In The Kitchen Meal Plans

Simply Recipes 2019 Meal Plan: December Week 2

This week’s meal plan is all about eating something familiar with a possibly new-to-you flavor. Dig into Honey Mustard Baked Salmon, Pork Chops with Ginger Pear Sauce, Black Rice Bowls with Tofu, Flank Steak Stir Fry, and Chicken Pad Thai! #simplyrecipes #weeknightdinnerrecipes #weeklymealplans #whatsfordinner #easyweeknightdinners #feedingfamilies

A triptych with blackr rice bowls. beef stirfy and honey baked chicken

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.

For the most part, this week's recipes lean towards Asian ingredients and dishes. There's miso—a salty and savory Japanese fermented soybean paste usually found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store—in one preparation, ginger flavors a sauce to go with pork chops in another dish, a quick steak stir fry, and pad Thai you don't have to get delivered.

Also, this is usually the time of the year when many of the end-of-year holiday parties start to happen. So whether you're hosting one this year or want to be an extra helpful guest, then this recipe for honey mulled wine is sure to put everyone in a festive spirit.

  • Honey Mustard Baked Salmon

    Baked Honey Mustard Salmon on a white platter
    Elise Bauer

    Honey mustard is simple and flavorful, packing a nice punch with this baked salmon recipe. Serve with black rice to make use of it twice this week and save on overall cooking.

  • Pork Chops with Ginger Pear Sauce

    Pork Chops with Ginger Pear Sauce
    Elise Bauer

    Ginger and pear are a lovely flavor profile to go with pan-seared pork chops. A nice scoop of mashed potatoes would be great as a side dish.

  • Black Rice Bowls with Tofu and Veggies

    Tofu and Rice Veggie Bowl
    Sally Vargas

    This recipe is a great introduction to miso. The main attraction is really the miso ginger salad dressing. Change it up however you want; this dish is great for using up leftovers.

  • Flank Steak Stir Fry with Asparagus and Red Pepper

    Flank Steak Stir Fry with Asparagus and Red Bell Pepper
    Elise Bauer

    Stir fry is always a great idea for a quick weeknight meal. And I realize asparagus isn't in season right now, so feel free to swap it out for some broccoli. Make some brown rice to go with it.

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  • Chicken Pad Thai

    Chicken Pad Thai Recipe
    Alison Conklin

    Instead of ordering takeout at the end of the week, make this Chicken Pad Thai at home instead. I love the interplay of sweet and sour in the dish that always makes me reach for another bite. Don't forget to soak your noodles!