Sometimes I dread dinner. Figuring out what I’m going to make, cooking it, cleaning up. It can suck.

But, other days, dinner prep isn’t so bad.

Me and the kids talk about food, Julia pulls a chair up to the counter and Jack lifts the heavy stuff we need out of the refrigerator.

Sometimes dinner can be fun.

Here’s five of our favorite main dishes — yummy, no-fail, go-to dinner ideas for you and your fam.

5 – Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops – Juicy pork crusted with Panko and parm. My husband’s favorite way to eat a pork chop. 

4 – Chicken Adobo – Caramelized, crispy, meaty. I just made these again last night. Fabulous.

3 – Cuban Sandwiches – Perfect panini-style vehicle for slow-roasted pork loin.

2 – Lentil Soup – A few basic ingredients simmered into a yummy and healthy soup I can eat meal after meal.

1 – Maple Salmon – My all-time favorite. The maple definitely suits the salmon.

Supper suggestions? Feel free to comment! My recipe box is always open.

I’m especially on the lookout for new twists on the lovely stand-by — good old chicken breast.