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Weekly Meal Plan

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Meal Plan – Week 267

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Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Rotisserie Chicken – Using our tuscan seasoning rub it all over the rotisserie chicken and you will have dinner tonight and later on in the week with the extra chicken!
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked Potatoes – These aren’t technically baked because I use my instant pot, but they are so fluffy and delicious!
    • Maple Glazed Carrots – I love these buttery, cozy carrots especially when paired with the chicken.

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Garlic Steak BItes – You are going to love how tender these steak bites are!
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main dish: Crock Pot BBQ Brisket – With the long weekend behind us, you might still be craving the BBQ food and this brisket is perfect! They are juicy and out of this would yummy! You can use bottled (I like Sweet Baby Rays), or homemade BBQ sauce when you prepare this brisket.
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Soft Sugar Cookies – If you think sugar cookies are boring, you have to try these cookies because they are chewy, flavorful and are the opposite of boring! Add some red, white or blue sprinkles for Memorial Weekend.

Appetizer

  • Greek Layer Dip – This is a VERY hearty appetizer so I tell myself it’s ok to eat as a meal. πŸ˜‰

Meal Plan – Week 266

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: French Onion Meatballs – These meatballs are filling and a great way to change up your dinner during the week. These reheat well so save your leftovers for Thursdays dinner.
  • Side Dish:
    • Crispy Brussels Sprouts – Grab a sheet pan and a few ingredients for the most delicious side dish that is anything but boring.
    • Side salad with Creamy Italian Dressing – The dressing takes 5 minutes to make and you will not regret it!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Easy Baked Chicken Fajitas – This is my go-to easy dinner. Never fails and everyone is always happy! Plus, it only takes 15 minutes to prep and get into the oven.
  • Side Dish:
    • Black Beans – I have a great cooking hack for the most delicious, restaurant quality black beans.
    • Mexican Rice – You are going to love my quick and easy method to make this rice.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: French Onion Meatball Pasta – Prepare your pasta of choice per package directions. Heat Tuesday’s leftover meatballs, onions, and sauce in a skillet. Add in heavy cream until a nice saucy consistency. Toss with pasta and serve hot.
  • Side Dish:

Friday

Appetizer

  • Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls – Who doesn’t love pizza rolls?! This homemade version of the popular frozen pizza rolls just got even easier than you can imagine!

Meal Plan – Week 265

Monday

  • Main Dish: ​Easy Chicken Piccata Casserole​ – Not your mama’s casserole! This is the best one pan dinner and still has all the fresh, citrusy flavors of chicken piccata.
  • Side Dish:
    • ​Sauteed Spinach​ – This is my personal favorite side when I make piccata.
    • Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Put your chicken on top of mashed potatoes. This is my husbands favorite way to eat piccata!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: ​Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta​ – Everything you need for a wholesome meal in just 30 minutes!
  • Side Dish:
    • Italian House Salad – The perfect side for this creamy pasta dish.
    • Garlic Cheese Bread – Everyone loves a cheesy loaf of bread, especially when you can soak up the extra pasta sauce with it.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Firecracker Chicken – These tender chicken bites are quick to make and will probably disappear just as quickly if your family loves it as much as mine does.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: Chicken Fajita Nachos – This is our favorite Friday dinner! I can seriously hide any vegetables in nachos, and my kids will eat every last bite.
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Cinnamon Coffee Crumble Cake – Technically this is more of a breakfast recipe, but when you add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, you have dessert!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 264

Monday

  • Main Dish: ​Pesto Chicken Bake​ – This is a recipe you will make again and again and not get sick of. There are only 6 ingredients and every single one together makes for the tastiest, quick dinner!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Beef and Shells – You can throw this together in 30 minutes. Has the same flavors as Hamburger Helper but obviously way better! Not to mention better for you. πŸ˜‰
  • Side Dish:
    • Oven Roasted Veggies – Put these into the oven before you start making your pasta and they’ll both be done at the same time. You’re basically a pro chef now and your family will be so impressed!
    • Kale Salad – Don’t like kale? Think again! The kale marinates in this lemon vinaigrette and seriously makes the salad irresistible! You have to try it!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: ​Braised Chicken Breast​ – Cooking chicken this way creates the most perfect, juiciest meat. It’s also a dream because this is a one pan meal so you’ll have very little cleanup.
  • Side Dish:
    • ​Creamy Mashed Potatoes​ – This is my favorite side to serve with this dish.
    • ​Lemon Rice​ – The lemon rice is delicious especially when it soaks up the gravy from the juicy chicken.

Friday

  • Main Dish: Ground Turkey Fried Rice – This is just as good as takeout and you’ll get it even quicker because it takes about 15 minutes to prep!
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Fudge Brownies – These are the PERFECT brownie! If you’re bringing these to a friends house, be prepared to share the recipe because they are a hit!

Appetizer

  • Hawaiian Meatballs β€“ These are made in the crockpot and are so simple, but the flavor is amazing! You can serve as an appetizer or even add rice on the side to make it a heavier app or meal.

Meal Plan – Week 263

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Tuesday

Wednesday

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Friday

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 262

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Sheet Pan Fajitas – These are the best because you get all the great flavors of chicken fajitas, in a quick and easy sheet pan dinner. I like to make extras and pile it on salad for lunch the rest of the week.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Ground Turkey Spaghetti – You’ll love how easy and delicious this spaghetti with ground turkey is.
  • Side Dish:
    • Italian House Salad – This salad is restaurant quality, but as always, we keep it easy.
    • Garlic Bread – You’ll need this to wipe your plate clean!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Steak Fried Rice – My family LOVES this! This recipe is quick and easy, but so good.
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main Dish: Mozzarella Chicken Skillet – One skillet = easy cleanup. πŸ˜‰
  • Side Dish:
    • Roasted Asparagus – My favorite way to have asparagus – roasting veggies just helps bring out the delicious flavors.
    • Oven Roasted Green Beans β€“ My garlic version paired with this mozzarella chicken is fantastic, but I also have a few other variations you can try.
  • Dessert: Strawberry Crumble Bars – This recipe is so simple, but the simplicity and ease that it comes together is what makes it amazing.

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 261

Monday

  • Main Dish: Baja Chicken – This is my new favorite chicken recipe! Dinner tonight, but great for lunch tomorrow!
  • Side Dish:
  • Lunch Idea: Baja Chicken Wrap – Add chicken, black beans, avocado, tomatoes, and feta to a large tortilla and wrap it up.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies – The cajun butter in this dish is out of this world! And who doesn’t love a sheet pan meal? *Save your leftovers for Thursday*
  • Side Dish:
    • ​Kale Salad – Because of the parmesan and easy lemon vinaigrette, this salad is irresistible and one I rotate making.
    • ​Lemon Rice – An easy side dish that goes with pretty much everything? Yes, please!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Thai Style Pork – Happy Wednesday! This is such a slump day for so many of us. I think crock pot recipes are perfect mid week!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Cajun Roasted Vegetable Pasta – *Using your leftover sausage from Tuesday,* we’re going to transform your dinner! Make pasta as directed on the box. Drizzle with olive oil and toss with roasted vegetables, sausage, and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle extra seasoning if you want a stronger flavor. OR, you can make this homemade alfredo sauce and toss the pasta and veggies with it.
  • Side Dish:
    • ​Roasted Veggies – these are great if you don’t have extra veggies from earlier in the week.
    • ​Garlic Bread β€“ this is my go to recipe!

Friday

Appetizer

  • ​Burrata Caprese Salad – This extra crisp salad looks impressive and is going to be your new favorite salad!

Meal Plan – Week 260

Monday

  • Main Dish: Ranch Chicken Bites – These are lovingly known as adult chicken nuggets among me and my friends. They’re bite-sized and delicious! *make extra for Wednesday*
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked Potato Wedges β€“ These feel like french fries but are super easy to make at home in the oven.
    • Side salad – Easily one of my favorite go-to’s. I like mixed greens with a sprinkle of mozzarella, tomatoes, and this homemade ranch dressing, but use whatever veggies that sounds good.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats – Keep dinner light with these. They are quick to make and the clean up is fast.
  • Side Dish:
    • SautΓ©ed Fajita Veggies – If you want to keep the meal low carb these veggies would be a great side dish.
    • Mexican Rice – Add a scoop of rice to every taco zucchini bite for a *chef’s kiss*.
    • Hot Buttered Tortillas – Yummy!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Ranch Chicken Pitas – Using the *leftovers from Monday, turn them into pita’s! Stuff the chicken bites into a pita with lettuce, tomato, onion and cucumber. Top with ranch dressing. Try my homemade ranch recipe.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Cheeseburger Stuffed Meatloaf – Forget about boring meatloaf. This is on another level! It’s cheesy, easy, tender and so flavorful.
  • Side Dish:
    • Instant Pot Corn on the Cob β€“ This 3 minute recipe is quick to make while your meatloaf is in the oven.
    • Easy Baked Mac β€“ This is a great complement to meatloaf. If you want the ultimate comforting meal, make this!

Friday

  • Main Dish: Buffalo Chicken Salad β€“ This chicken salad can be thrown together quickly with and served between two slices of your favorite bread for an easy sandwich, on a salad, or even stuffed in a tomato or pepper.
  • Side Dish:
    • Crock Pot Loaded Potato Soup β€“ A meatless side that would taste great alongside your salad or sandwich is this creamy soup that is loaded with flavor!
    • Maple Glazed Carrots β€“ Sweet carrots are the perfect match for buffalo ranch chicken salad flavors.
  • Dessert: No Bake Cookies – These are my favorite in the fridge so they’re slightly chilled!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 259

Monday

  • Main Dish: Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu – This chicken bake tastes just as flavorful as a traditional cordon bleu, but a million times easier!
  • Side Dish:
    • Roasted Vegetable Medley – This is one of my most popular side dish recipes! You’ll see why when you make it – it is quick and delicious.
    • Tortellini Salad – This is a great side that you can prep ahead to make tonight even easier.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Spaghetti Meat Sauce – All you have to do is dump the ingredients into a slow cooker and let it work its magic. I suggest making a big batch and freezing some for an easy dinner another night. *and save extras if you plan on making Thursday’s recipe*.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Italian Stuffed Peppers – Using the leftover spaghetti sauce from Tuesday makes this a 5 star fast recipe. You can also follow the instructions to make these if you do not have leftovers from Tuesday.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Teriyaki Chicken Bites – In 15 minutes you will have the perfect combo of sweet and tangy in bite size portions.
  • Side Dish:
    • SautΓ©ed Spinach – This is a quick and easy tender veggie that complements the sticky and saucy chicken.
    • Asian Cucumber Salad β€“ This recipe is one of my all time FAVORITES!
    • Rice or Grains β€“ Serving teriyaki chicken on top of white sticky rice is a must for me, but you can also use brown rice, quinoa, or anything your family likes to soak up the sweet sauce.

Friday

  • Main Dish: Pull-Apart Pizza Bread β€“ This is so much fun to make and to eat on a Friday night.
  • Side Dish:
    • Veggies and Ranch – Take the extra 5 minutes and make this homemade ranch!
    • Antipasto Salad -This quick salad is packed with meats to make a hearty salad that is perfect for munching!
  • Dessert – Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats – If anyone ever says there is nothing better than a rice krispie treat, tell them they’re wrong! Because these are irresistible.

Appetizer

  • Mango Salsa – I could eat this stuff by the spoonful, it is so delicious! Serve it with tortilla chips or cinnamon

Meal Plan – Week 258

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Sausage Pesto Penne β€“ This sheet pan meal will be on your table and ready to eat in just 30 minutes. It is packed with protein and delicious veggies so if you don’t have time to make a side, don’t worry about it!
  • Side Dish:
    • Caprese β€“ You can’t go wrong serving this fresh, classic salad.
    • Garlic Bread β€“ If you haven’t made this before, get ready to make it every week because it is a crowd favorite. πŸ™‚

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot BBQ Chicken β€“  3 ingredients is all you need to get you to dinner in no time. I love a good crock pot recipe because it does all of the work for you!
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main Dish: Ginger Sesame Ground Chicken Stir Fry β€“ Easy, kid-friendly and one pan. What are you waiting for?
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad – If you really want to be ahead of the game, prep this ahead of time so that it’s already good to go the night you need it.
    • Steamed Rice – White or brown rice would be great to soak up the stir fry sauce. Quinoa would also work.
    • SautΓ©ed Green Beans β€“ Adding a splash of soy sauce, chili sauce, or garlic makes this a perfect side.
  • Dessert – Soft and Thick Sugar Cookies – Get the family together and make these big, thick, bakery style cookies. You can make them Easter or Spring themed by using food coloring with my favorite buttercream frosting!!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 257

Monday

  • Main Dish: Cowboy Chicken – If you want a one dish meal, try this! You will not be disappointed.
  • Side Dish:
    • Green Beans – 5 min of prep and the results are veggies your family will be googley eyed over πŸ˜‰
    • Mexican Cauliflower Rice – Keep this meal light by serving cauli-rice. It is so flavorful!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Oven Baked Chicken Tenders – I made these twice in one week because we enjoyed them so much!
  • Side Dish:
    • Italian House Salad – This is an easy side and if you wanted to top it off with your tenders to bulk it up, it’s delicious.
    • Creamy Southern Coleslaw – This recipe is super fast and easy to make – 10 minutes of prep and 10 minutes to chill and you’re done.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Crispy Ground Beef Tacos β€“ Tacos are the ultimate quick and delicious family meal! *make extra beef or just save your leftovers for Friday’s dinner*
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Blackened Fish Filets β€“ My method keeps your fish juicy and tasty.
  • Side Dish:
    • Brussels Sprouts – These go so well with blackened fish and you only need 4 basic ingredients.
    • Garlic Bread – The best way to make garlic bread!

Friday

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 256

Monday

  • Main Dish: Baked Caesar Chicken – Just a few ingredients and only one pan – perfect for a Monday!
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Smashed Potatoes – This is great because you can bake them side by side in the oven.
    • Side salad with balsamic vinaigrette – The homemade balsamic is super fast and easy and I definitely think you should try it.

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Sirloin Tip Sandwiches β€“ Using your leftovers from yesterday, grab ciabatta rolls and get ready for a tasty sandwich! Load the rolls up with onions and beef, then add provolone cheese and cook in a pan or in a panini press.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

Friday

  • Main Dish: Garlic Bread Pizza – Pizza is always a kid-approved Friday night meal. Pizza on garlic bread is next level though and makes even the adults happy!
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Dark Chocolate Crunch Bars – Craving chocolate? These come together faster than you can say “snap, crackle, pop”!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 255

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Homemade Shake n Bake Pork Chops – With just a bag, some pantry spices, pork chops, and breadcrumbs you’re going to have the best pork chops on your dinner table!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • Main Dish: Italian Chicken Pasta – Kids and adults LOVE this pasta dish. it is filled with tender pan seared chicken and a creamy red sauce that is incredible.
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Caramel Snickerdoodles – If you love Snickerdoodles, these take it up another delicious notch. They are a MUST TRY!

Meal Plan – Week 255

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Homemade Shake n Bake Pork Chops – With just a bag, some pantry spices, pork chops, and breadcrumbs you’re going to have the best pork chops on your dinner table!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • Main Dish: Italian Chicken Pasta – Kids and adults LOVE this pasta dish. it is filled with tender pan seared chicken and a creamy red sauce that is incredible.
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Caramel Snickerdoodles – If you love Snickerdoodles, these take it up another delicious notch. They are a MUST TRY!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 254

Monday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Chicken Piccata – I used to always order this at restaurants until I realized how easy it was to make at home.
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Crispy Beef Tacos – Making batch tacos this way is the EASIEST way!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Rice – This rice tastes just like a Mexican restaurant!
    • Black Beans – Use my trick to transform your canned beans into something amazing.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Tuscan Chicken Thigh Skillet β€“ Using chicken thighs ensures that your chicken won’t be dry! *save your leftovers*
  • Side Dish:
    • Oven Roasted Green Beans – My garlic version paired with the tuscan chicken is what I prefer, but there are a few options you can choose from in my list.
    • Italian Tortellini Salad – The perfect way to add a little pasta. This is also a great way to stretch your meal if you have extra guests.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Tuscan Chicken Pasta β€“ Using your leftovers from Tuscan Chicken Thigh Skillet, you now have the start of a new meal. Mix this quick alfredo sauce and stir it into Wednesday’s leftovers, and add your families favorite pasta.
  • Side Dish:
    • The BEST Garlic Bread – I have a secret ingredient that you’ll find helps toasts this classic garlic bread to perfection!
    • Side salad – I like mixed greens with a sprinkle of mozzarella, tomatoes, and this homemade ranch dressing.

Friday

  • Main Dish: Baked Chicken Tenders β€“ Chicken tenders you can feel good about feeding your family! These can be customized for a fun Friday meal – top a salad with this delicious chicken for yourself and give the kids crispy tenders with yummy dips to go along side.
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Cookies – These chewy cookies are foolproof!

Appetizer

  • Mexican Street Corn Dip – It’s time to introduce you to my go-to super fast party appetizer. What are you waiting for!?

Meal Plan – Week 253

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup β€“ This is a true dump-and-go recipe that is comforting and delicious.
  • Side Dish:
    • Green Salad with homemade ranch – The soup is hearty enough alone, so keeping your sides light with a salad is a great idea.
    • Rolls – I love having rolls or even crackers to dip into my soup. It’s the best way to make sure you get every last drop of soup scooped up!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Spaghetti and Easy Marinara β€“ Spaghetti is one of those meals that just makes me so happy. It’s super simple, takes hardly no time and it’s just delicious!
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Bread β€“ This is the best ever garlic bread! It’s a must with spaghetti.
    • Meatballs β€“ Meatballs are a great addition to make this meal a little heartier.
    • Italian House Salad β€“ An Italian restaurant classic and marinara…I can’t think of a better duo! 

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Cheesy Taco Skillet β€“ One skillet and a handful of ingredients is all you need for a delicious weeknight meal. *save leftovers for tomorrow’s recipe*
  • Side Dish:
    • Beans – These simple black beans go great with a scoop of your skillet taco.
    • Tortillas or Chips β€“ Sometimes we just take a spoonful of the skillet ingredients and put into a tortilla or on top of chips.
    • Mexican Street Corn Casserole – If you like Mexican corn, you’re in for a treat with this!

Friday

  • Main Dish: Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes β€“ Using your leftovers from yesterday, make these potatoes and stuff them full of yesterday’s dinner.
  • Side Dish:
    • Pico de Gallo β€“ Top your potatoes with this to bring your leftovers to life!
    • Guacamole, Shredded lettuce, sour cream
    • Side salad β€“ Serve with this jalapeno ranch dressing – I love having this on hand because it’s so tasty.
  • Dessert – Cookies and Cream Parfaits – These look fancy, but it only takes a few minutes to make!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 252

Monday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Chicken Asparagus Skillet – This is hands-down my husband’s FAVORITE dinner.
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed Potatoes – This is actually my favorite side to serve with this dish – just lay your chicken on top of a scoop of mashed potatoes and that’s it. Don’t forget to add a little cream, too!
    • Italian Salad – It’s such a simple side but top it with this balsamic vinaigrette and you have an awesome side to compliment the flavors in the chicken asparagus skillet.
    • Pasta – You can serve the entree over pasta or with a side or pasta tossed with a little olive oil, garlic and some salt.

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: One Pot Lasagna Soup β€“ With just a few minutes of prep you’ll be able to make a huge batch of delicious soup.
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Parmesan Broccoli β€“ These are the perfect side with a meal like this.
    • Garlic Bread β€“ You definitely need this bread so that you can dip right into the lasagna soup.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Mississippi Chicken β€“ This is always a family favorite!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed Cauliflower or Roasted Cauliflower – Either one of these would be great. The mashed cauliflower will blow your mind!
    • Egg Noodles – put your Mississippi chicken right on top of egg noodles.
    • Buttermilk Ranch Dressing β€“ You can use this dressing for so many things, but with a side salad is where it’s at! Make some extra to use tomorrow.

Friday

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 251

Monday

  • Main Dish: French Onion Meatballs – I had the funniest review of this – they said these were so good it made them swear! Ha! That’s when you know you have a keeper. πŸ˜†
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Crustless Chicken Pot Pie β€“ The easiest way to make chicken pot pie!
  • Side Dish:
    • Side salad with homemade ranch dressing – This is an easy go to. Make extra dressing so you can keep it in your fridge for veggies this week.
    • Homemade Bisquick Biscuits – Since the pot pie is crustless, biscuits will be great. Making homemade biscuits is so much easier than you think! And you can keep this mix on hand for more easy recipes, like pancakes.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Shake n Bake Chicken β€“ This delicious coated chicken comes together in just 20 minutes and you can even prep it ahead of time!
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked Potato Wedges β€“ These are worth making and are super easy. If you like ranch with your wedges, hopefully you have extra from yesterday.
    • Brussels Sprouts – These are crispy and irresistible, but the best part is that I have 5 different flavor options depending on what you like!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Ground Turkey Stir Fry β€“ Even my pickiest eater enjoys this. Double the recipe or save the extras for *leftovers* tomorrow. You won’t regret it!
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad β€“ This is delicious and you can even make the dressing ahead of time!
    • Butter Lettuce so you can make a wrap
    • Sauteed Spinach β€“ This is ready in minutes and you can mix teriyaki sauce with it or just mix it with your turkey.
    • Rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice, or quinoa
    • Noodles – Ramen or Udon noodles

Friday

  • Main Dish: Turkey Teriyaki Bowls – This is a great way to use up yesterday’s *leftovers*. I love an easy Friday meal! All you really have to do is add some fresh veggies like shredded carrots, edamame, sliced cucumbers etc.
  • Side Dish:
    • SautΓ©ed Green Beans β€“ SautΓ©ed green beans are a great crispy side addition – add some of the teriyaki glaze to them – Yum!
    • Spicy Mayo or Yum Yum Sauce – We are big sauce people and these go great with the bowls.
  • Dessert – Pecan Pie Bars – These ooey gooey squares are made with a few pantry items and you only need 10 minutes to prep.

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 250

Monday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders – Start the week off right with a no-stress meal. The ranch slaw in these is 5 star incredible!
  • Side Dish:
    • Corn on the Cob – My 3 minute corn on the cob is juicy, sweet, and smothered in garlic butter.
    • Baked Potato Wedges β€“ Potato wedges and BBQ sliders are actually a match made in heaven!

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Dutch Oven Roast Chicken β€“ This actually feels like a fancy meal, but it’s easy enough that you can make it in the middle of the week. *the leftovers will be perfect for tomorrow’s meal!*
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Southwest Chicken Chili β€“ This dump-and-go-recipe is even easier using yesterday’s leftovers. This is a crowd favorite.
  • Side Dish:
    • Avocado Corn Salsa with chips β€“ Chop, squeeze, mix, and chill…it’s that easy!
    • Side salad with Ranch dressing β€“ Perfect way to round out your meal.

Friday

  • Main Dish: Main Dish: Meatball Pasta Bake – I love how family friendly this is! With only 7 ingredients, it’s also Friday friendly!
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Ice Cream Cinnamon Rolls – I’m bringing back these amped up refrigerated cinnamon rolls because it’s been a long time. Whether they’re for your kids or just for you, you’ll be happy to made these!

Appetizer

  • Caramelized Onion Dip – Blend 2C of these crockpot onions with 16 oz sour cream for the BEST dip you have ever had! I like to use potato chips to dip and it’s AWESOME as a football appetizer!

Meal Plan – Week 249

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Southern Pot Roast β€“ This is cooked low and slow over a bed of carrots, potatoes, and onions to create a complete family meal all in one pot.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Fried Rice β€“ Chop up leftover chicken bites from Monday and add them into this rice that takes only 15 minutes!
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad β€“  This salad is light and flavor-packed with a ginger soy dressing.
    • Edamame – Serve steamed
    • Yum yum sauce (a Japanese steakhouse favorite!) and it’s so good to dip your chicken fried rice into.

Thursday

Friday

  • Main Dish: Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie β€“ Set it and forget it meals are such a lifesaver!
  • Side Dish:
    • No Yeast Rolls – You definitely need bread to soak up the creamy leftovers on your plate.
    • Mashed Potatoes β€“ My extra creamy recipe is easy, and perfect for serving a big scoop of creamy, crustless chicken pot pie over.
  • Dessert – Butter Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze – These melt in your mouth and have the most wonderful flavor!

Appetizer

  • Million Dollar Dip – This appetizer is perfect for football watching this weekend! It is no cook and only takes minutes, yet has the BEST flavor!

Meal Plan – Week 248

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Sheet Pan Meatloaf β€“ Meatloaf is one of those cozy meals that just screams comfort. You can throw it together in 30 minutes and feed a crowd if you need to!
  • Side Dish:
    • Side salad with Ranch dressing – Have you ever made 5 minute ranch? it’s easier than you think and you will always want to have it on hand.
    • Grandma’s Baked Mac β€“ If you want THE most comforting meal, add this as a side.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Italian Chicken β€“ Make a little *extra* so you can use it for Friday’s delicious meal.
  • Side Dish:
    • Italian Quinoa Salad β€“ Filled with protein and lots of flavor. It’s GREAT the next day for lunch, too!
    • Roasted Veggies β€“ This is one of the easiest recipes on my site. So quick and delicious!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast β€“ 5 simple ingredients to have the most tender, juicy, flavorful, pot roast, and it couldn’t be more quick and easy to make. 
  • Side Dish:
    • Creamy Mashed Potatoes β€“ Serve your pot roast right on top of these creamy potatoes.
    • Lemon Rice β€“ This rice would be a delicious complement to your pot roast. You can also serve over wild, white or brown rice or with a side of risotto.

