It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. Yes, believe it or not, we have to return to real life on Monday, the day after Christmas, and feed the family all week long. From a simple breakfast-for-dinner to slow cooker Hawaiian Pork Burrito Bowls, we’ve got five weeknight meals that will get you through the week — and to another holiday weekend. So grab a pen, make your shopping list, and stock up before the weekend’s over.
To be honest, there’s going to be more than one meatless meal this week, because lighter eating is in order (well, at least until New Year’s Eve!). For #MeatlessMonday, I’m picking the easiest of them all, because getting back to work on the 26th is a harsh reality. Come home, poach some eggs real quick, and serve these Simple Poached Eggs on Avocado Toast at Pinch of Yum for an easy breakfast-for-dinner pleaser. Bonus: You get Lindsay’s super clever trick for foolproof poached eggs.
From meatless to seafood. Ahh, I can feel my self getting lighter by the day. (Because it’s that easy, right to make up for last week, right?!) Tuesday brings this Honey Mustard Pecan Crusted Salmon at Joyful Healthy Eats. Quick, easy, and healthy, this tasty dinner need nothing more than a side of rice or quinoa and a salad. If you’re feeding someone who’s allergic to nuts, substitute panko breadcrumbs for crunch instead.
By Wednesday I have a feeling that these 10-Minute Oven-Baked Tostadas at Yellow Bliss Road will be in order. Because dinner in 10 minutes, thank you very much. Follow the basic how-to, and if you want, you can even use Kristin’s recipe for homemade refried beans. Or grab a can of some all-natural refried beans (the ones from Amy’s Kitchen are surprisingly tasty and vegan, with nothing icky added) and go even faster. You can always throw some store-bought rotisserie chicken on there too.
These Sumac Chicken Kabob Quinoa Bowls at CookingLSL look like platefuls of health in the most delicious way. Just what we need this week! If you’re not familiar with sumac, it’s a middle eastern spice that adds a sour flavor. It’s easier to find in conventional supermarkets these days, though if you can’t get your hands on some, substitute lemon zest or store-bought lemon pepper seasoning.
The Friday before the last weekend of the year deserves something super fun and also super easy (amirite?). This recipe for Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pork Burrito Bowls at With Salt & Wit are both — and more. A lot more, actually. This dinner is a little adventurous, sweet and savory, easy to make, full of flavor, and a total crowd pleaser: I can think of no better way to set the tone for what family dinner should be in the year to come.