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40 Fun and Incredible Saturday Dinner Ideas For Family To Enjoy!

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If you’re looking for some new Saturday night dinner ideas, there are so many to choose from! These recipes will give a new meaning to your Saturday feast, from appetizers to main courses to dessert.

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It’s Saturday, yeeeeee. The weekend has arrived, and we can finally spend some much-needed quality time with family or friends.

Saturday Dinner Ideas
Saturday Dinner Ideas

The weekend is also a great time to pamper yourself or do things you enjoy. Nothing beats cooking my favorite dishes and making my loved ones extra full and happy for foodies like me. This list contains 40 incredible recipes that will make your weekend even more memorable.

SATURDAY DINNER IDEAS FOR FAMILY

1. FILET MIGNON IN MUSHROOM SAUCE

Filet Mignon with Mustard Cream and Wild Mushrooms
Filet Mignon with Mustard Cream and Wild Mushrooms

If you enjoy cooking shows, you are probably familiar with the ever-famous filet mignon. How do you treat the most tender part of a steak in order to make a Gordon Ramsay-approved dish? The key is to sear the steak until it is perfectly medium-rare.

2. BEEF BOURGUIGNON

Beef Bourguignon
Beef Bourguignon

The following recipe comes from none other than Julia Child herself. Beef bourguignon is a stew made of beef, carrots, pearl onions, bacon, garlic, and herbs. The base is made of burgundy wine and beef stock, which results in a rich, flavorful gravy.

3. CRAB CAKES

Best Crab Cake
Best Crab Cake

Crab is fantastic, crab is fantastic. However, cracking a slew of claws can be exhausting. Crab cakes are the ideal solution. Combine sweet crab, mayonnaise, bread crumbs, and old bay seasoning in a mixing bowl. Fry ’em up until golden and crispy.

4. PIZZA BIANCA (WHITE PIZZA)

Pizza Bianca
Pizza Bianca

It’s a treat to order pizza, but making it in your own kitchen is even better. You can experiment with different pizza flavors. Pizza Bianca is an absolute must-try! Who says pizza has to be red all the time? This white pizza has a cream base that gives it a delicate appearance.

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5. PAD THAI

Pad Thai
Pad Thai

Let’s bring Thailand’s delicate flavors to your kitchen, shall we? This wildly popular Thai street food consists of stir-fried rice noodles, shrimp, peanuts, scrambled eggs, and bean sprouts.

6. FIESTA LIME CHICKEN

Fiesta Lime Chicken
Fiesta Lime Chicken

If you have a craving for Applebee’s but don’t feel like going out, you can quickly make this at home. Grilled chicken is served on a bed of tortilla chips, drizzled with zesty lime sauce, topped with tangy ranch dressing, and topped with melted cheese.

SATURDAY DINNER IDEAS VEGETARIAN

7. CAPRESE PASTA SALAD

Caprese Pasta Salad
Caprese Pasta Salad

Make this one quickly before the good tomatoes are gone! It’s a burst cherry tomato pasta dish with little mozzarella balls, fresh basil, and a drizzle of white balsamic vinegar.

8. VEGETARIAN TORTILLA SOUP

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Finally! Homemade tortilla soup that rivals the restaurant versions I used to enjoy before giving up chicken. This soup could be called posole, but whatever you call it, it’s light but filling, spicy and delicious.

9. SPICY KALE AND COCONUT FRIED RICE

Spicy Kale and Coconut Fried Rice
Spicy Kale and Coconut Fried Rice

My friend’s one-year-old baby became a kale fan after trying this recipe. She isn’t the only one who enjoys this fried rice. You’ve been missing out if you haven’t made it yet!

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10. BROCCOLI, CHEDDAR & QUINOA GRATIN

Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole
Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole

The word “gratin” sounds fancy, but this is essentially a broccoli casserole with quinoa. Roasting the broccoli brings out a ton of flavor.

11. KALE PECAN PESTO

Kale Pecan Pesto
Kale Pecan Pesto

More kale? Make this simple kale pesto! It’s a delicious way to consume your greens. Use it on pasta, pizza, and other dishes as you would regular basil pesto. You can make this in 5 minutes while the pasta is cooking.

