It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. From a veggie frittata to a salsa verde mac and cheese, we’ve got five dinners that will get you through the busy week ahead. So grab a pen, make your shopping list, and stock up before the weekend’s over. And if it’s easier for you to do that from your inbox, be sure to sign up for our weekly meal plan emails.
Salsa Verde Mac and Cheese | A Simple Pantry
Keep it easy on yourself (after all, it’s the busy holiday season) and start the week off with a simple #MeatlessMonday dinner like this Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata at Mash & Spread. If spinach isn’t your favorite or you prefer feta or cheddar, no problem: one of the great things about frittatas is how adaptable they are. Use Jasmin’s recipe as a guide, customize your meal, serve with crusty bread, and call it a night.
With citrus season just beginning, this Pan Fried Cod in a Citrus and Basil Butter Sauce at Foodness Gracious is calling my name. Plus, lighter eating between Thanksgiving and holiday cookie parties, please. This recipe takes a total of 50 minutes if you count the 20 minute marinade time. If you don’t have that extra 20 minutes to spare, though, it will still be delicious with the sauce just poured over the top. Because, hello butter.
Okay, I want you to hear me out on this Chicken Shwarma recipe at Chef in Disguise. You might wonder why I chose it for a weekday recipe, but here’s the deal. You can always skip the coal part (read the recipe and you’ll understand). And, if you plan that marinade ahead, it actually cooks quite fast. I also have a few other time and money savers: you can use lemon zest for sumac and though toum — Middle Eastern garlic sauce — is heavenly, you can use store-bought tzatziki to make a faster, Greek-style version.
So, the question: why share this recipe if so many caveats are necessary? Because it’s a great one that you’ll always keep in your back pocket. And if you’re willing, buying sumac, trying toum, and taking the extra 10 minutes to cook the chicken with the coal are all so completely worth it one day. Plus, the blog itself is a serious find.
These Curry Beef Bowls at The Woks of Life are serious comfort food and a one-bowl wonder. Hopefully you’ll have extra leftover, because this is the kind of meal that tastes even better the next day for lunch.
Friday calls for mac and cheese and I’m loving this Salsa Verde Mac and Cheese at A Simple Pantry. I’m not usually a fan of jarred salsa, but green salsa tends to be better than red and, if you ask me, Trader Joe’s salsa verde is the bomb. Buy some, make this, kick up your heels, and usher in the weekend. Yaaaasssssss.