Maybe Matilda: 5 Awesome Dinners

Monday, March 18, 2013

5 Awesome Dinners

So, I thought I had shared 5 of my favorite dinner recipes, oh, a few weeks ago. Maybe a month or two, max. I thought maybe I’d make it a monthly or every-other-month regular thing.

Turns out, it’s been six months since I wrote that post. Whoops!

So here I am again, 6 months later, with 5 more of our favorite dinner recipes. I mentioned in my previous 5 recipes post that while I enjoy cooking, I get bored repeating recipes and would much rather try something new than repeat something I’ve made before. So a recipe only makes the repeat list of it’s really tasty, quick and simple to make, and a crowd-pleaser. With that criteria in mind, here are 5 recent favorites that are delicious enough to make again and again. (And, in case you are the suspicious type, this post isn’t sponsored or anything, and the people who wrote the recipe don’t know me . . . just dishes I love and think you might like, too.)

1. Chicken Ranch Tacos

Recipe and photo from Do You Smell That?

These tacos are quick and easy to pull together, and really delicious. If you don’t like the taste of Ranch dressing, you might need to keep moving, but these are always a big hit at our house. Even a certain picky someone who refuses to eat meat of any kind unless it comes in a hot dog package gobbles this up. Find the recipe HERE.

2. Classic Chicken and Rice Soup

Photo and recipe from Picky Palate

I know, chicken and rice soup sounds about as boring as it gets. But this recipe is a real keeper, and I’ve probably made it a dozen times this winter alone. I can’t put my finger on what exactly sets it apart from other chicken soups, but something about it is just so perfect and so delicious. Plus, it’s quite healthy, and makes for absolutely divine leftovers the next day. Find the recipe HERE.

3. German Pancakes

Photo and recipe from Allrecipes

You probably don’t need one specific recipe for this favorite—almost every recipe I’ve seen for German Pancakes is nearly identical—but this is the perfect last minute “the fridge is completely empty!” meal. It’s quick, it hardly requires any ingredients, and it tastes great. We like it best topped with butter, lemon juice, and powdered sugar. Toss together a fruit salad for a side dish, and you’ve got dinner on the table in like 20 minutes, tops. Perfect.

4. BBQ Chicken Pizza

Photo and Recipe from Two Twenty One

Another no-brainer here: quick and simple, you probably have all the ingredients in your fridge right now, and everyone always loves it. We rarely ever have leftovers of BBQ Chicken Pizza. If you’re feeling ambitious and have a little more time on your hands, you can step it up by making homemade pizza crust, but even on store bought dough/crust, this one is a favorite. Find the recipe HERE.

5. Chicken Tortilla Soup

Photo and recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything

I can’t say enough good things about this soup. It is absolute perfection. Smooth and creamy and savory and just a tad spicy—delicious. The soup itself is delicious, but top it with some sour cream, avocado, lime juice, and cilantro, and you’ll be in heaven. It makes a lot, which I didn’t mind at all—I was perfectly happy to eat it for lunch every day all week before it finally ran out. This one will be getting repeated very often. Find the recipe HERE.


  1. Fantastic!! Looking forward to trying some of these out! And I'm glad I'm not the only one who loses track of time!

  2. IDK why I clicked over to this post, I'm hungry and this just made me HUNGRIER! YUM!!!

  3. I love your recipes. THANKS!

  4. I need you to make me German pancakes tomorrow night. Mmmkay?

  5. I'm always looking for new recipes - I'll definitely add these to my list of new ones to try. YUMMY!!Especially the tacos :)

  6. Mmmmm I've been looking for a good chicken and rice soup for a while now. Every recipe I try has just tasted 'blah'. I'll have give this one a shot...thanks!

  7. I am droolinggggg now. And counting down the minutes to lunchtime. Mmmmmm.

  8. Woot! I made the list! I like the name of the blog of your first recipe photo. And those German pancakes look deeelicious.

  9. Yum! I'm adding these to my food pinboards!!! :)

  10. I must say that overall I am really impressed with this blog.It is easy to see that you are impassioned about your writing.
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  11. Hey, thanks! That first recipe is me! I'm glad you're enjoying the chicken ranch tacos. Thanks for the shout out & link back!


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