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One Week of Dinner Ideas

One of my favorite things to do is sit down on Sunday and prepare my weekly menu. I know that for some people this sounds like a form of torture, but I love browsing magazines and the internet, looking for new recipes, trying to manage our grocery budget and maximize the use of items. It’s like a game for me! As activities are starting to pick back up and weeknights are getting busier, I thought it would be the perfect time to share one of our weekly sample meal schedules. It’s a full week of meals for 2 adults and 1 toddler, so you can adjust quantities as you need. We normally host friends one night a week, so planning for that, and the fact my husband and I are both leftovers-for-lunch eaters, it works for us to cook every night and not feel like we waste much. We tend to eat out and finish leftovers on the weekends. 

Turkey Burgers

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 lb ground turkey
1 egg
3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste
Everything Bagel Thins or Potato Buns (if you prefer)
Baked Beans or Sides of Choice

In a large bowl, combine turkey, 1 egg, three shakes Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Mix together and form into 5 round patties. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high and grill for 8 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches at least 160 degrees. Place the bagel thins face down on the grill to warm. Top with sliced tomato, lettuce, and traditional hamburger sauces of your choice! 

Grilled Italian Chicken

Here’s what you’ll need:
Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, 2 lbs
Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
Salad, Veggies or Fruit on Side 

World’s easiest dinner right here. Marinate your chicken in Italian Dressing for at least 1 hour (I like to start it in the morning for added flavor!) Preheat the grill to medium heat, and add Chicken, cooking 4 minutes per side, or until chicken reaches 170 degrees internally. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese for a great side dish! You can also marinate chopped vegetables in additional Italian dressing and sauté for a little extra flavor! 

Blackberry Salad

Here’s what you’ll need:
Romaine Lettuce
1 Apple cut up
Walnuts, toasted in oven
Feta Cheese
Cucumber, cut up
Bell Pepper, cut up
Kraft Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

One of our household favorites from Gimme Some Oven! Get creative with whatever produce you have in your fridge to use up or what is in season. Knowing my menu this week, I can buy fruit and vegetables in bulk that will go in Friday’s chicken spaghetti, on Monday’s turkey burgers, or as sides so we don’t waste anything. Combine in a big bowl, toss with salad dressing, and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Here’s what you’ll need:
3-4 Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
Jar of your favorite Salsa
Packet of taco seasoning (or 1-2 tbsp of homemade)
Taco fixings

Layer Chicken breast in bottom of slow cooker, cover with taco seasoning, and then jar of salsa over the top. Cook on High for 4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours. Shred with a fork and serve in tacos, on top of lettuce for taco salads, or as nachos. If you want to be a crowd favorite in your house, buy extra Velveeta and Rotel and make classic Velveeta cheese dip to go with the tacos.

Chicken Spaghetti

Here’s what you’ll need:
1lb boneless chicken breast
1 lb Velveeta, cut into cubes
1 14 oz can Rotel
1 lb spaghetti noodles
1 28oz can cream of chicken soup
128oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, any color, chopped
1 stick butter
salt and pepper to taste

Boil chicken breast in a large pot of salted water for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until cooked thru. Remove chicken from pot, and cut into small chunks. Boil spaghetti noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside. Melt the butter over medium heat and saute chopped onion and bell pepper until the onion is transparent. Add rotel, soups, cooked chicken, and spaghetti into the sautéed mixture and combine. Add the cheese and stir together, mixing well. Finally, add salt and pepper to taste and heat until cheese is combined, making sure to not let it burn on the bottom.

From one busy mom to another, I am hoping that some of these menu ideas will save you a little thought this week and help you get back into the swing of things. Below is your entire shopping list for dinners for the week—there are some sauces and staples you will already have at home that you can cross off the list, and you can plug this all into your local Walmart Grocery Pickup order and be on your way to a week’s worth of family friendly meals.

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