This week, please welcome Rachel Knecht and her meal plans! Rachel is a recipe tester here on Simply Recipes and the blogger behind Baking with Rachel.
How’s everyone doing? Are you starting to feel in the groove of the school routine?
With all the busyness of each day, I really strive to have dinnertime be a chance to reconnect. I want our home to be a place of comfort no matter how hard the day has been.
I have found it important to be flexible in exactly how the connecting happens. Sometimes we go around the table and each share a “rose” and “thorn.” Other times dinner happens on the couch as we all balance our plates and laugh at a silly show together. Some nights dinner is kept warm and eaten much later than usual.
On those nights I hear about soccer practice between forkfuls of food. However it happens, I’m thankful for the time spent together at dinner. This week’s meal plan is full of foods that my family is excited to eat no matter how long the day or week.
Not only is this stir fry delicious, but its light prep work also makes it totally doable on a Monday night. Washing snow peas and grating ginger are also easy, helpful tasks that can either be done beforehand or passed on to another family member. Serve over rice.
Tired of the usual roasted zucchini? Fill zucchini boats with herbs, spices, turkey, and cheese to bring back some excitement into our vegetable routine. This is an easy recipe to double to serve more than four.
A perennial favorite, mac and cheese made from scratch is worth adding to your recipe repertoire. Broccoli, briefly steamed, pairs perfectly with this stovetop classic.
Classic beef meatloaf with a fun twist. Sautéed vegetables keep the loaf from drying out, and the quick sauce adds some extra zing to this weeknight favorite. Slice into pieces before freezing any leftovers.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
Chicken and rice is a classic combination, and I love this updated version with orzo, vegetables, and yes—cheese. A one-pot dinner at its finest. You might even have some leftovers for lunch the next day if you’re lucky.