In The Kitchen Meal Plans

Simply Recipes 2019 Meal Plan: September Week 4

Looking for Quick, make-ahead or freezer-friendly meals? This meal plan has you covered! Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls, Easy No-Bean Chili, 30-Minute Chicken Enchiladas and Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Coconut Rice!

Simply Recipes 2019 Meal Plan: September Week 3

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.

Before diving in, we wanted to highlight the ultimate way to save time in your week: having your groceries delivered right to your door. Click on the red “Add to Shopping List” button at the bottom of any recipe (or meal plan) and check it out! We call this feature "Relish" and we’re into it because, really, dinner can be simpler.

We all know that making dinner every night takes more thought than, “What do I want to eat?” Oh, how I wish it were that simple!

In reality, many aspects must be taken into consideration. This is where a solid meal plan comes in handy. I like to plan meals on Sundays so I can get ideas from the rest of the family. (Though I know they will always say “pizza!”)

It also gives me a chance to take a good, hard look at the upcoming week’s schedule and see what meals I realistically have time to cook. Lastly, I like to take an inventory of what I already have and use it first. This is where freezer meals make me so happy!

Now, of course, no plan is perfect. I still run to the store for milk and somehow we never have quite enough fruit to last a whole week. Yet, it feels good knowing that at least we’ll have dinner.

The meals this week are perfect for busy evenings. Quick, make-ahead, or freezer-friendly meals—now that’s a solid plan!

  • Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls

    Quinoa bowl sweet potato
    Erin Alderson

    I love bowl meals for their inherent versatility. This one gets extra high marks for its ability to be made ahead of time. Just reheat and scoop into bowls! Feel free to add leftover meat, such as chicken or pork, if you prefer a non-vegetarian version.

  • Easy No-Bean Chili

    How to Make Chili without Beans
    Nick Evans

    As much as I like beans, they can be a divisive ingredient when it comes to chili. My kids are very pro-beef and (as of right now) anti-bean. This recipe is so tasty that everyone will be happy, especially if you double the recipe and freeze it for another meal. Hurray!

  • Easy Chicken Skillet Enchiladas

    Easy chicken enchilada recipe
    Alison Bickle

    Enchiladas are one of the foods that I could eat every week, but making them from scratch isn’t usually in the cards. This one-pot, 30-minute meal makes enchiladas possible! Feel free to use pre-cooked ground beef for the shredded chicken.

  • Shell Pasta with Sausage and Greens

    Shell Pasta with Sausage and Greens
    Elise Bauer

    I love sausage and dark leafy greens (think kale) together and this one-pot meal is a great way to combine these great flavors. Even better, you only need 30 minutes to get this on the table, which is always a good thing.

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  • Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Coconut Rice

    Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Rice
    Elise Bauer

    Coconut milk makes everything better in my opinion and especially when combined with the ingredients for this spicy garlic shrimp recipe. Everyone will be licking their plates, especially when served over rice.