Jen's Dinner Plan April 14-20

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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