Dianne Jago » mom blogger & founder of Deeply Rooted Magazine

50 Meal Ideas

I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like to make the same thing twice. I like to change up what I cook and so I’m constantly searching for new recipes — which is why Pinterest has really come in handy. I’ve compiled a list of all the different things I make from month to month, so that hopefully you can shake things up and find some new go-to meals!

Just a note: I’ve linked some of the recipes I use from actual sites…the rest are just ones I put together based off common knowledge or my own version of cooking the particular meal.  For the most part, everything I make is from scratch unless noted. Some things are just easier to buy. I divided the meals by genre so that they would be easy to find in case you were in the mood for some flavor in particular. Also, I don’t have many asian recipes because if I’m in the mood I usually just order takeout. It’s a lot less messier and that way I don’t have to stock up on crazy sauces I won’t use very often.

Main Dishes


  1. Beef Stroganoff
  2. Chicken Caesar Wraps
  3. Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
  4. Homemade Pizza (Pepperoni/Margherita are our favorites)
  5. Classic Cheeseburgers
  6. Turkey-burgers
  7. Chicken Salad Sandwiches (Use mayo or avacado for a healthier twist)
  8. Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with avacado, bacon and tomato
  9. Steak Ciabatta Sandwich
  10. Baked Mac & Cheese (<< I’m a HUGE Mac+Cheese fan and this is my favorite recipe, by far!)
  11. Tuna Casserole
  12. Tuna Melt Slider’s
  13. Baked Salmon
  14. Pulled Pork Sandwich (I buy Jack Daniel’s pre-made pulled pork from the grocery store…it’s the best!)
  15. Crock Pot French Dip
  16. Homemade Chicken Nuggets
  17. Lemon-Pepper Chicken
  18. Grilled Steak
  19. Baked Pork Chops
  20. Slow Cooker Pot Roast
  21. Chicken Pot Pie
  22. Cobb Salad with Ham or Chicken
  23. Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwich
  24. Chicken Cordon Bleu
  25. Buffalo Chicken Bites
  26. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
  27. Deli Sandwiches/Sub/Open-faced Sandwiches/Panini’s
  28. Turkey and Cheese Crescent Wrap Pinwheels
  29. Paula Deen’s Chicken Divan
  30. Pork Tenderloin
  31. Chicken Kiev


  1. Cajun Chicken Fettucine Alfredo
  2. Garlic Baked Shrimp with Penne Pasta
  3. Spicy Chicken Rigatoni
  4. Tuscan Sun-dried Tomato Ravioli
  5. Baked Ziti
  6. World’s Best Lasagna
  7. Traditional Spaghetti/Baked Spaghetti


  1. Southwestern Spring Rolls
  2. Chicken Tacos
  3. Beef Tacos
  4. Burrito’s
  5. Chicken Quessadillas
  6. Beef or Chicken Chimichangas
  7. Chicken Enchiladas
  8. Crunch-wrap Supreme
  9. Baked Nachos
  10. Spicy Chicken Tortilla Roll Ups


  1. Homemade Sweet and Sour Chicken
  2. Chicken and Benihana’s Copy-cat Fried Rice
  3. Basil Chicken with Coconut Curry Sauce
  4. Greek Chicken Gyro’s 

Side Dish Ideas

  1. French fries 
  2. Sweet Potato Fries with Avacado Dipping Sauce
  3. Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes
  4. Baked Potato (Sweet or Regular)
  5. Twice Baked Potatoes
  6. Au Gratin Potatoes (*I usually buy boxed)
  7. Summer Corn Cakes with Tomato and Avacado Salsa
  8. Grilled Zuchinni and Squash
  9. Side Salad (Greek/Balsamic/Caesar/Ranch)
  10. Guacamole and Chips
  11. Chips and Salsa
  12. Mexican Rice (I usually buy boxed)
  13. Brown Rice
  14. White Rice
  15. Veggies (Steamed Broccoli/Carrots/Pioneer Woman Green Beans/ Cauliflower)
  16. Baked Beans (I usually buy canned)
  17. Garlic Bread
  18. French Bread and butter (*I usually buy from our local bakery)
  19. Soup (Split Pea Soup/Tomato/Chicken Noodle)
  20. Baked Cauliflower Poppers
  21. No Potato Salad

I’m sure I forgot several but as I remember them, I’ll be sure to update and add! What are some of your go-to meals? Comment below and do share!