SATURDAY DINNER IDEAS HEALTHY

12. HEARTY SPAGHETTI WITH LENTILS AND MARINARA SAUCE

Spaghetti with Lentils and Marinara Sauce
Spaghetti with Lentils and Marinara Sauce

I never thought of combining lentils and marinara, or lentils and pasta, but the combination is delicious! I used my favorite marinara recipe and will definitely make this dish again. And the lentils were so good even before I mixed them into the sauce that I’m thinking about making them separately for salads and such.

13. WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA DOUGH

Classic Margherita Pizza with Whole-Wheat Pizza Crust
Classic Margherita Pizza with Whole-Wheat Pizza Crust

This pizza dough couldn’t be easier to make. Put the ingredients in a food processor, knead them together, roll them out, and you’re ready to make pizza. There’s no need to get up.

14. BEST BLACK BEAN SOUP

Easy Black Bean Soup
Easy Black Bean Soup

Amber, a sweet college student, recently told me that this soup keeps her going during late-night shifts at the hospital (thank you, Amber!). Only a few ingredients contribute to the incredible flavor of this soup. You can totally make this with canned black beans.

15. LEMONY COLLARD GREENS PASTA

Lemony Collard Greens Pasta
Lemony Collard Greens Pasta

Because of the quick cooked, ribboned collard greens, this super simple pasta dish is light and fresh. The flavors are brought together with Parmesan, toasted pine nuts, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

16. BAKED MAHI-MAHI TACOS

Amazing Mahi Mahi Tacos
Amazing Mahi Mahi Tacos

These Baked Mahi-Mahi Tacos are low in fat, gluten free, and high in protein! They’re incredibly simple to make and ideal for days when you just want a quick and healthy dinner!

17. EASY MEXICAN BARBACOA TACOS

Barbacoa Tacos
Barbacoa Tacos

Savory and flavorful with just the right amount of heat. This week, make an easy and delicious weeknight dinner in the slow cooker with these Easy Mexican Barbacoa Tacos.

SATURDAY DINNER IDEAS EASY

18. BAKED ZITI

Classic Baked Ziti
Classic Baked Ziti

We’re not sure what it is, but there’s something incredibly satisfying about a baked pasta dish. This baked ziti recipe is loaded with gooey cheese, tomato sauce, and delicious Italian sausage.

19. BEEF STEW

Old-Fashioned Beef Stew
Old-Fashioned Beef Stew

Few things are more comforting than a steaming bowl of savory beef stew brimming with autumn vegetables. This is the best classic beef stew recipe we found, and it’s one of the best Saturday night dinner ideas.

20. BEEF STROGANOFF

Beef Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff is an impressive dish that is both inexpensive and simple to prepare. This dish’s creamy garlic sauce with mushrooms is delicious, and the cooking process tenderizes the beef so much that you can cut it with the edge of your fork.

21. TANDOORI CHICKEN

Best Tandoori Chicken
Best Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is a traditional Indian dish that has gained popularity all over the world. The chicken is marinated in a flavorful marinade of garam masala, yogurt, and cayenne pepper.

22. SHEPHERD’S PIE

Easy Shepherd Pie
Easy Shepherd Pie

Shepherd’s pie is a beloved dish from the British aisles that has somehow become just as popular in the United States. It is one of the original casseroles and an easy dinner. This dish is extremely adaptable and can be made with a variety of ground meats.

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23. BAKED LEMON BUTTER TILAPIA

Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia
Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia

If you have some lemons in your refrigerator, we have one of the best weekend dinner ideas for you. This lemon butter baked tilapia will melt in your mouth. It’s just that tasty.

SATURDAY DINNER IDEAS FOR TWO

24. FISH KIEVS

Fish Kievs
Fish Kievs

To honor sustainable fish, Chef Mitch Tonks created this fish kievs recipe. Fillets of hake are coated in golden panko and stuffed with warm garlic butter.

25. CROQUE MONSIEUR

Croque-Monsieur
Croque-Monsieur

With our simple recipe, you can make a classic French croque monsieur. To make the ultimate toasted cheese sandwich, soft white bread is baked with smoked ham, gooey Gruyère cheese, and bechamel sauce.

26. FISH AND CHIPS FOR TWO

Fish And Chips
Fish And Chips

This simple beer-battered fish and chips recipe serves two people, making it ideal for an anniversary, date night, or Valentine’s Day shambles. Fish and chips go great with Champagne or fizzy wine!

