Easy Weekly Dinner Menu #19 – Bring out the skillet!

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5 minutes
August 4, 2022
Andi Gleeson

Celebrating the start of summer break

As a mom of boys, I’m always a tad jealous when I see little girls clinging to their mothers or playing quietly.  My kids are ALWAYS on the move.  I can’t imagine having a child who doesn’t want to stray far from me or who isn’t speaking way louder than a conversational volume at all times.  Yesterday, however, I was able to see that sometimes boys can be easier than girls.

It was the last day of first grade, and we had a FABULOUS teacher this year.  When I picked up The Tall One after school, all the girls from his class were sobbing. I’m not talking about getting a little teary.  They were tears-streaming, snotty-nosed wailing. Meanwhile, my child posed for a goofy photo with his teacher and then ran around talking about how great it was that it was summer break. While we skipped home celebrating the last day, other moms would be spending the evening consoling their heartbroken daughters.  I got off easy on that one.

Speaking of summer break, next week I will be unavailable for blogging (mostly), but I have something very special planned for your menu.  I think you will love it, so be sure to come back next Saturday to check it out!

Now, onto this week’s menu full of easy dinner recipes! Enjoy!

  1. Waffles, Sausage, and Glazed Sweet Potatoes – I’m not always a big breakfast for dinner fan, but after this meal, I think I’ve changed my tune.  I LOVED this dinner.  I use plain old Bisquick waffles from the directions on the box (although I do add vanilla and cinnamon), but you could use your favorite waffle recipe if you have one.  Don’t have a waffle iron?  Make pancakes instead!  I bought chicken apple sausage to serve with this meal, but I found chicken andouille sausage in the fridge and used that instead.  That was a good call (if I do say so myself) because the spicy, savory sausage was a nice contrast to the sweet waffles and sweet potatoes.  Just writing about it is making me hungry!Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Waffles and Sausage: #breakfast for #dinner by @wearychef
  2. Buffalo Chicken Casserole –  I made up a new casserole loosely based on this recipe by Cook Lisa Cook, but with Mexican flavors instead of Buffalo Chicken.  After much deliberation, I have decided not to share my version with you.  Instead, I am recommending Lisa’s version again.  Her casserole is so flippin’ good that I can’t, in good conscience, give you an inferior recipe when you could be eating this!Buffalo Chicken Casserole (recipe by Cook Lisa Cook)
  3. Smoked Salmon Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust – Whew, doggie, we liked this pizza.  The crust is very simple to make and nice and chewy.  The Pants is a man of few words, and his review was:  “That’s some really good pizza, and that’s all I have to say about it.”  There you have it, folks.Smoked Salmon Pizza with Wheat Crust - Try a new #pizza #recipe this week! by @wearychef
  4. Juicy Baked Steak with Green Beans and Couscous – My mom loves telling the story of the first time I tried steak as a little girl.  She says my eyes lit up, and I was in love after the first bite.  That still holds true, so forgive me for including it on the menu nearly every week.  I did prepare it in a new way this time that I want to share with you, so please check out this skillet-to-oven method.  I’m not sure that I would rank it above grilled or seared steak, but it was easy and cooked just right.  This method is good if you need to “set it and forget it” while you do other things.  I used boxed couscous mix and steam-in-the bag green beans for a super duper easy dinner perfect for a busy weeknight.Baked Steak - This skillet-to-oven method creates a perfectly cooked, juicy steak! from @wearychef
  5. Skillet Sausage Pasta – This was on my very first menu at The Weary Chef, and it keeps coming back because it’s so, so good.  If you haven’t tried it yet, I hope you will make it this week!Skillet Sausage Pasta with Spinach - It's hard to believe such a delicious dish could be so quick and easy!
  6. Chicken Tostadas – Why eat plain old tacos when you can challenge yourself with a tostada?  I actually think these are easier to eat than crunchy tacos, and you get the fun of balancing them like a plate juggler.Chicken Tostadas - Easy, fun alternative to tacos!
  7. Picnic Dinner – I told you a few weeks ago that we call this dinner “A Spread” in our house, but no one knows that means.  I’m going to borrow my friend’s name of Picnic Dinner instead since it makes more sense.  Feel like you are on a picnic in France right in your own home with this simple, delicious, and nutritious dinner! Serve up cheeses, hummus, crackers, bread, fresh fruits, and veggies.  It’s not just a meal, it’s an activity!Picnic Dinner - Simple no-cook dinner idea!

