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Alright, I’m just gonna put it out there – I hate cooking, I hate food shopping, and I hate meal planning. Period.
Still, I can’t deny that it’s gotta get done (don’t be fooled into thinking I’m an innately responsible person – if I didn’t have kids, it would never get done. Ever.).
Here’s my latest meal plan, along with links to the recipes. I was fighting a head cold last week so it is NOT fancy (not that it usually is), but it’s on the healthy-ish side, so at least I’ve got that.
My hope is that I can save you some time and keep you from having to wonder, “what the hell are we gonna have for dinner tonight??” as you stare into a refrigerator filled with condiments.
PS: I promise they’re all super easy to make. Again, I hate cooking, so any recipe that has minimal chopping and ingredients I can’t pronounce is a friend of mine!
PSS: If there IS any sort of chopping, slicing, or dicing, I’ll buy that ingredient already chopped in the produce section, if it’s available. Do that. Also, I have minced garlic in a jar in my fridge at ALL times.
PSSS: My husband is an INSANELY picky eater so you will pretty much never find a seafood recipe or any recipe that involves some sort of meat on a bone in my meal plans.
Ok sister, here you go!
Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
SO good – My husband loves it and, as I mentioned above, he is the second pickiest eater EVER… the first being my preschooler. Pick up a loaf of Italian bread to go with it.
Crockpot Balsamic Chicken
I leave out the rosemary and thyme because picky eaters, but it’s still reallyyyy good without it. Also, I buy shredded mozzarella and sprinkle it over the top when it’s done cooking.
I usually pair with steamed vegetables (you know, the frozen kind that you steam in the bag that they come in – ain’t nobody got time to steam veggies on the stove).
Hey: You may have some chicken left over with this. I only make enough for that one night because we don’t like how leftover chicken tastes.
Leftover Minestrone Soup
Woohoo! Easy Peasy! It’s half way through the week – we deserve a break!
Meatloaf with a side of steamed veggies
Sorry – no link to this recipe. Just pick up a packet of McCormicks meatloaf seasoning and follow the directions on the back. Magnifico!
Either Digiorno or from our local pizzeria. I’ve always wanted to have a fun night of making pizza with the fam, but that’s pretty ambitious for a Friday night.
Leftover meatloaf and, yep you guessed it, steamed veggies!
Rigatoni with tomato sauce and ricotta cheese. Balsamic Salad (the Dole creamy balsamic salad kit) and bread.
So yeah, these aren’t gourmet meals. But at the end of the week, everyone’s fed! That’s a win in my book 😉
Oh, one last thing! I used to have so much trouble finding easy, healthy recipes that are tasty. That is until I found Skinnytaste! I love, love, love her recipes and although there aren’t any in this particular meal plan, I usually have a few of her recipes in my weekly line up! I highly recommend the below!