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Can you suggest easy dinners for a stressful month?

pistachio peas | Mar 29, 201505:02 PM

As some of you know, I'm finishing my doctoral thesis in the next month or so. I need to have healthy, easy dinners that I can pull together quickly, or that my partner can make. He can follow recipes, but he isn't good at coming up with dishes to make on his own. This isn't a problem, since I have plenty of cookbooks.

I pasted below our next two weeks of dinners as I have planned them out. I made this plan based on the groceries we have, and to have some variety in what we eat. Does this seem like the easiest type of plan? Or should I be going more simple and basic?

I would love any ideas or feedback!

Sun: Chicken strips (from freezer) + braised cabbage (from All about braising)

Mon: Marcella's tuna & tomato sauce with pasta

Tues: Italian pork chops with fennel seeds + Maple and Mustard roasted vegetables both from Pure Simple Cooking

Wed: Dumplings from freezer

Thurs: Onion & cheese tart (leftover pie dough from freezer) with salad

Fri: Pick up rotisserie chicken from grocery store with sauteed artichoke hearts and peas (both from freezer)

Sat: Mushroom & barley soup (from Good Cook Soups) with garlic bread

Sun: Braised pork chops w/ sage & tomatoes from Marcella book + sauteed zucchini + garlic bread

Monday: Order pizza

Tuesday: Chana masala (from Orangette), with brown rice

Wednesday: Mushroom barley soup from freezer

Thursday: chicken with lemon & parsley from Marcella w/ sauteed kale & roasted carrots

Friday: Rigatoni with beef and celery sauce (from Trattoria cookbook) and salad

Saturday: leftover rigatoni

Sunday: Oven-roasted pork with rosemary from In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite, polenta & sauteed green beans on the side

Monday: leftover pork

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