27. CRISPY PORK CHOPS WITH FENNEL

Fennel-Crusted Pork Chops
Fennel-Crusted Pork Chops

Donal Skehan’s quick and easy pork chop with fennel, with its full-on Chinese flavors and caramelised fennel, will quickly become a midweek staple.

27. CRAB AND SAMPHIRE PASTA

Quick Crab Spaghetti with Wild Sea Vegetables
Quick Crab Spaghetti with Wild Sea Vegetables

Our crab and samphire pasta recipe may sound fancy, but it’s actually a quick and easy supper that can be whipped up in just 15 minutes.

28. SPICY SALMON AND AUBERGINE CURRY

Spicy salmon and aubergine curry
Spicy salmon and Aubergine curry

To keep it lighter, a quick, creamy salmon and aubergine curry made with half coconut milk and half vegetable stock.

SATURDAY DINNER IDEAS SOUTH AFRICA

29. SOUTH AFRICAN YELLOW RICE

South African Yellow Rice
South African Yellow Rice

This is a simple meal that includes raisins and butter and can be prepared in 30 minutes. Our traditional yellow rice is a prime example of a quick weeknight meal in South Africa. You can serve it with any stew of your choice.

30. TOMATO BREDIE

Simple Tomato Bredie
Simple Tomato Bredie

Tomato Bredie is typically seasoned with ginger and cloves. You can make tomato Bredie with pork or chicken, for example.

31. CURRY BEEF SOUP

Curry Beef Soup
Curry Beef Soup

What should I have for dinner tonight? This delicious curry beef soup from South Africa is a mash-up of local culture and some outside influences. Preparing it can take up to two hours, depending on how creative you want to be.

32. SOUTH AFRICAN PUMPKIN SOUP

South African Beef Soup
South African Beef Soup

Smooth, delicious, and dairy-free are three words that come to mind when you taste this pumpkin soup. This is a great dinner idea for the winter, made with both banana and pumpkin, and is one of the simple South African food recipes you can make at home.

33. BOBOTIE MEATLOAF

Bobotie-style Meatloaf
Bobotie-style Meatloaf

This isn’t your average meatloaf. Instead, it contains raisins, almonds, and curry for added flavor. If you want more sugar, add some fruit chutney.

34. CHAKALAKA

Chakalaka
Chakalaka

What am I going to make for dinner tonight? This vegetarian relish is typically served with bread and curries. It is thought to have originated in Johannesburg, where mineworkers invented it.

EASTER SATURDAY DINNER IDEAS

35. PRIME RIB ROAST

Prime Rib Roast
Prime Rib Roast

An eye-catching standing rib roast (also known as prime rib) makes for a spectacular Easter dinner. It’s a surefire crowd pleaser. You’ll adore the garlic-rosemary rub we employ—and don’t forget the au jus! I show you how to save all of that delicious broth.

36. ROAST BEEF TENDERLOIN WITH PEPPERCORN SAUCE

Best Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin
Best Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin

This simple beef tenderloin recipe is a close second to the prime rib roast. A whole beef tenderloin roast presented at Easter dinner is truly impressive.

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37. SMOKED PORK BUTT (PULLED PORK)

Smoked Pulled Pork
Smoked Pulled Pork

It’s time to fire up the smoker or charcoal grill and start smoking! This recipe for smoked pork butt will feed an army on a shoestring budget.

38. ROAST RACK OF LAMB-POTATO TRAYBAKE

Roast Rack of Lamb with Potatoes
Roast Rack of Lamb with Potatoes

This basic recipe yields a quick and delicious Easter meal for two. This, however, can easily be scaled up to as many as eight. Roasting the potatoes in the same tray allows the lamb juices to infuse the potatoes, further enhancing the flavor.

39. ROAST LEG OF LAMB

Leg of Lamb With Garlic and Rosemary
Leg of Lamb With Garlic and Rosemary

Roast lamb is a popular Easter dinner entree in the United Kingdom—in fact, the Brits almost require a roundup like this one, but titled “Easter Dinner Ideas That Aren’t Lamb.”

40. HERB-ROASTED DUCK

Herb Roasted Duck
Herb Roasted Duck

This succulent duck is infused with herbs from the inside out! ide, and topped with a tangy sauce Ideal for feeding a small group.