Friday

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 247

Monday

  • Main Dish: Turkey Burger Sliders – In just 20 minutes these come together quickly by using simple pantry items. Everyone from the kids to adults will enjoy them.
  • Side Dish:
    • Instant Pot Corn on the Cob β€“ This 3 minute recipe is the BEST way to cook juicy corn on the cob for dinner!
    • Steakhouse Style House Salad – If you want to keep it light, this would be great.
    • Chips – Sometimes a quick and easy dinner calls for a quick and easy side!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Beef and Shells β€“ This is very budget friendly, cozy, and fills everyone up. You can throw it together in 30 minutes and feed a crowd!
  • Side Dish:
    • Oven Roasted Veggies β€“ Want to look like a pro on a busy weeknight? Just throw these into the oven before you start making your pasta and they’ll both be done at the same time.
    • Buttery Garlic Bread β€“ Can’t have pasta without the garlic bread. πŸ˜‰

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Caprese Chicken β€“ This is probably going to be on regular rotation after you try this! With just 4 simple ingredients and one dish you can have this meal on the table in 40 minutes.
  • Side Dish:
    • Boursin Mashed Potatoes β€“ The Boursin cheese elevates the heck out of these classic potatoes!
    • Kale Salad β€“ The parmesan and easy lemon vinaigrette makes this salad irresistible and one that we frequently make.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Pork Carnitas β€“ Using a simple blend of pantry spices you can transform a pork shoulder into juicy and tender carnitas and everyone will be asking for seconds!
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Pizzaiola β€“ This has the familiar flavors of pizza that everyone loves, but it’s loaded with protein and you only need one pan.
  • Side Dish:
    • Sauteed Spinach β€“ This might be the fasted side dish you’ll ever make.
    • Pesto Cheese Bread β€“ This pesto cheese bread is perfect to soak up all that rich tomato sauce from your pizzaiola.
  • Dessert β€” Peanut Butter Swirl Bars β€“ These are chewy and oh so delicious!

Appetizer

  • Fresh Tomato Feta Dip – No cooking, no baking, just 5 simple ingredients and a little mix! Easiest. Recipe. Ever.

Meal Plan – Week 246

Monday

  • Main Dish: Baked Tortellini  β€“ This was our 4th most popular recipe of 2023! You can also use Seasoned Ground Turkey in this recipe if you don’t have beef on hand. *For 2024 let’s make more freezer meals! This is a GREAT one to double for that.”
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Philly Cheesesteak Sliders – These little handheld sliders are a family favorite! Did I mention this is our 2nd most popular recipe in 2023?!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Burrito Casserole On a busy night you’ll appreciate this meal because it comes together in just 15 minutes! Also a favorite recipe with our readers.
  • Side Dish:
    • Side salad with Jalapeno Ranch β€“ This is a STAPLE in my fridge! it’s just too good to not use on a side salad.
    • Peppers and Onions – Keep the sides light with this quick and flavorful side dish.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup – Our 5th most popular recipe and for good reason. Zero prep, no chopping, and just one pot. This is such a great leftover for lunches, too!
  • Side Dish:
    • Easy Mexican Rice β€“ This tastes like restaurant rice, but EASY and made right at home!
    • Mexican Corn Salad β€“ This light and refreshing salad is healthy, delicious, and so easy to make.

Friday

Appetizer

  • Spinach Feta Dip – Serve this with a platter of veggies, crackers, pita chips, or pretzels and you’ll have some very happy people. .  

Meal Plan – Week 245

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: 15 Bean Ham Soup – Use up the leftover ham by making this delicious soup in your crockpot.
  • Side Dish:
    • Buttermilk Cornbread – This is a classic, but my special cooking method makes this cornbread extra good!
    • Side Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing – Make a delicious salad with iceberg, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese and croutons. Top with ranch!
    • Toppings:
      • Cheddar cheese
      • Diced onion
      • Chopped parsley
      • Sour cream
      • Crumbled bacon
      • Green onions or chives
      • Hot sauce
      • Crushed red pepper

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad Sandwiches Sandwiches are the perfect, easy dinner. If you’d rather have them as a wrap or even just as a salad, feel free!
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked Potato Soup – This is made from scratch, but because you throw everything into your crockpot, it couldn’t get any easier!
    • Fruit Salad – Keep it light with a side of fruit.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Fettuccini Alfredo This creamy sauce is so simple! You will probably never buy jarred sauce again after making this. If you still have leftover ham from Monday, go ahead and add it to this dish for some protein.
  • Side Dish:
    • Oven Roasted Vegetables – Easiest side dish ever which is needed after a few days of intense cooking during the holidays!
    • SautΓ©ed Spinach – Need another quick side dish? This takes 5 minutes and is a great option.

Friday

  • Main Dish: Baked Crispy Ground Beef Tacos – Is there anything better or more delicious than beef tacos? Keep these simple or add salsa, guacamole, peppers, or anything else you like to top your tacos with.
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert β€” Wyoming Cowboy Cookies – Just a quick 15 minutes of prep and your Wyoming cowboy cookies are ready to go in the oven.

Appetizer

  • Mini Pigs in a Blanket – This is one of my favorite appetizers to make. I know I say it a lot, but it is so easy and delicious!

Meal Plan – Week 244

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Monday

  • Main Dish: Slow Cooker Roast Beef β€“ This is so hands-off it’s shocking how delicious and tender it is!
  • Side Dish:
    • Pesto Roasted Veggies – We love this side! The pesto gives the veggies incredible flavor, but it’s also such a healthy side dish and you should try it if you haven’t already.
    • Garlic Bread – Butter, garlic, and cheese – these are a few of my favorite things!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Tetrazzini – The white cream sauce that the noodles and chicken are drenched in is irresistible!
  • Side Dish:
    • Arugula Pear Salad – You can throw this beautiful salad together in no time.
    • Brown Butter Broccoli – These are nutty and delicious…get ready to watch your family enjoying their vegetables!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Southwest Chicken Soup Do you have 30 minutes and one pot? You’ll love this! You can enjoy this for dinner, and then you’ll have leftovers for lunch the next day.
  • Side Dish:
    • Cornbread – If two things were ever made for each other it’s this soup and cornbread. So good!
    • Salad with Jalapeno Ranch – I love to make this easy salad in advance. You can even double the ingredients so that you can have extra the next day.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Easy Sizzle Steak– This cut of beef is the quickest, easiest, and most delicious dinner! Ready, set, go – in 15 minutes you’ll be done with your main course!
  • Side Dish:
    • Peppers and Onions – Peppers and onions are truly the best veggies to complement your steak. Save your leftover steak and this side for tomorrow’s dinner. You won’t regret it!
    • Garlic Smashed Potatoes – I love the crunchy little pieces of skin when the potatoes are cooked this way!

Friday

  • Main Dish: Cheesesteak Style Subs – Using the leftover steak, peppers and onions from yesterday, make cheesesteak style subs. All you need are hoagie buns and provolone cheese.
  • Side Dish:
    • Easy Baked Macaroni β€“ If you’re looking for a heartier side, macaroni and cheese is a classic favorite that pairs well with steak subs.
    • Green Salad β€“ You can’t go wrong with this classic side.
  • Dessert β€” Holiday Ritz Cracker Cookies – Give me a reason to make a holiday cookie and I’ll do it. Let the kiddos join you when you make these!

Appetizer

  • Honey BBQ Meatballs – I love how crazy simple this recipe is, and how you can leave it on in the crockpot to graze on all day long.

Meal Plan – Week 243

Monday

  • Main Dish: Crispy Chicken w Honey β€“ Less than 10 minutes of prep and about 15 minutes of bake time – yes, please!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed Potatoes– When it comes to mashed potatoes, this is my go to recipe.
    • Mashed Cauliflower – Or keep it light with this – you won’t even miss the potatoes! *Read the tips on how to get them extra potato like.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Beef Enchilada Meatballs – Serve these alongside rice or pasta. You could even stuff them into tortillas or taco shells for an easy Mexican-inspired dinner. *Make extra and have leftovers on Thursday*
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Cranberry Chicken This is a great, cozy crock pot meal! Especially during the holiday season.
  • Side Dish:
    • Crockpot Corn Casserole – Why wait to eat this during a fancy holiday dinner when you can make it in between?! It’s soooo delicious.
    • Dinner Rolls – Homemade rolls might intimidate you, but these don’t even need yeast. Try them!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Enchilada Meatball Bowls β€“ Using your leftover enchilada meatballs from Tuesday, you can serve the leftover meatballs on top of rice or quinoa with some black beans, diced avocado, and a dollop of sour cream.
  • Side Dish:
    • Black Beans – No one will believe you doctored up some canned beans!
    • Sour Cream
    • Pico de Gallo – The fresh tomatoes in this pico go well with the meatball bowls.
    • Diced Avocado

Friday

Appetizer

  • Mexican Spinach Dip – This twist on traditional spinach dip is addictive and a crowd pleaser.

Meal Plan – Week 242

Monday

  • Main Dish: Steak Fried Rice β€“ My family LOVES this! It is perfect for leftover steak, or any cut of beef you have in the fridge.
  • Side Dish:
    • Crunchy Garlic – If you’ve never had this you can find it at Trader Joes, World Market or even Amazon. I can’t quit it!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Blackened Chicken Breast – Do not skip over this delicious meal! This recipe is fast, and healthy and has so much flavor! Make a little extra to prep for Thursday’s dinner.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Blackened Chicken Alfredo – Using the chicken you prepped on Tuesday you are one step closer to having restaurant quality pasta in record time. Everyone will be wanting seconds!
  • Side Dish:
    • Side salad with Creamy Italian dressing – the dressing tastes as good as Olive Garden and can be made in 5 minutes.
    • Garlic Cheese Bread – Sometimes I regret not making 2 of these since the family acts like they’ve won the lottery when I make it!

Friday

  • Main Dish: Pesto Chicken Salad – I love this so much for an extra busy night. It has so much flavor and you can use leftovers for lunch through the weekend.
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert β€” Soft and Thick Sugar Cookies– No better time than now to start testing out all your holiday cookie recipes! These big, thick, bakery style cookies are a favorite. I love them best topped with my buttercream frosting!!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 241

Monday

  • Main Dish: Turkey Tetrazzini β€” If you still have left over turkey, just simply swap out the chicken in this with your leftover turkey meat. You won’t believe how easy and delicious this comfort meal is!
  • Side Dish:
    • Green Salad – Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette over a mixture of lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
    • Dinner Rolls – No need to be intimidated by these rolls. They are buttery, soft, pillowy and tender and with no yeast needed, they can be made in less than 30 minutes!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Dutch Oven Roast Chicken β€” With the turkey gone, go ahead and make this easy, delicious family favorite! *Save your leftovers to make Friday’s dinner extra simple.
  • Side Dish:
    • Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower β€” You only need a few minutes to prep and make a super tasty side dish.
    • Kale Salad β€” The fresh flavor of lemon is exactly what we need after eating our weight in food last week. πŸ˜‰

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • Main Dish: Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad β€” Using your *leftover chicken from Tuesday, mix in some mayo, diced celery, onions, and grapes for tasty sandwiches.
  • Side Dish:
    • Sliced veggies β€” Cucumber, zucchini, or squash slices topped with chicken salad for a light or low carb option. You can drizzle a little of this buttermilk ranch, too!
    • Make it a wrap– Add some lettuce or spinach to a large flatbread or tortilla to make a wrap.
  • Dessert β€” Peanut Butter Swirl Bars β€“ A chewy delicious dessert bar that rarely lasts longer than a day.

Appetizer

  • Hot Cheesy Bean Dip β€” A yummy dip like this just feels right. You can serve as an appetizer or even use it for quesadillas over the weekend!

Meal Plan – Week 240

Monday

  • Main Dish: Easy Ground Turkey Enchiladas β€” Enchiladas made lighter because of the ground turkey. Bonus – make a double batch and freeze them for a quick and delicious dinner later on!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders β€” These sliders are basically everything delicious in one convenient handheld package. These are always a hit! *Use rotisserie chicken to make this even faster!
  • Side Dish:
    • Steakhouse Salad β€” This salad is easy, delicious and always a great choice as a side.
    • Ranch Smashed Potatoes β€” I’d argue that this is the best way to make potatoes. They’re unreal!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Southern Pot Roast β€“ This is a hands off, no-fuss dinner that can be for any night of the week.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: The BEST Roast Turkey β€” The turkey is tender and juicy every time, even the white meat!  
  • Side Dish:
    • Green Bean Casserole β€” Create amazing traditional flavors for your holiday feast with this. It’s a crowd favorite!
    • Make ahead Mashed Potatoes β€” They’re light, creamy, buttery, and so creamy thanks to the addition of sour cream.

Friday

  • Main Dish: Turkey Tetrazzini β€” Swap out the chicken with your leftover turkey meat and you won’t believe how easy and delicious this comfort meal is!
  • Side Dish:
    • Crockpot Corn Casserole β€” It doesn’t get much EASIER or MORE DELICIOUS than this.
    • Brussels Sprouts β€“ Choose one of my 5 flavor recommendations on crispy roasted sprouts to pair perfectly with a creamy baked pasta.
  • Dessert β€” Apple Pie β€” This is a show stopper!

Appetizer

  • Baked Brie in Pie Crust β€” It’s perfect for the holidays with crackers, baguette slices, fruit, veggies, you name it.

Meal Plan – Week 239

Monday

  • Main Dish: Easy Philly Cheesesteak β€” The ground beef makes these affordable, but even more kid friendly and perfect for those busy weeknights.
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked Potato Wedges β€” This is a great way to serve an easy homemade version of French fries.
    • Brown Butter Broccoli β€” This super simple recipe has a tried and true ingredient that makes the broccoli extra delicious and irrisistable.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Meatball Pasta Bake β€” This super family friendly meal only has 7 ingredients for a hearty baked pasta casserole.  
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup β€” This is light, healthy, and SO EASY to make. The kids always like this because they can pick their toppings so it seems fun to them. For toppings you can try cheese, sour cream, bacon or onions.
  • Side Dish:
    • Cheesy Pesto Bread β€” The pesto flavor complements the soup and the bread is a must to scoop up every last drop!
    • Oven Roasted Green Beans β€” You can choose from a list of 5 different seasoning options depending on your preference.

Friday

Appetizer

  • Crispy Toasted Tortellini β€” These garlicky, crispy little bites are so simple and perfect for snacking, an appetizer or even a fun lunch. 

Meal Plan – Week 238

Monday

  • Main Dish: Ground Turkey Fried Rice β€” You only need 15 minutes of prep and cooking time to enjoy a homemade dinner that is just as good as takeout.
  • Side Dish:
    • Sriracha Slaw β€” This cabbage is creamy with a little kick to spice things up a bit!
    • Green beans β€” Keep it simple and just add extra veggies to the stir fry or serve on the side.

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Breakfast Sliders β€” We haven’t done breakfast for dinner in quite a while! These sausage, egg and cheese sandwiches are held together inside of a Hawaiian roll. Hawaiian rolls really make these!
  • Side Dish:
    • Million Dollar Bacon β€” I like to make extra of this crispy, caramelized bacon so that I can munch on it as a snack. Shh don’t judge.
    • Fruit Salad β€” Use whatever fruit you have on hand and top it with this dressing. It’s incredible!

Thursday

Friday

Appetizer

  • Cajun Chicken Dip β€” Serve with any of your favorite dippers such as tortilla chips, veggies, pita bread, baguettes, and more!

Meal Plan – Week 237

Monday

  • Main Dish: Spinach Ravioli Bake β€” Hope you’re ready for a FAST dinner because this will be on your table in 30 minutes!
  • Side Dish:
    • Cheesy Bread β€” I can’t have pasta without bread, so here is our favorite!
    • Italian House Salad β€” The restaurant style Italian dressing that is paired with this is *chef’s kiss*.

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup β€” This might be the best soup I have ever made. I know that sounds wild, but trust me!
  • Side Dish:
    • Homemade Buttermilk Cornbread β€” I shared this on Instagram a couple days ago and you all went bananas for it!
    • Kale Salad β€” This simple 4 ingredient salad is a healthy side that’s great with warm soup.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Pork Fajitas β€” This recipe will have a mouthwatering dinner on the table in under 15 minutes with a spread of your favorite toppings and traditional favorites.
  • Side Dish:
    • Cilantro Lime Rice β€” This rice is a big hit. You can serve it as a side or serve the pork mixture over the rice and make fajita bowls.
    • Jalapeno Ranch Dressing β€” Hands down one of the best creamy toppings for tacos and fajitas.

Friday

  • Main Dish: Blackened Fish β€” This can be made in just 15 minutes and is a great Friday night meal!
  • Side Dish:
    • Italian Quinoa Salad β€” This is really simple but the flavor is big! It’s even better the next day so make it tonight and have leftovers this weekend.
    • Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower β€” This goes with just about anything, but especially the blackened fish.
  • Dessert β€” Caramel Snickerdoodles β€” Isn’t there something really comforting about a snickerdoodle cookie? The caramel makes these even yummier!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 236

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Monday

  • Main Dish: Turkey Teriyaki Bowl β€” This is quick enough to make on a busy night, but you can even prep it ahead of time on Sunday.
  • Side Dish:
    • Spicy Sriracha Asian Coleslaw β€” This spicy coleslaw recipe can be made in just a few minutes. You can eat it as a side or even add a little to your bowl for a nice little crunch.
    • Asian Cucumber Salad β€” This is a light, healthy and quick side.
    • Spicy Mayo or Yum Yum Sauce β€” If you haven’t made these easy sauces yet, now is the perfect time because we love these with our teriyaki bowls!

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Garlic Herb Steak β€” A restaurant quality steak can be surprisingly easy to make with a few simple rules of thumb. Check out my tips because you can do this in under 15 minutes!
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main Dish: Mozzarella Chicken Skillet β€” This is an all time family favorite! Bonus – one skillet means easy cleanup. πŸ˜‰
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert β€” Pecan Pie Bars β€” The shortbread crust is so good! I love making these, especially in the cooler months. They’re just such a comforting dessert.

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 235

Monday

  • Main Dish: BBQ Chicken Bake β€” With 10 minutes of prep and one dish, you’ll have the most delicious meal for your family!  
  • Side Dish:
    • Green Bean Casserole β€” My family loves this classic, creamy, green bean casserole. Try it and maybe you’ll want to make it again during the holidays.
    • Baked Macaroni and Cheese β€” I have shared my Grandma’s mac and cheese recipe a few times now and if you missed it, now it’s yours to enjoy. You don’t want to miss it!

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas β€” One of my favorite one pan wonders! These have the delicious flavor of traditional fajitas, but are easy to whip up. Plus, the leftovers will be perfect for Friday night.
  • Toppings:
    • Pico de gallo
    • Shredded lettuce
    • Sour cream
    • Guacamole
    • Shredded cheese (in tex mex style fajitas)
    • Flour tortillas
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

Friday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Fajita Nachos β€” Use your leftovers from Wednesday – nachos get a bad rap, but there is so much goodness in these – protein, calcium, fiber and veggies!
  • Toppings:
    • Shredded lettuce
    • Salsa
    • Jalapeno Ranch (most popular addition in my house)
    • Sliced jalapeΓ±os
  • Side Dish:
    • Crock Pot Black Beans β€” If you don’t have refried beans from Wednesday, try these.
    • Guacamole β€” Serve this right on top of your yummy nachos.
  • Dessert β€” Double Chocolate Pudding Cookie β€” These are incredibly delicious and it’ll taste like you just picked them up from a bakery.

Appetizer

  • Homemade Salsa β€” I know it sounds intimidating, but I promise it is not once you see the recipe!

Meal Plan – Week 234

Monday

  • Main Dish: Ground Beef Cobbler β€” This is similar to a viral TikTok recipe, but I made it extra family friendly!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Tex Mex Enchiladas β€” Tex Mex Tuesday – see what I did there πŸ˜‰ We love the flavors of these classic enchiladas!
  • Side Dish:
    • Black Bean and Corn Salsa β€” Serve this dip as a side or as an appetizer if you have people that are extra anxious for dinner.
    • Easy Mexican Rice β€” Your family will think you ordered takeout when they taste this rice.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Ziti with Ground Turkey β€” Looking for a 20 minute meal that is kid friendly and adults also love? Not only does Baked Ziti check all those boxes, but it is so filling and makes a large amount. You might get lucky and have leftovers! Try using my ground turkey seasoning when you prepare your ground turkey. I like to make a big batch of this because it lasts a while and then you can just have it on hand.
  • Side Dish:
    • Cheesy Garlic Bread β€” Want the perfect garlic bread? Look no further – this.is.it.
    • Tomato Basil Mozzarella β€” I love how refreshing, light and delicious this salad is. It’s great as a side especially with a heartier meal like ziti.

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: Saucy Buffalo Chicken Tenders β€” Making a meal that can extend into the weekend is major goals. These are so yummy, and can also be reheated this weekend if you need a little something to snack on!
  • Side Dish:
    • Ranch Smashed Potatoes β€” With just 3 ingredients, you will have perfect smashed potatoes with the most delicious crispy edges.
    • Carrots, celery and ranch dip β€” If there is one thing I know, it is RANCH! Take a few extra minutes to whip this up. You will not regret it!
  • Dessert β€” Caramel Snickerdoodle Cookie β€” It’s caramel season! These cookies are over the top in the best way.

Appetizer

  • Green Chile Cheddar Dip β€” This dip is warm and ooey gooey. Perfect for dipping chips and veggies in for a hearty snack.

Meal Plan – Week 233

Monday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Pesto Tortellini β€” This is super family friendly and you can easily add a protein like shredded chicken if you want to make it even heartier.
  • Side Dish:
    • No Knead Rolls β€” Make these ahead of time and you won’t regret it. They don’t need any time to rise, and are perfect to dip into the pesto sauce that’s left on your plate πŸ˜‹
    • SautΓ©ed Mushrooms with Garlic Butter β€” You can mix these into your pasta dish, or eat them as a side. They’re so tender and delicious!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Potatoes β€” These are ready in 30 minutes if you use your pressure cooker and they are incredibly fluffy!
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked Beans with Ground Beef β€” You can serve as a side or you could even top your baked potatoes with these yummy beans. Either way, it’ll disappear from plates faster than you can ask your family how their day was! **Save extras for Thursdays leftover meals.**
    • Homemade Buttermilk Dressing and Green Salad β€” Make a quick green salad and this 5 minute dressing for the easiest side dish. If your family is allergic to things that are green, this dressing is amazing with carrots and other little veggies! πŸ˜‰

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup β€” Need the perfect make ahead meal that’s also simple enough to throw together any night of the week? This is it!
    • Toppings β€” Shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips or tortilla strips, cilantro, lime juice, pickled jalapeΓ±os, diced tomatoes, red onions, sliced avocados, or pico de gallo.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: Steak with the Easiest Marinade  β€” This marinade is super flavorful and great for any cut you prefer to grill – strip steak, ribeye, sirloin steak etc. It perfectly tenderizes the meat, too!
  • Side Dish:
    • Wedge Salad β€” Adults love wedge salads, but kids do too because it looks so special.
    • Garlic Bread β€” Between the steak, fancy (but simple!) salad and this bread, everyone will think you’ve opened up a steakhouse!
  • Dessert β€” 3 Ingredient Nutella Brownie β€” These brownies seriously only need 3 ingredients. They’re basically magical brownies!

Appetizer

  • Million Dollar Dip β€” Grab some crackers, chips, or veggies and watch this dip disappear!

Meal Plan – Week 232

Monday

  • Main Dish: Ginger Sesame Ground Chicken Stir Fry – Top 3 things I love about this – easy, kid-friendly and one pan. One pan meals are my favorite!
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad β€” This can be prepared in advance which makes for an even faster side dish the night of dinner.
    • Sriracha Slaw β€” This cabbage has a little kick if you are into that!
    • Steamed Rice β€” White or brown rice would be great to soak up the stir fry sauce. Quinoa would also work.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Garlic Butter Meatballs β€” These ground turkey meatballs are so delicious! No one will believe these only took you 10 minutes because they’re so full of flavor.
  • Side Dish:
    • Lemon Rice β€” This rice goes perfectly with the meatballs.
    • Brown Butter Broccoli β€” My family thinks these are the best way to eat broccoli.
    • Noodles or zoodles! β€” If you really want your noodles to be coated with the garlic sauce, I recommend doubling the sauce when making this.

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Pork Carnitas β€” Today’s recipe is the start of the next TWO days. Let’s do make-your-own-bowls tonight.
  • Side Dish:
    • Cilantro Lime Rice β€” Someone who has worked at Chipotle said this rice tastes just like the original recipe 🀯
    • Black Beans β€” Keep it simple and spice up some canned beans!
    • Tortillas or taco shells
    • Toppings:

Friday

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 231

Monday

  • Main Dish: Marry Me Chicken and Tortellini – When my Marry Me Chicken went viral on TikTok I KNEW I had to make something else – so this was created and it is out of this world!
  • Side Dish:
    • Italian Side Salad – This salad paired with this meal will have your family wondering if you ordered takeout from an Italian restaurant!
    • BEST Ever Garlic Bread β€“ Is there anything better than a crusty piece of garlic bread dipped into a creamy sauce?

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Buffalo Chicken Chili β€“ This is a winning dump and go recipe and it is perfect for all the chili flavors to marinade together all day! This is a classic chili recipe with a surprise zip from the buffalo sauce. *Save your leftovers for Thursday – you won’t regret it! *
  • Side Dish:
    • Instant Pot Baked Potatoes β€“ The chili is already very hearty, but if you want to beef it up some more, these potatoes are great!
    • Homemade Buttermilk Cornbread β€“ This is the best cornbread recipe! All you need are a few pantry staples and it makes the most tender, moist, perfect cornbread of all! 

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Oven Roasted Turkey Tenderloin – This cut of meat is so underrated! Every bite is juicy and delicious.
  • Side Dish:
    • Roasted Green Beans β€” This classic side dish is one that everyone enjoys.
    • Lemon Rice – An easy side dish that goes with pretty much everything? Yes, please!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Buffalo Chicken Chili Sheet Pan Nachos β€” Make the most epic batch of nachos ever with your buffalo chili from Tuesday.
    • Empty a bag of tortilla chips on a sheet pan (AKA a rimmed baking sheetβ€”you want the edges so the chips don’t slide off!), top with your leftover Creamy Buffalo Chicken Chili, then sprinkle shredded cheese over the top. Bake in a 400ΒΊF oven until the chili is warmed through and the cheese is melted, then add your favorite toppings and dig in.
    • Topping Ideas:
      • Blue Cheese Crumbles
      • Chopped Green Onions
      • Sliced JalapeΓ±os
      • Sour Cream
      • Chopped Cilantro
      • Sliced Avocado
      • Lime Wedges
      • Shredded Lettuce
      • Crumbled Bacon
  • Side Dish:
    • Black Beans β€” These Black Beans are made in the crock pot with a few special seasonings and are one of the easiest and most delicious way to prepare them.
    • Mexican Roasted Vegetables β€“ These take only a few minutes to prepare!

