Weeknight Dinner Plan
January 26, 2020 6 Comments
This weeknight dinner plan will keep you from ordering take-out when you just want to crash at the end of the day.
Do you see that supermarket up there? Who wants to tackle that after a whole day at work or anytime really. You need a plan before you enter the sliding doors and grab a cart or you might get lost and not come out for weeks.
I hate going to the store without a plan because I always end up buying stuff that I don’t need (and inevitably it rots in the fridge).
My plan is super simple and it comes out of using Slender Kitchen Meal Plans. I get FIVE recipes and I print them out from the internet or tag a cookbook or magazine.
Then, I start the intense list making process. I get a whole sheet of paper and break it up into produce, dairy, meats, and other and create a big list. If I don’t know if I have the ingredient in my pantry, I put a question mark next to it.
I shop in my kitchen for the question marked items and then I go to the store.
Does it take me a while to shop for all the items? YES! Is it worth it? YES!
I come home and stuff my fridge and freezer with all the food. Then, I spend 5 days cooking meals for myself and my family. I don’t have to think - I just do!
Below is a five night cooking list for you to print out. You will have to go to each recipe page to print it (but that will be fast!).
It has it all! Turkey, lentils, chicken, fish…. You will not become bored.
I always buy the pre-washed salad to pair with my meals as it is so easy and I will make my own salad dressing see: DIY Salad Dressing.
Start off the week with turkey pumpkin chili. Why? It is so fast to make and it works great in a thermos to bring to work or school for lunch.
1. Turkey Pumpkin Chili Recipe
Get the recipe here: Turkey Pumpkin Chili Recipe
You don’t have to remember to thaw the fish for this quick, weeknight staple. I pair this tilapia with roasted cauliflower or a salad and some crusty bread.
2. Pan-fried Tilapia
Get the recipe here: How to Cook Tilapia from Frozzen Recipe
If you can set up a slow cooker before you leave the house, this low carb chicken soup will be waiting for you to slurp down. Alternatively, make this on the weekend, store it in a tightly sealed container, and heat it up for an instant dinner.
3. Slow Cooker Chicken Soup
Get the recipe here: Low Carb Chicken Soup: Slow Cooker Recipe
4. Rosemary White Bean and Kale Quesadillas
Get the recipe here: Rosemary White Bean and Kale Quesadillas Recipe
Hey, it is FRIDAY - time for some pasta. You deserve a little comfort food for making it through the week. Try this lentil pasta sauce which is not only good for you but fast, easy, and delicious.
5. Lentil Pasta Sauce
Get the recipe here: Lentil Pasta Sauce Recipe
Do you make a weeknight dinner plan? How do you get organized?