Mains, Recipes

Make a Plan: 4 Weeks of Family Dinners

February 1, 2015

I want to help you.

I know you have a bazillion things on your plate so let me take one of them off right now. Let’s plan dinner…..for the whole month. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what you are going to make tonight and the next night and the next night for the next 28 nights?

There are more than enough ideas here to take you through February, most of them healthy, most of them kid-friendly, and all of them delicious! I tend to only make 3-4 meals a week and eat leftovers the rest of the time, but if you have a bigger family or are leftover-adverse I’ve given you a different dinner for every night. Most of these are meals in and of themselves but a few will need a salad or some steamed rice to make a complete dinner. So break out your shopping list and let’s get started!


Mini Mexican Meatloaves


  1. Classic Tamale Pie with Sweet Potato-Cornbread Crust
  2. Easy Chicken Empanadas with Garlic Mojo Sauce
  3. Spicy Turkey Chili with Chocolate
  4. Mini Mexican Meatloaves
  5. 30 Minute Caramelized Shallot, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Pasta {from How Sweet Eats}
  6. Perfect Pot of Beans
  7. Charred Pasilla and Corn Crepes

Soy Sriracha Chicken Fajitas

  1. Soy Sriracha Chicken Fajitas
  2. Tacos al Pastor with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
  3. One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese {from Damn Delicious}
  4. Pork Tostada Ahogada (Drowned Pork Tostadas)
  5. Sweet Potato Nachos with Smoked Cheddar and Black Beans
  6. Crispy Parmesan Crusted Fish
  7. Karahi Lentil Soup

Chopped Garden Salad with Queso Fresco and Crispy Tortilla Croutons

  1. Truly Authentic Falafel {from Beard and Bonnet}
  2. Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup with Chard
  3. Turkish Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Mayonnaise and Toasted Bread
  4. Mole Verde Meatball Sandwiches
  5. Chopped Garden Salad with Queso Fresco and Crispy Tortilla Croutons
  6. Bacon, Potato, Blue Cheese, and Arugula Flatbread {from Salt and Wind}
  7. Simple Lime Roasted Chicken Thighs

Jose Garces’ Cuban Sandwich


  1. Jose Garces’ Cuban Sandwich
  2. 3-Ingredient Pork Flautas
  3. Quinoa Fried Rice
  4. Korean Chicken Wings {from Katie at the Kitchen Door}
  5. Broccoli Cheese Soup
  6. Pasta with Swiss Chard, Sausage, and Yellow Wax Beans (you could use green beans)
  7. Tomatoey Polenta and Shrimp


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