Easy Weekly Dinner Menu #148: Preparing for a Feast

3 minutes
August 4, 2022
Andi Gleeson

This week’s easy dinner menu features Tuscan Chicken Soup, Quick Pork Fried Rice, Swiss Steaks, and lots more!

This week's easy dinner menu features Tuscan Chicken Soup, Quick Pork Fried Rice, Swiss Steaks, and lots more!

Hi! I have exciting news! Remember when I told you last week that we were working on getting a house in the country? We signed the papers today! We’re going to get to be there for Thanksgiving, and it might even snow! I’m 95% excited and 5% panicked wondering what in the world we’re doing taking on another mortgage and house to take care of. I’m sure it’s going to be awesome. (Tell me it’s going to be awesome.)

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I’m going to take Wednesday and Thursday off next week. I hope you don’t mind. I have hardly taken any days off since I started blogging nearly three years ago, even for holidays and vacations. I always feel like I need to have posts scheduled even if I’m going to be away, and I’ve come to the realization that that’s just not fair. People take vacation days, right?? I think we’re all friends here, and I think my friends would say, “Take a day off every once in a while, and maybe you wouldn’t be so dang weary!” You’re right. I’m going to do it!

When I say I’m taking a day off, what I mean to say is that I’m going to be cooking like crazy! It’s Thanksgiving after all! Do you make the same ol’ favorites every year or try new recipes? We usually make the same stuff: Turkey, dressing, gravy, green bean casserole, maybe mac and cheese, roasted vegetables, and pumpkin pie for dessert. Sometimes I might change up the turkey or sneak and extra side in there, but that’s pretty much it. I would love to hear your Thanksgiving menu. Tell me in the comments!

In the meantime, let’s talk about easy dinners. Heaven knows none of us want to be cooking anything complicated while we’re getting ready for cooking the feast of the year! This week’s menu is big on easy and low on turkey (so you don’t get tired of it before Thursday). Click on the recipe names to see the full post. Let’s go!

  1. Quick Pork Fried RiceThis quick and flavorful pork fried rice can be made in under 20 minutes and is a versatile dinner recipe that uses what you have on hand!
  2. Breakfast for Dinner CasseroleBreakfast for Dinner Casserole: This easy hashbrown casserole is just right for any time of day!
  3. Tuscan Chicken and Potato SoupChicken Potato Soup is just right for cold evenings. This hearty soup with Italian flavors is also loaded with white beans, dino kale, and tomatoes.
  4. One Pot Mediterranean PastaOne-Pot Mediterranean Pasta - Use a few pantry staples to get this weeknight dinner on the table with no fuss!
  5. Easy Swiss SteaksThis Easy Swiss Steak is a low-fat dinner loaded with tomato flavor.
  6. Fish Stick BurritosEasy Fish Stick Burritos | The Weary Chef #mexicanfood
  7. Slow Cooker Mexican Beans and Rice with PorkSlow Cooker Mexican Beans and Rice with Pork - A very easy, hearty meal!

Looking for an appetizer to serve over the holiday weekend? These bacon-wrapped pork bites eat like a meal!

These super easy bacon-wrapped pork bites with teriyaki sauce will be the stars of any party!

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


Kim Kasenberg
9 years ago

We make Oyster stuffing, and green beans with bacon instead of casserole. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a great “vacation”! Anyone need either recipe, email me at kimik91@hotmail.com.

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Green beans with bacon are ALWAYS welcome on my dinner plate. Have a happy Thanksgiving, Kim!

9 years ago

By all means take all the time you wish. I have to say though,I surely am enjoying your recipes and I am happy for you and yours to have exciting things happening for you! Happy Thanksgiving!

Andi Gleeson
9 years ago

Thank you so much, Tulip! I’m already feeling in vacation mode, but I need to get my act together and get about a million things done tomorrow! Thank you so much :) Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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