5 ways to make simple dinners for the week

5 ways to make simple dinners for the week

Planning dinners for the week is one of the easiest ways to save time and money. It also helps your week to go smoother and can reduce stress. Is this something that you are already doing or is it new for you? Read my post How to meal plan if you need a refresher. Find out the 5 ways to make simple dinners for the week below!

  1. Set a day to plan your menu for the week
    • If you have weekends off carve out 30 minutes to plan
    • I set an alarm to remind me
  2. After you plan the meals, make your grocery list
    • Do this in your kitchen so you can double check what is in your fridge, freezer and pantry
  3. Grocery shop
    • My favorite way to do this is online order pickup. This has saved me so much time and money (no impulse buys)
  4. Do prep work
    • Try gathering the ingredients you need for each meal and put them in a bin or bag. Place it in the fridge so you just have to grab the bin or bag for the specific night.
    • Cook what you can ahead of time
    • Cut/chop vegetables
  5. Don’t be afraid to use shortcuts
    • Crockpots and Instapots make cooking easier
    • Buy some of the components already done
      • Sauces, side dishes, chopped veggies,

Here are our Simple dinners for the week:


Egg roll in a Bowl by Fed and Fit

Some of the shortcuts I plan on doing for this recipe are:

  • Buy pre-shredded carrots and cabbage
  • For people who will be using meat- I am going to have Applegate grilled chicken strips

I love that everyone can add the ingredients that they want!


Crispy Potato and Refried Bean Tacos by Plantfully based

We really love tacos! They make an appearance at least once a week in some form. Tacos are really versatile and can be made in tortillas, as a salad or rice bowl.




Lemony Basil creamy vegan pasta by Plays well with Butter


Chickpea wraps

  • Pitas
  • Tatziki sauce
  • Chickpeas (drain, rinse, dry & then drizzle with some olive oil, salt and pepper & roast at 425 for about 20 minutes)
  • Fresh veggies (cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion)
  1. Spread the sauce on the pita
  2. Add Chickpeas and veggies
  3. Enjoy!

You can easily add chicken and feta cheese if desired!


Fried Rice by Elizabeth Rider


Tuna or Chickpea melts and soup

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • OR
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • Mash and add 4 TBL mayo, then add salt, pepper & garlic powder
  • Spread tuna or chickpea mixture onto your favorite bread
  • Add a slice of cheese & broil until the cheese melts
  • Then add sliced tomato & lettuce

I hope you enjoyed my 5 ways to make simple dinners for the week! What’s on your menu this week?

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