Friday Dinner Ideas
Make Friday Family Fun Dinner Night
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
and movie night. So why not try some Friday dinner
ideas that are easily made, delicious and won't threaten your
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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More Fun Friday Dinner Ideas
- 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
- Sour cream
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.
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.
5 More Easy Dinner Ideas
Easy Taco Bar-
out your taco ingredients and let the family assemble their own
- Let kids pick out their own toppings or
ingredients for their own made to order omelet.
- This fun meal provides kids the chance to pick and
choose their own fruit and vegetables that will go on their
haystack. See recipe for Hawaiian
make baked potatoes and include all the trimmings that your family
can dress up their own potato.
make homemade pizzas one step easier by using French
bread loaf as your crust. Cut loaf in half lengthwise and in
individual pizza sizes. Let each person add their own toppings and
bake in a 400 degrees oven until cheese is melted and bread is
Dessert Friday Dinner Ideas
Uncooked Banana Pudding
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 (16 ounce) package vanilla wafer cookies
- 4 bananas, peeled and sliced
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.
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