Meal Planning: Variety is the spice of life!

This weeks meal plan contains a couple of dinners that can be made over the weekend with a few others that can be made after you get home from a busy day. I don't always have a lot of time during the week to cook dinner right after work. I have a long commute to and from the office so cooking when I get home may be the last thing I want to do.

I try to take advantage of the weekend to make a couple of heat & eat dinners so that way I at least know we are going to have a healthy dinner without waiting to eat at 8:00 pm! Staying true to being flextarian, I incorporated two vegetarian dinners this week. Especially during the holiday season which we are smack dab in the middle of, it is nice to have a few dinners that are vegetarian to help balance busy weekends.

Let's get to the recipes! If you try any, I'd love to hear what you thought of them. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.



Vegetarian Chili is a great dish to make over the weekend and then simply heat & eat it for dinner. Plus, leftovers can be used for lunch which means less time spent trying to make sure lunch is a healthy option. Interestingly, most recipes call for cocoa powder. I never used it in chili before but boy does it make a difference! Click here for Hummusapien's Vegetarian chili recipe.

chili recipe


Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos. I had never heard of Bang Bang until I was watching an Anthony Hopkins movie, in which his character was imprisoned and asked for Bang Bang Chicken for dinner one night. I forget the name of the movie - I am lucky I remember Anthony Hopkins name! But anyway, Bang Bang sauce is basically mayo, chili sauce, honey & hot sauce combined. It is a great sweet & spicy flavor. Click here for the recipe from Damn Delicious.

shrimp taco


Slow cooker ribs. I love using my slow cooker. It is so helpful to make sure we have a flavorful hot dinner ready for us when we get home. Ribs in the slow cooker fall off the bone after cooking on low for at least 6-8 hours. Pair the ribs with broccoli, corn and a salad for a non-carb dinner. Click here for the recipe from The Gunny Sack.

BBQ ribs


Vegetarian Pot Pie can be made on the weekend and simply heated up in a warm oven for about 30 minutes. I like to make it in individual serving dishes so it heats up faster. Otherwise, a large casserole dish of pot pie may take longer to heat up. I really like the recipe from the Minimalist Baker. Click here to access the recipe. While it has a biscuit topping, I make the recipe ahead of time and use refrigerated biscuits on top when heating up the pot pies. That makes it fast for a weeknight meal.

pot pie recipe


Woo hoo! It's Friday! Dinner on Friday can be a little more relaxing because we don't have to get up as early on Saturday in my household. Tonight's dinner is Mozzarella Spinach stuffed chicken breast. Cheese, veggies and chicken - what's not to love. The recipe from Eat Well 101 can be found by clicking here. Serve with broccoli and maybe some penne pasta! Can you say YUM?

chicken recipe

I hope this weeks meal plan post has inspired you to plan your meals! It is easy and doesn't take a lot of time to ensure you have a healthy and well balanced week of dinners ready. If you try any of the above, let me know what you think. Happy Eating!

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