Meal Plan #13: Meals Centered Around Amazing Side Dishes

On Episode #13 of my podcast, TMI with Christine, I talk about how focusing on the side dishes instead of on the main protein can make meal-planning easier. This meal plan therefore has meals with side dishes as the star. It’s a delicious plan that your whole family will love!
This meal plan has meals with side dishes as the star to make meal-planning easier. It's a delicious plan that your whole family will love!

To hear all of the info about this meal plan, listen to the TMI with Christine: E13 – Focus On Side Dishes For Easy Meal-Planning on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.

Day #1: Italian Roasted Cauliflower, Rice, Chicken

Italian Roasted Cauliflower

Rice (Instant Pot instructions are here), Make double what you need for your household to use on Day #2. Sprinkle the cooked rice you’re using for this meal with a bit of Parmesan or mozzarella cheese.

Chicken: Use whatever kind of chicken is easiest for you and season it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Make twice as much as what you need for your household to use on Day #3. See the Chicken-Cooking Resource at the bottom of this meal plan, if desired.

Day #2: Sesame Rice with Cucumber, Stir Fried Broccoli, Pork Tenderloin

Sesame Rice with Cucumber, Chive, and Lime: Reheat the leftover rice from Day #1 and then top it with the cucumber mixture in the recipe.

Stir-Fried Broccoli

Pork Tenderloin: Make twice as much as what you need for your household to use on Day #4. See the Pork Tenderloin Resource at the bottom of this meal plan, if desired.

Day #3: Scalloped Potatoes, Cucumbers with Sour Cream and Dill, Chicken

Scalloped Potatoes: Make twice as much as you need for your household to use on Day #4.

Cucumbers with Sour Cream and Dill

Leftover chicken from Day #1.

Day #4: Mexican Corn Salad, Scalloped Potatoes, Pork Tenderloin

Mexican Corn Salad

Leftover scalloped potatoes from Day #3

Leftover pork tenderloin from Day #2

Day #5: Ultimate Baked Potatoes*, Parmesan Asparagus, Sauteed Mushrooms, Steaks

Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes or see the Baked Potato Resource at the bottom of this meal plan, if desired.

Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan

Sauteed Mushrooms

Steak: Cook it however you’d like or follow the instructions for how to cook steak over here.

Grocery List For The Meal Plan

Click the yellow button for a printable grocery list.

Printable Grocery List - Click Here

I hope you love this meal plan. And do check out the chicken, pork, and baked potato resources below if you’re not sure how to cook those things.

Have a great day!

Christine xo

P.S. Get more of my meal plans over here!

Chicken-Cooking Resource

How to Cook Chicken Breasts Perfectly

How to Cook Chicken Thighs Perfectly

How to Grill Chicken Breasts Perfectly

How to Cook Chicken in the Air Fryer (all different cuts of chicken are here)

How to Cook Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot

How to Cook Chicken Thighs in the Instant Pot

Poached Chicken Breasts

Pan-Fried Chicken Breasts

Baked Chicken Breasts

Chicken Breasts from Frozen

Pork Tenderloin Resource

How to Cook Pork Tenderloin in the Oven

How to Trim Pork Tenderloin to Prepare it for Cooking

Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Baked Potato Resource

Classic Baked Potatoes

Microwaved Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes

Grilled Baked Potatoes

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

2 responses to “Meal Plan #13: Meals Centered Around Amazing Side Dishes”

  1. Phyllis Pittman says:

    Thank you for all your all hard work.
    Love listening to the podcasts and making many of your recipes.
    Merry Christmas

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