How has your week been? It has been a busy one for us. The Tall One is on Spring Break, and the kids and I are spending a few days away with family while The Pants stays home to work. Easter Sunday is also The Short One’s second birthday. As if sharing the day with a major holiday isn’t enough of a birthday downer, much of the day will be spent driving home. His birthday celebration will be postponed for a couple weeks so it gets the attention it deserves, and he won’t know the difference since he is still so young.
Speaking of being out of town, you can thank Starbucks for this week’s menu because that’s where I had to go to publish it. We stayed in a nice house for our trip, but there was one problem: NO INTERNET! I’m sure unplugging a little (I still had my phone) was good for me and my family, but it wasn’t easy. This trip has either taught me how much I love the interwebs or how much I need to tone down my time online. Or both. Either way, I somehow survived.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff: This week’s menu of easy dinner recipes! I think you will enjoy each of these meals, and I’d love to see the photos of your versions on my Facebook page!
- Fish and Vegetable Packets with Dill Rice Pilaf – This is a seemingly fancy meal that is a very easy dinner to make. You can even make the foil packets ahead of time and pop them in the oven when you are ready. If you aren’t a big fan of peas, you could use carrots or another vegetable in the rice instead.
- Chicken Tostadas – Tostadas always make for a fun Fiesta Night. Serve with 5-Minute Guacamole and Margaritas if you’d like. This makes for an especially fun dinner for kids if you set up a do-it-yourself topping bar!
- Pesto Chicken with Pan Fried Cauliflower – Thank you to Barns and Noodles and Main St. Cuisine for these two fabulous dishes. I made each one exactly as written, and the results were delicious. I had never cooked with anchovies before, but I’m glad I gave it a try in this cauliflower dish. The chicken uses only a few ingredients but makes a very flavorful entrée. (The only small change I made was to use shredded cheese instead of cheese slices on the chicken to avoid the cheese hat situation I encountered with Steak Xavier.)
- Thai Salmon Salad – I love this salad. It tastes like it would be much more complicated to make than it is. This comes together very quickly and is impressive and delicious.
- Easy Jambalaya – Why not save a little salmon from your Thai Salmon Salad for this one-pot dinner? You could also use shrimp or leave out the seafood entirely. This dish is so flexible, easy, and tasty. Perfect weeknight dinner!
- Meatball and Spinach Bubble Up Pizza – I had to find out what all the hubbub was about bubble up pizza, or what I would call savory monkey bread. It was definitely interesting. It won’t be replacing real pizza in our house, but it was nice for a change. This could be also made as pizza muffins for a snack or appetizer. I have to say this wasn’t great leftover, so just make as much as you intend to eat and dig in.
- Catfish Dinner – This is more of a weekend meal since it does take at least 40 minutes of solid cooking time. It is a complete dinner including catfish, greens, and homemade cornbread.
There you have it: Meal planning done for you! Let me know which dishes are your favorites this week, and feel free to make suggestions for future menus!