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Chakalaka Recipe (Saturday Dinner Ideas)


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  • Author: Hazel Roddy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

Chakalaka is a traditional South African vegetable relish that goes well with bread, stews, meat, and other dishes. This post will teach you how to make it quickly and easily.


Ingredients

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  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 50 g ginger finely grated
  • 2 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 1 red pepper finely chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper finely chopped
  • 5 large carrots (unpeeled but scrubbed and topped and tailed) grated
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves only
  • 400 g can baked beans
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Then add the onion and cook until it is translucent and softened.
  2. Combine the garlic, ginger, and curry powder in a mixing bowl. To combine, stir everything together.
  3. Mix in the peppers. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Mix in the carrots. Stir everything together and make sure it’s all coated in curry powder.
  5. Toss in the tomatoes and tomato paste. To combine, stir everything together.
  6. Cook for 5-10 minutes. The mixture should be well combined and slightly thickened.
  7. Baked beans and fresh thyme are optional. Cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Turn off the heat. It can be served either hot or cold.

Notes

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  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: None
  • Cuisine: African

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6 servings
  • Calories: 200kcal
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 412mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I make for dinner on a Saturday night?

8 Simple Saturday Night Dinner Recipes:
Chicken Fiesta Lime.
Ziti in the oven.
Stew with beef.
Mushroom-Sauced Filet Mignon
Stroganoff with beef.
Chicken Tandoori.
Pie with Shepherd’s Meat.
Lemon Butter Tilapia Baked

What’s a good idea for dinner tonight?

8 Dinner Suggestions for Tonight:
Casserole of Tater Tots
Pie with Cottage Onion.
Pizzas on French bread.
Meatloaf.
Pasta with Philly Cheesesteak.
Chicken Casserole in Crescent Rolls
Stew with beef.
Quesadilla de Pizza

What should I eat this weekend?

Lunch should be light and simple to avoid spoiling your appetite for the main course, so try one of these favorites:
Salad with Tandoori Chicken.
Salad of Vietnamese Prawn Rice Noodles
Sausage Rolls from scratch.
Sandwich with a Reuben.
Sushi with cucumber and salmon.
Rolls of rice paper
Monsieur Croque.

What should I cook on the weekend?

Beef Ribs in Spicy Vindaloo Sauce
Slow Cooked Asian-Style Beef Cheeks with Mushrooms Baked Risotto with Chicken and Mushrooms
Vegan Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Moroccan Chicken Pie in a Rustic Free Form.
Pudding with Chestnuts and Golden Syrup
Casserole of Braised Mushrooms and Beef
Indian lamb shanks, slow-cooked.

What are common dinners?

Our 8 Most Popular Dinners for a Low Price:
Stir-Fry of Shrimp and Snap Peas
Salad with Pesto Tortellini.
Curry with Tofu and Coconut.
Beef and Potato Stew in the Slow Cooker
Chicken Teriyaki with Pineapple Rice
Soup with roasted carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes.
Tilapia with lime and rice.
Noodles with Chicken Skillet.

What is the most eaten food in the world?

Rice is without a doubt one of the world’s most popular foods. Rice has been consumed in major parts of the world for over 5,000 years. When compared to the other grains, rice is unquestionably the most consumed.

What are the most basic dinners?

8 Dishes Every Beginner Cook Should Be Able To Make:
Sandwich with grilled cheese and fried egg.
Pizza.
Risotto.
Chicken roasted.
Carbonara Spaghetti
Pie with apples.
Roasted whole fish.
Soup with a Cream Base

What is a typical American dinner?

For dinner, most Americans consume a protein, a starch, and a vegetable. A steak with a baked potato and a side of creamed spinach is a stereotypical example, as is a hamburger with french fries and a salad.

What is traditional Christmas dinner?

Christmas dinner traditionally includes turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables. Other types of poultry, such as roast beef or ham, can also be used. Dessert staples include pumpkin or apple pie, raisin pudding, Christmas pudding, or fruitcake.

What country eats dinner the latest?

If you’re an American who has visited Spain, you’re probably aware of one of their most infamous cultural – at least from the perspective of early bird special – peculiarities: they eat dinner late, around 10 p.m.

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