If you’re anything like I am right now, complicated sounds no bueno. A part of my brain would love to order in every single evening just to have one less thing to think about in such a busy season. But I know that I would get sick of it (not to mention, wince at the bill!) very soon. I actually enjoy home-cooked meals more when eating out is a treat (and I dig the eating out more when most of my meals are cooked at home…so it works out well). But hard-to-find ingredients or a long process does not sound like fun at the moment, so below you will find simple, tasty meals that you can whip up in an hour or (sometimes much!) less.
Hope you enjoy!
|Day of the Week||Breakfast||Dinner|
|Monday||Apple Pie Oatmeal||Shepherd’s Pie|
|Tuesday||Avocado Toast (Recipe Below)||Greek Chicken Gyros|
|Wednesday||Strawberry Banana Smoothies||Beef Stew|
|Thursday||Bacon, Egg, Potato Casserole||King Ranch Chicken|
|Friday||Sweet Potato Hash||Chicken Salad Croissants|
(Date night when my kids cook + leftover night are the other two).
DAY 1: This date-sweetened apple pie oatmeal is scrumptious, healthy, and filling. This classic shepherd’s pie is the kind of meal that makes everybody happy, but especially my teenage boys!
DAY 2: I’ve shared this avocado toast recipe before, but it bears repeating. The thing that makes it is the “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning from Trader Jo’s. I’m sure just about any similar seasoning would work, but this one is my fave!
- Toasted bread
- Ripe avocado
- Chopped cherry tomatoes (optional)
- Everything Bagel seasoning
- Feta cheese
- Lemon juice drizzle
My mouth is watering just thinking about it. My kids have been begging me to make these Greek Chicken Gyros, and I got all of the ingredients placed for tomorrow’s pickup order, so they! are! happening! (Can you tell I’m excited?)
DAY 3: I grew up drinking the simplest strawberry banana smoothies–just frozen strawberries, ripe bananas, and apple juice, so this recipe feels nostalgic for sure! Beef Stew is basically comfort in a bowl, and after a week that included multiple sicknesses for multiple members of our family and ended with a case of gnarly hives for me after I forgot that, even if it is 27 degrees outside, wool sweaters are never a good idea, comfort is sounding pretty darn delicious right now.
DAY 4: This bacon, egg, and cheese casserole is SUCH a classic, yummy protein kick-off for the day. Everyone in our house loves it! This King Ranch Chicken is a little different than I make it from memory (I cut out the bell pepper, use a can of Rotel, and use tortilla chips instead of tortillas). But it still looks super yummy!
DAY 5: This Sweet Potato Hash is the perfect way to combine a million different good-for-you flavors + up your protein ante (by cracking a couple of eggs on top). If chicken salad with all of the bells and whistles is not your jam, then this recipe may not be for you. But even without all of the lovely crunchy textures + sweet and savory flavors, a simple chicken salad on a flaky buttery croissant is just the thing to end the week on a delicious note without spending a ton of time slaving in the kitchen.
If you’re wondering about lunches, I don’t provide a meal plan for those because we do leftovers, salads, sandwiches, burrito bowls, and other easy options for our middle meal of the day.
And there you have it, folks. Another week, another meal plan you didn’t have to make.