This Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Simple Weeknight Dinners


    This week, please welcome Rachel Knecht and her meal plans! Rachel is a recipe tester here on Simply Recipes and the blogger behind Baking with Rachel.

    Have you ever had a huge dinner mishap? I have!

    I was taking a baking sheet filled with chicken, potatoes, and cauliflower out of the oven when the edge of the baking sheet caught on the oven rack. I dumped the WHOLE pan on the open oven door. Of course, dinner was already late and I was in a hurry.

    We salvaged what we could and went on with the evening, but I learned two important lessons: Always grab whatever is in the oven with both hands and be realistic about how much time and energy I have to make dinner.

    This week I’m focusing on meals that can be made ahead, have short ingredient lists, or are lightning fast to cook. Plus, we’ve included a bonus baking recipe!

    With all this extra time at home, I find myself turning to dinners that can be prepped during the day. Try Chinese 5-Spice Skillet Chicken with Green Beans and Peppers for a make-ahead option. For the nights when getting out the measuring spoons seems like too much work, then make Cod Sautéed in Olive Oil with Fresh Tomatoes or New Jersey Italian Hot Dogs—both have extremely short ingredient lists. Quick and easy is the name of the game for Joe’s Special (Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Beef, and Mushrooms) and Easy Avocado and Black Bean Quesadillas which means dinner is ready in thirty minutes or less.

    I hope this week’s meal plan gives you practical, delicious dinner ideas as we cozy up together indoors.

    One last thing: We wanted to highlight the ultimate way to save time in your week: having your groceries delivered right to your door. Click on the red “Add to Shopping List” button at the bottom of any recipe (or meal plan) and check it out! We call this feature “Relish” and we’re into it because, really, dinner can be simpler.

    • New to Meal Planning? Start here! 10 Things to Know If You’re a First-Time Meal Planner
    • Looking for Last Weeks Meal Plan? Here you go! (Plus, all past meal plans!)

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