In The Kitchen Meal Plans

5 Dinners for a Recipe Refresh

Break your supper slump and sink your teeth into a rack of Korean-style ribs, a crispy baked fish sandwich slathered in avocado mayo or snack your way through a colorful Mezze Platter with this week’s meal plan.

"What's for Dinner?" with a platter of ribs set behind the caption.

Simply Recipes

Sometimes the best way to enjoy the nightly dinner routine is to, well, mix up the routine. Who says you have to stick with the same recipes, same techniques, or categories for dinner every night on repeat for the rest of your life? 


It doesn’t mean things have to get complicated. Sometimes it’s just thinking about dinner in a different way.

Sandwiches aren’t only a lunchtime staple, make a dinner sandwich with baked fish or try a restaurant favorite like deep dish pizza at home and get the whole family involved. When you're not in the mood to cook snacks are best. Assemble your favorite, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and spreads for dinner made of easy to fix and easy to clean up finger foods.

  • Crispy Baked Fish Sandwiches with Avocado Mayo and Pickled Onion

    Fish Sandwiches with Avocado Mayo
    Sally Vargas

    This is a healthy-ish spin on a fish sandwich that is packed with flavor and texture. The fish is baked, not fried, which makes it lighter than most. Serve it with veggie crudité or this Easy Cucumber Salad on the side.

  • Tex Mex Chopped Chicken Salad

    Tex-Mex Chopped Chicken Salad with Corn, Tortilla Chips, and Cojita
    Alison Bickel

    Here you’ll find everything that’s good about a taco turned into a bright and crunchy salad. The chicken gets cooked in old-school taco seasoning mix, tossed with vegetables, and finished with a tangy cilantro lime dressing. Yum!

  • Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza with Italian Sausage

    Homemade Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza
    Sally Vargas

    If you’ve ever thought about tackling Chicago-style pizza, here’s your chance. Our recipe breaks it down into doable steps with delicious results. It’s decadent for sure, so a green salad on the side or simple steamed broccoli will do.

  • Grilled Korean BBQ Pork Ribs

    Korean Baby Back Rib Recipe partially sliced on a cutting board.
    Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee

    If Korean cooking is new to you, here is a very tasty introduction. These ribs feature a lip-smacking marinade that gets whizzed up in a blender in no time. Serve this dish with rice, kimchi, and these Gochujang Green Beans.

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  • Mediterranean Mezze Platter

    Dips vegetables fruit and olives for mediterranean mezze platter
    Alison Bickel

    Snacking for dinner is a quick and easy way to get the whole family involved. Arrange a cutting board with sliced vegetables, an assortment of breads, hummus, Baba Ganoush and some fruit and dinner is done! Perfect for warming weather.

  • Lemon Shaker Pie

    6 Ingredient Lemon Pie with a slice on a plate.
    Irvin Lin

    While this might be an old-fashioned dessert, it feels decidedly modern. The recipe uses the entire lemon, including the peel, pith, and flesh of the fruit. The result is a tangy filling in a tender crust that tastes like a mash-up of lemon curd and marmalade.