It is that time again, friends. Friday comes around so quickly, except when it feels like it takes forever! So here we are, with our Dinner Divas Weekly Meal Plan, Week 23. By now, most of you with kids have probably slipped into somewhat of a routine. Fall has officially begun, and comfort and ease are both equally important. We have all sorts of goodness for you this week: comforting soup, blue plate specials, sexy salmon, hearty pasta, and beef. And extras, which you know are my favorites? You’ll have to wait and see. They’re good ones, you guys!
As always, grab all the Dinner Divas Weekly Meal Plan posts from the archives. We are currently sitting pretty with 161 easy weeknight recipes to make your weekly meal planning easier on you.
Cheddar Beer Soup from The Chef Next Door. Why? Simple, really. Because Beer. Cheese. and Soup.
Sheet Pan Honey Chipotle Salmon from Pook’s Pantry. Talk about sexy. Look at that spicy-sweet lacquered salmon. Looks fancy and hard, right? Try about 20 minutes, including prep and bake time, minimal cleanup, and only 4 main ingredients in the glaze. Yup. Get right on that one–and try it with chicken, too!
Apple Cider Pork Chops from Comfortably Domestic. Whenever I think of pork chops, I think of Bobby Brady saying “Pork chops and applesauce.” This was decades ago, and I can still hear his voice in my head. Yes, friends, pork chops and applesauce are a quintessential American pairing. Kirsten has upped the game by bringing some onions and subtle spicing into play. Oh, and 30 minutes and done. Take that, Bobby Brady.
Sweet and Spicy Marinated London Broil (Grass-Fed or otherwise) from me. The name of this meal explains it exactly. Score the London Broil on both sides, marinate in a sweet and spicy marinade, roast the beef. While the beef is roasting, puree the marinade and cook it down, swirling in some cream for body and mellowness. This is an easy meal, but it can also be a fancy one. So serve it on a weeknight or save it for a party. Enjoy!
Rigatoni with Escarole, White Beans, and Prosciutto from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. Here’s another 30 minute meal that tastes like it took much longer to make. Braise escarole in stock and wine. While that’s happening, cook the pasta. Add everything to the escarole, and it’s pretty much all over but the eating. Such a simple meal made savory with the prosciutto, creamy with the white beans, a little bitter (and a lot nutritious) from the escarole, and rich and luxurious with the Parm. Oh, yes.
Hooray for extras! They’re my favorite. This week, we have a snack and an adult beverage for you.
Puppy Chow Popcorn from The Chef Next Door. Let your popcorn take a dip in melted chocolate and peanut butter, and then toss it all with powdered sugar. If you think “muddy buddies” are good when made with cereal, be prepared to be wowed. You’ll want to make this for movie night, for lunchboxes, for after-school snacks, or for those few minutes you have alone before the kids come barreling in the door.
Restaurant Style Bloody Mary from Pook’s Pantry. Behold. We have saved the best for last. No mix in sight. Just real ingredients. Tomato juice, Worcestershire, lemon, horseradish. Classic. And then garnish however you like. I think I see a Bloody Mary bar in your future. Make it happen.
And that’s it, another weekly meal plan from the Dinner Divas, in the books. Enjoy these easy, comforting, and filling meals, plus that popcorn and Bloody Mary, right?
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Thanks for spending some time with the Dinner Divas. Remember, you can find all our weekly meal plan posts in the archives. Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.