Meal planning should be fun, easy and done in 29 minutes or less! If you’re spending hours meal planning for the week you’re wasting too much time! With a few simple tips, strategies and ideas we can have you meal planning like a pro in no time!
To help you with your meal planning we’ve created a Weekly Meal Plan filled with easy and delicious family friendly meals! This meal plan is to help inspire you with new and easy meal ideas for the week. Whether you follow the entire meal plan or just pick out a few favorites you’ll be on your way to having your meal plan complete in a snap!
In this weeks meals we’ll be using up some ingredients that were used in WEEK 1. This helps to use up all the ingredients you purchase and so they don’t take up real estate in your pantry or refrigerator forever. One of the benefits in meal planning is utilizing what you have and using it!
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THIS WEEKS MEALS
- Baked Tomato Basil Ravioli
- Teriyaki Chicken Tacos
- Creamy White Chicken Chili
- Easy Kielbasa Skillet
- Honey Garlic Shrimp
Meal #1 – Great for Meatless Monday!
Baked Tomato Basil Ravioli
This super easy recipe will become a family favorite! We’re bending the 29 minute rule here since this recipe has hardly any prep time! Most of the time is it baking in the oven.
Approximate cost to create entire meal is only $10!
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes with basil
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus additional for garnish
- 1 package (25 ounces) frozen cheese ravioli
- 2 cups Italian-Style shredded cheese
- 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium bowl mix crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and basil until combined. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour about 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
- Top with a single layer of frozen ravioli.
- Top with half of the remaining sauce then 1 cup of shredded cheese and a sprinkle of Parmesan.
- Repeat layer starting with ravioli.
- Cover with foil and cook for 30-35 minutes until center is cooked.
- Remove foil and cook for 5-10 minutes longer until hot and bubbly.
- Garnish with fresh chopped basil before serving.
Meal #2 – Taco Tuesday!
Teriyaki Chicken Tacos
These Teriyaki Chicken Tacos are super easy thanks to having teriyaki sauce on hand that was also used in the Mandarin Orange and Spinach Pasta Salad in Week 1. These tacos are topped with diced pineapples and drizzled with a creamy sauce and served on warm flour tortillas.
Approximate cost to create this entire meal is only $12!
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- ½ cup store bought teriyaki sauce plus additional for serving
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 small (6-inch) flour tortillas
- 1 small can (8 ounce) pineapple chunks, pineapple tidbits, drained or 1 cup freshly diced pineapple
- ½ red onion, sliced
- ¼ chop freshly chopped cilantro
- Slice chicken into strips and place in a large resealable bag.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper
- Add in teriyaki sauce.
- Seal bag and massage marinade into chicken.
- Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
- Preheat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Add in chicken strips, discarding marinade.
- Cook chicken, turning occasionally until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
- Warm tortillas in oven or in a clean skillet on high heat for just a few minutes per side until warm or until they get a little charred.
- To assemble place a few chicken strips on the warmed tortillas.
- Top with pineapple chunks, red onion and fresh cilantro. Drizzle with additional teriyaki sauce.
Creamy White Chicken Chili
We couldn’t resist this delicious recipe for Creamy White Chicken Chili from Taste of Home. This contest winning 5 star recipe has over 500 reviews! While the cook time is 40 minutes which goes over or 29 minute rule, some rules are made to be tweaked especially when it’s delicious recipes like this PLUS the prep time is only 10 minutes! Most of this recipe time is just it simmering on the stove! And like most chilis this one you could even make the night before and just heat and serve for dinner the next day!
Approximate cost to create this entire meal is about $12!
Easy Kielbasa Skillet
This easy recipe comes all comes together in one pan perfect for a busy weeknight!
Approximate cost to create this entire meal is about $8!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium potatoes, diced
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt plus more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary or Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- 1 sweet onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 (16 ounce) polish kielbasa, sliced about ¼ inch thick
- ½-1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add potatoes and season with garlic powder, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning or rosemary and paprika.
- Cook stirring occasionally until tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add in onion and peppers and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add in sliced kielbasa and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until kielbasa is heated through.
- Add in a splash of balsamic vinegar and cook, stirring occasionally for a few minutes longer.
- Serve warm
Honey Garlic Shrimp
Even picky kids won’t be able to resist this delicious sauce. Serve with side of rice and your favorite steamed veggie (we love it with a bag of frozen steamed broccoli) for an easy meal ready in minutes!
Approximate cost to create this entire meal is about $10!
- Use cilantro from Meal #2 for garnish is this recipe!
- Keep a frozen bag of shrimp on hand to be able to create this recipe anytime since the other ingredients in this recipe are typical pantry staples!
- 1 pound large peeled and deveined uncooked shrimp
- ⅓ cup honey
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1-2 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish, optional
- Place shrimp in a large resealable bag.
- Add honey, soy sauce and garlic to a small mason jar. Add lid and shake well until blended.
- Pour half the sauce in with the shrimp and toss to coat.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add shrimp discarding marinade and cook for 1-2 minutes per side until shrimp is cooked thoroughly.
- Toss cooked shrimp with reserved marinade.
- Garnish with chopped herbs and serve immediately.
APPROXIMATE TOTAL TO CREATE ALL 5 RECIPES IS ABOUT $52!
- Approximate prices based on local grocery store prices in Western New York not including salt, pepper, seasonings, oil and side dishes. Approximate prices is just a general guideline based on approximate cost of listed ingredients. Approximate price is what it costs to create the ENTIRE recipe not per serving.
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