Friday

  • Main dish: Crock Pot Pineapple Chicken β€” This is a quick and easy, no fuss dinner that’s great for Friday night.
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad β€” This dressing doesn’t require any cooking and can be made in advance making it great for busy nights.
    • Spicy Sriracha Asian Coleslaw β€“ I LOVE this coleslaw and the tangy flavors of sriracha, lime, and cilantro!
  • Dessert – Fudge Brownies β€” These are the BEST brownies!

Appetizer

  • Greek Layer Dip – My mouth is actually watering thinking about this dip!

Meal Plan – Week 230

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup β€“ This is so simple, and I really think you’ll be surprised at how flavorful and delicious this soup is!
  • Side Dish:
    • Oven Roasted Green Beans β€” I have 5 different ways to make these and I think ANY one you choose would be delicious next to this creamy ham and potato soup.
    • No Yeast Dinner Rolls β€” Rolls sound intimidating, but you know me – they’re easy! And they need zero time to rise. When you taste them with your soup, you will be so happy you made them!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Sausage Pesto Penne – Do not sleep on this sheet pan meal! In just 30 minutes you’ll have a meal that is packed with protein and delicious veggies.
  • Side Dish:
    • Caprese β€“ You can’t go wrong serving this fresh, classic salad.
    • Garlic Bread – You will probably want to make this every week after you try it. It is my favorite!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Steak Bites β€” I shared this dump-and-go slow cooker recipe on Instagram the other day (did you see it?) and it’s clear that everyone needs to try this!
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main dish: 3 Ingredient Taco Chicken β€” This is perfect for an easy (and delicious) Friday night. If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, you can make nachos for lunch over the weekend. Yum!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Rice β€”This EASY Mexican style rice tastes just like the sides you get in your favorite Mexican restaurant! 
    • SautΓ©ed Peppers and Onions β€“ This simple, classic recipe makes perfect bell peppers and onions every time.
    • Topping Suggestions
      • Shredded lettuce
      • Cheese – I like cheddar or colby jack best
      • Pico de gallo
      • Guacamole
      • Sour cream
      • Chopped cilantro
  • Dessert – Pecan Pie Bars β€” These ooey gooey Pecan Pie Bars have the BEST shortbread crust. These are easy enough to make if you want a dessert for home, but it’s also great for potlucks because of the amount that this makes.

Appetizer

  • Black Bean and Corn Salsa – I love how hearty this dip is. It would even be good on your nachos if you have extra taco chicken from Friday.

Meal Plan – Week 229

Monday

  • Main Dish: One Pan Beef Ramen Stir Fry – Ramen is all the rage these days! This is a fast, family friendly meal that can be customized to your family’s taste.
  • Side Dish:
    • Cucumber Tomato Salad β€“ This cold, easy side salad would balance out the saucy ramen noodle stir fry perfectly. 
    • Asian Green Salad β€“ Top chopped greens or cabbage with crispy rice noodles, cucumber, shredded carrots, mandarin oranges, and sesame seeds. Add a ginger soy dressing or creamy, spicy Japanese mayo.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot BBQ Brisket β€“ This recipe is so versatile and I love it during the week. It can be its own meal with a side, but can also be made into sandwiches, tacos, and more! *save leftovers for Thursdays comfort meal!*
  • Side Dish:
    • Buttermilk Cornbread β€” BBQ and cornbread are two things that should always go together. So good!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Lemon Pepper Chicken Tenders β€“ If you love the flavor of a zesty lemon, you will love this recipe! In 15 minutes you’ll have anything but boring chicken tenders.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Slow Cooker Tomato Soup – It’s basically Fall, RIGHT? As soon as it starts to cool down I reach for the comfort meal recipes and this is a favorite!
  • Side Dish:
    • Brisket Grilled Cheese β€” Of course you can always do regular grilled cheese, but since you already have leftovers from Tuesday, let’s go big!
    • Garlic Bread β€” Cheesy, crunchy and gooey goodness to dip into your warm, delicious tomato soup.

Friday

Appetizer

  • Taco Layer Dip β€”This is a go to appetizer I love making because just about everyone enjoys it.

Meal Plan – Week 228

Monday

  • Main Dish: Spaghetti and Homemade Marinara – A classic comfort meal that will hopefully make even your pickiest eaters happy! This marinara is so much better than store-bought and only requires a few ingredients. This is also one of those recipes you can double, freeze the extras and have sauce on hand for a later date! *Save your leftover marinara sauce for a meal on Wednesday.*
  • Side Dish:
    • Side Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing β€“ The perfect salad to go along side your pasta.
    • Garlic Bread β€“ This is a special recipe because it includes my homemade garlic bread spread. Yum!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: BBQ Chicken Casserole β€“ This family friendly meal is so delicious and easy that it will feel too good to be true.
  • Side Dish:
    • Corn Salsa with chips β€” perfect for dipping and eating on the side.
    • Mashed Potatoes β€” I love serving the BBQ chicken right over these creamy mashed potatoes that slow cook in your crockpot. This whole meal couldn’t be easier or more delicious!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Homestyle Meatball Marinara Subs β€“ Meatball subs are made on the regular in my house. These meatballs are very easy to whip up, throw into a Hoagie roll and top with mozzarella cheese and the homemade marinara you made on Monday!
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Parmesan Broccoli – The combination of garlic and parmesan make this broccoli almost addicting…you’ll be going back for seconds!
    • Baked Potato Wedges β€“ Who doesn’t love crispy, delicious potato wedges?!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Steak Fried Rice – This is lighter and tastier than take-out AND it’s family friendly, so you must try it if you haven’t yet!
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Green Beans β€” These are a go-to side for me. Quick to make, full of flavor and the clean up is a breeze.
    • Spring rolls
    • Cucumber Salad β€” This can be made ahead of time to make tonights prep even smoother!

Friday

  • Main dish: Crockpot Chicken Nachos β€“ At the end of the week, who wants to hang out in the kitchen and cook? Let the slow cooker do the work and let your family choose all the toppings their heart desires.
  • Topping Suggestions:
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Churro Cheesecake Bars β€” Want to treat your family? Make these bars! These are so easy that you can even have your little ones help you out.

Appetizer

  • Spinach Feta Dip – This dip is perfect for a mid-day snack when you need a little pick me up. I like to serve it with chips, veggies, crackers, pita chips, or pretzels.

Meal Plan – Week 227

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Turkey Spinach Feta Burgers β€“ These burgers are packed full of lean protein, greens, Greek seasoning, and salty feta for the perfect combination of flavors.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Easy Curry Chicken – Instead of taking hours like some traditional curries, this version of the classic dish just takes one pot and minutes on your stove top.
  • Side Dish:
    • Lemon Rice – This goes perfectly with the curry chicken.
    • Jasmine Rice – Keep it even more simple by serving your dish with jasmine rice. I love that it soaks up all of the curry flavors.
    • SautΓ©ed Spinach β€“ Instead of putting your chicken on a bed of rice, lighten it up with a bed of spinach.
    • Naan β€” Most grocery stores (even smaller ones like Trader Joe’s) carry Naan, a traditional Indian bread. It will remind you of pita bread, but it is much fluffier. It’s great for making sure you get every last drop of sauce!

Friday

  • Main dish: Garlic Bread Pizza β€“ After a long week, let the kids think you’re extra fun with a pizza dinner, even though this meal requires very little effort. We like to have a variety of toppings out so that everyone can DIY their own. Check out my big list of Pizza Topping Ideas and maybe there are some new ones you haven’t thought of!
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies β€” These are irresistible, no baking required treats that can be made in as little as 20 minutes!

Appetizer

  • Buffalo Chicken Nuggets – This can be lunch, dinner, a snack, or the most talked about appetizer! These simple baked nuggets are packed with delicious buffalo flavor and are much lighter than take out! *Bonus – use the ranch dressing you made Friday to dip them in!*

Meal Plan – Week 226

Monday

  • Main Dish: Ground Beef Enchiladas – This kid-friendly dinner is perfect for a Monday night. I even share a tip for making sure your corn tortillas don’t fall to pieces when you’re rolling them. πŸ˜‰
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Mozzarella Skillet β€” This is quick and easy to make and you only need a handful of ingredients in just one skillet!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish:  Meatball Pasta Bake β€” Cheesy, saucy, and packed full of tender meatballs and pasta, this Meatball Pasta Bake is the ultimate family dinner! 
  • Side Dish:
    • Brown Butter Broccoliβ€” You’ll never look at broccoli the same after making it my families favorite way.
    • Garlic Bread β€” I know it’s bold to say this is the best, but it kind of is! Something about the garlic spread just gets me every time!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs β€” Yummy chicken that cooks up quickly in a skillet and the sticky sauce is just so yummy and addicting!
  • Side Dish:
    • Side salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette β€” I usually do chopped romaine, tomato, cucumber, shredded parmesan, and croutons. The dressing takes 5 minutes to make and is irresistibly good!
    • Cilantro lime rice, or a simple white or brown rice are all perfect for pairing with this meal.

Friday

  • Main dish: Rotisserie Chicken Salad β€” Start out with a store-bought rotisserie chicken and you’re basically done!
  • Side Dish:
    • Broccoli Slaw β€” My kids can never get enough of this. It has so much flavor.
    • Potato Wedges β€“ You can never go wrong with crispy, easy, potato wedges…especially on a Friday!
    • Croissants, crackers, butter lettuce, or sliced bread β€” You can keep it extra easy by making this salad into sandwiches.
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Swirl Bars – A chewy delicious dessert bar that rarely lasts longer than a day.

Appetizer

  • Million Dollar Dip – With a name like this, you know it’s going to be good! Perfect for a party, or just for snacking.

Meal Plan – Week 225

Monday

  • Main Dish: Bruschetta Chicken – This meal comes together quickly so it is the perfect quick and wholesome dish for a busy weeknight!
  • Side Dish:
    • Toasted Garlic Bread β€“ This is perfectly toasted and has just the right amount of garlic, herbs, and butter to make it completely irresistible!  
    • SautΓ©ed Spinach β€” For a low carb option serve the chicken over spinach or other greens.
    • Italian House Salad β€” For leftovers, you can add cold bruschetta chicken right on top of a green salad.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Steak Bites β€” This dump-and-go slow cooker recipe requires only minutes of prep work and is delicious. *Save your leftovers for Thursday*
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked Potatoesβ€” You use your Instant Pot to create these fluffy, delicious potatoes in no time.
    • Steakhouse Salad β€” This one is quick and gives that steakhouse feel! It’s the perfect salad to top with your Crockpot Steak Bites.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Biscuit Egg Breakfast Casserole β€” I am so excited to share this with you. We love this breakfast casserole so much!
  • Side Dish:
    • Hashbrown Casserole – This goes great with the egg casserole and it’ll really fill up all those bellies.
    • Tasty Roasted Veggies – These roasted veggies are so good and a great way to sneak in some extra wholesomeness with your breakfast casserole.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Steak Bite Meal Bowls β€“ Using your leftover Crockpot Steak Bites from Tuesday, reheat in a large skillet with a bit of vegetable oil or in the microwave. Add steak pieces to a bowl of mashed potatoes or rice.
  • Side Dish:
    • Brown Butter Broccoliβ€” Have you ever made broccoli that’s marinated in butter? This might become a new favorite recipe if you haven’t!
    • Cilantro Lime Rice β€” Use this easy rice recipe to serve your steak bites on top of.
    • Jalapeno Ranch Dressing β€” I almost always have this dressing on hand. It would be delicious drizzled on top of your steak bites bowl!

Friday

  • Main dish: Pesto Chicken Pasta Bake – In just 35 minutes you can have a flavorful baked pasta filled with basil pesto, tender chicken, sundried tomatoes, peas, and gooey mozzarella cheese ready to serve.
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – This is a reader favorite and it’s about to become yours, too!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 224

Monday

  • Main Dish: Shredded Chicken Sliders – You can’t go wrong with any of my slider recipes. These sliders are made in as little as 20 minutes. You will love these soft and sweet Hawaiian rolls layered with juicy shreds of chicken, melty provolone, and a honey mustard glaze.
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Greek Chicken Bites and Cauliflower – This recipe is super simple, only needs one pan and is FULL of flavor. *This is so tasty that you may not have leftovers, so you might as well double the recipe and have leftovers for an easy dinner on Friday.*
  • Side Dish:
    • Cucumber Tomato Salad – This light salad perfectly compliments the dish with flavor and crunch!
    • Roasted Potatoes – If you want to bulk up your meal a little, these are delicious.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Cheeseburger Pasta – One skillet, so much flavor and a lot of full and happy bellies is what this delivers!
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main dish: Chicken and Cauliflower Pitas – Heat leftovers from Wednesday, then heat pita bread in a skillet or in the oven until warm. Spread a layer of tzatziki over the pita bread and pile the chicken on top. Add your choice of tomato, cucumber, olives, pepperoncini peppers, mixed greens, and feta cheese.
  • Side Dish:
    • Lemon Rice β€“ This is the perfect side. Make sure to scoop a little tzatziki onto your fork before you scoop up rice!
    • Sauteed Spinach β€” When I need an easy, healthy and delicious side dish this is my go to.
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies β€”This might become your new favorite cookie recipe!

Appetizer

  • Million Dollar Dip – You don’t have to share this with a big group, but if you want to, it’s a good one!

Meal Plan – Week 223

Monday

  • Main Dish: Hot Honey Chicken – My oldest child says this is the best chicken I’ve ever made! You can make it as hot (or not) as you’d like.
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken β€” This is a hands-off, low stress weeknight meal that delivers the juiciest chicken that everyone will enjoy. If you have *leftovers* save them for Thursday nights dinner.
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked Asparagus β€” This Asparagus recipe is one of the EASIEST & TASTIEST ways to make this side dish. 
    • Italian Tortellini Salad β€” This salad is LOADED with flavors and creamy goodness in every bite. It’ll taste even better the next day, so make sure to save some for lunch because the flavors get absorbed even more into the pasta and it’s delicious!  

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast – All you need are 5 simple ingredients to have the most tender, juicy, flavorful, pot roast, and it couldn’t be more quick and easy to make. 
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Cheese Bread – Your family will love this garlic bread. The cheese really kicks it up a notch.
    • Side Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette β€” The thought of this dressing is actually making my mouth water. It’s tangy and sweet, so it pairs perfectly with the pot roast.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Baked Chicken Tacos – Using your *leftovers* from Tuesday you can these baked tacos. This is so simple, but taco night usually means you’ll end the day with full bellies (I hope!).
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main dish: Marry Me Chicken – My family loves this chicken so much. We made it a few weeks ago, but here we are again…I’m not mad about a one pan, flavor packed, easy meal!
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Crockpot Peach Cobblerβ€”This is our favorite summer dessert, so we need to make it as much as possible before the fall months sneak up on us.

Appetizer

  • Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip – NEW recipe alert! This no bake recipe is perfect in the summer time when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen, but you need a quick appetizer.

Meal Plan – Week 222

Monday

  • Main Dish: Grinder Italian Salad – This is basically a lightened up version of the Grinder Sandwiches that went viral on TikTok.
  • Side Dish:
    • Pesto Cheese Bread β€“ Have this alongside the salad and call it a deconstructed grinder salad β€œsandwich”.
    • Instant Pot Baked Potatoes β€“ These classic baked potatoes have an amazing fluffy texture and they are so easy to make because of the instant pot technique!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Mexican Chicken Casserole – This already quick and delicious meal is even faster if you buy a rotisserie chicken at the store. *Leftover Alert! Save leftovers for Thursday when we turn this casserole into Mexican Stuffed Shells!*
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Corn Salad – This sweet and tangy salad checks both the quick and easy boxes, and I can’t wait for you to try this!
    • Mexican Roasted Vegetables – If you have a few extra minutes, these are delicious as a side dish.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Slow Cooker Thai Chicken – The 5 star reviews keep on coming in for this! You can customize the spiciness which makes it an even more family friendly meal. Yum!
  • Side Dish:
    • Lemon Rice – This goes perfectly with the Thai chicken.
    • Jasmine Rice – You can’t go wrong by keeping it even more simple than by serving your dish with jasmine rice. The rice soaks up the deliciously, rich sauce and it’s so good!
    • Cauliflower Rice – Same idea as the rice, but low carb.
    • Cucumber Salad β€“ My family loves when we have this crunchy, refreshing salad! It’s such a great side dish that complements the spiciness of Thai chicken.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Mexican Chicken Stuffed Shells – *Leftover Time!* Stuff prepared large pasta shells with leftover Mexican Chicken Casserole. Place the shells in a baking dish and cover with red enchilada sauce.  Sprinkle with cheese and bake 20-30 minutes or until heated through. Serve with a drizzle of sour cream and chopped cilantro.
  • Side Dish:
    • Crockpot Refried Beans – With just a handful of ingredients, you can let the slow cooker turn dried pinto beans into the most velvety, creamy, rich, and delicious refried beans!
    • Tableside Guacamole β€“ There is something so special about table-side guac at a restaurant, right? I was so happy when I finally mastered the taste! Make it really feel like you’re dining out by having one of your kiddos do the mashing for you!

Friday

  • Main dish: Baked Chili Cheese Dogs – I love having a meal on Friday that can be completely customized by everyone! These chili cheese dogs can be topped with their own favorite toppings, and you’ll love how easy it is to put together this kid-friendly dinner.
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert – Key Lime Cookies β€“ These cookies seriously melt in your mouth!

Appetizer

  • Cold Spinach Feta Dip – Serve this easy appetizer with a platter of veggies, crackers, pita chips, or pretzels.

Meal Plan – Week 221

Monday

  • Main Dish: Marry Me Chicken – This easy recipe is loaded with so much flavor that no one would ever guess how simple it is! 
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Million Dollar Baked Pork Chops – A 30 minute recipe for the juiciest, most flavorful pork chops topped with bacon, green onions, and cheddar. *save leftovers for Thursday*
  • Side Dish:
    • Side salad with the Best Homemade Ranch or Creamy Italian dressing. *If you make the ranch, save some for Fridays veggies!*
    • Buttermilk Cornbread β€” This is a classic cornbread recipe so you only need a few ingredients. The secret to tender cornbread is in my cooking method. πŸ˜‰ Check it out and let me know what you think!

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Pork Quesadillas – Cut up the leftover pork chops and the toppings from Tuesdays leftovers. Scoop into a large tortilla and add extra cheese if desired. Fold in half and grill in a buttered skillet over medium high heat on each side until golden. You can’t beat this delicious meal by using leftovers!
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main dish: Saucy Buffalo Chicken Tenders – These are packed with so much flavor and are incredibly easy to make. These are also great for reheating, so if you have extras from tonight, save them for lunch or even a snack over the weekend!
  • Side Dish:
    • Carrots, celery and ranch dip – Did you make this on Tuesday? If not, take the 5 minutes to make this. It is so worth it!
    • Baked Potato Wedges β€“ Easy, crispy and the perfect side for your chicken tenders.
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Swirl Bars β€“  Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my favorite things. These bars do NOT disappoint. Make sure you let me know how much you enjoyed them after you make them!

Appetizer

  • Hot Cheesy Bean Dip – Who doesn’t love a good dip? This 4 ingredient appetizer is one of the quickest recipes I make!

Meal Plan – Week 220

Monday

  • Main Dish: JalapeΓ±o Popper Chicken Sliders – The perfect combo of sweet and salty, creamy and spicy, and bite sized, yet filling. PLUS, you use one pan and it’s delicious!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Street Corn Casserole β€“ We love this recipe! It also happens to be an all time top rated recipe by my readers, so you know it’s a winner.
    • Crock Pot Black Beans β€“ These are restaurant quality and you don’t want to miss out on making these.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Buffalo Chicken Burgers – If you haven’t made these yet, you are missing out. They’re delicious, packed with protein and only take a few minutes! *Make extra so you have leftovers for Thursday’s dinner*
  • Side Dish:
  • Sauces:
    • Buttermilk Dressing β€” There is store-bought dressing and then there is homemade. My homemade buttermilk dressing is so easy to make and I always keep a jar in my fridge because the kids reach for it over and over!
    • Extra Buffalo Sauce

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Ground Beef Stir Fry with Zucchini and Peppers β€“ This is loaded with healthy vegetables, tossed in a sweet and sticky sauce, and cooked in one pan for easy clean up. In 20 minutes you’ll have dinner served.
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad β€“ You can prep this ahead of time for an even quicker side.
    • Shredded Cabbage β€“ Thinly shredded cabbage is a healthy, fresh way to make dinner complete. Or try my Sriracha Slaw for a cabbage dish with a kick!
    • Rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice to lighten it up, or quinoa

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Buffalo Chicken Salad β€“ Add the leftover buffalo chicken burgers from Tuesday to a salad for a quick and delicious weeknight meal.  The base from my Blackened Chicken Salad is perfect for this!
  • Side Dish:
    • Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Even when it’s warm out, I LOVE a soup and salad night. This homemade soup could not get any easier or tastier.
    • Garlic Bread – Scoop up every last drop of baked potato soup with our favorite garlic bread.

Friday

  • Main dish: 7 Layer Taco Casserole –  If you love seven layer dip, you will be a big fan of this dinner! Seven layers of Mexican favorites, layered into the perfect casserole. So good!
  • Side Dish:
    • Blender Salsa with chips– This salsa is CRAZY easy, SO delicious, and healthy!
    • Tortillas –You will love to scoop up the goodness with extra tortillas.
  • Dessert – Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – These cookies are soft, delicious and you must make them this week!

Appetizer

  • Veggies and homemade ranch – Perfect for grazing on throughout the day. If you haven’t tried homemade ranch, you haven’t lived.

Meal Plan – Week 219

Monday

  • Main Dish: Italian Grinder Sliders – These bite sized sliders are always a big hit in my house! You can make them for your family or even for a larger group because you can double the recipe.
  • Side Dish:
    • Rotini Pasta Salad β€“ A refreshing pasta salad will go great with these sliders. And it’s great as leftovers for lunch the next day! While you’re at it, prep this Italian Dressing Mix so you have it on hand.
    • Roasted Vegetables β€“ Roast a medley of vegetables, such as zucchini, bell peppers, and eggplant, tossed in olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasoning. 

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Zucchini Casserole – This is the best easy dinner for busy weeknights because it only has a handful of simple ingredients, and all bakes in one dish so clean up is a breeze!
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Bread – A big slice of my crusty garlic bread would be so delicious with this dish.
    • Side salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette β€” Adding a salad is perfect to go with this. 
    • Cauliflower rice– You can do all cauliflower rice or do half and half with regular rice to lower the calories and carbs and get some extra veggies in.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Tuscan Chicken β€“ Once you taste this you will see why this recipe is one of the most popular on my website! It is easy, super quick to just dump and go, full of veggies and just plain delicious.
  • Side Dish:
    • Pasta- This can be served over your favorite pasta – I suggest spaghetti, fettuccine or egg noodles. Just cook, toss them with a little olive oil and garlic and serve the crockpot tuscan chicken right on top. You can also use zucchini noodles to keep it light.
    • Parmesan Cauliflower Bites – This healthy side takes just a few minutes and is so yummy.
    • Roasted Green Beans β€“ Just a few ingredients to make these easy green beans. Perfect side dish if you’re looking to add a veggie as a side!

Friday

  • Main dish: Garlic Bread Pizza β€“ We love pizza Fridays! I try to have a variety of toppings to choose from so that everyone can DIY their own. If you haven’t seen my big list of Pizza Topping Ideas, you need to!
  • Side Dish:
    • Homemade Ranch Dressing β€“ If anyone knows a good ranch, it’s me. I always keep a jar of this in my fridge! Add this to a bowl with some veggies and your kids will keep asking for more.
    • Antipasto Salad – A great way to add some protein!
  • Dessert β€” Cinnamon Sugar Scones –  Are these a breakfast item? A snack? A dessert? Whatever you decide on, these are amazing! Make some extra so you can freeze them and pop them out to bake whenever you are wanting more!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 218

Monday

  • Main Dish: Baked Tortellini Casserole – With only 4 ingredients you’re going to have the easiest meal on the dinner table in no time.
  • Side Dish:
    • Pesto-Roasted Veggies β€“ These tender roasted vegetables are always a hit.
    • Best-Ever Garlic Bread β€“ Keep it simple and serve a classic garlic bread that pairs perfectly with any Italian-inspired dinner!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Caprese Chicken – This recipe has delicious flavors and feels like a fancy meal, but only takes minutes to put together with only 4 simple ingredients and one dish. 
  • Side Dish:
    • Lemon Rice – This rice would be delicious, but you can also serve over wild, white or brown rice or with a side of risotto.
    • Smashed Potatoes – This is my husbands favorite side for this dish.
    • Pasta– You can serve this right over pasta tossed with olive oil or butter and garlic or with additional pesto.
    • Veggies – If you’re looking for low carb, here are some great suggestions – add a side of veggies like broccoligreen beansbrussel sprouts etc.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Chicken and Rice – This casserole is the perfect comfort meal! It is old school chicken rice casserole that is a favorite with adults and kids.
  • Side Dish:
    • Italian House Salad – This salad goes with just about anything. It’s great for all those times you need just a little something extra. 
    • Bacon Broccoli Salad – The flavors in this salad are a delicious pairing of sweet and salty with a little tangy dressing. 

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Beef Barbacoa – Let the slow cooker do the work on this absolutely tender, juicy, flavor loaded roast. I love to serve this dish bowl style the first night. Then, save the extras for a super quick and easy dinner tomorrow.
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main dish: Beef Barbacoa Burrito – Use the extra beef Barbacoa from last nights meal to make these everyone-will-love loaded beef burritos for an extra easy dinner.
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Roasted Vegetables – This are so quick to make, but packed with so much flavor.
    • Mexican Street Corn Casserole – The best part is that since this Mexican Street Corn Casserole is made and baked completely in one dish, there is almost no clean up! 
    • Chips with Salsa and Guac β€“ You can grab the salsa and guac at the store, or make them from scratch for an extra yummy dinner.
    • Mango Avocado Salsa β€“ This is my favorite!
  • Dessert β€” Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies –  If you want the softest chocolate chip cookies of all time, this is for YOU! These cookies are soooo flavorful.

