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Easy Dinner Ideas: A Meal Plan for the Week

Want some easy dinner ideas? Here’s our plan for the week. It’s a mix of freezer meals and on-the-spot quick mixes to make meals easy and delicious.

Lawnmower Taco

This weekend I filled the freezer. I mean filled. It was already halfway there thanks to my dad giving us 200 lemons. Containers of juice take up 50% of our frozen assets? The other 50% are meals for the coming month or two.

I realized while I was cooking on Friday afternoon that freezer cooking gives me a HUGE sense of satisfaction. Of course, it solves some practical issues, but filling a mental/emotional need gets points, too. I can head into the coming weeks and know that we’ll enjoy great easy dinners without a lot of hassle.

Here’s what’s on the menu for this week:

Buttermilk Corn Waffles copy

Breakfasts

This breakfast plan is based on my breakfast rotation pattern. Having a pattern for meal planning helps me make things simple while still ensuring variety.

Green Burrito Plate

Lunches

My husband is gone during the day but the other seven of us are home at most mealtimes, so I have to have a plan for lunch. These are simple meals that the kids can help make easily.

Cilantro Chicken Bowls resized

Dinners

Freezer meals make many dinners quick and easy. I’ve got a few of those in the mix this week as well as simple pancakes and a couple grilled meals. Beans and rice comes together in a flash and everyone loves it.

What’s a favorite, easy dinner of yours?
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  1. We hosted an open house yesterday for 70 people. There was so much food! Around the dinner hour we served a slow-cooker taco bar: both pork and chickpea/spinach fillings. Those got eaten up in a flash (thankfully, there was a backup batch of pork that just needed reheating. After cleaning up today, I was so not in the mood to make a full dinner — and we have so many leftovers. So we made our own tostadas – leftover mini corn tortillas, refried black beans, cheese, tomatoes, avocados, sour cream, and lime wedges.

  2. Kristi c says:

    We love breakfast for dinner, like frittatas, eggs Benedict, homemade waffles or an oatmeal bar. It’s an easy and quick way to get in proteins, fruits and sometimes veggies. Adding a smoothie is aways a god “dessert”.

  3. karen J says:

    This weekend I made chicken broth from my Costco rotisserie chicken and froze it in recipe sized batches. Also I cooked dry black and pinto beans and froze those. Our favorite go to meal is rice bowls. I always make extra rice in the rice cooker so I can freeze the leftovers. Makes rice bowls super easy with the beans and rice all ready. Slice an avocado and tomato, toss on some cheese, salsa, and cabbage or lettuce and whatever else is lying around. Dinner in minutes.
    Also too easy is to put some enchilada sauce on frozen burritoes-green is our favorite. Cover and bake. Add cheese. Done.
    Our other favorite is grilled cheese with tomato soup. Never get tired of it.

  4. Tiffany R says:

    We grill up a big batch of marinated chicken on Sundays from chicken that I marinated and then froze. It is quick and easy and then we can use the chicken for sandwiches, salads, tacos, quesadillas during the week. I also have a few easy frozen meals right now (frozen seafood, etc) and a chicken parm and lasagna that I made last week. I normally try to make 2 of whatever casserole type dish I am making and then stitch one in the freezer for later. And frozen pizza dough is always helpful too!

  5. Stephanie M. says:

    When I really don’t have a lot of time to make a big production out of dinner, I usually make linguini with garlic and olive oil. Boil linguini and drain. Sautee chopped garlic in olive till golden. Toss linguini with garlic and olive oil and mix in chopped fresh parsley. Top with grated parmesan. Done!

    • Stephanie, I make the same thing, but I call it linguine with garlic and cheese! My kids love it, plus it’s easy and quick.

    • I always forget about things like this. Planned dinner arrangements fell thru on Monday, and having just read this, this is what I made. I chopped a tomato that I added to the garlic and oil right as I was turning the heat off so it warmed without getting too soft. Served with a leftover baguette that was getting dried out, and the carb-heavy dinner was served! Thanks for the idea.

      • Stephanie M. says:

        Glad you liked it Sandi and the added tomato sounds great. In fact, I’m going to make this today and throw in some tomato too. Sometimes the simplest of foods turn out just as good as the more complicated, time consuming ones.

    • That sounds so yummy! I wonder if my people would go for it. They just might. Thanks for the idea.

  6. Wow, that coconut lime muffin sounds amazing. I just need to pick up some limes! I also need to finish that cranberry chocolate cake first. I have some toasted coconut flakes that I’m thinking would be a great topping on that lime icing, though. mmmm. I think some kind of coconut curry might be on the menu near the end of the week so I can swipe some of the cream without leaving a whole can of it sitting around. I’ve been wanting to do a curry anyway so now I just need to figure out what to make.

  7. If you’ve covered this, I must have missed it; but I would love a post on grill friendly freezer meals!

  8. I was trying to emulate you by making burritos for the freezer but I couldn’t get mine to fold up as nicely. It looks to me like your tortillas are bigger than mine and thinner. I am going to search out different sources for better tortillas, as I love the idea of burritos for the freezer.

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