Easy Weekly Dinner Menu #23 - Big Taste, Small Cleanup.

4 minutes
June 3, 2016
Andi Gleeson

Last week our dishwasher washed its last load.  After paying $55 for the repairman to tell us the bad news, we went to order a replacement that very afternoon. These things take time I guess, so we had to wait almost a week for the new one to be delivered and installed. You will not hear me complain about having to hand wash dishes for a few days. I realize that there are many people in this world with real problems in their lives, and this was just a minor inconvenience. Still, we did try to limit the number of dishes we used to cut down on the work. This is reflected in this week’s menu with lots of baking sheets covered in foil and one-dish meals. Those are always nice to make life easier though, even with a functioning dishwasher!

Before we get to the menu, I wanted to make a public service announcement: Google Reader is going away on Monday! If you haven’t already found a new RSS reader to keep up with your favorite blogs and other sites, I recommend Bloglovin. They make it really easy to import your feeds from Google Reader. I get a daily email digest of new posts on all the blogs I follow, and I’ve found this to be the best way to keep up with everyone. It would be just peachy if you could follow me while you are there.

Now, let’s get to the easy weekly dinner menu full of simple recipes!

  1. Layered Southwest Chicken Casserole – This satisfying casserole with rice, black beans, chicken, and tomatoes uses easy-to-find ingredients and takes only a few minutes to assemble. Layered Southwest Chicken Casserole - This easy one-dish meal takes only a few minutes to put together! #easyrecipe
  2. Steak with Lemon Couscous Salad – This couscous salad tastes great and is perfect for making ahead to make dinner easier. Next week I’m going to tell you an easy trick to getting a great charred crust on your steaks, but for now you can cook the steak your favorite way. Steak with Lemon Couscous Salad | wearychef.com
  3. Super Simple Meatball Sandwiches – I didn’t write a recipe for these because they are too easy for that! Just simmer frozen meatballs in marinara sauce until the meatballs are heated thoroughly. Meanwhile, scoop the inside bread out of sliced French rolls to make little boats for the meatballs.  Scoop meatballs and sauce into half of the roll, lay sliced mozzarella or provolone on the other half, and bake for about 10 minutes. Serve with fries and sugar snap peas.Super Simple Meatball Sandwiches by @wearychef #easyrecipe
  4. Bacon Wrapped Chicken Roll Ups with Goat Cheese and Spinach – This is a tad more involved than my usual recipes, but it is still pretty easy and worth the extra effort if you ask me.  I have a step-by-step photo tutorial to make it simple, and the prep only takes about 15 minutes.  Serve with rice and sliced tomatoes for a great dinner for the family or guests.Bacon Wrapped Chicken Roll Ups with Spinach and Goat Cheese by @wearychef
  5. Almost Too Easy Honey Mustard Salmon with Roasted Vegetables – This salmon really defines an easy recipe. No measuring and no cleanup! We had some cold days earlier this week, so I served this with roasted butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, and mushrooms. If you are looking for something more summery, serve with a side salad instead.Almost Too Easy Honey Mustard Salmon - Super #easy #dinner #recipe that takes no measuring or cleanup! by @wearychef
  6. Japanese Inspired Noodles with Shrimp – This dish is quick, easy, healthy and DELICIOUS! If you don’t like shrimp, try it with chicken instead.Japanese Inspired Noodles - #easy #healthy #dinner by@wearychef
  7. Ranch Turkey Club Salad – This salad is low on mess AND cooking.  If you use a rotisserie chicken and microwave your bacon, you won’t heat up your kitchen on a hot day to enjoy this tasty club salad with avocado and ranch.Ranch Turkey Club Salad - All the goodness of a club sandwich in a bowl! by @wearychef

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Susan D
11 years ago

All of these dishes look delicious! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Funday Linky Party!


The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks for having me, Susan! Looking forward to following you :)

Kathryn Von Buren
11 years ago

It has been too long since I’ve made couscous. Your recipe is a great reminder of how easy and versatile this pasta can be. Looking forward to trying the recipe.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks so much for your comment, Kathryn! We eat boxed couscous with seasoning somewhat regularly, but I think this is the first time I cooked with plain couscous. You can’t beat a pasta that can be ready in under 10 minutes including boiling time! This salad is a favorite in our house.

11 years ago

lovely! Your photos are looking fab, Andi :-) Have no idea what google reader is, so won’t miss it. But it’d have made my life a lot easier, I’d bet.

I’ll make the lemon couscous for sure when I get back into a kitchen. Mother-in-law is providing meals while we’re at her place, so lots of hotdishes etc.

Didn’t see you over at my ding-dong post, so am hoping you still read. Always think of you when I’m making my kids’ bday cakes. This one didn’t turn out quite as planned. (like any of them do?)

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Liz! I still have lots to learn about photography, but every little tip I learn helps. Google Reader was a way to keep up with blogs and other sites by RSS feed, but they are shutting it down. Everyone is looking for a replacement (or has already found one).

It’s nice to have someone else do the cooking for a while so you can get a break! I’m sorry I missed your post. I’ll go look for it now. I subscribe to your blog by email, but I get TOO MUCH email and sometimes miss things. Can’t wait to see the cake!

11 years ago

These dishes look so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

The Weary Chef
11 years ago

Thanks, Leslie!

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