Appetizer

  • Green Chile Cheddar Dip – This warm cheesy dip is packed with southwest flavors. The best for dipping chips and veggies in for a hearty snack

Meal Plan – Week 217

Monday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Lemonade Chicken – Dump and go meals are the BEST! And this recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and savory, with lots of bright citrus flavor. If you have leftovers consider yourself lucky. This chicken is great on sandwiches, salads or on top of rice.
  • Side Dish:
    • Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts I have 5 different flavor options here!
    • Lemon Rice β€“ Go all in on that lemon flavor by pairing Crockpot Lemonade Chicken with my Lemon Rice!
    • Rolls – Serve it on crusty rolls as a sandwich – this is one of our favorite ways to eat it!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: BBQ Chicken Drumsticks – These are fast and reheat well for lunch the next day.
  • Side Dish:
    • Easy Macaroni – I can’t think of a better side to compliment drumsticks.
    • Cucumber Tomato Salad – This is healthy, but loaded with flavor. This salad is also great as leftovers the next day for lunch.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Meatballs Parmesan –  This has proven time and time again to be the recipe that readers LOVE! Kids love this and so do adults! *Leftovers will be used for Friday.*
  • Side Dish:
    • Side Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing – Have you ever had Olive Garden’s creamy Italian dressing? This is better!
    • Pasta of your choice
    • Garlic Mashed Potatoes – This is an unexpected, but delicious side to serve with these baked meatballs.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Lazy Lasagna β€“ Have you ever made this before? If not, you will love it! It only requires 4 ingredients and a few layers…so quick and easy!
  • Side Dish:

Friday

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 216

Monday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Turkey Tenderloin – If you’ve never made a turkey tenderloin before, you are going to wonder why because it is so delicious. It’s so juicy and flavorful!
  • Side Dish:
    • Kale Salad – I know what you’re thinking – Kale, UGH. You need to try this though because you will hardly even know you’re eating kale!
    • Mile High Biscuits – You will never want another buttermilk biscuit once you’ve had these!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Blackened Fishβ€” All you need is 10 minutes and you’ll have perfectly seasoned and juicy fish.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake β€” This is a family favorite because it’s a mouthful of deliciousness! It’s my favorite because its (basically) one pan which means clean up is a breeze. I also have a lighter version of the Cajun Chicken Zoodles here.
  • Side Dish:
    • Side Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette β€“ A 5 minute dressing that will have the family asking for more veggies? Yes, please! Homemade dressing couldn’t get any easier.
    • Garlic Cheese Bread – If you’ve been here a while, then you know I love some good bread! This one is an A+.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Ground Turkey Vegetable Skillet β€“ I absolutely love this recipe because you can feel 100% great about what you are eating. It makes great leftovers and is extra protein and veggie packed!
  • Side Dish:
    • Italian quinoa salad β€“ This is an easy prep ahead salad that will go great with the ground turkey skillet meal. I love it even more for an easy lunch the next day to go alongside your leftover turkey vegetable skillet!
    • Pasta – Serve it over any pasta, even ravioli or tortellini, for a kid-friendly dinner. Spaghetti squash is also tasty and a great keto-friendly alternative.

Friday

  • Main dish: Crock Pot Hot Dog Chiliβ€”It’s summertime! This chili is the perfect set it and forget it, delicious way to top your hot dog on a lazy summer night or at a summer cookout.
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert β€” Glazed Lemon Sconesβ€”I know these aren’t technically a “dessert”, but they are technically delicious and a great treat anytime of the day! Scones sound intimidating, but even if you’re new to baking, you can easily make these and impress yourself!

Appetizer

  • Honey BBQ Meatballs – For a recipe that is so simple and hands-off, you will be surprised at how tasty these meatballs are.

Meal Plan – Week 215

Monday

  • Main Dish:
    Crock Pot BBQ Brisket
    – This is awesome to make at the beginning of the week because of *leftovers*! Save some for Wednesday. πŸ˜‰ The brisket can be shredded or sliced and covered with as much tangy barbecue sauce as you want!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Marry Me Chickenβ€” Dump and go dinners that are full of flavor are an immediate yes for me. If you have any leftovers, this chicken is great on top of a salad for lunch!
  • Side Dish:
    • Easy Caprese Salad β€“ I love this light and refreshing salad. Who knew something so simple could be so delicious! You can also make this Balsamic Vinaigrette to drizzle on the tomatoes and mozzarella.
    • Lemon Rice β€“ You can also use cauliflower rice to keep your dinner low-carb and a little lighter.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: BBQ Brisket Tacos β€” Remember what you made on Monday? Use that leftover brisket to have tacos that are LOADED with flavor!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Street Corn Casserole β€“ One dish, no problem.
    • Tortillas– Heat corn tortillas in a lightly oiled skillet. Once warm and pliable, pile on BBQ brisket.
  • Toppings:
    • Sliced jalapeΓ±os

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Baked Chicken Chilaquiles β€” Let’s switch things up for dinner and have breakfast. This is a new recipe and I seriously can not wait for you to try it!
  • Side Dish:
    • Guacamole β€“ Fresh guac takes less than 10 minutes and is so good on top of chilaquiles!
    • Diced onion and a lime wedge are also great toppings.

Friday

Appetizer

  • Greek Layer Dip – This is a great healthy appetizer that feeds a crowd. 

Meal Plan – Week 214

Monday

  • Main Dish: Stir Fry Sauce – This easy stir fry sauce recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen! Use the stir fry sauce to make a delicious Ground Turkey Stir Fry for dinner and everyone’s mouths will be watering! You can also use a different protein – I suggest 2 pounds for 1 full stir fry sauce recipe.
    • To make a ground turkey stir fry follow these instructions – Heat a tbsp of oil in a large skillet or wok, then add 2 lbs of ground turkey to the skillet. Cook the turkey until it’s browned and cooked through. Once the ground turkey is cooked, remove it from the skillet and set it aside. Add your choice of veggies to the skillet and cook until they are crisp-tender. You can use bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, snap peas, mushrooms, or any others you prefer.
    • Return the cooked ground turkey to the skillet with the vegetables. Pour your stir fry sauce over the turkey and veggies, until evenly coated. Stir everything together and cook for a few more minutes until the sauce is heated through and has thickened slightly.
  • Side Dish:
    • Sriracha Coleslaw – I love to make this easy salad in advance. I enjoy this salad so much that sometimes I will even double the recipe to have leftovers for lunch the next day.
    • SautΓ©ed Green Beans β€“ Adding a splash of soy sauce, chili sauce, or garlic makes this a perfect side.
    • Ham Fried Rice β€“ You can’t go wrong with this classic side dish.
    • Rice– We also serve the stir fry over Jasmine rice. You could also do cauliflower rice to keep it lighter.

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: BLT Chicken Skillet β€” All you need is 30 minutes for juicy pan-seared chicken topped with tomato, lettuce, crispy bacon, and Ranch dressing. It’s quick, versatile, and so tasty!
  • Side Dish:
    • Broccoli Cauliflower Salad β€“ Stay on the low-carb train with this simple broccoli cauliflower salad. It’s light, healthy, and loaded with perfect flavors and textures.
    • Hashbrown Casserole– This cheesy dish is a family favorite!
    • Ranch Dressing – Once you make this, you may not ever buy store bought again!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Supreme Pizza Chicken Bake β€” This Pizza Chicken Bake is LOADED with all of the flavors you love from supreme pizza but layered on top of tender shredded chicken in just one dish for an easy and wholesome week night meal. *MAKE OR SAVE extra chicken for leftovers!*
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main dish: Chicken Caesar Pasta Saladβ€”Busy sports night? This can be made in as little as 15-20 minutes, and eaten at the table or just as easily packed for when you are on the go.
    • Perfect Baked Chicken Breast β€” If you didn’t have extra chicken from last nights meal, try this chicken. It’s super easy and you can’t mess it up.
    • Garlic Cheesy Bread β€” Garlic Cheese Bread is the perfect mixture of butter, garlic, herbs and a delicious mix of cheese.
  • Dessert β€” Peanut Butter Cookies β€”These are the best chewy peanut butter cookies that are foolproof…try to convince me otherwise!

Appetizer

  • Buffalo Chicken Roll Ups – I am on a serious buffalo flavor kick! You can’t go wrong with these for a snack, or a quick party food! They are quick to make and can be easily scaled to feed a crowd with these universally loved flavors.

Meal Plan – Week 213

Monday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Pork Carnitas – With only 10 minutes and a simple blend of pantry spices you can transform a pork shoulder into juicy and tender crispy carnitas and everyone will be asking for seconds!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Teriyaki Chicken Bites β€” In 15 minutes you’ll be tasting the perfect combination of sweet and tangy in bite size portions.
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad – This recipe is one of my all time FAVORITES!
    • Rice or Grains β€“ I love to serve teriyaki chicken on top of white sticky rice, but you can also use brown rice, quinoa, farro, or any other grain your family likes to soak up the sweet sauce.
    • SautΓ©ed Spinach β€”  This is a quick and easy tender veggie that tastes great with this sticky and saucy chicken.

Friday

Appetizer

  • Jalapeno Ranch Dip β€” Serve this alongside chips or veggies like carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli, etc.

Meal Plan – Week 212

Monday

  • Main Dish: Enchilada Meatballs – We decided that if these don’t go viral, nothing will! Serve them over rice or pasta, or even stuff them into tortillas or taco shells for a deliciously easy Mexican-inspired dinner. 
  • Side Dish:
    • Cilantro Lime Rice β€“ This is my go to and it tastes like Chipotle rice! So delicious and easy peasy.
    • Crock Pot Black Beans β€“ Dried beans that are cooked slowly over a few hours are perfectly soft and tender and are a family favorite!
    • Mexican Cornbread – This is an unexpected side, but would pair perfectly if you are wanting something a little less traditional.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Creamy Garlic Pork Chopsβ€”With as little as 10 minutes of prep you can have these creamy pork chops ready to cook for an extra quick weeknight meal.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken β€” This is a great no stress meal. Hands off cooking is the best on those busy nights! **Make sure to save some leftover chicken so you can use them tomorrow!** 
  • Side Dish:
    • Crispy Brussels Sprouts – With a few ingredients and a sheet pan, these are irresistible!
    • SautΓ©ed Green Beans β€” Green beans go with just about anything, but these sautΓ©ed green beans are my favorite way to make them.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Fettuccini Alfredo β€” If you haven’t made homemade alfredo before, you are going to be shocked at how simple it is! This sauce is super creamy, rich, and flavorful, and still so quick and easy to make.  
  • Side Dish:
    • Homemade Bacon Bits – All you need is one ingredient – BACON – and you’ll have an explosion of flavor when you top your fettuccini Alfredo with these!
    • Shredded Rotisserie Chicken β€” Use your leftovers from yesterdays meal and just toss shredded chicken into your pasta and sauce for some added protein.
    • Brown Butter Broccoli β€” Broccoli is a classic go to when you’re serving Fettuccini Alfredo. Serve this as a side or toss it directly into the Alfredo sauce!

Friday

  • Main dish: Zesty Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Porkβ€”Pulled Pork is EASY in the Crock Pot and you can use it for sandwiches, salads, or just eat it on its own with your favorite barbecue sides. You’ll have plenty of leftovers too for lunch on the weekend!
  • Side Dish:
    • Hawaiian Rolls – Top with pulled pork
    • Broccoli Slaw β€” Crunchy, sweet, and perfect alongside a pulled pork sandwich.
    • Baked Potato Wedges β€” Baked in the oven with my special seasonings, you will have potato wedges that are perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside!
  • Dessert –  Fudge Brownies β€” These are insanely delicious!

Appetizer

  • Garlic Chicken Bites β€” These are great if you need a heavier appetizer as an alternative to buffalo wings. Plus, less mess!

Meal Plan – Week 211

Monday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Vegetable Stir Fry – This is the best kind of weeknight dinner recipe because it takes minutes to make. Plus, it’s veggie packed, but your kids will actually eat it. This also makes for a great lunch the next day!
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad β€“ The perfect compliment to this Asian-inspired chicken stir fry. You can prep this ahead of time for an even quicker side.
    • Yum Yum Sauce β€“ You’ll think you’re at a Hibachi grill when you taste this!
    • Spicy Mayo – This is another great sauce to drizzle over your chicken.
    • Rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice to lighten it up, or quinoa

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Spinach and Artichoke Chicken β€” The fact that you only need one dish for this is probably all you need to know, but if you like spinach and artichoke dip, you will surely call this recipe a KEEPER after trying it!
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Parmesan Broccoli – This is my families favorite way to eat broccoli!
    • Italian Quinoa Salad β€” This is very easy to assemble and feel free to add or subtract anything depending on what you have in your refrigerator.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast β€”We try to grill at least once a week especially as the days start to get a little warmer. This is our favorite BBQ chicken recipe for the grill. *save leftover chicken for tomorrows dinner*
  • Side Dish:
    • Broccoli Cauliflower Salad – This light salad can be prepped ahead, and is extra delicious with the addition of crispy bacon!

Friday

  • Main dish: BBQ Chicken Nachosβ€”Using the leftovers from Thursday to make this family favorite is perfect on a Friday.Spread chips over a baking sheet sprinkle shredded cheese over the chips. Add rinsed and drained black beans and sweet corn and top with chopped BBQ chicken and more cheese. Bake at 425˚F for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and nachos are heated through. Top with a drizzle of BBQ sauce and your choice of sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo.
  • Dessert –  No Bake Cookies β€” I think no bake cookies are so underrated. They are seriously perfect when you’re craving chocolate!

Appetizer

  • Crock Pot Party Meatballs β€” Crock Pot Party Meatballs are a go to classic for entertaining or even just to munch on throughout the weekend.

Meal Plan – Week 210

Monday

  • Main Dish: Ground Chicken Stuffed Peppers – A healthy weeknight dinner your kids will actually want to eat? Yes, please! The ooey-gooey cheese that the ground chicken mixture is topped with will certainly make every kiddo happy!
  • Side Dish:
    • Side Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Dressing β€“ With just a few simple ingredients you will be serving a restaurant quality level salad. **Make extra so you can use it later this week for another veggie side dish**
    • Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad β€“ The side salad would be perfect, but if you’re hoping for something a little fancier, this mozzarella salad is so good!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Classic Sausage and Peppersβ€”The original one pan meal! This is a go-to family meal that I frequently reach for because it comes together quickly, includes all easy ingredients and cleanup is so easy because of that trusty skillet.
  • Side Dish:
    • Italian Quinoa Saladβ€” Keep it light with this salad that is protein packed and full of veggies. I’d suggest making this ahead of time. Not only will that save you even more time today, but the flavors get absorbed and are even better when the quinoa has marinated for a day!
    • Hoagies β€” The most traditional way to serve sausage and peppers! Grab a hoagie roll, toast it if you’d like, then cut it in half and spoon a big serving of sausage, peppers and onion. 
    • Rice β€” Serve the sausage and peppers right on top of rice.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Ziti with Ground Turkey β€” We’ve kept this recipe traditional and delicious so that everyone is happy, but we lightened it up with the ground turkey and it is YUM! Easy prep makes it quick enough for the busiest weeknights, or it can even be prepped ahead!
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Bread– This recipe is our go to! The secret is in the spread.
    • Buttermilk Ranch Dressing β€” You made this earlier in the week, so serve alongside some cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots and your kids will devour them.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: JalapeΓ±o Popper Chickenβ€”Chicken breast, cream cheese, jalapeΓ±os, cheese and the perfect amount of BACON. You will love this!
  • Side Dish:
    • Buttermilk Cornbreadβ€” The cooking method in this recipe is what creates THE cornbread that all other homemade cornbreads aspire to be! 
    • Ranch Smashed Potatoes β€” These are so delicious and would pair perfectly with the JalapeΓ±o Popper Chicken.
    • SautΓ©ed Spinach β€” This is an excellent low carb option if that’s what you’d prefer. Enjoy!

Friday

  • Main dish: Chicken Tinga Tacosβ€”These tacos are made in the crockpot and are beyond tasty! Kids will enjoy assembling their own tacos on a Friday night. The great thing about these chicken tinga tacos is that you can control how spicy they are so that everyone will be able to enjoy!
  • Side Dish:
    • Crockpot Refried Beans β€” This is the easiest and most delicious way to make homemade beans. If you only have one crockpot, just make these a few days ahead of time and reheat.
    • Mexican Rice β€” This recipe nails the authentic flavor and can go head to head with the rice from your favorite restaurant any day! 
  • Dessert –  Cinnamon Glazed Butter Cookies β€” If I didn’t have you at “butter” maybe the cinnamon got you! Hurry up and make these so you can eat them all week!

Appetizer

  • Mexican Spinach Dip β€” This fun twist on traditional spinach dip is surprisingly addictive and will have people begging for your recipe!

Meal Plan – Week 209

Monday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Cobbler – TikTok put this delicious meal on the map! This is an easy, low-prep recipe that doesn’t even really need a side dish because it is already full of veggies, protein and yummy biscuits.
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed Potatoes β€“ If you want an extra comforting meal, serve your chicken cobbler on top of these mouth watering, creamy mashed potatoes.
    • Roasted Green Beans β€” I have 5 yummy ways to make these and they’d all work well with the Chicken Cobbler. My vote would be for you to make the balsamic version. πŸ™‚

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Carnitas Enchiladas β€” These enchiladas are stuffed with tender, savory pork carnitas, black beans and cheese. Do yourself a favor and double your batch so you can freeze some for another night!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Shakshuka β€” I was so inspired on my trip to Israel that when I came home I had to recreate this traditional breakfast. But why save it for breakfast? Enjoy it for dinner!
  • Side Dish:
    • Roasted Cauliflower β€” This dish is so simple and traditionally is perfect with Shakshuka.
    • Pita β€” This is most commonly served with Shakshuka.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Hawaiian Steak β€” Want a dinner that tastes like vacation and has an easy cleanup? The blend of garlic, pineapple juice and soy sauce as a marinade is exactly what you need! And everything tastes better on a grill!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mediterranean Chickpea Salad β€” This is packed full of flavors and loaded with garbanzo beans, zucchini, pepper, tomatoes and topped with feta cheese. 
    • Garlic Bread β€” This is a family favorite.

Friday

  • Main dish: Baked Chicken Tenders β€” A kid friendly meal without the guilt! These can be customized for a fun Friday meal – top a salad with this delicious chicken for yourself and give the kids crispy tenders with yummy dips to go along side.
  • Side Dish:
  • Dessert –  Caramel Snickerdoodles β€” If a caramel square and a snickerdoodle had a baby this would be the result. These cookies are over the top delicious and a crowd favorite!

Appetizer

  • Pesto Snacks β€” With just 2 ingredients these are perfect for an easy little snack, or if you need something quick to throw together for a group.

Meal Plan – Week 208

Monday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Pizzaiola – This has the familiar flavors of pizza that everyone loves, but you’ll feel better giving it to your family because it’s loaded with protein and you only need one pan!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Philly Cheesesteak Sliders β€” These are a convenient twist on the classic Philly cheesesteak. They are filled with ooey-gooey cheese and ground beef making them easier to make and more fun because they’re bite-sized!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Burrito Skillet β€” A quick and easy dinner that is full of delicious loaded burrito flavor! This is one of those meals that will please everyone because it’s so easy to customize. Have it as a burrito bowl, or wrap it all up into a tortilla with any toppings your heart desires.
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Street Corn Casserole β€” This casserole is rich and creamy and filled with the flavors of Mexican street corn. Since it all bakes in one dish, you’ll also have very little clean up.
    • Mexican Roasted Veggies β€” Serve these as a side or even add them to your bowl or burrito to bulk it up even more.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Pork Tenderloin and Garlic Sauce β€” This easy pork recipe makes the perfect dinner when you need something QUICK and DELICIOUS. Everyone will think you’re a chef after tasting this!
  • Side Dish:
    • Ranch Smashed Potatoes β€” Just 3 ingredients that will transform your red potatoes into a crispy, delicious side dish.
    • Buttermilk Cornbread β€” Moist cornbread goes so well with the garlic sauce that coats the pork tenderloin.
    • Baked Asparagus β€” Simple, delicious and a classic side.

Friday

  • Main dish: Italian Sausage Tortellini Skillet β€” This is a family favorite because it’s so delicious. It’s my favorite though because it’s a skillet meal AND is full of sneaky veggies that people hardly notice they’re eating. πŸ˜‰
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Cheese Bread β€” Garlic cheese bread is packed with flavor and adds an extra layer of deliciousness to your Italian Tortellini.
    • Side Salad with Italian Dressing β€” When you make this, make extra so you can have it on hand for lunch tomorrow!
  • Dessert –  Cornflake Cookies β€” I grew up with these cookies! With a crunchy outside and a soft and chewy inside they are what the perfect cookie is made of. The cornflakes give them the best flavor and texture.

Appetizer

  • Million Dollar Deviled Eggs β€” You HAVE to make these this weekend. Everyone loves a good deviled egg, but the secret ingredient in these will leave everyone asking for your recipe!

Meal Plan – Week 207

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Pepper Steak Stir Fry β€” Sometimes all you have during the week is 15 minutes to throw a meal together. You’re in luck with this delicious one pan meal of tender, quick-cooking steak, bell peppers, and an irresistible sweet and salty Asian inspired sauce!
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad  β€” This salad is so crisp and refreshing. A great side if you’re hoping to keep it light.
    • Rice β€”Steamed white or brown rice, or even another grain like quinoa or farro make a great option that will soak up the extra sauce. 

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Perfect Baked Chicken β€” This baked chicken makes a delicious easy dinner, or can be shredded or chopped to use for meal prep. Which is what we’re going to do. **Make extra so that you can repurpose it for Friday!**
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed Sweet Potatoes β€” These are too good to not eat year round! This recipe is fantastic for those who like that sweet and savory combination.
    • Baked Asparagus β€” Roasting asparagus is the easiest and tastiest way to bring out the delicious flavor and crispness.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Cheeseburger Pasta β€” This is one of our favorite family meals and it comes together in just one skillet and packs a powerful punch for taste!
  • Side Dish:
    • Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad β€” I LOVE how simple this is to make, but is still full of flavor!
    • SautΓ©ed Spinach β€” If you’re wanting a healthy side to help round out your meal, this is it! You can serve it on the side or even mix it within your pasta dish.

Friday

Appetizer

  • Avocado Corn Salsa β€” This is a great healthy dip that is loaded with of flavor. You will love how easy this is.

Meal Plan – Week 206

Monday

  • Main Dish: One Pan Italian Chicken and Veggies – In just 30 minutes you’ll have a wholesome meal. All you have to do is throw all the ingredients into one pan and let everything cook together. This is the perfect recipe for busy families that don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen. This is already a complete meal, but you can still add sides to bulk it up.
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Homestyle Meatballs and Gravy β€” This recipe is as easy as opening up a bag of frozen meatballs, but the taste is BETTER and they’re homemade! From start to finish, you only need 30 minutes. Just use your favorite gravy over these meatballs. **Save some extra meatballs for later this week.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Ham Fried Rice – With only a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep you can be on your way to a restaurant quality dinner. It seriously tastes better than take out!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce β€” Remember the homestyle meatballs you made on Tuesday? Let’s create a new meal by covering them with my homemade spaghetti sauce. You may not ever buy jarred sauce again!
  • Side Dish:
    • Pasta – Spaghetti, linguine, penne, or tortellini
    • Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli β€” These are so irresistible that even your kids will be asking for more.
    • Garlic Bread – I know we already had garlic bread this week, but let’s bend the rules a little, ok? You’ll want this bread to wipe your plate clean!

Friday

  • Main dish: Chef Salad – After a week of great meals and busy days, let’s keep it light. This salad is hearty and packed with protein so it’s perfect on a Friday when you’re just d.o.n.e.
  • Side Dish:
    • Easy No Yeast Dinner Rolls β€” Even on the busiest of nights, these are easy enough to make. Promise!
    • Rotini Pasta Salad β€” This is a great way to really round out your meal. This pasta salad is great because you can add and subtract ingredients without worry to suit your tastes, or what you have available in your fridge. For example, if you think you have enough protein in your chef salad then leave out the pepperoni that is in this rotini salad.  
  • Dessert –  Cinnamon Swirl Cake β€” Our favorite way to eat this is for dessert with a scoop of ice cream! You can also eat it with your coffee or make it for a brunch.

Appetizer

  • Taco Layer Dip β€” This is one of those home run appetizers that just about everyone enjoys.

Meal Plan – Week 205

Monday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Dijon Chicken – With simple ingredients, and one pan you can have this family friendly dinner ready to serve in just 20 minutes. This delicious chicken feels fancy, but it is so easy.
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Parmesan Broccoli β€“ These little broccoli bites are easy enough that they often are our go-to for a side dish on a busy night. The combination of garlic and parmesan on these roasted veggies is perfect with the mustard sauce.
    • Garlic Smashed Potatoes  β€“ These are a family favorite and for good reason! These little potatoes are tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. They’re everything a potato should be and that’s why everyone will love these!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa – Beef Barbacoa tacos are always a hit! The seasoning in this slow cooker recipe is great, but I have perfected it with my new Barbacoa Seasoning. When you make your beef in the slow cooker, skip the seasoning recipe that is included in the slow cooker recipe and instead use the new one – use 1 tbsp per pound of beef that you are cooking. **Make sure to save extra barbacoa for leftovers on Thursday!**
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Panko Chicken with a Honey Drizzle – This might just become your favorite chicken recipe. The chicken has the perfect combination of tender and juicy on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside!
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Bread – If you’ve been here awhile then you know how much I love garlic bread. This garlic bread is irresistible and you’ll understand after you make it with my secret ingredient!
    • Perfectly Roasted Veggies – This is one of the easiest side dishes to make, but they are packed with so much flavor!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Seasoned Barbacoa Nachos – You enjoyed the barbacoa seasoned tacos the other day, so now you get to enjoy the leftovers with your nachos! Nacho night always means my kids will have clean plates because it’s their favorite dinner.
  • Side Dish:
    • Easy Homemade Salsa – This blender salsa recipe uses canned tomatoes but tastes fresh! It takes just 5 minutes to make, tastes delicious and you can save the extra salsa in the fridge for a weekend snack!
    • Easy GuacamoleAre they even nachos without the guac?
    • Sour Cream
    • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Friday

  • Main dish: Spring Chopped Salad with Pomegranate Dressing – I had the most delicious salad while in Israel and when I came home I kept craving it. I knew I had to recreate it and if you are a salad lover, you will definitely want to try this! And if you aren’t a salad lover, you might be after making this. This only takes a few minutes to mix together and is hearty enough to be be served as is!
  • Side Dish:
    • Perfect Baked Chicken Breast – Tender, juicy, and flavorful chicken breast is exactly what you could add if you’re wanting to bulk up this salad a little more. Try my tips for the easiest chicken!
    • Greek Chicken and Cauliflower – You could add this as a side or even mix it right in with your salad. This would pair perfectly with the freshness of your salad.
  • Dessert –  White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies –  These freezer really well. You can freeze them individually to pop in lunchboxes throughout the week!

