Jen's Dinner Plan April 28-May 4

Need some new ideas for dinner meals? Here is Jen’s weekly dinner menu with notes:


Sunday: One-Sheet Garlic Dijon Chicken Thighs and Brussel Sprouts

  • I forgot that the chicken needs to marinate ahead of time. Oh well!

  • I used skinless chicken thighs and doubled the amount to have extra to put on my lunch salads for the week.


Monday: Slow Cooker Chicken, Potato, and Carrot Soup with Mixed Greens

  • Monday night is slow cooker night  at our house.

  • This is a new recipe posted I just posted on 7Core Fitness.

  • This is a good substitute for a chicken noodle soup.

  • The salad was just mixed greens drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar then seasoned with salt and pepper.

Tuesday: Salad with Grilled Chicken Tenderloins

  • We had some company and made a light easy dinner.

  • Very simple salad with arugula, chicken, and tomatoes.

  • I marinated the chicken (this time I remembered) for 30 minutes in lemon juice, olive oil, crushed garlic, salt and pepper. My go to chicken marinate. Simple and tasty.

  • I did use some store bought dressing - Newman’s Own - I prefer to make my own but when I substitute I always go with a higher quality dressing.

  • Fresh fruit to compliment.

Wednesday: Pan-Seared Salmon and Roasted Asparagus

  • Dinner in under 20 minutes!

  • Unfortunately, I over cooked both the Salmon and asparagus. :(

  • I was distracted helping my daughter with math homework.

  • Still the best way to prepare salmon!


Thursday: Stuffed Peppers with Steamed Green Beans

  • For the Stuffed Peppers:

    • I used ground turkey this time.

    • I skip the rice which means the mixture only fills 5 large peppers.

    • The rice could be substituted with quinoa.

    • I buy one 15 oz can of tomato sauce and divide it.

    • No need to baste the sauce as it stayed on the top.

  • To save time, I used fresh green beans in the bag that you can just steam in the microwave. Put in a bowl and toss in butter, then season with salt and pepper.

Friday: Leftovers from Monday and Thursday


Saturday: Pulled Pork on Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

  • This was a Derby dinner at our friends’ house.

  • Our friends made pulled pork that we had on baked sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a great, and better tasting, substitute for a bun.

  • I made this super yummy salad for the first time - Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

  • In honor of Derby Day, I made a Derby Pie with fresh whipping cream. I looked for a recipe that didn’t use any unhealthy sweetener.

    • I didn’t do the salted caramel.

    • Fresh whipped cream is so easy and tastes waaay better than store bought. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup heavy whipping cream, ¼ cup powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Beat with a mixer on medium speed until thick enough to make peaks when you take beaters out of the bowl.

Let me know if you try any of these recipes or have good ones of your own to share.

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