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!

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.

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

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

Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta

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.

Sloppy Joe

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.

Potato Frittata

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.

Vermont Maple Syrup Pork Chops

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.

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Aaron Hutcherson

Aaron or “Hutch” is the blogger behind The Hungry Hutch, which features a delicious variety of savory and sweet recipes. He grew up in the Midwest, but has called New York City home for nearly a decade.

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