Appetizer

  • Green Chile Dip – With only 5 ingredients plus salt and pepper you can have this super creamy dip from the fridge to the oven in minutes.  You will feed a crowd with this delicious Green Chile Dip!

Meal Plan – Week 204

Monday

  • Main Dish: Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops – These pork chops are a flavorful, easy, and nutritious meal that will not just feed your family, but they’re also a crowd pleaser! These will be ready in under 20 minutes!
  • Side Dish:
    • The BEST Mashed Potatoes β€“ These mashed potatoes are easy enough that they often are our go-to for a side dish on a busy night.
    • Simple Side Salad and Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing  β€“ Add some green to your meal with a simple side salad. This dressing is so light and refreshing. You can store the Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing in the fridge for up to a week, so make it ahead of time!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Burrito Skillet – Switch things up this Taco Tuesday with this meal that is filled with flavor and packed with rice, beans, meat, and toppings, they are equally delicious and filling. Have I mentioned yet it’s a skillet meal, so you only need one dish. Need I say more?!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Roasted Veggies – These only take a few minutes and the flavor will blow you away.
    • Salad with JalapeΓ±o Ranch – This dressing is addicting! You can use it over a salad or even add a drizzle over your burrito or chips. It takes maybe 5 minutes to whip this up!
    • Tortillas

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Ham and Cheese Egg Muffins with Broccoli – We love these so much that I decided we needed them for dinner. The cheesy goodness will hopefully have everyone wanting seconds! If you have any leftover, they are great reheated for breakfast.
  • Side Dish:
    • Hashbrown Casserole – This is great for stretching out your dinner with something that goes perfectly together!This side is always a hit.
    • Fruit Salad – You can’t go wrong with a fresh and simple fruit salad.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Tuscan Chicken – This recipe has been one of the most popular on my website. Once you taste it you will see why! It is easy, super quick to just dump and go, full of veggies and just plain delicious. Save the extra for a meal on Friday!
  • Side Dish:
    • Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower – What I love about this is that in just a few minutes you’ll have a delicious side that leaves you with a well rounded, hearty meal. It’s so easy to make, warm and comforting, but the best part is that it’s healthy!
    • Roasted Green BeansAll you need is a few ingredients to make these easy green beans. Perfect side dish if you’re hoping for a veggie!

Friday

  • Main dish: Tuscan Chicken Pasta – With your leftovers from Crockpot Tuscan Chicken on Thursday, you now have the start of a new meal. I like to prepare this quick alfredo sauce, stir it into my leftovers, and add whatever pasta I have on hand. Everyone will be licking their plates clean!
  • Side Dish:
    • The BEST Garlic Bread – This is a classic garlic bread, but I have a secret ingredient that you’ll find helps toasts it to perfection!
    • SautΓ©ed Spinach – If you’re wanting a healthy side to help round out your meal, this is it! You can serve it on the side or even mix it within your pasta dish.
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Cookies –  These are the best chewy peanut butter cookies that are foolproof…try to convince me otherwise!

Appetizer

  • Spicy Pimento Cheese – You can make this as an appetizer to share, but you can also just keep some in your fridge so you can have it to snack on with veggies, crackers or tortilla chips. Yum!

Meal Plan – Week 203

Monday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Beef and Shells – This has all the flavors of Hamburger Helper, but healthier! You can throw it together in 30 minutes and feed a crowd!
  • Side Dish:
    • Oven Roasted Veggies β€“ Throw these into the oven before you start making your pasta and they’ll both be done at the same time. You’ll look like a pro on a busy weeknight!
    • Buttery Garlic Bread β€“ Creamy Beef and Shells is definitely a comfort food, so you should add this garlic bread as a side to make it even more satisfying!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Caprese Chicken – With just 4 simple ingredients and one dish you can have this meal on the table in 40 minutes. You might start having this dish on your regular rotation!
  • Side Dish:
    • Boursin Mashed Potatoes – These mashed potatoes are a classic, but we jazzed them up with Boursin garlic and herb cheese which makes these extra creamy and delicious….*chef’s kiss*.
    • Kale Salad – The parmesan and easy lemon vinaigrette makes this salad irresistible and one that we frequently make!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas with Sour Cream Sauce – These enchiladas are simple, packed with flavor, and come together in just a few minutes. This is the recipe you’ve been looking for!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Rice – This EASY Mexican style rice tastes just like the sides you get at your favorite Mexican restaurant! Plus, you only need one skillet to make it, so clean up tonight will be easy peasy.
    • Tableside Guacamole – You won’t believe how simple it is to make restaurant quality (actually, it’s better!) guacamole! We love this side because it uses everyday ingredients that you may already have on hand.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Butter Chicken – My son requested this for his 13th birthday meal recently! When I shared it on my Instagram stories so many of you requested the recipe. It is so easy – just one pot and 20 minutes until you have a delicious Indian meal.
  • Side Dish:
    • Naan – Most grocery stores (even smaller ones like Trader Joe’s) carry Naan, a traditional Indian bread. It will remind you of pita bread, but it is much fluffier. Just broil the Naan for a few minutes in your oven so that it’s warm and maybe even a little crispy. It’s the perfect tool to wipe up any extra sauce leftover when you finish your Butter Chicken!
    • Lemon Rice or Plain Basmati Rice – This simple lemon rice recipe will compliment your Butter Chicken so well. It will soak up all of the yummy Indian flavors.
    • SautΓ©ed Spinach – This is less traditional, but every bit delicious! I like to serve my Butter Chicken on top of spinach instead of rice to keep the meal a little lighter. Great option for those that are on low carb diets!

Friday

  • Main dish: Garlic Bread Pizza – Pizza on Friday is our favorite. So simple and everyone loves it! We like to have a variety of toppings out so that everyone can DIY their own. If you haven’t seen my big list of Pizza Topping Ideas, you need to!
  • Side Dish:
    • Italian Rotini Pasta – You can make this ahead of time and bring it out for dinner!
    • Homemade Ranch Dressing – Add this to a bowl with some veggies and your kids will keep asking for more. I always keep a jar in my fridge!
  • Dessert – Fudge Brownies –  This is one of my “signature” desserts people are always asking me to make. They are the PERFECT brownie!

Appetizer

  • Marinated Mozzarella Balls – These are delicious enough to stand alone or added to a cheese board. Whatever you do, you will not be disappointed when you taste these!

Meal Plan – Week 202

Monday

  • Main Dish: Hawaiian Roll Cheeseburger Sliders – If you’re craving take out, try these baked sliders! They’re so easy to make, are healthier and taste so much better than take out.
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked Potato Wedges β€“ These are a match made in heaven with your sliders. Perfectly crispy and seasoned wedges. Your family will keep asking for more!
    • Veggies and Buttermilk Ranch Dressing β€“ Have you ever made ranch dressing? It is so easy and once you make this you will probably not ever want bottled again!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: French Onion Pot Roast – One of our favorite, easy, go to meals for a busy night is pot roast. It cooks low and slow in the crock pot and leaves you with the juiciest meat that no one will turn their nose up to at the dinner table.
  • Side Dish:
    • Creamy Mashed Potatoes – I can’t think of a more comforting meal than pot roast and mashed potatoes. These creamy mashed potatoes get made all year long because they are so good!
    • SautΓ©ed Green Beans – Sometimes the most simple side is the tastiest. These green beans are quick, easy and you guessed it – delicious!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Sausage Pesto PenneWho doesn’t love a good sheet pan meal? This is the perfect dish on a busy night. In just 30 minutes you’ll have a well-balanced meal that is packed full of protein and lots of veggies!
  • Side Dish:
    • Caprese – Caprese can easily be a side, but why not serve it as an appetizer before dinner instead! You can’t go wrong serving this fresh, classic salad.
    • Garlic Bread – If I could, I would eat garlic bread everyday of the week! But since I probably shouldn’t I’ll just make sure I use a favorite recipe like this one.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: – Monterey Chicken Bake – This is the PERFECT busy weeknight meal. There are only a handful of ingredients and you’ll only have one dish to dirty!
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked Asparagus – Roasted veggies make for such a quick and delicious side dish.
    • Brown Butter Broccoli – This broccoli is crisp, tender and tossed in warm seasoned butter sauce. It will likely be the the most requested dish at the table!

Friday

  • Main dish: Chicken Salsa Soup – We love this dump and go soup! My kids devour it every time it’s served and they almost always ask for seconds.
  • Side Dish:
    • Cornbread – With a couple of my secret tips (I share them in the recipe!) you will have perfectly tender and moist cornbread.
    • Toppings – You can customize your toppings, but a few of our favorites are guacamole, sour cream and shredded cheese.
  • Dessert – Key Lime Cookies –  These cookies will make it FEEL like it’s summertime. We know a lot of people are stuck in cold climates right now – we can dream, right?

Appetizer

  • Hawaiian Meatballs – Why is it that so often the simplest recipes get the most attention? This recipe is no exception! These are great as an appetizer or if you’re going to a party and need a dish to bring.

Meal Plan – Week 201

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Cheesy Bacon BBQ Chicken Bake – You will LOVE this classic dish that is full of sweet and tangy flavors. This is a one pan meal which makes it perfect for a busy weeknight.
  • Side Dish:
    • Bacon in the Oven – While this is not a side, you will definitely want to make it to sprinkle on top of your chicken bake! We have the best kept secret to making your bacon extra crispy in the oven and you will not be disappointed! *Make extra so you can use it for Friday’s side dish.
    • Pan Fried Green Beans – With just a few simple ingredients you will have the most delicious green beans that compliment your chicken bake.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Tomato Basil PastaFridge to fork in under 20 minutes? Yes, please! This is actually one of our fastest recipes! It is loaded with tomatoes, basil and herbs to make a quick and easy sauce. Add it to the pasta and you have a hearty dinner that is extra family friendly. Optional: Add grilled chicken or steak if you want to add some protein.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: – Korean Lettuce Wraps – Weeknights are too busy to not have an easy meal, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor. These lettuce wraps are so easy to make, but also a great family meal because the toppings can be customized for anyone’s tastes.
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad – Ginger and the soy sauce make this salad so tasty. What is even better is that this dish can be made in advance and the flavors get even better with time!
    • Citrus Rice – Easy, quick and delicious. You can’t go wrong with this rice!

Friday

  • Main dish: Garlic Herb Chicken Pillows – Grab rotisserie chicken to make this meal even easier than it already is. Buttery crescent rolls wrapped around a creamy chicken mixture will make everyone in your home smile at dinner.
  • Side Dish:
    • Ranch Smashed Potatoes – These crispy roasted smashed potatoes are the BEST way to make potatoes as a side dish. 
    • Broccoli Salad with Bacon – The flavors in this salad are a perfect pairing of sweet and salty with a little tangy dressing. *If you have leftover bacon from Tuesday you can easily use it for this!
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Swirl Bars –  These delicious bars are the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate in a perfectly tasty cookie bar.

Appetizer

  • Mexican Style Spinach Dip – This is a fun twist on your traditional spinach dip and people will be begging for your recipe!

Meal Plan – Week 200

Monday

  • Main Dish: Barbacoa Tostadas – This is the perfect customizable recipe that will leave everyone satisfied by the end of dinner time!
  • Side Dish:
    • Easy Mexican Rice β€“ You’ll feel like you’re actually eating at a restaurant with this rice!
    • Mexican Roasted Veggies β€“ Keep it light, quick, and easy with veggies that still have the Mexican flavor.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Turkey Spinach Feta Burgers – These Greek seasoned turkey burgers are juicy and delicious. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, they only take 20 minutes to get on the table, start to finish. 
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked Potato Wedges – Not that we think you’ll need to convince anyone to eat these because they’re so delicious, but just in case – tell the kids they’re french fries πŸ˜‰
    • Cucumber Tomato Salad – This is the perfect side if you want to keep dinner light. It’s fresh and blended with salty and sweet flavors!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Spinach Bacon QuicheMy family gets so excited when they find out we’re having breakfast for dinner. With the eggs and bacon, this meal is full of protein and such a great way to end the day. In just a few steps, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time. The bonus is that if you have any leftovers, you can just reheat it for a hearty breakfast!
  • Side Dish:
    • French Toast Muffins – We might be having breakfast for dinner, but no one said you can’t have a sweet treat as well. These are so easy to make and the little vanilla and maple syrup bites will keep you wanting more. Make some extra and thank yourself later!
    • Million Dollar Bacon – This savory bacon is cooked on a sheet pan which means you’ll have very little to clean up!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: – Lemon Basil Chicken Pasta – This meal comes together in no time, but the best part is that it is all so quick and easy to make! The pasta cooks while the chicken is prepared, and the sauce comes together in minutes just using the pan drippings along with a little butter, lemon and broth. This might just become a go-to meal for you!
  • Side Dish:

Friday

  • Main dish: Blackened Chicken Salad – If you want to keep your Friday meal extra simple, this is an all in one meal. Lots of veggies and delicious blackened chicken as your protein. You really don’t even need a side because this will fill you up!
  • Side Dish:
    • Slow Cooker Tomato Soup – This is an Easy Family Recipe favorite! It couldn’t be any easier to go alongside your salad.
    • Crock Pot Loaded Potato Soup – Another meatless side that would compliment your salad is this creamy soup that is loaded with flavor!
  • Dessert – Chocolate No Bake Cookies –  These are one of my FAVORITE cookies and they have the best texture.

Appetizer

  • Greek Layer Dip – Sometimes I crave this and have to stop myself from eating the entire thing when I make it! This requires just a few ingredients and tastes amazing. If you have extra time on Tuesday, maybe make it as an appetizer while people wait for their turkey burgers to be ready!

Meal Plan – Week 199

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Guacamole Chicken– If your family loves Mexican food this will be a huge hit. This is a great meal to start off your week. This guacamole chicken will even work if someone doesn’t love guacamole (yet!) because you can serve the seasoned cheesy chicken without the guacamole too.
  • Side Dish:
    • Crockpot Black Beans β€“ This dump and go recipe creates beans that are SO flavorful!
    • Mexican Corn Salad β€“ You can never go wrong with corn! And if you are in a cold climate right now, this side will make you think of summer and warm you right up.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Crockpot Greek Style Chicken with Veggies This recipe basically has everything you need for a wholesome meal and it’s all in one pot. We love a set it and forget it meal, especially when it has both protein and veggies!
  • Side Dish:
    • Lemon Rice – This rice would be perfect to go along with your Greek style chicken. With just 25 minutes you have a rice that is fluffy and full of flavor from very simple ingredients.
    • Garlic Smashed Potatoes – These are a favorite in our house. So easy and delicious!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Homestyle MeatballsIn just 30 minutes you can have these on your dinner table. The ingredients are so simple that you probably even have them on hand already. Save your extras for a meal on Friday!
  • Side Dish:
    • Brown Butter Broccoli – These tender pieces of broccoli are seasoned in a buttery sauce making them irresistible!
    • Garlic Cheese Bread – This is a crowd pleaser and will go perfectly with your meatballs!

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Meatballs – Use your leftover homestyle meatballs from Wednesday and smother them in this teriyaki sauce.
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad – This is delicious and you can even make the dressing ahead of time!
    • Easy Fried Rice – This chicken fried rice recipe is as simple as promised. Omit the chicken to make this a lighter side.
  • Dessert – Hot Chocolate Cookies –  These cookies only require a couple of steps for the BEST tasting cookie.

Appetizer

  • Incredible Baked Potato Wedges – It says it in the name, but these really are incredible! If you are going somewhere and need an appetizer to share, try these out!

Meal Plan – Week 198

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Baked Stuffed Pepper Casserole– This has all the flavor of a classic stuffed peppers recipe, but it is so much more quick and easy to make! Just mix, dump, and bake. The result is a piping hot casserole full of hearty beef, tangy Italian seasoned tomato sauce, and a irresistibly cheesy topping.
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing This dump and go slow cooker recipe is is the coziest! It combines tender slowly cooked chicken breast with savory stuffing, wholesome veggies, and a rich gravy for an all-in-one dinner fast!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mile High Biscuits – These are insanely delicious and the perfect way to round out a cozy meal.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Blackened Chicken TendersChicken tenders you can feel good about feeding your family! These blackened chicken tenders are not breaded, but instead coated in a layer of delicious blackening seasoning then pan seared to lock in the juiciness. Make sure to save the leftovers for Friday’s dinner!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Brown Butter Tortellini with Spinach– This is the perfect mid-week meatless meal. It can be made in minutes thanks to quick cooking tortellini, packs in some veggies, and no one is complaining since they are all tossed in the most delicious brown butter sauce.
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: Blackened Chicken Sandwich– Use leftover blackened chicken tenders from Wednesday to save time! These sandwiches make the best Friday dinner since they are casual and each person can customize what they top their sandwich with.
  • Side:
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars–  These are known as the “Kimber Brownies” among my friends and if you are a chocolate lover you are going to want to make them ASAP!

Appetizer

  • Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip– This is one of my family’s “secret recipes” that we love to bring to parties, pot lucks etc. It is always one that is among the first empty, and people ask for the recipe before you go.

Meal Plan – Week 197

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Perfect Baked Chicken– I have cooked hundreds of thousands of pounds of chicken over the years, and this is my go recipe to for the most tender, juicy, classic baked chicken breasts! You may even want to double the recipe, because this is the same recipe I use for making shredded or diced chicken to use in other recipes like casseroles, wraps, salads etc!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Korean Beef Bowls If you have a pound of ground beef, this is a great way to use it! These bowls have tons of flavor and each person can top them off anyway they like so it is perfect for picky eaters.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Garlic Steak BitesThis is a super quick and easy way to make steak for a weeknight since all you need is one skillet! The garlicky flavor is cooked right in and of course you can make the steak to any level of doneness you prefer.
  • Side Dish:
    • Steakhouse Wedge– To be completely transparent, I may get more excited for this salad more than the main meal! It is THAT good! (AND SO EASY!!)
    • Parmesan Ranch Smashed Potatoes– If you make all 3 parts of this meal and it doesn’t knock your socks off, I will be very surprised! These potatoes are exceptionally delicious!!

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: 3 Ingredient Taco Chicken– 3 ingredients plus a slow cooker makes this perfect for an easy (and delicious) Friday night. You can’t go wrong with tacos!
  • Side:
  • Dessert – Fudgy Brownies–  These are known as the “Kimber Brownies” among my friends and if you are a chocolate lover you are going to want to make them ASAP!

Appetizer

  • Cajun Chicken Dip– Hot, cheesy, creamy and packed with zesty cajun flavors. This dip is so addicting in the BEST way!

Meal Plan – Week 196

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Garlic Pork Bites– Protein packed and FAST, these garlic pork bites can go from fridge to table in as little as 20 minutes! This recipe is such a great way to make pork chops new and exciting again. The are cooked into tender bites then tossed in the most delicious lemon butter sauce for a weeknight dinner that is anything but boring!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Rotisserie ChickenIf your kids love rotisserie chicken as much as mine, this recipes is your new best friend! All the great rotisserie chicken flavor (thanks to our signature Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning) and it literally takes minutes to get this dinner going in the slow cooker. The result is a whole chicken just as tender and flavorful as a rotisserie chicken you buy at the store!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Meatball Pasta Bake– This pasta casserole is packed with meatballs, marinara, and two kinds of cheese, then baked to perfection! It makes a hearty and delicious dinner that will feed the whole family with generous portions, or make for a great lunch the next day.
  • Sides:
    • Family Favorite Garlic Bread– the secret to making it taste so good is in the spread!
    • Side salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette– I usually do chopped romaine, tomato, cucumber, shredded parmesan, and croutons. The dressing takes 5 minutes to make and is irresistibly good!

Friday

  • Main dish: Buffalo Chicken Rice Casserole– This casserole is SUPER POPULAR with readers and our family and is perfect to make with leftover rotisserie chicken! It is creamy, tangy and the best combination of hearty and delicious.
  • Side:
    • Carrots, celery, and ranch This homemade ranch recipe takes veggies to the next level!
  • Dessert – Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars–  These are a tender peanut butter bar baked with chocolate chips melted swirled throughout! They are super simple, look beautiful, and most importantly are don’t miss a crumb delicious!

Appetizer

  • Hot Cheesy Bean Dip– Perfect for watching the game or hanging out with friends! This 4 ingredient appetizer is one of the quickest recipes I make!

Meal Plan – Week 195

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Chicken Carnitas– This slow cooker recipe kicks the new year off right! It is high in protein, and packed with flavor! You can use it to make tacos, salads, burrito bowls, and more. The best part is, it takes minutes to prep, the slow cooker does the work, and you won’t believe how incredibly delicious it is!
  • Side Dish:
    • Cilantro lime rice– This is perfect for making burrito bowls or on the side for tacos. If you want to keep it lighter go for a cauliflower rice.
    • Mexican Roasted Vegetables– This is one of my favorite sides! So much so, that I often make double to have extra for lunches!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Sausage Pesto Penne Pasta This recipe is a combo of a quick sheet pan meal and a filling pasta dinner. It takes smokey sausage, caramelized roasted veggies and pesto all combined for a hearty pasta meal. SO GOOD!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Roasted Garlic Cauliflower SoupThis soup is perfect for January! It is light and healthy, SO EASY to make, and perfectly cozy and warm for a cold night. What I love about it though is that it is great for families since you can top it up anyway you like! I prefer it with just a little cheese, but my boys love to load it up with bacon, cheese, onions, and even sour cream. You can make it as hearty as your heart desires, or even make it vegan!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

Friday

Appetizer

  • Avocado Corn Salsa– This is a great healthy dip to start the year of right – that is with tons of flavor and food that tastes great and fuels your body well!

Meal Plan – Week 194

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Chicken Tetrazzini– The best word I can come up with to describe this recipe is LUSCIOUS! It is loaded with tender pasta, flavorful veggies, shredded chicken and the most luscious cream sauce. It feels super fancy to be honest, but it is surprisingly easy to make. This is definitely a crowd pleaser!
  • Side Dish:
    • Side salad with Italian Dressing– a simple salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and maybe some cheese on top is the quickest side and a perfect pairing. I always say take the extra 5 min to make the dressing, it will make the salad absolutely delicious!
    • Pesto Bread– Nothing more delicious than some cheesy bread!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Crockpot Beef Barbacoa 2-for-1 recipe!! Let the slow cooker do the work on this absolutely tender, juicy, flavor loaded roast. I love to serve this dish bowl style the first night and save the extras for a super quick and easy dinner later in the week.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet– This one skillet meal is a winner when you want that cozy, familiar flavor of lasagna, but have time for none of the work! It takes the the best flavors and cooks them all up in a super quick, not-so-messy meal. I like to serve over pasta for that lasagna flavor, but you can keep it light by doing bowls, or a pasta substitute like zoodles.
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Vegetable Medley– This is one of my most popular side dish recipes! It is quick and so so delicious.
    • Pasta– Use whatever pasta you have on hand or your family likes. Some brands sell mini “lasagna noodles” but those are necessary. The flavors will be the same.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Beef Barbacoa Burrito– Meal 2 in our “2-for-1” we made earlier this week! Grab the extra beef barbacoa from the fridge to make these kid-favorite loaded beef burritos for an extra easy dinner.
  • Sides:
    • Chips with Salsa and Guac – You can grab the salsa and guac at the store, or make them from scratch for an extra yummy dinner.

Friday

  • Main dish: Saucy Buffalo Chicken Tenders– These are not only delicious and easy, but great for reheating while you watch the game this weekend! They have no breading, but are packed with flavor to make them light and easy to make!
  • Side:
    • Hashbrown Casserole– These cheesy potatoes are the ultimate comfort food!
    • Carrots, celery and ranch dip Take the extra 5 minutes and make the ranch! It is SO GOOD!
  • Dessert – Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies–  The perfect holiday cookie! If you plan ahead, soak the cranberries for even more flavor (directions in the recipe!)

Appetizer

  • Green Chile Cheddar Dip– This warm cheesy dip is packed with southwest flavors! Perfect for dipping chips and veggies in for a hearty snack.

Meal Plan – Week 193

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Crockpot Spaghetti Meat Sauce Hello easiest recipe ever! This spaghetti sauce is warm and cozy, and all you have to do to make it is dump the ingredients in a slow cooker and let it do its thing. I especially love to make a big batch so that I can freeze some for an easy dinner another night.
  • Side Dish:
    • Side salad with Italian Dressing– I love making some simple cheese quesadilla triangles with this soup. They are perfect for dipping and super kid friendly!
    • Garlic Cheese Bread– Nothing more delicious than some cheesy bread!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Teriyaki Chicken Bites This recipe is inspired by our love of mall teriyaki chicken! Those tender bites of chicken that are coated in the sweet teriyaki glaze makes for a delicious meal- but even better- this can take less than 20 minutes from fridge to fork!!
  • Side Dish:
    • Asian Cucumber Salad– This is one of my favorite easy salad recipes!
    • Rice– I like jasmine rice, but you can use your favorite rice or grain

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole– This easy chicken bake has all the flavor of traditional chicken cordon bleu, with NONE of the work! It takes just minutes of prep and bakes hands off for the easiest weeknight dinner. It has been a reader favorite for a long time… See what others had to say:
    “I try a lot of different recipes online and this is hands down one of the easiest and tastiest ones I’ve ever made!! WOWZERS!” -Tara C.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Italian Stuffed Peppers– You can make this recipe as directed… or use the leftover spaghetti sauce from Monday to short cut it! These make a great mid week meal and are packed with sneaky, and not so sneaky veggies.
  • Sides:
    • Mashed Potatoes – I love adding in mashed potatoes for a saucy meal because the potatoes make the perfect vehicle to get every drop of flavor into your mouth.

