Meal Plan for May 13-17, 2019 (Week 20)

Free Weekly Dinner Menu Plan for Week 20, 2019; 1-Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, 2-Easy Cheeseburger Pie, 3-Crockpot Orange Chicken, 4-Fettuccine with Tomato Basil Sauce, 5-Grilled Brats with Peppers and Onions

Week 20

Notes for this week:

  • Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya on Day 1 uses chicken, onions, and peppers from the freezer. If your stock is low, this would be a good time to cook extra and replenish it.
  • Easy Cheeseburger Pie on Day 2 uses ground beef from the freezer. Again—if your stock is low, this would be a good time to replenish it.
  • Crockpot Orange Chicken on Day 3 requires a bit of prep time, but unlike most crockpot recipes, it can be prepared 2-3 hours before mealtime. See the instructions for more information.

Dinner Meal Plan Archive

Day 1

  • Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
  • Veggie Sticks and Dip

Day 2

  • Easy Cheeseburger Pie
  • Apple Slices
  • Green Salad

Day 3

  • Crockpot Orange Chicken
  • Sugar Snap Peas

Day 4

  • Fettuccine with Tomato Basil Sauce
  • Spinach Salad

Day 5

  • Beef Brats with Peppers and Onions
  • Orange Slices
  • Pasta Salad

Day 1 Dinner Menu

  • Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
  • Veggie Sticks and Dip
White bowl and fork with rice, black beans, sausage, tomatoes, and green chilies

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Creole
Servings: 6 servings
Calories per Serving: 438
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3 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Using chopped cooked chicken, onions, and peppers from the freezer along with a box mix puts Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya on the table in under 30 minutes.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Bring water and Rotel tomatoes and green chilies to a boil in a large pot. Add black beans, cooked chicken, sautéed onions and peppers, and rice mix. Cover and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes. In a skillet, sauté the sliced kielbasa until browned. Drain off grease and add kielbasa slices to the rice mixture, stirring gently. Continue cooking until the 20 minutes is up and the rice is tender. Serve immediately.

Notes

Note: To reduce the amount of fat, drain the kielbasa in a colander and rinse with hot water before adding to the rice.
Recipe Author: Mary Ann Kelley
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya Recipe Page

Day 2 Dinner Menu

  • Easy Cheeseburger Pie
  • Apple Slices
  • Green Salad
White plate with slice of cheeseburger pie and sprig of parsley

Easy Cheeseburger Pie

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories per Serving: 381
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5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Easy Cheeseburger Pie is an easy one dish meal that can be adjusted to a variety of flavors.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400°F. Spread beef and onion in bottom of lightly greased, 9-inch pie plate; sprinkle salt, chilies, and cheese over cooked ground beef. In a separate mixing bowl, stir remaining ingredients together until well blended. Pour egg mixture into pie plate. Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Notes

Add Montreal Steak Seasoning for a punch of garlic and black pepper, or serve it with salsa, sour cream, and fresh cilantro for a southwestern flavor. I like to play around with various cheese for variety; Monterey Jack or Irish cheddar would give completely different flavors.
Recipe Author: Mary Ann Kelley
Easy Cheeseburger Pie Recipe Page

Day 3 Dinner Menu

  • Crockpot Orange Chicken
  • Sugar Snap Peas
Chicken with orange sauce over rice, chopsticks, and two orange slices on a blue plate

Crockpot Orange Chicken

Course: Main Dish
Servings: 8 servings
Calories per Serving: 469
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3 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time: 5 hrs
Crockpot Orange Chicken is not only tasty but makes a beautiful dish. You'll need a little extra prep time to get it started but if you cook it on high you could start it about 3 hours before dinnertime and have it ready when everyone gets home from their evening activities.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed (no pulp)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp chili sauce
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • orange juice, if needed
  • 3 cups rice, cooked

Instructions

  • In a small bowl (or resealable bag), mix together flour, garlic powder, ginger, and cornstarch. Dredge (or shake) the chicken pieces in the flour mixture and shake off the excess. Discard remaining flour mixture. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and thoroughly brown chicken. Place chicken into crockpot. In a small mixing bowl, combine orange juice concentrate, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, salt, chili sauce, cornstarch and red pepper flakes (adjust amount of sugar and red pepper flakes to taste). Pour sauce mixture evenly over the chicken, and toss gingerly to coat. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, or on high for about 2 hours. If sauce is too thick, add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup prepared orange juice and stir. Cover and cook about 30 minutes more. Serve over rice.

Notes

Optional additional orange juice not included in nutritional data.
Recipe Author: Mary Ann Kelley
Crockpot Orange Chicken Recipe Page

Day 4 Dinner Menu

  • Fettuccine with Tomato Basil Sauce
  • Spinach Salad
White plate with fettuccine and tomato sauce, topped with Parmesan cheese

Fettuccine with Tomato Basil Sauce

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories per Serving: 332
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0 from 0 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Eating a vegetarian dish at least once a week is a good way to save on groceries, and Fettuccine with Tomato Basil Sauce is quick and easy.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 28 oz whole tomatoes, broken up but undrained
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 oz fettuccine, cooked and kept warm
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil and sauté the onion and garlic until tender. Add the tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve sauce over fettuccini with Parmesan cheese for garnish if desired.

Notes

Parmesan cheese garnish is not included in nutrition data.
Recipe Author: Mary Ann Kelley
Fettuccine with Tomato Basil Sauce Recipe Page

Day 5 Dinner Menu

  • Beef Brats with Peppers and Onions
  • Orange Slices
  • Pasta Salad
Bratwurst on a hotdog bun with mustard, diced red and green bell peppers and diced onions

Grilled Bratwurst

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: German
Servings: 6 servings
Calories per Serving: 240
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4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
If you are following our method of prepping ahead, you may want to add extra onions and peppers to your list and cook enough to stock your freezer.

Ingredients

  • 6 turkey or beef brats
  • 3 cups apple cider, to cover
  • condiments, as desired
  • 6 hoagie rolls
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

Instructions

  • Add the sausages and cider to a large pan; bring to a boil, and then turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, sauté the onion and pepper. Drain and finish sausages on the grill or in the broiler to your family's preference. Serve on the rolls with sautéed or grilled peppers and onions and your favorite condiments.

Notes

This is a good time to stock up on onions and peppers for the freezer.
Recipe Author: Mary Ann Kelley
Grilled Bratwurst Recipe Page

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Free Weekly Dinner Menu Plan for Week 20, 2019; 1-Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, 2-Easy Cheeseburger Pie, 3-Crockpot Orange Chicken, 4-Fettuccine with Tomato Basil Sauce, 5-Grilled Brats with Peppers and Onions


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Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.

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