In The Kitchen Meal Plans

Simply Recipes 2019 Meal Plan: December Week 1

We are full steam ahead into wrapping up 2019 with easy weeknight recipes. This week’s meal plan features Easy Chicken Parmesan, Quick and Easy Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta, Frittata with Potatoes, Red Peppers, and Spinach, then finishes strong with Vermont Maple Syrup Pork Chops. Yum!

A triptych with pasta, a fritatta and shrimp pasta

This month, please welcome back Aaron Hutcherson and his meal plans! Aaron is a regular contributor here on Simply Recipes and the blogger behind The Hungry Hutch.

You made it through Thanksgiving — congratulations! I spent the holiday with my family in my hometown of Chicago, which wrapped up what felt like a year of near-constant travel. Now, I'm glad to be back home so that I can sleep in my own bed for a little while (until I'm hopping on another plane for Christmas and New Year's).

With all of the traveling I've been doing—and having cooked a feast for the small army that is my family just last week—it's no coincidence that "easy" is in the title of a couple of this week's recipes. (And the adjective could be applied to the rest of them too!) From chicken parm to sloppy joes to breakfast for dinner, this week's recipes are full of flavor without wearing you out in the kitchen.

  • Easy Chicken Parmesan

    Baked Chicken Parmesan bake the chicken in the oven in a casserole dish
    Sally Vargas

    I love chicken parmesan, and this recipe is perfect for a weeknight. Serve on a roll as sandwiches along with broccoli rabe.

  • Quick and Easy Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

    Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta
    Elise Bauer

    Shrimp are great for weeknight dinners because they cook up in a flash. Angel hair is perfect because it cooks quickly too, but any pasta you have in your pantry will do.

  • Best Ever Sloppy Joes

    Sloppy Joe
    Elise Bauer

    Though sloppy joes are generally thought of as kids' food, adults love them just as much. (I can't be the only one, right?) Fries would be my first choice to serve with these sandwiches.

  • Frittata with Potatoes, Red Peppers, and Spinach

    Potato Frittata
    Lisa Lin

    There's no need to confine frittatas only to morning meals when they are just as tasty in the evening. Plus, I find that any leftovers heat up really well for breakfast, lunch, or dinner the following day.

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  • Vermont Maple Syrup Pork Chops

    Vermont Maple Syrup Pork Chops
    Elise Bauer

    The sweet and sour sauce of maple syrup, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce are the perfect accompaniment to pork chops. This would be great with creamy polenta.