Friday

  • Main dish: 7 Layer Taco Casserole– A big crowd pleaser, this casserole is layered with all the good stuff! It is heartier than a dip, making it perfect for a fun Friday dinner the whole family will enjoy.
  • Side:
    • Blender Salsa with chips– This salsa is CRAZY easy, SO delicious, and entirely healthy! Winning!
    • Mexican Corn Salad This is the yummiest side- and so easy to make!
  • Dessert – Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies–  If you want the softest chocolate chip cookies of all time, this is for YOU! These cookies are so flavorful and the texture is something REALLY special.

Appetizer

  • Party Meatballs– These are a holiday gathering staple! Make these meatballs with just a couple ingredients and they can stay warm in the crockpot!

Meal Plan – Week 192

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Green Chili Corn Chowder– Don’t sleep on this soup! It isn’t a traditional chowder, because there are no potatoes, BUT it is the most creamy, delicious, warm, cozy soup I have had in a long time. The sweetness of the corn and the tanginess of the green chilis make an unforgettable flavor match. The best part is that this dump and go recipe is almost effortless to make!
  • Side Dish:
    • Cheese quesadillas– I love making some simple cheese quesadilla triangles with this soup. They are perfect for dipping and super kid friendly!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Sun Dried Tomato Basil Chicken This is the meal you make when your mother-in-law comes over because it is so good, your family may think it is take out from a restaurant! Don’t worry though, this recipe couldn’t be easier to make with just a few ingredients, a few steps and done in under 30 minutes!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed Potatoes– I love to serve the chicken right over these garlicky potatoes!
    • Side salad with balsamic vinaigrette– Make this dressing! It takes 5 minutes and you won’t believe how DELICIOUS it makes your salad!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot BBQ Brisket– This Texas style brisket is made super quick and easy in the crock pot and has been getting AMAZING reviews.
    “I’ve make quite a few slow cooker briskets over the years, being from Texas and now living in London. This is by far the easiest and best recipe ever and it always turns out perfect!” -Danzi C.
    “I was hesitant to try this as I am not much of a brisket fan, but let me tell you, this was darn good. Loved being able to throw it in the crock pot and leave it for the day!” – Colbi D.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Veggie Loaded Breakfast Casserole– Give this a try now with breakfast for dinner so you will know HOW DELICIOUS it is! Not your average breakfast casserole, this recipe is meat-free, but you won’t miss it with all of the flavor it packs in. I make it each year for our holiday party and it is the most requested recipe each time!
  • Sides:
    • Million Dollar Bacon β€“ It is EVERY BIT as delicious as the name implies! You need to have this during the holidays at least once, but probably about a dozen times!

Friday

  • Main dish: Brisket Tacos– A big crowd pleaser, this recipe is made easy using leftovers from Wednesday! Make these tacos as directed in the recipe, or customize them with whatever toppings your family loves!
  • Side:
  • Dessert – Hot Chocolate Cookies–  My kids are absolutely OBSESSED with these cookies! They are flavored with hot cocoa mix and absolutely perfect for the holidays.

Appetizer

  • Million Dollar Dip– This dip can be made ahead and if you need something to take to a party, this recipe is ALWAYS a hit!

Meal Plan – Week 191

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Quick Skillet Chicken Pot Pie– When I posted a pic of our family eating this on Instagram, I probably got 100 messages asking for the recipe! It is the coziest meal, and making a crustless version in the skillet makes it super fast and easy. It is absolutely delicious, but you don’t have to take my word for it, here’s what readers are saying “Delicious!!! So good my husband requested we eat this weekly!” – Rachel T.
  • Side Dish:
    • Mile High Biscuits– You won’t believe how easy these are to make from scratch! Not only are they super tender and flakey, but the special method we use makes them raise “a mile high!” They are the absolute best with the skillet chicken pot pie.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Hearty Crockpot Beef Chili– Let the slow cooker do the work for this family favorite dinner! I love that there are lots of veggies packed in there, and the kids love to pile up their bowl of chili with cornbread and toppings. It is a big family win at our house!
  • Side Dish:
    • Quick Cornbread– Make this with or without the green chiles depending on your family preference!
  • Toppings
    • Sour cream 
    • Cheddar cheese
    • Chopped cilantro
    • Diced avocado

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Ziti (with ground turkey)– This classic favorite is lightened up by using ground turkey instead of ground beef! It is a warm hearty dinner and we always have leftovers to heat up for lunches the rest of the week. You can cut the recipe in half if you don’t want extras though.
  • Side Dish:
    • Roasted Vegetable Medley– This is one of my most popular side dish recipes! It is quick and so so delicious.
    • Garlic Bread– This recipe is our go to! The secret is in the spread.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Chili Stuffed Baked Potatoes– make a super fast weeknight dinner by using leftovers from the chili you made Tuesday to stuff these baked potatoes! This meal is great because it is fast, family friendly, and can be customized to each persons personal preferences. I love that it is hearty, filling, and cozy all with just a few minutes of effort.
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: Garlic Bread Pizza– This is a winning Friday dinner. not only is it simple, but everyone loves it and you can even make a fun activity where each person can do their own pizza toppings if you want a fun family night.
  • Side:
    • Veggies and Ranch– Take the extra 5 minutes and make this homemade ranch! You won’t regret it!
    • Antipasto Salad- This quick salad is packed with meats to make a hearty salad that is perfect for munching!
  • Dessert – Cinnamon Glazed Butter Cookies–  If you make one cookie this holiday season, make it this one! It melts in your mouth and has the most wonderful holiday flavor!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 190

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup– Keep the holiday week light and easy by starting out with this chicken noodle soup made with rotisserie chicken. It is one of my all time favorite soups and just amazingly delicious with so little effort!
  • Side Dish:
    • Side salad with Homemade Balsamic Dressing– This dressing takes 5 minutes to make and takes the salad to a whole new level! You have to try it!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Baked Panko Chicken with Honey Drizzle– I love this recipe because it is a grown up and healthier version of fried chicken. It is made simply with just a few pantry ingredients, but the flavors are just so good!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Honey Glazed Ham– I love making the ham on Wednesday and reheating on Thursday for thanksgiving! Having the leftovers, along with the turkey makes the next week of cooking super easy!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: Ultra Creamy Turkey Rice Casserole– Use this recipe and replace shredded chicken with shredded turkey to use those leftovers up in a super yummy way! This casserole is mu go to after thanksgiving, and it is freezer friendly!!
  • Side:
  • Dessert – Apple Pie–  this is the one time of year I make this pie and it is worth EVERY second of effort! It may be the best pie you will ever have!

Appetizer

  • Grape Jelly Meatballs– These are the ultimate party appetizer and always on the buffet table at holiday gatherings for us!

Meal Plan – Week 189

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Homemade Shake and Bake Pork Chops– If you haven’t made this classic from scratch you are missing out. It is SO EASY and so kid friendly for a great weeknight win. I love that you can eat these on their own, or mix them with almost any side you may have on hand. They can go great in a sandwich or on a salad, so you may want to make extra for leftovers!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Creamy Salsa Chicken Bake– This one dish dinner is a SUPER hit with my crew! It combines salsa with a creamy cheesy topping and bakes all over tender chicken breast in one casserole dish. This is great with a side of rice and beans, or you can shred it up and make the yummiest tacos, burrito bowls, quesadillas etc. I can’t say enough good things about this recipe!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Ravioli Lasagna– One of the absolute fastest recipes to make, this easy casserole comes together with almost no prep and has super saucy cheesy flavors for the win!
  • Side Dish:
    • Roasted Vegetable Medley– This is one of my most popular side dish recipes! It is quick and so so delicious.
    • Garlic Bread– These are super fast, super wholesome, and super yummy!

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: Baked Turkey Sliders– This quick and easy casserole comes together in minutes and marries some of our family’s favorite flavors. You can use leftover chicken, a rotisserie chicken, or any pulled chicken you may have. It is perfect for eating with a fork out of a bowl, or piling on top of chips for a hands only meal!
  • Side:
    • Brown Butter Broccoli– If you haven’t tried this side yet, you are absolutely missing out on the BEST and easiest way to eat broccoli ever!
    • Baked Potato Wedges– my favorite way to make easy “french fries” at home!
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies–  I have been making these for over 20 years. They are the cookie I am known for among my friends, AND this is the first time I am sharing this recipe with yall on the blog. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Appetizer

  • Chicken Fajita Dip– For all the Tex-Mex lovers! This easy party dip is hot, hearty, cheesy and perfect for football watching!

Meal Plan – Week 188

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa– This easy beef roast is infused with the best Mexican flavors and slow cooked to tender, fall apart perfection! I like to serve it up with rice and beans the first day and save leftovers for a super easy (kid-favorite) meal later in the week
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Greek Chicken Bites– This super simple one skillet recipe is kind of like making fancy chicken nuggets! Instead of breading, these tender, chicken breast bites get coated in a greek seasoning and then pan seared in minutes for a tender flavorful chicken bites. I like to serve it simply with a side salad and some rice for an extra fast and extremely yummy weeknight meal.
  • Side Dish:
    • Lemon rice β€“ cook up your favorite rice and right after it is done cooking toss it with fresh lemon juice, parsley, and salt to taste.
    • Cucumber tomato salad β€“ This quick salad has the perfect flavors to compliment this meal.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Beef Barbacoa Street Tacos– This is the easiest way to use up leftovers from Monday. These tacos only have 5 ingredients and you can adapt and customize based on your kids preferences. Best part: Using leftover beef barbacoa makes this dinner insanely fast to make!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup– If you want a throw it in and forget it kind of recipe, this is it! This Baked Potato Soup is delicious and the part my kids like best is customizing their bowl with their favorite toppings. I also have a pressure cooker baked potato soup recipe here if you want to cook it faster!
  • Sides:
    • Toppings– Your choice of crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, etc.
    • Side Salad β€“ Pair the soup with a side salad if you want a little something extra. I love to use this Homemade ranch dressing– SO GOOD!
    • Garlic bread– You know this is my favorite recipe!

Friday

  • Main dish: BBQ Chicken Casserole– This quick and easy casserole comes together in minutes and marries some of our family’s favorite flavors. You can use leftover chicken, a rotisserie chicken, or any pulled chicken you may have. It is perfect for eating with a fork out of a bowl, or piling on top of chips for a hands only meal!
  • Side:
    • Bacon Ranch Broccoli Salad– This kid-approved salad has some serious flavor and it can be made ahead for busy nights. I always like it on Friday so I can grab this salad for an easy weekend lunch.
    • Super Easy Cornbread– The trick works every time! This cornbread is the most tender, moist you will ever have!
  • Dessert – No Bake Cookies-  This fast cookie recipe is always my go-to when I have a chocolate craving, I love how it is super rich, and hearty with the oatmeal and peanut butter.

Appetizer

  • Cajun Chicken Dip– If you need to bring a dish that people will LOVE, this is guaranteed to get at least a few recipe requests! Plus, this warm, cheesy, dip can be made in minutes and it is just SO GOOD!

Meal Plan – Week 187

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Korean Beef Skillet– This is the perfect meal to change things up when you get bored with the same old dinners. I love to serve it up bowl style on rice with the cucumber salad right on top and then drizzle your favorite sauce over it. SO GOOD!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – Fast Chicken Fajitas– This is one of my personal all-time favorite recipes and it comes together FAST. You can have this ready from fridge to fork in as little as 20 minutes if you are on it! Plus it is the absolute best left overs (I always make extra!) It is hard for me to pick the best sides, so I am going to give you a few and let you pick!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Tuscan Chicken– This recipe has been one of the most popular on my site for years! It has so many raving reviews because the amount of delicious flavor with so little effort is incredible! If you haven’t tried this one, it is time! Or if you prefer the oven to the crockpot, you can find my Baked Tuscan Garlic Chicken here.
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed Potatoes– I like to serve the crockpot chicken right over it. Since there are so many veggies and so much delicious sauce in the pot it pairs extra well.
    • Garlic Bread– The secret is in the spread!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Fajita Nachos– This recipe uses leftovers from Tuesday for my kids absolute favorite dinner ever. Period. If it is nacho night, they all clean their plates. I actually think it is a big win too because they are eating more veggies in this meal (with no complaints) than they do in most other recipes!
  • Sides:
    • Salsa– This blender one uses canned tomatoes but tastes fresh! It only takes 5 minutes to make!
    • Guacamole β€“ Can’t have nachos with out it!
    • Sour Cream

Friday

  • Main dish: Stuffed Biscuit Breakfast Bombs– We love these so much we are doing breakfast for dinner night with them. These are super easy to make, and perfect if your kids like to help you cook. You can pack them with all of your favorite breakfast foods and have that yummy breakfast explosion in every bite.
  • Side:
    • Hashbrown Casserole– This is great for bulking up the dinner with something that goes so well together!
    • Best Roasted Veggies– If you want to something healthy to the meal, these roasted veggies are just as warm, comforting and wholesome!
  • Dessert – Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies–  My all time favorite chocolate chip cookie! So many readers tell me it is their go to recipe now too!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 186

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Buffalo Chicken Rice Casserole– I could eat this all day!! This casserole is loaded with tender chicken and fluffy rice, all nestled in a creamy buffalo sauce. It is the perfect combination of tangy and comforting and the heat can be adjusted from mild to hot to suit the preference of your family.
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Parmesan Broccoli – One of the BEST ways to make broccoli!
    • Veggies and dip– I like to pair this casserole with sliced celery, carrots and then give my homemade ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping. The flavors pair perfectly with the casserole and really its just another excuse to eat the best dips!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: – One Pot Easy Lasagna Soup– All you need for this soup is just ONE POT! It is filled with hearty ground beef and Italian Sausage, a rich tomato broth, and tender lasagna noodles. Then topped with a cheesy, creamy, parmesan ricotta mixture to stir in (or leave out for picky kids!) to give it that true lasagna feel.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Southern Pot Roast– This is wholesome comfort food! Pot Roast is one of my favorite dump and go slow cooker meals. This pot roast seasoning gives it the absolute best flavor and you can make it in under 5 minutes. Also, since the carrots and potatoes cook in the pot right alongside the roast, it makes dinner all ready to go at once with almost no effort!
  • Side Dish:
    • Jiffy Corn Casserole– If you need an extra side to go with dinner, this is it! So quick and easy, and my family’s absolute FAVORITE!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crustless Chicken Pot Pie– This recipe is made easy using just one skillet. No crust required! The thick, rich broth has tender chunks of chicken, vegetables and tons of savory flavor and instead of a crust we do a buttery cracker crumb topping that makes it quicker to make and maybe even more delicious than the original.
  • Sides:
    • No Yeast Rolls– These biscuit like dinner rolls are the easiest thing to make and are perfect for soaking up all the sauce from that pie!
    • Mashed Potatoes β€“ My other favorite thing to serve this is is these creamy mashed potatoes. I like to scoop the pie right over the top of them and it is SO DELICIOUS!

Friday

  • Main dish: Southern Pot Roast French Dips– Shred the leftover beef pot roast from Wednesday and heat it gently in a pan. Arrange swiss cheese over the top to melt, then portion onto sliced rolls with caramelized onions. Serve with au jus dipping sauce.
  • Side:
  • Dessert – Cinnamon Roll Cake–  This cake is swirled with cinnamon mixture and flavored with a secret ingredient to make it over the top delicious!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 185

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken– Start off the week with this super simple ONE PAN meal! This is super quick to prep and has all that delicious teriyaki flavor my kiddos love. I like to serve it up super simple in a bowl on top of rice or shredded cabbage and drizzled with extra teriyaki sauce and yum yum sauce. If you have any leftovers, throw them on a salad or in a wrap for an easy lunch!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Carnitas I can’t ever get over just how delicious this recipe is!! A quick dump and cook crock pot roast, cooks into the most flavorful and delicious dinner. Plus it is the gift that keeps giving, with the leftovers making some super easy meals later in the week.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce– A fancy meal made in as little as 25 minutes?! Yes! This pasta is tossed in a velvety sun dried tomato cream sauce and topped with tender pan seared chicken. Does it sound like something you get at a restaurant? Yes. Is it actually super easy to make? Also yes!
  • Side Dish:
    • Oven Roasted Vegetables– This vegetable medley cooks hands off on a simple sheet pan. So easy!
    • Garlic Bread– You need to get every bit of that irresistible cream sauce. This is our favorite garlic bread recipe!
    • Side salad- top it with this irresistible (and quick to make) homemade balsamic vinaigrette for something extra yummy!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Carnitas Quesadillas – These get rave reviews from the kids and are a meal you can make in minutes! You can make them as directed, or easily customize them to your family’s preferences.
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: Chilis Southwest Chicken Soup– This copycat recipe is the perfect Friday recipe because you can heat up leftovers for a comforting meal on demand all weekend long! We love the flavor of this soup at Chilis, and the at home version tastes even more fresh and delicious! Bonus- it takes less than 30 minutes to make!
  • Side:
  • Dessert – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies–  If you make a big batch, you can freeze them individually to pop in lunchboxes throughout the week!

Appetizer

  • Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels– This is a quick no-cook appetizer that is great for a party, snacking, or even a meal on the go!

Meal Plan – Week 184

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Green Chile Chicken Casserole This recipe is one of the FASTEST- just mix and bake in minutes. Best part: You can use leftovers from Monday to make this super quick and easy!!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Rice– This is the Tex-mex style rice that my family loves!
    • Black Beans– These are so flavorful in the slow cooker
    • Cornbread β€“ This quick 3 ingredient cornbread is a personal favorite!!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Garlic Herb Steak-This feels like a fancy steakhouse but is easy enough for your average Wednesday. You can use any cut of steak that is on sale this week at your local store to make it! Make sure to prepare enough so you can have leftovers to use for the most delicious dinner on Friday!!
  • Side Dish:
    • Sauteed Peppers and Onions– Nothing like some caramelized onions and peppers to go with a fresh sizzling steak.
    • Mashed Potatoes– You need these delicious potatoes to get right in there with the juices from the steak!
    • Side salad- top it with this irresistible (and quick to make) homemade ranch dressing. to make it steakhouse quality!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: One Pan Tuscan Pork Chops – These get rave reviews from everyone that makes them. Packed with flavor, lots of veggies, and oh, so delicious… you will LOVE this quick and easy dinner!
  • Sides:
    • Italian Quinoa Salad β€“ try this hearty grain filled salad for a side that you can make ahead and will fill you up!
    • Garlic Bread β€“ perfect to soak up all the delicious juices from the meal

Friday

  • Main dish: Steak Stuffed Baked Potatoes– These are super easy, especially when you save leftovers from Wednesday! This is one of the easiest and tastiest Friday dinners that are on our menu. Also, I love that we get to enjoy steak not once, but twice because of how this meal helps to stretch it!
  • Side:
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars–  Too soon to make these again? I think not.

Appetizer

  • Layered Taco Dip– This is a favorite of the kids and adults- not to mention one of the best ways to get my kids to eat a variety of veggies!

Meal Plan – Week 183

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Pesto Chicken Pasta Bake– Cheesy, warm, and filled with tender chicken, veggies, and lots of hearty pasta, this one dish pasta bake is not only packed with flavor and delicious, but super easy to make. I love that there are lots of veggies in it, while my kids always love a cheesy pasta dinner. Big win for everyone! This does make a full 9×13 pan so you can cut it in half if you have a small family, or save and reheat the leftovers later.
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Burrito Casserole All the flavors of a chicken burrito in a quick and easy casserole dinner. This recipe is already getting rave reviews:
    “My family of 6 loved this casserole! The recipe was easy to follow and had good substitute suggestions! Easy to throw together for a busy week night dinner! This will be in our rotation! Thank you for the great meal!” – Natalie
  • Toppings:
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Roasted Veggies– Maybe the simplest recipe on this list, but still one of the most delicious!
    • Cornbread β€“ This quick 3 ingredient cornbread is a personal favorite!!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Sizzle Steak-This uses an affordable cut of meat to give you a FAST weeknight dinner with a steakhouse feel! If you haven’t tried this yet, I think you are going to love it!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crockpot Hawaiian Meatballs – This is a 5 minute dump and go dinner that is perfect to be ready to go when you are! When I serve it as dinner (it can be a great appetizer too!) I like to serve it over rice or cauliflower rice if you want to lighten it up.
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad– This is the best mash up of salad, chicken, and pasta for a hearty dinner fast. I like to think of this as a gateway meal to getting the kids and hubs to enjoy salad as much as I do. It has lots of protein and with the pasta the kids think it is pretty good too!
  • Side:
    • Baked Potatoes– This makes a great option if you want something super easy that will bulk up the meal. Try making the baked potatoes in the instant pot. It is my absolute FAVORITE way to make them!
    • Creamy Tomato Soup– This is the best combo if you want soup and salad!
  • Dessert – Chocolate Chip Cookies–  I have been on a kick lately and this is my absolute FAVORITE recipe.

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 182

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Chili’s Southwest Chicken Soup– This recipe has come out with a bang! We decided to recreate one of our restaurant favorites and after trying, and experimenting, we finally got something the whole family agreed was not only pretty close, but more fresh and delicious than the original. BEST PART- One pot and less than 30 minutes and you will be on the table!
  • Side Dish:
    • Corn bread– You cannot beat a slice of buttermilk corn bread with this soup.
    • Salad with jalapeno ranch– I love to make this easy salad in advance. I enjoy this salad so much that sometimes I will even double the recipe to have leftovers for lunch the next day.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Crustless Chicken Pot Pie This is fantastic for when you want all the flavor of chicken pot pie, but don’t actually want to mess with a pie. This comes together in a skillet quickly for the perfect comforting dinner that the kids will love!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed Potatoes– This is perfect to serve the chicken pot pie right on top of since there is no crust. The creamy filling is heaven with the potatoes!
    • Roasted Vegetables– This is quick and easy and can be done in the same amount of time as the chicken pot pie.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Zesty Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork-This classic tender pulled pork slow cooks in a zingy barbecue sauce and is perfect for piling high on buns, salads, wraps, bowls or anything your family likes. For this week, we are going to eat it classic today, and then, load up the leftovers for another easy meal on Friday.
  • Side Dish:
    • Buns– serve it up with bakery style buns, or slider rolls. Add classic coleslaw to the sandwich if you want a little crunch.
    • 3 minute Instant Pot Corn I never want to eat corn another way! This makes it so tender-crisp it is absolute perfection. Combine that with the garlic butter sauce and you have the BEST CORN EVER!
    • Side salad- top it with this irresistible (and quick to make) homemade ranch dressing.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Beef and Mushroom Casserole – This casserole is a killer way to use up a pound of ground beef! It is lusciously creamy, hearty and beefy, with a buttery cracker topping. This casserole packs in the flavor, all while cooking in just one dish for a quick and easy dinner.
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: BBQ Pork Nachos– There is no dinner my family likes better than nachos, and this dinner is made extra easy by using the leftover pulled pork from Wednesday. My kids love this so much that sometimes I have to make two pans- especially if they have friends.
    Spread layer of tortilla chips on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the meat over the chips and drizzle with additional BBQ sauce. Add corn and beans if desired. Then top with shredded cheddar or mexi blend cheese. Bake at 425˚F for 8-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. 
  • Side:
    • Homemade Salsa– Try my easy blender salsa you can make in minutes!
    • Jalapeno Ranch– I am not kidding when I tell you my kids can’t live without this stuff!
  • Dessert – Key Lime Cookies–  These melt in your mouth and are the best combination of a smooth buttery cookie with a sweet and tangy key lime glaze.

Appetizer

  • Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs– These are the perfect combo of sweet and salty for a fantastic and hearty snack to munch on. You can keep them warm over a longer time by leaving them in the crock pot.

Meal Plan – Week 181

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Ground Turkey Stir Fry– This recipe is absolutely one of the most tasty ways to prepare a pound of ground turkey! It is super packed with protein and veggies, and you need as little as 20 minutes to make it, start to finish! We love to serve it up in bowls with a little sauce on top, and there is rarely anyone at the table without a clean plate at the end of the meal.
  • Side Dish:
    • Sauce– The kids LOVE yum yum sauce, and I can’t get enough of this spicy mayo.
    • Sriracha Coleslaw– I love to make this easy salad in advance. I enjoy this salad so much that sometimes I will even double the recipe to have leftovers for lunch the next day.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice This easy dinner packs in the Mexican flavors, has less than 10 ingredients, and cooks all in ONE SKILLET! Top it off however your family likes it for a flavor loaded dinner in under 30 minutes.
  • Side Dish:
    • Buttermilk Cornbread– This comes together with just about 4 ingredients and is the most tender and delicious cornbread I have made!
    • Toppings:
      • Sour Cream
      • Guacamole– Add a scoop of creamy homemade guac or buy it at the store in a pinch
      • Lime wedges β€“ serve these on the side and squeeze over the top before you eat
      • Tomatoes β€“ Fresh tomatoes or Pico de Gallo taste fantastic.
    • Black Beans– This recipe dresses up canned black beans for a super easy flavor loaded side

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Tomato Basil Soup-This ranks in my all time favorite recipes! It could literally not be any more simple and it is so good, that I have had people tell me they didn’t think they liked tomato soup until they tried this!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Parmesan Casserole – This pasta casserole is super quick to put together and brings in all the best flavors of Chicken Parm in an easy cheesy casserole. You can use leftover chicken, grab a rotisserie chicken at the market, or even use frozen chicken nuggets in a pinch.
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: Green Chile Pork Chops– Flavor OVERLOAD! These Green Chile Pork Chops are pure perfection! Boneless pork chops are smothered in a creamy, delicious green chile cheese sauce and then oven baked to be perfectly tender and delicious. This meal is loved by all, but also naturally low carb for a keto friendly meal..
  • Side dish:
  • Dessert – No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars-  These are SO SO SO crazy delicious! If you don’t make these ASAP, you are missing out!! They are quick to make- no cooking required.

