April 24, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan April 8-15

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If you’re looking for inspiration for dinner, then look no further! We’ve scoured the web to find you some amazing dinner ideas for this week. Mix it, match it, switch it up. We’ve even added in some side dishes and desserts to make it that much easier. Enjoy and be sure to let us know how it turns out!

Sunday: Made With Love

Cornish Game HensSunday is traditionally the day of big meals that all include the same special ingredient: Love! Treat your family with a feast made with love (and other delicious ingredients) from the options below.

  • Spiced Rubbed Cornish Hens - Sauteed string beans make a great accompanying side dish for this. You can also add mashed, scalloped or baked potatoes.
  • Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Peas - this is the complete meal! The only thing you may want to add is a fruit or maybe some made from scratch biscuits.
  • Chicken & Dumplings - Steam some carrots or broccoli and you have the perfect Sunday dinner – country style. If you’re not confident in your dumpling making skills head to the freezer section and pick up a box of Anne’s frozen dumplings.

Monday: Make it Meatless

Broccoli Cheese SoupYou don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy a meatless meal. You don’t even have to tell the family there’s no meat in any of the options below!

  • Meatless Tacos - Serve with refried beans and/or Spanish rice for an ethnic meatless meal!
  • Broccoli Cheese Soup - There’s no meat and this is an entire meal – no extra dishes for you!
  • Tofu Nuggets – There’s no meat and your kids wont know unless you tell them! These make an awesome finger food dinner too.

Tuesday: Take a Break

Grilled Chicken PizzaEven those parents who love being in the kitchen all day can use and appreciate a break. Take it easy today and choose an easy recipe that allows you to take a break from cooking all day but still provides your family with a healthy meal.

Wednesday: One Dish Wonders

Stuffed CabbageIsn’t it great to have a home cooked meal without a sink full of pots and pans afterwards? Give your dishwasher a break with a One Dish Wonder from the list below.

Thursday: Taste the World

Pernil al HornoEthnic foods are a great way to introduce your family to new cultures and traditions. Take tonight to savor in a dish from another country and maybe throw in a history lesson on the side!

  • Baked Asian 5 Spice Mahi Mahi - 5 Spice seems to make this Mahi Mahi to ‘dive’ for (get it?!)
  • Chicken Parmesan – One of my favorite meals. Serve with linguini and a side salad for the total Italian experience. Bellissimo!
  • Pernil al Horno – Wela made this for many Sunday dinner’s  -  not only does it hold lots of nostalgic memories for me – it’s absolutely delicious!

Friday: Fun With Finger Foods

Shish KabobsIf you have picky eaters they’ll definitely enjoy tonight’s dinner! Forego the silverware and enjoy a night of finger foods (napkins optional.)

  • Sloppy Joe’s - Kid’s love Sloppy Joe’s; I’m not sure if it’s the taste, the mess or the fact they can eat it with their fingers – maybe everything in one – but this is sure to please.
  • Apple Chicken Quesdadillas - Super Quick and Easy!
  • Shish Kabobs – Grab the kids and let them help assemble skewers, meats and veggies. They’ll love eating them as much as they love making them.

Saturday: Slow Cook It

Slow Cooker Pot RoastAh the wonders of a slow cooker. You have the benefit of a “cooked all day meal” without the hassle or mess. Treat yourself to another break by choosing one of the dinner ideas from below.

  • Cranberry Chicken – Set it and forget it. Then treat your family to something special – yum!
  • Chili - I think of chili as a comfort food. It’s great any time of year and always puts a smile on my face. It’s easy and even better in the slow cooker!
  • New England Pot Roast – Another all in one meal where you set it and forget it until it’s time to dig in!
 
 

Sides

Oven Roasted Baby Red PotatoesMost dinner’s need a side dish. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

 

Desserts

Hot Cross BunsAnd what dinner is complete without dessert?! Help yourself to a sweet treat from below to make your night time routine complete.

 

If you have a recipe you think would make a great addition to our weekly meal plan, drop us an e-mail and we’ll include it in the upcoming weeks!

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for including my post for Oven Roasted Baby Red Potatoes. I really appreciate it!! I love your weekly menu idea.

  2. I really like the meatless tacos idea. I’m not anti-meat but I really do think it should be limited during the week.

    I’m a fan of providing a wide variety of healthy meals that our kids will even enjoy. I love raw vegetables and fruits and so do my kids. They are perfect to go along with a meal or at snack time.

  3. Some interesting recipes. Thanks for the round up!

  4. Great ideas!

  5. Thank you so much for including my recipe. This is a great idea!

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