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Andi Gleeson

19 comments

SMD @ Life According to Steph
11 years ago

Also…your spread is called a “fun plate” in our house!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

That is so cute!!

SMD @ Life According to Steph
11 years ago

I want absolutely everything on here. Thanks for some new ideas, especially the glazed sweet potatoes and the smoked salmon pizza.

Thanks for linking up!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks for coming over, Steph! I found you on G+ last night. I’m pretty new there but like it a lot so far. It’s easy to find people with similar interests I think. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog :)

Nichole C
11 years ago

What a great menu! I MUST try the buffalo casserole, yummy! Thanks for linking up.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

You will love that casserole, Nichole! Thanks for hosting, and I’ll be back next time.

Autism United
11 years ago

I tried to go over to Linda’s site and couldn’t do it. Could be me, not good at finding stuff on here.
All your meal ideas sound great for the week.
I was just saying to my daughter that we are going back to a weekly menu, so tired of always trying to figure out meals part way through the day and always running to the store.
Thanks for sharing, see you next week.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Hi there! Which site were you trying to go to? If you can tell me more I’ll see if I have a broken link somewhere. Meal planning definitely makes life easier, and I hope my menus will save you some work. Thanks so much for reading and commenting :)

Tash @ The Velvet Moon Baker
11 years ago

How fab do all these dinners look, I’d love for you to link up this post over at my link party :D

https://thevelvetmoonbaker.blogspot.ie/2013/06/sweet-savoury-sunday-14.html

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you, Tash! I’m so glad you stopped by, and I will definitely link up with you. Today is going to be a bit crazy, but I’ll stop by this evening.

Lisa~~
11 years ago

Hi Andi,
Thank you so much for loving my Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole and for posting about it, your comment and the linky love…always very much appreciated. This is a fave in our home too and after not making it for a while my husband requested it again so it’s back in our rotation…yum!! Thanks again and enjoy!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Lisa! Thanks so much for your visit and for creating this delicious casserole! It was one of the first recipes I ever tried from Pinterest, and I wouldn’t change a thing. It also taught me an easy way to make oven potatoes! Thank you again :)

Liz
11 years ago

love your stories, Andi. Cracks me up as I was the little girl who couldn’t stop crying on that last day of 1st grade. One of my strongest childhood memories–bawled and bawled and my teacher (Miss DeGrood :-) ) was so good to chat with me and even gave me her address so we could continue to correspond. Fast forward 35 years and we’re still writing!

We have my nephew staying with us this weekend and he’s always on the move and I totally see what you mean about the differences girls vs boys. Lots of tears and drama at our house, but at least not worrying for their physical safety or wearing myself out trying to keep up with them. Challenges either way.

But back to menus…looking good per usual. Love how you experiment and report back. I want those tostadas! And your spread looks lovely. Good luck with your week.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

I can’t believe you are still in touch with your 1st grade teacher! That is sweet and amazing! I laughed out loud (literally) at your comment about your nephew. Feeling worn out and worrying about their (and sometime your own) physical safety is exactly right when it comes to raising boys. How old is your nephew?

Those tostadas are so easy and good! I bet your girls would like them too. Let me know if you make them. I bet you could bring some clever tweaks to the recipe.

Liz
11 years ago

Nephew Karsten will be 10 in July and is nonstop motion. We were at a street fair over the weekend and I was on alert the entire time as he had no sense of staying by us or it not being safe to dart out into traffic (he’s from a smaller town and was visiting the “big city” so maybe didn’t have an appreciation for how fast cars go and how it’s not safe to step off the curb etc). How his mom does it, I don’t know. I bet you know, though, as you’re doing it, too!

lisa@cookingwithcurls
11 years ago

Yum…and I love breakfast for dinner :) Girls are all drama from the day they are born! I have one of each, and they are like night and day. Have an awesome week!

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

I thought I wanted a girl, but all this talk of drama makes me think I might have it easier than I realize! Thanks so much for stopping by, Lisa! I hope you have a good week too :)

Julie @ This Gal Cooks
11 years ago

Those meals look good, Andi! Looks like you and your family will be eating good again this week! :)

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thank you, Julie! These are the meals we had this past week so I could put them in the menu :)

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