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 180

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Garlic Bread Chicken Caesar Sandwich– Yes it is every bit as delicious as it sounds!!… and can be ready to eat in as little as 15 minutes. My kids even love this dinner even though there is lettuce involved so I call that a pretty big win. Cut them big or small depending on how hungry each person is!
  • Side Dish:
    • Tomato Mozzarella Salad– The fresh taste of this is the perfect side for this big hearty sandwich!
    • Chips– To keep it super quick and easy, just add some chips on the side. If you have more time you can make these roasted potato wedges.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Thick & Chunky Crockpot Chili This recipe is EVERYTHING chili should be but made super easy! Just dump it in the crock pot and forget it until you are ready to eat. It is super hearty, loaded up with lots of meat, veggies, and beans. Let your family top it off with their favorite toppings to customize it for each person!
  • Side Dish:
    • Cheater Mexican Cornbread– This comes together with just about 4 ingredients and is the most tender and delicious cornbread I have made!
    • Toppings:
      • Cheese – Shredded cheddar, jack, a Mexican blend, or crumbled queso fresco are great.
      • Onions β€“ Scallions, chives, or red onion are all delicious.
      • Avocado β€“ Go with fresh slices, or a spoonful of homemade guacamole.
      • Tomatoes β€“ Fresh tomatoes or Pico de Gallo taste fantastic.
      • Jalapenos β€“ Use fresh or pickled jalapenos to kick up the heat.
      • Sour Cream
      • Crumbled Bacon
      • Cilantro
      • Lime Juice

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: One Pan Chicken and Peppers-A classic made easier- There are several ways you can serve this depending on what your family likes best. I love that the protein and veggies all cook together hands off in just one pan, and that the flavor can’t be beat!
  • Side Dish:
    • Side salad- top it with this irresistible creamy Italian dressing
    • Crusty rolls– Put the chicken and peppers on the rolls sandwich style, or just eat the roll on the side.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Pork Tenderloin with Garlic Sauce – Perfectly tender pork tenderloin in a rich and flavorful garlic sauce- it’s a meal made to IMPRESS! This easy pork recipe makes the perfect dinner when you need something QUICK and DELICIOUS! This is a meal that makes you feel chef level on a weeknight commitment timeline.
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: Bacon Cheeseburger Rice Casserole– Kid friendly and perfect for a one pan family friendly meal. All of the delicious flavors of a bacon cheeseburger wrapped up in this quick and easy casserole.
  • Side:
  • Dessert – No Bake Cookies-  I just love that these are SO FAST to make! If you get a craving for something sweet, these cookies will definitely hit the spot in just minutes!

Appetizer

  • Mexican Spinach Dip– Creamy, cheesy, melty, zesty deliciousness!!! This dip is so good and absolutely perfect when you want something so good that it will make people ask for the recipe!

Meal Plan – Week 179

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup– This recipe has ALL the sneaky veggies! Not only is this the perfect hearty meatless Monday meal, it is packed with equal parts cheesy, creamy, comforting goodness, and lots of bonus veggies that the family will never even know about! I LOVE this soup because it is easy, wholesome and so so delicious!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Burrito Skillet All the delicious flavors of a loaded chicken burrito in a one skillet – quick and easy- dinner! One of my personal favorite parts is that you can serve it up to suit the likes of each person. So the kids love to stuff it in tortillas, and the grown ups eat it bowl style. Plus, load it up with as many (or few) toppings as you want!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Steak Sandwiches-These are made with an inexpensive cut of steak, but the marinade we use makes it tender, juicy, and taste like a million bucks! Bonus- this recipe is so quick, it can take as little as 20 min fridge to table.
  • Side Dish:
    • Instant Pot Baked Potatoes Nothing goes better with steak than a big fluffy baked potato, and the pressure cooker is my favorite way to make them! They get so light and fluffy!
    • Broccoli Salad with Bacon– You can make this easy salad ahead of time to make dinner even faster!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Lasagna Chicken Bake – This one dish wonder gives you that luxurious lasagna flavor all smothered over tender chicken breast and bakes hands off in JUST ONE DISH! So quick, so easy, so yummy!!
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: Garlic Bread Pizzas– get the whole family involved with this perfect Friday night dinner. You can make a big french bread pizza and slice it up, or grab sub rolls and let each person make their own personal pizza. My family loves to choose their own toppings and get creative with decorating their pizza at times too! If you need some inspiration for what to put on your pizza, make sure to check out my BIG list of Pizza Topping Ideas!
  • Side:
    • Italian Rotini Pasta Salad– You can make this ahead of time or whip it up quickly on the day of!
    • Homemade Ranch Dressing– I am from Texas and we dip our pizza in ranch! If you want a restaurant style ranch that only takes 5 min to make– this is it!!
  • Dessert – Fudge Brownies–  Every time I make these I forget just how much I love them! They are so dense, rich, and fudgey and everything a brownie should be!

Appetizer

  • Asian Style Meatballs– The meatball is great, but the glaze takes it over the top! Have you tried these yet?!?!

Meal Plan – Week 178

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie– All the cozy flavors of chicken pot pie, in a super quick- dump and go- kind of crockpot recipe! Best part? My kids asked for seconds! Worst part? There were no leftovers!
  • Side Dish:
    • Side salad with homemade ranch– Once you try this ranch, you will never go back! It takes 5 minutes and is SO GOOD!
    • Garlic Bread– our go to recipe! People are always asking what makes it so good… the secret is in the spread!

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Panko Crusted Chicken with Honey Drizzle-For as simple as this recipe is, you won’t believe how much flavor it has! We use a special method to keep the seasoned panko crispy and delicious while baking hands off in the oven (no frying here!) Then top it off with the honey drizzle for an over the top delicious dinner.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: French Onion Meatballs – The perfect hearty meal for a busy weeknight. These meatballs are great for getting in some new flavors when you are in a dinner rut. It almost tastes like a much heartier version of french onion soup!! Bonus- Leftovers reheat great!
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: Cheesy Sour Cream Chicken Bake– This is the newest recipe in our super popular chicken bake collection. This recipe layers two kinds of cheese in with sour cream and all envelopes the tender chicken breast. It is a creamy dreamy delight!
  • Side:
  • Dessert – Cornflake Cookies-  I grew up on these and if you haven’t tried them, you may be surprised just how you love the crunch of a cornflake in a cookie!!

Appetizer

  • Loaded Taco Dip– SO many layers of deliciousness! This recipe is a crowd pleaser in the biggest way!

Meal Plan – Week 177

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Million Dollar Chicken Bake– This has been one of the most viral recipes on my website! It has been made MILLIONS of times by readers over the past couple of years and has countless 5 star reviews. Not only is it delicious and full for cheesy goodness, but you can have it prepped and in the oven in as little as 10 minutes!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Ground Turkey Tacos- These tacos are great because you can make a big batch to feed your family, or a hungry bunch of kids. What makes them extra delicious is that oven baking the shells makes them extra crispy and fresh and melts that delicious cheese right into the meat. Instead of having tacos, you are having TACOS! Top them off with the suggested toppings or get creative with whatever you like!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Tender & Juicy Blackened Chicken Breast-This recipe is SO GOOD, so fast, and so healthy with so much flavor! It is great for a quick wholesome weeknight dinner, but even better to make a little extra to prep for a later night (we’ll use the extra Friday this week!) You will be amazed just how fast this dish comes together!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Steak Fried Rice – I’m telling you this is a huge winner with the family! It is perfect for leftover steak, or any cut of beef you have in the fridge. The take out feel, but lighter and even faster!
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: Blackened Chicken Alfredo– You can use the chicken you prepped Wednesday or make a fresh batch up in just about 15 minutes! This recipe will give you a restaurant quality pasta dish in record time. You can make it traditional with fetuccini, go with something kid friendly like penne, or even do a low carb substitute like zoodles. This recipe is great with it all.
  • Side:
    • Side salad with Creamy Italian dressing– the dressing tastes as good as olive garden and can be made in 5 minutes!
    • SautΓ©ed Spinach– This side is so fast! You can serve it on the side or toss the spinach in with the alfredo.
  • Dessert – Lemon Meltaway Cookies–  I can’t get enough of these before summer is over!!

Appetizer

  • Cold Spinach Feta Dip– Great for keeping in the fridge for a snack, or serving poolside, this cold dip requires no cooking and is crazy delicious!

Meal Plan – Week 176

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Chicken Fritta with Garlic Cream Sauce– This is a recreation of my son’s favorite meal at Olive Garden! We nailed the rich, decadent flavor and my whole family agreed this is the BEST cream sauce I have ever made. Wowsers! The chicken is light and crisp and perfect for topping the creamy pasta. Best part is the recipe moves fast and can go from fridge to fork in as little as 30 min.
  • Side Dish:
    • Roasted Vegetable Medley– These veggies are good on the side, or tossed with the pasta!
    • Side Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing– If we are doing Olive Garden night, we need a side salad with Olive Garden style dressing, YUM! This quick dressing is so delicious!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Beef Enchilada SkilletThere are a few things that make this recipe a winner. It is super fast, super delicious, but my favorite thing is that it makes the meal easily customizable for different family needs/diets. My kids love to spoon this in a tortilla and eat it like a burrito, while I like to keep it lighter and serve it over shredded lettuce. My husband puts it on top of rice and beans and eats it burrito bowl style. 1 meal and everyone is super happy eating it just how they enjoy most.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Pesto Chicken Salad– I love this so much for an extra busy night. You can eat it at the table, or make sandwiches and pack it up and take it on the road for a busy night at sports or activities. It has so much flavor and you can use leftovers for lunch through the rest of the week
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: One Pan Teriyaki Beef and Rice – This one pan dinner is quick to throw together and cooks hands off for a fast meal. We serve it up in bowls and I love to add a little shredded cabbage for some crunch, texture, and “healthy stuff” to top mine. The kids love to drizzle with all the sauce!
  • Sides:
    • Shredded Cabbage– Shred your own, or take a short cut and use coleslaw mix!
    • Sauces– The kids love Yum Yum Sauce and my husband and I prefer the kick of the Japanese Spicy Mayo!

Friday

  • Main dish: Monterey Chicken Bake– This perfect Friday meal is loaded with smokey BBQ sauce, savory bacon, tender chicken, and ooey gooey cheese! It can be prepped in as little as 10 minutes and is just so yummy!
  • Side:
  • Dessert – Key Lime Cookies-  The perfect summer dessert. You can make them with regular limes too and WOW are they good!

Appetizer

  • Cajun Chicken Bites– These are great for a heavy appetizer. They are made in just one skillet and the flavor is so lively and bold!

Meal Plan – Week 175

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Shake and Bake Chicken– I’ve yet to find the person who doesn’t love this meal! It is like grown up chicken tenders made fast at home. Baked to keep it light, but all that delicious breading and tender chicken in just minutes. So good!
  • Side Dish:
    • Roasted Green Beans– I always pair this with my kids favorite veggie! Plus they can cook side by side in the oven for ease.
    • Mashed Potatoes– these are garlicky and extra delicious.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot CarnitasThis is perfect for a busy week because a big pot of it will usually feed us not only today, but leftover make another delicious meal as well. This recipe is crazy easy and SO SO good! For the first meal, I almost always make Carnitas bowls and let the family dress theirs up any way they want.
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Meatball Parmesan Sliders– This is a mashup of a meatball sub, a slider sandwich and my super popular meatballs parmesan recipe. Perfect for a busy night because it is mostly just an assemble and bake type recipe, this is something that comes together and to the table fast.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Carnitas Street Tacos – Mid-week taacos are never a bad idea! Plus, since we are using leftover carnitas from Tuesday, it makes for a SUPER fast meal.
  • Sides:
    • Mexican Street Corn Casserole– This recipe gets AMAZING reviews from readers and has been made almost a million times and counting. This casserole is inspired by Mexican Street Corn and carries all the flavors in a quick and easy dish perfect for serving with tacos!
    • Chips and Salsa– This 5 min blender salsa will spoil you for LIFE!

Friday

  • Main dish: Million Dollar Baked Spaghetti– This large casserole can feed your family and all your kids friends, or is perfect for having leftovers quick to heat up all weekend long. The layers of pasta, meat sauce and cheese are comfort food at its finest!!
  • Side:
    • Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette– This homemade balsamic may be one of your favorite dressings ever and only takes 5 minutes to make.
    • Garlic Bread– Everyone who tries this recipe tells me how insanely good it is!!
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Swirl Bars–  These chewy peanut butter bars are swirled with chocolate chips and so so delicious.

Appetizer

  • Party Meatballs– These crock pot meatballs are a staple for every pot luck or BBQ!

Meal Plan – Week 174

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Lighter Baked Ziti– This classic is lightened up with ground turkey but keeps ALL the flavor and is so good it had the family fighting over leftovers. You can assemble it ahead of time if you are in a rush, but it’s those layers of pasta, meaty sauce, and cheeses make this an easy weeknight win.
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Crock Pot BBQ ChickenAn oldie but goodie! This is a twist on traditional Crock Pot BBQ chicken and you can make it with chicken breast or chicken thighs based on your personal preference. The best part of this one though, is we are reusing the leftovers on Thursday! For today you may want to serve on buns with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion optional.
  • Side Dish:
    • Hashbrown Casserole– Personal fav. I make it whenever I get the excuse to!
    • Mexican Corn Salad– Lots of veggies and fresh flavor make this salad shine! Plus this is one salad that my kids approve of !

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: One Pan Tuscan Pork Chops– This recipe is unbelievably quick and you won’t believe the result! It gets comments like this from readers, “My Husband and Father-in-law both said this seemed like a restaurant dish! Really delicious and I will definitely make it again!” Add it to the menu for an easy mid-week pick me up!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza – I may even love these crazy easy pizzas more than the BBQ chicken on the first day! Use the leftovers from Tuesday to make this super fast dinner. Or better yet, it is easy enough to get the kids to assemble this one on their own!
  • Sides:
    • Salad with Homemade Ranch– This homemade dressing takes 5 minutes and just might be life changing it is so good. It stays good in the fridge for a week + and is totally worth those few extra minutes.
    • Rotini Pasta Salad– This pasta salad is a great extra if you have big eaters because it will fill you up!

Friday

  • Main dish: Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs– These have so much flavor and are so quick and easy to make! Perfect for getting that Friday night “take out vibe” while staying in your pajamas with Netflix on. This recipe is simple, but hits all the marks.
  • Side:
    • Rice– White or brown.
    • Sriracha Slaw– This has a kick but it is so delicious. I like to make a bowl with rice, slaw, and a chicken thigh on top. It is so so good!
  • Dessert – White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies–  This is the BEST recipe for these classic cookies.

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 173

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Garlic Herb Butter Steak– Steak kinda seems like fancy food, but you can’t go wrong when it only takes 15 minutes from start to finish! You can use this absolutely delicious method with any cut of steak so grab your favorite or whatever the weekly special is at the market.
  • Side Dish:
    • Perfect Roasted Vegetables– I love making these early in the week and then using leftovers to top a salad, on a wrap, or with pasta. They go great with everything!
    • Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing– Seriously feel like a steakhouse by adding this quick wedge salad. The dressing is to-die-for delicious and so incredibly simple to make. Just split a head of iceberg in to 4-6 wedges. Add a drizzle of dressing, some diced tomato, crumbled bacon, and extra cheese if you want.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Chicken FajitasThis recipe has been so viral over the years that millions of people have made it and keep coming back to it because it is so quick, easy and delicious!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Rice– This is great classic tex-mex style rice!
    • Toppings– You can add a dollop of sour cream, guacamole, or salsa to customize it to your taste preference!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Garlic Herb Chicken Pillows– This recipe takes a super creamy chicken mixture seasoned with garlic and herbs and packs it into a delicious crescent roll crust. Quick + Easy + Delicious = Perfect for dinner!!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops – The perfect mid-week dump and go recipe to get a hearty meal on the table when you are super busy! This crock pot pork recipe is super easy and can make a good portion!
  • Sides:
    • Mashed Potatoes– I like to serve the pork chops right on top of the mashed potatoes. You need something to soak up all the delicious sauce they cook in so garlic bread is another good option.
    • Bacon Broccoli Salad– You can make this ahead and leave it in the fridge until it is time to serve.

Friday

  • Main dish: Chicken Fajita Nachos– Use the leftovers from Tuesday to make our favorite Friday dinner! I am always amazed at how when it is in the from of a nacho, I can get my kids to eat so many vegetables… and ask for more!!
  • Side:
    • Cilantro Lime Rice– Easy and tastes just like Chipotle.
    • Crock Pot Black Beans– I love to let the slow cooker do the work. I make a big batch and freeze half for later. These are next level!
  • Dessert – Bakery Soft Sugar Cookies–  These are the softest most pillowy sugar cookies and we love them so much!

Appetizer

  • Layered Greek Dip– I get asked for the recipe for this EVERY time I bring it!! It is the perfect refreshing app for grazing this summer!

Meal Plan – Week 172

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Pull Apart Pizza Bread– This is just a winner for summer! It is quick and easy. It is one of those recipes everyone loves and no one complains about. And if your kids are over the age of 5 they can likely do most of the work to get this dish put together!
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Parmesan Broccoli– This homemade dressing takes 5 minutes and just might be life changing it is so good. It stays good in the fridge for a week + and is totally worth those few extra minutes.
    • Salad with buttermilk Ranch– This homemade dressing takes 5 minutes and just might be life changing it is so good. It stays good in the fridge for a week + and is totally worth those few extra minutes.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Taco CasseroleThis easy one dish casserole has layers upon layers of flavor and can be customized to fit whatever your family likes in the mix! BONUS: It is one of my favorite ways to sneak lots of veggies in the kids!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Thai Pork– You may be skeptical, but I am telling you, this asian style pot roast makes the most delicious bowls! My kids devour them– I think they love the peanutty flavor! Plus you can easily modify it to be as light or loaded as you want.
  • Side Dish:
    • Rice– We serve it over Jasmine rice. You can do cauliflower rice to keep it lighter.
    • Toppings My favorite is a handful of crunchy shredded cabbage and carrots (shortcut- use coleslaw mix) and yum yum sauce or spicy mayo!
    • Sriracha Coleslaw– If you love a kick, then this recipe goes perfectly with this sriracha coleslaw.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Spinach Artichoke Chicken – This one dish, super creamy comfort food is one of my personal favorites. My family doesn’t usually love spinach, but no one is complaining when it is smothered in the cheesy mixture and baked on top of tender chicken breast.
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: Steak Fajitas– Nothing better than FAJITA FRIDAY! Perfect for the family, but also so easy to scale if you are having some company over. You can serve these traditionally or pile them up on a salad for a lighter alternative. Best part is that these take as little as 10 minutes to make! Seriously!
  • Side:
    • Cilantro Lime Rice– Easy and tastes just like Chipotle.
    • Crock Pot Black Beans– I love to let the slow cooker do the work. I make a big batch and freeze half for later. These are next level!
  • Dessert – Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies–  I have friends that have been using this recipe for years as their go to. It is my all time favorite and I can’t wait to hear what you think too!

Appetizer

  • Buffalo Chicken Nuggets– This can be lunch, dinner, a snack, or the most crave-able appetizer! These simple baked nuggets are packed with delicious buffalo flavor and much lighter than take out!

Meal Plan – Week 171

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Southern Pot Roast with Potatoes– I love making a big roast like this at the beginning of the week! You can eat it for dinner night one, then use the ample leftovers for meal prep or extra quick prep meals later in the week.
  • Side Dish:
    • Salad with buttermilk Ranch– This homemade dressing takes 5 minutes and just might be life changing it is so good. It stays good in the fridge for a week + and is totally worth those few extra minutes.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies with Cajun Butter SauceThis one pan meal is a great way to get protein and veggies all in one shot AND avoid dishes! If your kids are sensitive to spice, you may want to leave the cajun butter sauce off of a portion of the pan. You don’t need tons of sides with this meal, but if you like to stretch your meals like I do, these are great pairings and make it super kid-friendly!
  • Side Dish:
    • Rice– My pick is jasmine, but long grain white or brown will work too. You can also sub a cauliflower rice to keep the dish lighter.
    • Garlic Cheese Bread– you can’t beat cheesy garlic bread! And this recipe is our personal favorite.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Enchilada Casserole– This recipe has been a HUGE hit! It couldn’t be easier and it locks in those flavors with just a handful of ingredients. At best, this could take 5 minutes to throw together and at worst maybe 15… It seems almost wrong a dinner so delicious can be so easy!
  • Side Dish:
    • “Doctored” Canned Beans– This is the easiest way to make canned beans taste like you slaved hours!
    • Veggies with Jalapeno Ranch This isn’t very spicy (or use the modification to eliminate spice) and it is my secret weapon to getting my kids to eat so many veggies!!.

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: Chicken Pomodoro– Sounds fancy, but it is SO easy! This is basically pan seared chicken in a homemade ultra fast tomato sauce. It really just sings with flavor and is perfect for those busy nights where you need something healthy that no one will complain about!
  • Side:
  • Dessert – Double Chocolate Chip Cookies–  These cookies have been a favorite since I was a little kid! Never enough chocolate as far as I am concerned. This recipe makes a super thick and fudgy dense chocolate chip cookie.

Appetizer

  • 2 ingredient Pesto Snacks– This is a collection of my favorite pesto combos! These make great snacks or appetizers and can be whipped up in just minutes!

Meal Plan – Week 170

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Honey Sesame Chicken– My kids asked me to make this 2 times in a row because we enjoyed it just that much. It is simple and so, so delicious.
  • Side Dish:
    • Rice– My pick is jasmine, but long grain white or brown will work too. You can also sub a cauliflower rice to keep the dish lighter.
    • Roasted Green Beans– You can make the classic version or the asian version to pair well with this dish.
    • Yum Yum Sauce or Spicy Mayo sauce– We love all the sauces at our house, and this one pairs exceptionally well with these! My kids do the yum yum and I do the spicy mayo.

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: Chicken and Stuffing Casserole with Veggies– This creamy casserole has it all- chicken, veggies, delicious sauce! But really the buttery stuffing topping is what makes it SO irresistible.
  • Side:
  • Dessert – Lemon Meltaway Cookies–  These cookies are trending on the website right now! They are the perfect way to welcome summer!

Appetizer

  • Black Bean and Corn Salsa– There is nothing better pool-side than this salsa! And if you are stuck at work and can’t be poolside, then this cool, refreshing dip can at least make you feel like you are poolside!

Meal Plan – Week 169

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Rotisserie Chicken Salad– This can be made with the leftovers from Monday, or store bought. Plus not only is it delicous- but you can also make it ahead for a really busy night. Serve on buns, toast, or lettuce wraps.
  • Side Dish:
    • Broccoli Cheddar Quiche– This recipe is absolutely perfect to make for breakfast and have as part of a light lunch later that day or the next day.
    • Side Salad with Balsamic vinaigrette Take 5 minutes to make this dressing… you won’t regret it!!.
    • Rotini Pasta saladI love pairing a few salads together for an extra yummy summer dinner!

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: Blackened Chicken Sandwiches– If you want a big sandwich with light and delicious flavors, I am telling you… this is it! I like to make a big batch of the blackened chicken to have at other time though out the week/weekend.
  • Side:
    • Roasted Potato Wedges– These are my favorite way to do “french fries” at home.
    • Broccoli Slaw– Quick- easy- packed with flavor… just how the best recipes are!
  • Dessert – Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies–  These will forever and always be my favorite chocolate chip cookies!

Appetizer

  • Hawaiian Meatballs– If you need to feed a crowd, or show up with a dish in hand, this is it!

Meal Plan – Week 168

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Garlic Cheddar Chicken Bake– One dish and absolutely loaded with cheesy goodness! This is the newest addition to our wildly popular chicken bake family and it is just as easy as it is delicious!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Blackened Fish– You won’t believe how quick and easy it is to make this light an dinner at home! THis method makes the BEST fish!
  • Side Dish:
    • Side Salad with Balsamic vinaigrette Take 5 minutes to make this dressing… you won’t regret it!!.
    • Oven Roasted VegetablesThese are a fast, healthy, and kid friendly side that can cook right alongside the sandwiches in the oven to make dinner even easier!

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: Mississippi Roast Baked Subs– Use leftovers from the day before for this easy Friday meal! Slice a sub roll and butter each side and season with garlic salt. Broil for a few minutes until the butter is melted and the edges are brown. Pile on the Mississippi Pot Roast and then add provolone cheese on top. Broil again to melt the cheese, and serve with au jus.
  • Side:
  • Dessert – Fudgy Brownies–  I just made these yesterday and no matter how many times I make them, I can’t get over how good they are! If you are a chocolate lover, these are for you!

Appetizer

  • Loaded Taco Dip– We don’t need to count the layers in this dip! All the good stuff is in there!

Meal Plan – Week 167

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Easy Sizzle Steak– This cut of beef is the quickest, easiest, and YUMMIEST dinner! Start to finish in around 15 minutes, you will love not only how truly fast this is to prepare, but also just how flavor packed it is!
  • Side Dish:
    • Peppers and onions– I love to pair this dish with peppers and onions- then make leftovers into cheesesteak style subs- yum!
    • Garlic Smashed Potatoes– this is one of my very favorite ways to cook potatoes!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Salsa Fresca Chicken This was the first super VIRAL recipe on Easy Family Recipes! Millions of people have made and love this dish because it is so simple to make, easy to clean up, and has all that yummy Mexican inspired flavor.
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Rice– These taste just like a Mexican restaurant!
    • Black BeansMy favorite trick for making canned beans taste amazing.
    • Chips and Corn Salsa– This is inspired by the recipe that Chipotle shared on TikTok for their famous corn salsa!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Turkey Cheese Sliders– The best part about this recipe is you can fix all of these hot and hearty sandwiches in one pan so it can feed the whole family fast. Made with Hawaiian sweet rolls, these take minutes of prep, and are super kid friendly!
  • Side Dish:
    • Side Salad with Homemade Ranch Seriously this ranch is THE BEST and so quick and easy to make.
    • Oven Roasted VegetablesThese are a fast, healthy, and kid friendly side that can cook right alongside the sandwiches in the oven to make dinner even easier!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Meatballs in Marinara – These are just so tender and loaded with flavor and perfectly made in the crock pot. You can leave them as is, or my kids love me to top it off with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses
  • Sides:
    • Pasta β€“ Choose your favorite noodles to go with the meatballs, or go with a low carb option like zoodles.
    • Garlic Cheese Bread– So good!!

