In The Kitchen Meal Plans

Simply Recipes 2019 Meal Plan: October Week 3

Clean out your pantry! This meal plan is all about keeping dinner simple and whipping up quick, easy, and delicious recipes. Vegetarian Green Chile Enchiladas, Pasta with Tuna, Ginger Pork Rice Bowls, Easy Chicken Lo Mein, and a Double Stack Hamburger to round out your week!

Three photos side by side of Ginger Pork Rice Bowls, Double Stacked Cheeseburgers and Tuna and Arugula 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.

The start of the week is going to be a bit hectic for me because of a big work event. Whenever my Monday or Tuesday is super busy, I feel like it's hard to get a good grasp on the rest of the week.

This week's recipes are definitely quick and easy. Let’s consider this a kitchen cleanout!

Raid your pantry to use jarred salsa and that bag of tortillas you forgot about to make enchiladas. Or use your dried pasta and canned tuna for a quick recipe with arugula.

Switch up the ingredients in recipes like the pork rice bowls or lo mein to use of all the random veggies rolling around in your fridge. (I can’t be the only one who goes a little overboard at the farmers’ market every now and then.)

There's also a cheeseburger included as an end-of-the-week treat, which I'll probably wash down with a Bee's Knees cocktail.

  • Green Chile Enchiladas

    Green Chile Enchiladas
    Elise Bauer

    The star of this vegetarian recipe is the homemade roasted tomatillo salsa verde, which gives the dish its green color. However, if it's been a long day of work and you just can't put in that much effort, store-bought is fine. You can even throw in some shredded rotisserie chicken or black beans if you want to change it up a bit.

  • Pasta with Tuna and Arugula

    Pasta with Tuna and Arugula
    Elise Bauer

    This recipe is a great way to make use of some of the canned tuna that's likely sitting in your pantry right now. And aside from the arugula, you probably already have the other ingredients needed to make this simple weeknight meal.

  • Ginger Pork Rice Bowls

    Pork Rice Bowl Recipe herbs in center of bowl with pork and carrots on side
    Nick Evans

    I love everything about this recipe: the flavorful pork, the crunchy veggies, and the fresh herbs. It's certainly a winning combo. Don't eat pork? I'm sure ground turkey would be a great substitute.

  • Easy Chicken Lo Mein

    Easy Chicken Lo Mein
    Nick Evans

    Lo mein is a standard at fast-food Chinese restaurants across the country, but it's also a cinch to make at home. Customize it with your favorite vegetables to make the recipe your own.

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  • Stovetop Double-Stack Cheeseburgers

    Stovetop Burgers with Cheese
    Nick Evans

    A great cheeseburger is the perfect way to end the week, and these homemade burgers are no exception. The patties are nice and thin, loaded with cheese, and topped with an easy special sauce. Serve them with a batch of sweet potato fries and you're in for some good eating!