27. Shakshuka + Rolls + Israeli Salad  
  28. Chickpea Burgers
  29. Falafel + Pita + Salads + Chummus + Techina
  30. Pad Thai

 

Fish:

99 Kosher Dinner Ideas - Dairy. I know. You cook every day. And yet, you still can’t think of a single thing to cook tonight. Meat

  1. Baked Turbo (baby halibut) + Salad + Mushrooms
  2. Zucchini Soup + Salmon Burger + Rolls + Salad
  3. Fish Tacos + Avocados + Cabbage Slaw
  4. Twice Baked Potatoes Stuffed with Cheese and Spinach/Broccoli + Fish
  5. Baked Breaded Flounder + Sweet Potato Cubes + Roasted Broccoli
  6. Baked Barramundi + Rice + Creamed Spinach
  7. Honey Mustard Salmon + Broccoli Bourekas
  8. Potato Soup + Garlic Bread + Seared Tuna + Salad
  9. Baked Branzino + Basmati Rice + Greek Salad
  10. Salmon Stir Fry + Quinoa Salad
  11. Salmon + Baked Broccoli Cheese + Potatoes
  12. Breaded Salmon Cubes Skewered + Bowtie Noodles + Broccoli
  13. Moroccan Fish + Bread + Soup
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Leah is the best-selling author of Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking and the co-author of the Made Easy and Secret Restaurant Recipes cookbook series. She’s constantly reading and gets excited about learning and discovering, in between taking care of her large family. Follow her on instagram @cookkosher.

18 COMMENTS

  1. What a list of options! Whenever I’m stumped I go back to my mental list and narrow the choices down- Monday dark chicken (bottoms), Tuesday chicken breast, Wednesday dairy, Thursday beef. Being limited to one category makes it easier to come up with something without eating the same thing all week. Do the same with sides- pasta, potatoes, rice, couscous, quinoa etc and pick a dif veggie as well. Happy planning!

  2. So excited abt this post! Always trying to come up with new ideas and keep getting stuck on the regulars. Looking forward to more dinner idea posts

    • Everyones definition of a full supper is different. I believe a full supper is a protein, starch and a vegetable. How you would break that down is up to each person.

  3. if I had to make a soup, main, 2 sides and salad every night I would have to start the second I come home till suppertime! a good supper for me is main and side, sometimes 2 sides if I can think of starchy and veggie side dishes. The suppers here are all amazing, and yes, full suppers.

  4. This is AMAZING! Thanks for compiling and sharing it. You should really make it into an app that can then link to recipes. I know I would download it!

  5. Love this!
    Here’s an idea that is my ‘go to’ quick supper. Grilled chicken cutlets in bone suckin sauce. Then I put on the table lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and wraps. Everyone makes their own wrap or skips the wrap and just has a platter/salad. When I have more time I make a corn salad, Israeli salad, shredded cabbage salad, techina etc.

    • We didn’t post any recipe on the site. You can find many recipes online or in Victorias Cookbook – Secrets of Skinny Cooking.

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