Friday

  • Main dish: Jalapeno Popper Chicken– This one dish dinner is SO DELICIOUS! You can adjust it to your preference from mild to hot, and the combo of the creamy cheese, the kick of the jalapeno, and tender chicken are the most perfect meal.
  • Dessert – Key Lime Cookies-  These flavors say “I am officially ready for summer!!” If you love tangy lime desserts, you HAVE to try these,

Appetizer

  • Spicy Pimento Cheese– The best thing to keep in the fridge for snacking, or layer on your burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and more!

Meal Plan – Week 166

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Creamy Spinach Chicken Bake– If you love spinach dip, you are going to need to try this recipe asap! This creamy, garlicky chicken dinner is made in just one dish and loaded with the best flavors!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Pork Carnitas Street Tacos If you aren’t making tacos like this, you are missing out! This is not only really, really delicious, but makes tacos quick and easy to make as a batch!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Rice– These taste just like a Mexican restaurant!
    • Black BeansMy favorite trick for making canned beans taste amazing.
    • Chips and Salsa– This is seriously the EASIEST salsa- it only takes 5 minutes to make and is so good!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Loaded Baked Potato Chicken Casserole– All the flavor you love in a big fluffy baked potato combined with tender chicken breast and baked to perfection, casserole style! This hearty dinner couldn’t be easier and is a comforting classic perfect for a busy night .
  • Side Dish:
    • Side Salad with Homemade Ranch Seriously this ranch is THE BEST and so quick and easy to make.
    • Skillet Green BeansThese are a fast, healthy, and kid friendly side! You can’t go wrong!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Cajun Chicken Pasta – This recipe ranks up there in my family favorites! With tender chunks of chicken, sweet peppers, and pasta enveloped in a creamy cajun sauce, you may just find yourself licking the pan. I warned you! You can also find my lighter version of the Cajun Chicken Zoodles here.
  • Sides:
    • Side Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette β€“ Everyone that tastes this dressing raves, and it literally takes 5 minutes to make! Seriously- make the dressing!
    • Garlic Cheese Bread– So good!!

Friday

  • Main dish: Loaded Chicken Salad– Over the years this has been one of the most loved recipes on my websites. There is a good reason too… it is DELICIOUS!! This chicken salad can be thrown together quickly and served as a sandwich, on a salad, or even stuffed in a tomato or pepper.
    • Side:
      • Italian Tortellini Salad– I love pairing simple salads together to make a meal with lots of flavor. These compliment each other so well.
      • Mediterranean Chickpea Salad– Another salad that will just rock your world with flavor! I could eat this one all day long.
  • Dessert – No Bake Cookies–  My personal method for these is to keep them hidden at the back of the fridge. One because no one knows they are there but me, and two because they taste so good chilled! You have to try it!

Appetizer

  • Honey BBQ Meatballs– I love how crazy simple this recipe is, and how you can leave it on in the crock pot to graze all day long if needed!

Meal Plan – Week 165

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Creamy Chicken Piccata– This may seem like fancy restaurant food, but I promise you can make it… and do it in 30 min or less!! This amazing chicken dinner is definitely a great way to up your weeknight dinner game!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Crispy Beef Tacos If you aren’t making tacos like this, you are missing out! This is not only really, really delicious, but makes tacos quick and easy to make as a batch!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Rice– These taste just like a Mexican restaurant!
    • Black BeansMy favorite trick for making canned beans taste amazing.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Firecracker Chicken– These tender chicken bites are coated in the most irresistible sauce! It is quick to make and may disappear just as quick if your family loves it as much as mine does .
  • Side Dish:
    • SautΓ©d Green Beans These are fast, use only one skillet, and go perfectly with this meal.
    • Yum Yum Sauce or Spicy Mayomy kids love yum yum sauce and the grown ups opt for the spicy version to top off this dish. Both are so easy to make!
    • Rice You can make white or brown rice- or go with a low carb alternative like cauliflower rice. I like to serve a scoop of rice, a scoop of stir fry then top it off with the sauce.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Ground Turkey Vegetable Skillet – It doesn’t get much easier than this! I absolutely love this recipe because you can feel 100% great about what you are eating, and also really enjoy eating it too! It makes great leftovers and is extra protein and veggie packed!
  • Sides:
    • Side Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette β€“ Everyone that tastes this dressing raves, and it literally takes 5 minutes to make! Seriously- make the dressing!
    • Garlic Cheese Bread– So good!!

Friday

  • Main dish: Hawaiian Steak– We got this recipe from a restaurant in a small town in Mississippi and have been making it now for over 15 years! This marinade makes the best steak, and what better way to kick off the weekend than with a good steak?!.
    • Side:
      • Pasta Salad– This classic pasta salad goes well with the steak, but I love it even more for an easy lunch the next day!
      • Roasted Brussels Sprouts– These are so good and may make you fall in love with Brussels Sprouts!
  • Dessert – Soft Sugar Cookies–  I am a chocolate girl… unless you offer me these sugar cookies! These are so tender, soft, and absolutely delicious! They are best when you add on a layer of this buttercream frosting!

Appetizer

  • Buffalo Chicken Roll ups– You can’t go wrong with these for a snack, or a quick party food! They are quick to make and can be easily scaled to feed a crowd with these universally loved flavors!

Meal Plan – Week 164

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops– Only 5 ingredients and the slow cooker does the hard work! This recipe produces tender juicy pork chops in a rich, flavorful gravy all cooking while you go along with your day.
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Mashed Potatoes– These are so easy and perfect for soaking up all that delicious gravy!
    • Roasted Vegetable Medley– These are a go-to side I make at least once a week. They are quick, healthy and really really delicious!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Enchilada Casserole– My kids request this recipe constantly because it is just so good! What I love most is that it is just a few pantry ingredients and can come together and into the oven in as little as 10 minutes. This recipe is a keeper!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Rice– These taste just like a Mexican restaurant!
    • Refried Beans- Quick and easy, plus you can freeze extras for an easy meal later.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Ground Turkey Stir Fry– One of my personal favorite skillet meals, this stir fry is veggie AND protein packed, hearty, and filling, not to mention it is really delicious.
  • Side Dish:
    • Yum Yum Sauce or Spicy Mayomy kids love yum yum sauce and the grown ups opt for the spicy version to top off this dish. Both are so easy to make!
    • Rice You can make white or brown rice- or go with a low carb alternative like cauliflower rice. I like to serve a scoop of rice, a scoop of stir fry then top it off with the sauce.

Thursday

  • Main Dish: BBQ Chicken Casserole – I have readers tell me all the time how much they enjoy this recipe. It seems too easy to be true when you are throwing it together and is the most perfect for the busiest nights! Delicious, simple, and family friendly for the win!!
  • Sides:

Friday

  • Main dish: Million Dollar Spaghetti– This easy spaghetti casserole lives up to the name! It is loaded with sauce and cheesy goodness! I like making this Friday because we can feast on the leftovers all weekend long.
    • Side:
      • Garlic Bread– This is our go-to recipe and so great to pair with this saucy spaghetti!
      • Garlic Parmesan Broccoli– My kids favorite way to eat broccoli… and mine too!
  • Dessert – Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies–  No matter how many chocolate chip cookies I try, I always come back to this one because it is big, thick, chewy and has the perfect amount of chocolate!! If you haven’t tried it, it is a must!

Appetizer

  • Green Chile Dip– This creamy dip is flavored with green chilis and cheddar cheese to make the perfect compliment to a big bag of salty tortilla chips. YUM1

Meal Plan – Week 163

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Monday

  • Main Dish: – Feta Chicken Bake– This one dish meal kills it on a busy night. Packed with flavor, the delicious tomato feta topping bakes in the flavor as it cooks. Best part, with only one dish, you have very little clean up!
  • Side Dish:
    • Garlic Smashed Potatoes– This easy rice is our go-to side… it tastes just like Chipotle!
    • Roasted Asparagus– This is simple, healthy, delicious and can bake right alongside the chicken in the oven.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas– This is the quickest and easiest way to make fajitas! It turns out so delicious I actually like to make extras and pile it on salad for lunch through the week.
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Rice– These taste just like a Mexican restaurant!
    • Refried Beans- Quick and easy, plus you can freeze extras for an easy meal later.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Steak Fried Rice– This is always a favorite of pretty much anyone who tries it! This recipe is quick and easy, but soooooo good! As a bonus it is extra family friendly too.
  • Side Dish:
    • Yum Yum Saucemy kids have to have this sauce on the fried rice! It is not even optional to them!
    • Sriracha Slaw For the grown ups this makes the best side/salad to add to the meal. It has so much flavor and is just so good (but does have a kick!)

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Fajita Nachos – My kids all time favorite dinner! I make this super quick meal with the leftovers from the sheet pan fajitas, and although yes the kids are eating nachos, we sure do cram in a lot of extra veggies between those chips and the cheese!
  • Sides:
    • Guacamole β€“ This is a tableside version that is so delicious!
    • Corn Salsa– One of my absolute favorite toppings for nachos.

Friday

  • Main dish: French Onion Meatballs– These get RAVE reviews and are just the best dinner. With big beefy meatballs, sweet caramelized onions, and a rich cheesy topping, it is just had not to be totally wowed by the flavor in this recipe.
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Swirl Bars–  This classic recipe has the coolest method to make bakery quality chocolate swirls in the bars, and it only takes a few ingredients to make from scratch.

Appetizer

  • Mexican Spinach Dip– This creamy dip has spinach mixed with all your favorite Mexican style flavors! Be warned, it is hard to stop eating!

Meal Plan – Week 162

Monday

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Mozzarella Chicken– One of my personal favorites, I could probably eat this meal every week and never get tired of it! It pairs tender chicken breast with a creamy marinara sauce and lots of delicious mozzarella cheese.
  • Side Dish:
    • Pasta– Serve with your favorite pasta or pasta alternative!
    • Oven Roasted VegetablesThese are a go-to for a quick, wholesome side dish for almost any meal.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Mississippi Pot Roast– Just a couple of ingredients, this hands off dinner will be the mid week winner! Tender beef, lots of flavor, minimal work, there is just so much to love about this recipe.
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed PotatoesThis is our go to recipe and is so great for piling the saucy chicken right on top!
    • Broccoli Slaw The best part about this side is that you can prepare it in advance so it can be ready to go when the roast is!

Thursday

Friday

  • Main dish: Italian Turkey Meatball Subs– Perfect for a Friday night in, these easy sub sandwiches are a filling crowd pleaser. The recipe is easily scaled if you need to feed a bunch of hungry kids or family friends coming over for the night.
  • Dessert – Lemon Meltaway Cookies–  I am going to be making a BIG batch of these this weekend because they are so perfect for spring, and the best for an Easter celebration.

Appetizer

  • Layered Greek Dip– My absolute favorite dip and perfect for sharing with friends!

Meal Plan – Week 161

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Queso Chicken Bake– If your family LOVES queso as much as mine, this is going to be a smash hit!! Not only is the recipe so easy and so kid friendly, but it also packs in some good for you stuff along with all that cheesy goodness! I can’t wait to hear what you think of this new recipe!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Cheesy Lasagna Skillet– I often have friends and readers tell me this is one of their favorite recipes on my website! It is quick and easy and gives you all those great lasagna flavors with just a fraction of the effort!
  • Side Dish:
    • Pasta– Serve with your favorite pasta or pasta alternative!
    • Roasted Asparagus– A quick and easy side for a quick and easy dinner.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Mesquite Chicken Bake– Just 6 ingredients for this amazing dinner! Loaded with flavor but quick to make, this easy chicken dinner will hit it out of the park every time.
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed PotatoesThis is our go to recipe and is so great for piling the saucy chicken right on top!
    • Buttermilk Corn bread We love this simple recipe! It turns out perfect every time!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: One Pan Tuscan Pork Chops – There aren’t many pork chops that make me as excited as these! Invite your mom over because these are made to impress! (but of course, are still so easy to make!)
  • Sides:

Friday

Appetizer

  • Spinach Feta Dip– This chilled dip is perfect for a beautiful spring day! bonus- You can spread it on sandwiches, wraps, or veggies for a delicious light lunch!

Meal Plan – Week 160

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Sheet Pan Meatloaf– Like the original southern style meatloaf, but SO MUCH FASTER!! This lets you make it in half the time. Plus, it has more of the delicious sauce coving the top – the best part in my opinion!!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed potatoes– This is my go-to easy recipe for garlicky mashed potatoes- and the most classic pairing for meatloaf!
    • Cheesy Corn Casserole– This is one of my all time FAVORITE side dishes!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Blackened Chicken Tenders- These literally take 15 minutes and are totally just grown up chicken fingers! Talk about a winning weeknight meal, you have to try these!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Italian Ground Beef and Rice Casserole– This makes a big batch and is perfect for when you need to make something that cooks completely hands off in the oven. Hearty with beef and rice, this is filling and flavor packed.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Slow Cooker Thai Chicken -This recipe has allll the flavor and makes the best asian style chicken bowls!
  • Sides:
    • Rice– White or brown! Choose your favorite!
    • Sauce– A drizzle of yum yum sauce or spicy mayo if you like a kick!

Friday

Appetizer

  • Caramelized Onion Dip– Blend 2 cups of these crockpot onions with 16 oz sour cream for the BEST dip you have ever had! I like to use potato chips to dip.

Meal Plan – Week 159

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Pesto Chicken Bake– The really cool thing about this recipe is that it has tender chicken smothered with zingy pesto and cheese AND a fresh tomato sauce that all happens in ONE pan with just about zero effort! I mean a homemade sauce sounds fancy (and intimidating) but all you do is pop in some tomatoes and garlic and let it cook with the chicken. The result is amazing!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Beef Enchilada Casserole– Oh my goodness! This easy casserole is a HUGE weeknight win. It is so easy, so good, and such a hit with everyone in the family. It is great for an easy weeknight win and of course you can top it off with anything your family loves- sour cream, guac, pico de gallo etc!
  • Side Dish:

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Crock Pot Brisket– This recipe quickly became a reader favorite! With the tender beef and BBQ flavor, this set it and forget it recipe is a HUGE winner at the dinner table. Also, save the leftovers for a delicious dinner on Friday!
  • Side Dish:
    • Baked potatoes- you can make them in the oven, microwave or even in the instant pot. Add your favorite toppings for an easy win!
    • Crispy Roasted Brussels SproutsWe love this simple recipe! It turns out perfect every time!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: French Onion Chicken -A one skillet meal loaded with flavor! I love how easy this is and how quickly it goes from the fridge to an impressive dinner! This may go on repeat!
  • Sides:
    • Mashed Potatoes– My favorite way to serve this recipe is right over a bed of mashed potatoes. All of the flavor and juices from the onions and chicken soak right in and create an over the top delicious meal.
    • Garlic Green Beans– These are super quick and made in a skillet for less dishes! My kids could eat pounds of these!

Friday

  • Main dish: Brisket Grilled Cheese β€“ This hearty sandwich is made fast with leftovers from Wednesday. It is a dinner that makes leftovers seem like the star of the show- but really it was the ultimate short cut for an easy dinner that is packed with flavor!
    • Side:
  • Dessert – Ice Cream Cinnamon Rolls– This is a super fun hack for making the absolute best refrigerated cinnamon rolls!

Appetizer

  • Spinach Feta Dip– There may be nothing better for spring than this cold, refreshing spinach dip! It is quick and easy to make, requires no cooking and is so perfect for a mid day snack or dipping chips when you need a little crunch. YUM!

Meal Plan – Week 158

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas This is the ultimate dump and forget dinner recipe! It produces tender juicy Mexican-style shredded pork loaded with flavor from slow cooking with zesty spices, orange, onion and jalapeno. The best part is that this makes a large batch that you can use for meal prep, or easy dinners throughout the week!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mexican Street Corn Casserole– This has been one of my all time most popular side dish recipes! It really is that good!
    • Black Beans – Turn a can of beans into something really special in minutes with this recipe.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Crustless Chicken Pot Pie– All the flavor of a savory comforting chicken pot pie in a super quick and easy skillet recipe! I love that the kids and adults both love this dish, plus, it has lots of veggies packed into that creamy goodness for a mom win!
  • Side Dish:
    • Mashed Potatoes– This is perfect to serve the chicken pot pie right on top of!
    • Roasted Vegetables– This is quick and easy and can be done in the same amount of time as the chicken pot pie.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Carnitas Enchiladas– Made from the leftovers from the slow cooker pork carnitas, this enchiladas recipe is quick, easy, and the perfect family friendly casserole for a mid-week dinner!
  • Side Dish:
    • Refried beansThis easy crock pot recipe can cook all day, or jus grab a can and heat it up.
    • Mexican Style RiceWe love this simple recipe! It turns out perfect every time!

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs -This Asian style meal is reminiscent of the mall food court chicken we loved growing up! This cooks quickly in a skillet and the sticky sauce is just so yummy and addicting!
    • Sides:
      • Rice– White, brown, or this cilantro lime rice are all perfect for pairing with this meal.
      • Garlic Green Beans– These are super quick and made in a skillet for less dishes! My kids could eat pounds of these!

Friday

  • Main dish: Meatball Pasta Bake β€“ Hearty with plenty of meatballs, this saucy pasta bake is perfect for feeding a hungry crowd! This easy layered pasta casserole is quick to put together and can even be assembled ahead of time if needed.
    • Side:
      • Roasted Veggies– So easy and the most delicious way to get lots of veggies in!
      • Garlic Bread– the secret is in the garlic bread spread- so good!
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies- These are a personal favorite! They are big, thick, chewy bakery style cookies that may not stay around too long!

Appetizer

  • Million Dollar Dip– Perfect for a party, or just for snacking, this is called Million Dollar Dip for a reason!! Try it and let me know what you think!

Meal Plan – Week 157

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Salsa Verde Chicken Bake– Only 3 ingredients plus spices for this super fast and SUPER delicious weeknight dinner! Tender chicken, tangy salsa and of course you top it off with ooey gooey cheese for a weeknight dinner that the family will love!
  • Side Dish:
    • Cilantro Lime Rice– This fast side is our at home version of the well loved chipotle rice!
    • Mexican Style Veggies – These are quick and easy and one of our favorite ways to eat vegetables.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Baked Chicken Tacos– This has been the biggest hit with my kids lately, with them requesting I make it again at least once a week! These can be made extra fast with leftovers from the Salsa Verde chicken, or rotisserie chicken and are everything a taco should be with a toasty crispy shell, tender seasoned chicken, and melty delicious cheese, and toppings to your preference. The best!!
  • Side Dish:
    • Refried beans– This easy crock pot recipe can cook all day, or jus grab a can and heat it up.
    • Mexican Style RiceWe love this simple recipe! It turns out perfect every time!

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Tuscan Pork Chops– This is one of those recipes that is so good it feels like I am eating food from a restaurant, but really I can’t believe it was so easy and I made it kind of dinners. If you haven’t tried this one yet, put it on your menu asap!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Blackened Chicken Salad -This loaded salad is FULL of flavor and great for an at home dinner, or one that can be packed when you need to eat on the go. When we do salad, we don’t do wimpy ones, we do BIG, LOADED, FLAVOR PACKED salads that make you feel satisfied with your meal!
    • Sides:
      • Grilled Sandwich- If you want a little extra something, use the leftovers from your Salsa Chicken Bake to make a grilled sandwich!

Friday

  • Main dish: Philly Cheesesteak Casserole β€“ This highly rated casserole gives you the yummy philly cheesesteak vibe, but is make quick and easy with ground beef. Perfect for serving up on hoagie rolls, or eating on shredded lettuce in a bowl to keep it light, it can be as versatile as your imagination.
  • Dessert – Peanut Butter Swirl Bars– These are always a hit and rarely last longer than a day. These are mild and sweet combing the best flavors for a chewy delicious dessert bar!

Appetizer

  • Black Bean and Corn Salsa– This is the perfect snacking appetizer! I like to make a big batch so we can have it with chips, but also pile it on leftover chicken, tacos, or any dish we may be having that needs a little extra!

Meal Plan – Week 156

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Italian Turkey and Vegetable Skillet Not only is this SO DELICIOUS, but it is quick, easy, only takes one skillet, and has super family friendly flavors. You can make this on the busiest weeknight and feel like you totally nailed dinner time!
  • Side Dish:
    • Pesto Cheese Bread β€“ So quick, easy, and the flavor is just perfect to go with this meal.
    • Grains – Serve with your favorite- white rice, brown rice, or quinoa.

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Sheet Pan Fajitas- These are the best because you get all the great flavor of chicken fajitas, in a quick and easy sheet pan dinner! Fajitas are the meal we eat more than any other dinner at our house because the every single person love them, plus the leftovers make another winning dinner later in the week.
  • Side Dish:
    • A traditional fajita set up has: Mexican rice, Refried beans, shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded cheese (in tex mex style fajitas) you can use them all, or just what you have on hand.
    • Flour tortillas

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs– This crock pot recipe is a winner because EVERYTHING cooks together! Also, I love this because I can serve our meatballs over the spaghetti squash, and cook up some pasta to give the kids with sauce and meatballs.
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Fajita Nachos -If I am being completely transparent, my kids probably love this even more than the fajitas the first night! These are simple to make, fast, and a sure fire way to have the whole family really enjoy dinner time.
    • Sides:
      • Jalapeno Ranch– This is my all time favorite thing to eat with the nachos! It takes about 5 minutes to make, and may just change your life!
      • Corn Salsa– I love this easy salsa because it packs in the veggies and is the perfect flavor compliment to the nachos.

Friday

  • Main dish: Spinach Bacon Quiche β€“ The perfect Friday meal because it is easy, delicious, and the leftovers work perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast, brunch or filling snack.
    • Side:
      • Million Dollar Bacon– This is THE BEST bacon! You haven’t lived if you haven’t made it!
      • Fruit
  • Dessert – Lemon Meltaway Cookies– These are probably one of the best cookies I have ever had and they have developed quite the following! Have you tried them yet?!

Appetizer

  • Marinated Mozzarella I could eat these all day, every day! I have had tons of friends ask for the recipe, so even though it is simple, I went ahead and gave it its own post to make it easy to share.

Meal Plan – Week 155

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Rotisserie Chicken Salad– This dinner is made easy by starting with a rotisserie chicken! Pair it with the fact that this saves like a charm and can be used for meal prep or on-the-go meals for lunches or dinners all week and you have the perfect Monday meal.
  • Side Dish:
    • Broccoli Slaw β€“ This homemade version is packed with lots of veggies and good-for-you stuff, but still tastes AMAZING!
    • Garlic Smashed Potatoes – Family favorite! These are so so so good!

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: French Onion Meatballs– I have had 3 people randomly tell me this week how much they love this recipe! So I decided it had to go on the meal plan for next week. Beefy meatballs cooked with savory broth and lots of cheese… what’s not to love?!
  • Side Dish:

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Brown Butter Spinach Tortellini -This may just be the fastest dinner ever! Everything just works together to come together quickly in this meal. This is a meatless meal by design, but you can easily add protein if you prefer by adding chopped ham, rotisserie chicken, or sliced pepperoni or salami.

Friday

  • Main dish: Buffalo Chicken Nuggets β€“ These baked nuggets are super easy, healthier than the alternative, and so DELICIOUS! To make this meal extra special, take the extra 5 minutes and make this blue cheese dressing from scratch. You won’t believe how good it it!!
    • Side:
      • Carrots and Celery– An easy side for an easy Friday! More to dip in that yummy dressing!
      • Chips
  • Dessert – Chocolate No Bake Cookies- These are a personal favorite and my pick when I am having a chocolate craving! They are quick to make and don’t require an oven.

Appetizer

  • Hawaiian Meatballs– A crock pot filled with these will always be a crowd pleaser!!!
  • Chipotle Corn SalsaThis snacky salsa can be used to top any Mexican style food, or just goes great with chips for a snack. The recipe was one Chipotle originally shared on their TikTok account!

Meal Plan – Week 154

Monday

  • Main Dish: – Saucy Buffalo Chicken Tenders– These are so fast, so easy and SO DELICIOUS! A great way to start off the week, because if you have extra, these work well for wraps and salads for lunches!
  • Side Dish:

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Chicken Burrito Skillet All the flavor of a delicious burrito bowl made in just one skillet! If you need to change things up this taco Tuesday, this is a winner all around!
  • Side Dish:
    • Toppings- Try guacamole, pico de gallo, corn salsa, sour cream, cheese, or jalapeno ranch!
    • Tortillas– I like to eat this as a bowl, but the kids love to wrap it up in tortillas! The best part is that it is flexible and easy for the family.

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Main Dish: Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta -This is one of our favorite pasta dinners! It is loaded with lots of (good-for-you) tomatoes, basil and herbs to make a quick and easy sauce. Toss in the pasta and you have a hearty dinner that is extra family friendly! Optional: Add grilled chicken or steak for extra protein.

Friday

  • Main dish: Brisket Sandwich with Jalapeno Slaw β€“ One of the most delicious ways to use leftover brisket! Grab your leftovers from Friday and make this easy meal! Don’t be scared of the jalapeno slaw! It can be made mild or spicy based on your preference, or left off all together for those who don’t like it. Want something different? Try my BBQ brisket tacos instead!
  • Dessert – Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies– I made these for some friends recently and got begged to send the recipe, so I figured I should share it with you too!

Appetizer

Meal Plan – Week 153

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Monday

  • Main Dish: – Ground Turkey Stir Fry– One of the recipes that is on my personal regular meal rotation, this easy dinner is the trifecta of easy, healthy, and delicious! Packed with protein and veggies, and quick to make, we just can’t get enough of this fast recipe.
  • Side Dish:
    • Rice– Try white, brown, or cauliflower rice to keep it light!
    • Toppings – My kids love yum yum sauce, and I like spicy mayo on mine! Add some green onions and it kinda feels too restaurant quality to be a quick make at home meal!

Tuesday

  • Main Dish: Loaded Beef Enchilada Soup Perfect to warm up on a cold day, this soup is just a handful of ingredients and comes together quickly on a busy night. Bonus- I love the leftovers the next day!
  • Side Dish:
    • Buttermilk CornbreadDipping this cornbread in the soup is pure heaven!!
    • Side salad with Jalapeno Ranch– This dressing is so good that it made my kids love salad. No joke!!.

Wednesday

  • Main Dish: