When I was in college I worked on the weekends for a wonderful family, doing some of their grocery shopping and errand running so that they could enjoy more time with their kids. Every Sunday afternoon, the mother would sit at the dining room table with her favorite cookbooks and come up with a meal plan for the week and then carefully craft a grocery list accordingly. It’s taken me many years to get in the habit of planning our weeknight meals ahead of time, and some weeks are better than others (Aaron can attest), but it’s truly the only thing that keeps us from just eating out every night. Sometimes I’ll text friends for ideas and I’m always perusing Pinterest, so I figured some of you might be interested in new dinner ideas, too. (Plus, this will hopefully serve as a resource for me any time I feel stumped!) Here’s the catch, though! You have to leave your favorite weeknight meals in the comments! (Help a sister out, okay?!) Most importantly, I’m so glad it’s Friday. I hope this weekend is full of rest and people that you love… and yummy food!
Monday: Nothing beats these meatballs from Smitten Kitchen. You can mix everything up and form the balls Sunday night, wrap the baking sheet tightly with saran wrap and then pop them in the oven Monday evening.
Tuesday: These Slow-Cooker Beef Tacos from Skinny Taste are amazing!
Wednesday: We eat a lot of stuffed sweet potatoes. They’re kind of like omelettes or salads where you can just add whatever leftovers you have in your refrigerator and they’re somehow always delicious. We most often do ground turkey with sautéed bell peppers and a greek yogurt sauce, but these from Lauren Caris Cooks look delicious! (Ps. You can slow cook the sweet potatoes while you’re away during the day for a quicker weeknight meal!)
Thursday: I must have made these Chili Garlic Chicken Skewers from How Sweet Eats over a year ago, but they’re still one of our family’s favorites! I usually take it easy on the chili, so that Parker will eat it too. (Other times if I’m really craving some spice, I just cook her chicken separately.)
Friday: Pizza Friday, you guys. Always Pizza Friday. (Don’t worry, I have an entire board devoted to homemade pizzas!) Once upon a time Bon Appetit published their ultimate pizza guide in a print issue in which they instructed you to buy this flour for your pizza dough– which of course I did and proceeded to follow their homemade dough instructions to the letter! This Burrata Pizza Pie recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking has been on my must try list for some time, so next Friday we’re finally going to make it happen!
What are you guys making this week?!