Sunday Suppers: A Meal Plan for the Week

Sunday Suppers is a weekly series featuring recipes and conversation topics that bring together those most important to you.  From our house to yours, bon appetit.

I realize that meal planning and cooking can feel cumbersome, but it doesn’t have to take on a life of its own.  A few simple steps on the weekends can make your work/school week a little easier.

A few things I do to help:

  1. Plan a menu and grocery shop for the items we need – I plan our weekly menu over the weekend, and head to the store to make sure I have what I need.  I post the menu so I know what I am cooking when, and the family knows what we are having.  This definitely cures the “what are we having for dinner?” issue.
  2. Pull out meats from the freezer so they are ready to go – When the menu is planned, it makes it a heck of a lot easier to make sure meats are defrosted and ready to use when we get home.  There is nothing worse on a busy weeknight than frozen solid chicken breasts, and a hungry family.
  3. Save experiments for the weekends – I love to try new things, but I make sure to save more complicated recipes for weekends.  Weeknights are stressful enough with activities and homework.  Don’t add stress by trying to whip up a complicated dish.
  4. Plan a leftover night for your busiest evening – We have some evenings that busier than others, and those are the nights that I throw in a leftover night.  It’s quick, easy, and cleans out the fridge!

To get started, here are some easy weeknight recipes.



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