Need some new ideas for dinner meals? Here is Jen’s weekly dinner menu with notes:
This was a week when my original dinner plan didn’t happen. I changed my mind about a recipe I had picked out to try. There were leftovers I didn’t want to go to waste andI had more chicken than expected. So I came up with some quick meals. In fact the whole week was quick, easy dinners. YAY!
Sunday: One Sheet Roasted Chicken with Broccoli and Mushrooms
This was the day I had a new recipe to try (I can’t find it to share now) but changed my mind as I wanted Asian flavors.
Inspired by the one sheet meal originally planned, I made my own.
In a large bowl, tossed broccoli florets and quartered mushrooms in olive oil, spread out on a baking sheet, left room for the chicken and seasoned with salt and pepper.
Then in the same bowl, I tossed chicken breasts in olive oil, crushed garlic, salt and pepper and laid them on the pan between the broccoli and mushrooms.
Roast until the chicken is cooked through (maybe 30 minutes, I honestly didn’t pay attention.), tossing veggies 15 minutes in.
Total cooking time depends on the thickness of your breasts. If the breasts are thicker - suggest keeping your veggies in larger pieces so not to over roast or add them half way through.
Easy, simple dinner.
Monday: Sloppy Joes (sans bun) with Steamed Green Beans
This was per family request. I had never made Sloppy Joes before. I like this recipe because you know what the ingredients are.
I get pre-trimmed bag green beans. Steam in the bag. So easy. Toss in a little butter, salt, and pepper
Dinner done in under 30 minutes.
Tuesday: Grilled chicken and salad
This was not original to the plans because I had a salad leftover from Saturday night I didn’t want to go to waste.
I cooked chicken thighs on my grill pan. Seasoned with just salt and pepper.
Homemade dressing - olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
Easy, peasy, light dinner!
Wednesday: Southwest Cod with Peppers and Black Beans
Making cod seasoned with taco seasoning was a first and I didn’t have high hopes. Surprisingly, it was really good.
Working on a version of fish tacos for my daughter.
I make a bulk batch of this homemade taco seasoning and store it a small mason jar.
I grilled cod on the grill pan with some olive oil. Flavored with a little lime juice.
In another skillet, I sauteed thick slices of colored bell peppers and red onion.
Warmed up some black beans in a bowl.
I topped the fish with homemade salsa, avocado, green onions, and fresh cilantro.
Dinner done in under 30 minutes.
Thursday: Buttery Garlic Herb Chicken and Zucchini
Chicken thighs I had leftover from the big package, I made this one skillet dinner.
I did part olive oil, part butter and dried herbs instead of fresh. A lot of flavor.
Be careful not to burn the garlic and herbs like I did. Eek!
5 for 5 quick dinners!
Friday: Grilled Steak, Roasted Asparagus & Fingerling Potatoes
Out of town with the family for a couple of nights. Where we stayed had a kitchen, which I love because I don’t like eating out that much. We packed food for most meals.
Hubs grilled. I roasted.
Started with potatoes first then added the asparagus to the roasted pan.
Saturday: Linner out - Alaskan Snow Crab, Steamed Shrimp, and Salad
Linner - Late lunch/ Early dinner
This was a late lunch that filled us up so we didn’t make the dinner planned.
Great fresh seafood. Mmmm!!
A choose to pay extra to go to the salad bar rather than having the unhealthy sides that were available with my meal.
I as a happy girl with mixed greens and *beets*, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
Let me know if you try any of these recipes or have good ones of your own to share.
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