Easy Weekly Dinner Menu #16 - My Southern Is Showing

3 minutes
June 3, 2016
Andi Gleeson

Hello, Fellow Chefs!  How the heck are you?  I am worn a little ragged but good and happy.  Do you know that caring for a 2-year-old is a leading cause of weariness?  It’s true!  The Short One is very, very two right now.  I don’t want to say he’s in the “terrible twos” because that sounds, well, terrible, but he is a handful, that’s for sure.  I’m certain that his determination will serve him well later in life, but being determined to get into everything he’s not supposed to is wearing this mama out.  All I can say is, it’s a good thing he’s so flippin’ cute.

Now, on to the week’s meal planning.  When I say every week that I’m excited to bring you the new menu, I really mean it.  I work hard planning, cooking, photographing, and writing these recipes, so I can hardly wait to share them with you on Saturdays.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I love putting them together for you!  This week has a couple Southern dishes that I think you will like, plus a salad to make up for all the cheese and gravy.

Remember, you can click on the “List” icon in my sidebar to build your grocery list from my recipes thanks to Feastie! I also have another list-building tool coming your way in the next week or two, and you may have noticed that my newer recipes have a “Print” button if you need a hard copy. I hope this makes The Weary Chef easier for you to use.

Let’s get to the food!

Shrimp and Grits with Simple Southern Lima Beans – I was born in raised in Mississippi, on the coast even where shrimp are plentiful, yet I only heard about shrimp and grits this week.  I’m very glad I gave it a try because this is a wonderful combination, and it goes great with these lima beans.

Shrimp and Grits - Cheesy, hearty, perfect Southern meal!
Philly Cheese Steak Pizza – Unless you are a vegetarian, it’s hard not to love cheese steak, and it gets even better when it’s on pizza.  I think you will love this new take on Philly Cheese Steak.

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza - Fun dinner idea!
Avocado Salsa Chicken with Easy Black Beans and Rice – We classed it up for Fiesta Night this week.  This chicken is prettier and tastier than this photo.  You have to try it!  I have been meaning to share this beans and rice recipe with you for a while.  It is simple, versatile, and even the kids like it!

Avocado Salsa Chicken - This elegant #dinner is #easy and delicious! by @wearychef
Slow Cooker Turkey and Spinach Lasagna – This is written as a slow cooker recipe, but I also provide instructions for baking it in the oven as a traditional lasagna.  Use whichever method is more convenient for you.  This easy lasagna uses a short list of ingredients but packs lots of flavor!

Slow Cooker Lasagna {with turkey sausage and spinach}

Greek Salad with Chicken – This healthy dinner is big on flavor, and it goes great with Irresistible Cheesy Pesto Bread.

Greek Salad with Chicken

Pork Chops with Milk Gravy over Rice with Brussels Sprouts – I am willing to say that this pork chop recipe is foolproof, even for people who might think gravy is challenging.  Just make sure the meat is cooked through, and you can’t go wrong with this one.  There are so many roasted brussels sprouts recipes out there, I’m not going to write my own.  Give this one at Fifteen Spatulas a try!

Pork Chops in Milk Gravy - Hearty, Southern meal ready in 30 minutes!


Salmon with Bok Choy over Rice – This meal is on the table in less than 30 minutes and is always tasty.  Perfect weeknight dinner!

Salmon and Bok Choy over Rice



Andi Gleeson


11 years ago

I have never tried grits:) I might just have to give that a try, everything looks delicious!!!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Lisa! Grits are, well, gritty, but tasty! I’m interested to know how you like them if you try them, either in this recipe or just on their own with butter, salt, and pepper. Yum!

Julie @ This Gal Cooks
11 years ago

Everything looks delicious, minus the lima beans! I’d sub those with something else. But man, shrimp and grits?! YES, I’ll take some of that. :)

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Julie! I guess lima beans aren’t for everyone, but I love them! Have a great week!

11 years ago

I’m loving (and pinning) the pizza…. I am always on the lookout for new ones to try!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Deb! I love pizza too. We ordered pizza delivery tonight so I could take a night off from cooking for Mother’s Day. Hope you had a great day!

Cindy Eikenberg
11 years ago

Oh my goodness, Andie, these ALL looks totally delicious! I’ve definitely got my eye on that Philly Cheesesteak Pizza…yum! Thanks so much for sharing and wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day! ps – if you find that WordPress Plugin that downloads food, will you please share it? ;)

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you, Cindy! I ate that pizza for dinner then lunch the next two days, so I did enough taste testing to say for sure that it’s good ;) Happy Mother’s Day to you!

11 years ago

You’re amazing for putting seven recipes together–with photo and commentary–each week, plus the bonus, plus the cocktail. All the while caring for two little boys. Can’t y even imagine. Love that you care enough to do it all :-) (OR, and this is a possibility, too–you’re crazy enough to do it all ;-) Only suggesting that possibility because that is where I live. heehee.)

So much yum on your menu. Shrimp and grits (!), pork chops, Greek salad, etc. It is Sat morning as I read this and you have made me very hungry and wishing I could push a button on your blog and have the food magically appear!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you, Liz! Crazy is definitely in the mix I think. I was going to say that I’m cooking anyway and just blog about it, but I sure wasn’t making 4-5 new dinners plus extra recipes every week before The Weary Chef was born!

Is there a WordPress Plugin in for magically downloading food? I’ll look for that one ;)

I so appreciate your regular visits and comments :) Have a Happy Mother’s Day!

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