Meal Plan #17: New Dinner Ideas To Try

On Episode #17 of my podcast, TMI with Christine, I talk with Anna-Marie Walsh from Beauty And The Beets about meal kits and how she uses them to make her cooking life a little easier. The meal plan for this week is inspired by our conversation and includes a bunch of new dinner ideas to try out. It’s a delicious plan that your whole family will love!

Dinner images arranged in a collage shaped like a heart with the words Meal Plan Week #17 from TMI with Christine on it.

To hear all of the info about this meal plan, listen to the TMI with Christine: E17 –Limiting Decision-Making In Meal-Planning, Plus Meal Kits Part 1 on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.

Here is this week’s meal plan:

Day #1: 15-Minute Bouillabaise

15-Minute Bouillabaisse (a classic French seafood soup served with baguette slices spread with a delicious aioli-type sauce)

Day #2: Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner with Steamed Green Beans

Ground Beef and Rice Skillet (Make twice as much as your household needs to use on Day #3)

Steamed Green Beans: Trim beans and put into a steamer basked with simmering water below. Season beans with salt, pepper, garlic powder. Cook covered until tender, 4-6 minutes. Dollop with butter, if desired.

Day #3: Leftover Skillet Makeover Chili with Garlic Cheese Toast and Sliced Veggies

Chili: Put the leftovers from the ground beef skillet from Day #2 into a pot over medium heat on the stove. Add a can of tomato sauce, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of drained kidney beans, a tablespoon or two of chili powder, and a teaspoon of garlic powder. Stir. Cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. You can alternatively combine the ingredients in a large microwave-safe bowl, loosely covered, and heat 2 minutes at a time until hot, stirring after each heat.

Sliced Veggies: Sliced cucumber, sliced tomatoes, and sliced mushrooms (all of which you will need again on Day #5)

Garlic Cheese Toast: Make the garlic bread from here but put shredded cheddar cheese between the loaf halves. Or, if you have leftover rouille from Day #1, spread that on the garlic bread after baking instead of using cheese.

Day #4: Chicken Carbonara with Green Peas

Chicken Carbonara

Green peas: Use frozen green peas and warm them in a small pot on the stove or in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave. Serve them on the side or stir them into the pasta mixture at the very end of the recipe. If stirring into the recipe, use 1 cup of peas maximum or else they will overwhelm the dish.

Day #5: A Steakless Steakhouse Dinner

The idea here is that there was already beef on the menu twice this week but I still felt like steak. I instead opted to have some of the things I might order at a steak house, all except for the steak. It’s a dinner of steakhouse fixings without the steak.

Shrimp Cocktail

Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

Spinach Salad: Fresh baby spinach leaves topped with sliced mushrooms, sliced cucumbers, and chopped tomatoes, drizzled with store-bought poppy seed dressing (or you can make your own here: homemade lemon poppy seed dressing

Grocery List For The Meal Plan

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I hope you love this meal plan. Have a great day!

Christine xo

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

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