Meal Plan Mondays #9: Easy Recipes for Weeknight Meals

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It’s Meal Plan Monday #9 and this week we are talking super easy recipes.   I don’t know about you but I’ve been exhausted lately and have been looking for recipes I can make quickly after work that don’t take a ton of effort.

Pin Image: A photo collage with a plate piled high with spaghetti and Sausage Parmesan, a plate with peanut butter pie, text overlay, a braided bread stuffed with brie and cranberries, a platter with chocolate reaspberry cupcakes on it, and a plate with enchiladas and a spicy drizzle.

There are several different things I do in order to make dinner easier on myself.   The main one is menu planning.  Knowing what we are having for dinner every night alleviates the five o’clock scramble of trying to figure out what we are eating.

Tips for Making Dinner Quickly:

  • Prep meats and vegetables the night before.  I often cut meat into pieces or chop my vegetables and put them into  container in the refrigerator before I go to bed.   This saves me anywhere from 10-20 minutes the next day.
  • Make dinner in the slow cooker.   Being able to throw dinner in the slow cooker first thing in the morning and only having to make a side dish at night is fabulous.   It’s so nice to have dinner ready in a snap.
  • Make a sheet pan meal.  While it may take 15 minutes to chop everything you need for a sheet pan meal once it’s cut you are finished.  Simply pop it in the oven and dinner is ready in 30-40 minutes.
  • Get a meal service delivery.  Whenever I am running out of ideas or I know I will be short on time I order a meal service box.   I receive ingredients and recipes to make 3 meals in 30 minutes or less and I barely have to think about it. 

So what quick and delicious recipes am I sharing this week?  I have an easy sheet pan chicken dinner, a tasty slow cooker taco, a hot and filling sandwich, and an easy pasta dish.

Pin Image: A plate with a piece of BBQ salmon, mac n cheese, and corn, a plate piled high with chopped salad, and a platter with pieces of raspberry coffee cake topped with raspberries.

For side dishes I’m sharing a simple fried rice recipe, a chopped salad that can be a side or entree, and a corn pudding that is great with ham or beef.  Then for dessert we have Raspberry Chocolate cupcakes, a fun treat for the kids, and a dessert made with chocolate and peanut butter.

So grab a pen and paper or get your pin button ready because it’s time to plan your weekly menu!


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