By the end of the week, Friday dinner ideas are usually limited to
those meals that are quick and easy to throw together or made from
leftovers. Moms delight in throwing together leftovers for a meal
because it is simple and also cleans out the refrigerator at the
Sometimes, however, the leftovers have been used as after school
snacks during the week and the refrigerator doesn't need cleaning on
a Friday evening. It's those times when you have to come up with
something that tastes good but doesn't make Friday night seem like
you are head chef in a busy restaurant.
Of course, you can always order take-out or call the local pizza
place or better yet make your own homemade pizza and movie night. So
why not try some Friday dinner ideas that are easily made, delicious
and won't threaten your budget.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 clove minced garlic
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1 cup salsa, plus more for dipping
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
10 (6-inch) flour tortillas
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack
Heat oil in skillet, add onion and garlic and cook for three
minutes. Then add the beef, cook until done, and stir in 1/2 cup of
salsa, along with the chili powder, salt and pepper. Cook over low
heat for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
Put tortillas on a plate and cover with damp paper towels. Microwave
until warm, then top each with beef mixture and sprinkle evenly with
cheese. Roll up the tortillas and put them on a foil covered baking
sheet, brushing each lightly with oil.
Bake until the filling is heated and lightly brown. You can serve
them with either salsa or sour cream. This recipe will feed about
four to five people.
More Fun Friday Dinner Ideas
Golden Fish Filet Sandwiches
3/4 pound white fish (grouper or cod)
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
3/4 cup crushed wheat crackers
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
Cut fish fillets into small squares, rinse and dry them. Dip each
fish square into the flour first, then the buttermilk, then the
cracker crumb mixture (all dry ingredients).
Place fish squares in a frying pan coated with two tablespoons of
canola oil. Fry until golden brown, place cheese slices on top
(optional) and cover until the cheese has melted. Garnish whole
wheat sandwich buns with desired condiments. Serve with French
fries, macaroni and cheese or macaroni salad.
Easy Taco Bar- Lay out your taco ingredients and let the
family assemble their own tacos. Made to Order Omelets- let kids pick out their own
toppings or ingredients for their own made to order omelet.
Hawaiian Haystacks- This fun meal provides kids the chance to
pick and choose their own fruit and vegetables that will go on their
Make teaching easier with our activities and recipes compiled in one easy to read format.
Mix sour cream, whipped topping, pudding mix and milk in large bowl.
Place a layer of cookies in the bottom of a glass dish and layer the
cookies with the pudding mixture. Then add a layer of the banana
slices. Keep adding layers until all ingredients have been used.
Refrigerate about an hour before serving.
During the warm weekends of summer, Friday dinner ideas can also
include grilling out and enjoying pie a la mode for dessert.