Dinner Menu

What’s for Dinner This Week?

Welcome to a new week



As you begin to look ahead to this week ahead and all the craziness, I would love to help you think about your dinner plans.  Are you a person who likes to think about dinner each morning, and then hope you have what you need to make it or run to the store to get those few things you need to complete your meal? Or are you a planner and like to shop once a week and have all that you need to get you and your family through without unscheduled runs to the grocery store?

I fall somewhere in between those 2 categories.  Sometimes I can plan for the week and get most of what I need.  Then hope I don’t have to return to the store…but there are many weeks where day to day I am still trying to figure out what to make for dinner.

Today, I would love to give you a week’s worth of ideas and a grocery list so you can have all that hassle taken care of.  Let me know what you think.

I will put links to each recipe (some from Kimmy’s Cucina and some from other sources) and at the end a grocery list for you.

I hope you have a great day and a wonderful week!!


It’s Monday and we all know after a crazy weekend, it is hard to get into the swing of things…so why not start your week out easy with this great Salad that can be made ahead and thrown together when you are ready to serve.  This recipe is from a Food Blog called Cafe Delites and will be a great addition to your dinner menu.

Honey Mustard, Chicken Avocado and Bacon Salad



For tonight’s meal you can prepare the Mac & Cheese ahead of time and assemble the burgers and have it all ready to cook when it is dinner time.  If you are not feeling the Jalapeno Burger, don’t stuff it…problem solved…

The leftover Mac & Cheese can be used for lunches for another day this week.  I would cut up some fresh veggies and serve them raw with this dish.  (A nice plate of carrots, cucumbers and peppers).  You could also throw some green beans on your raw platter or steam them up.

Jalapeno Stuffed Burger


Gouda Mac & Cheese


I love Chicken Chili!! This recipe is another quick dish to put together and it can be made ahead and you can simmer it in the crock pot all day.  Definitely a fix and forget dish.  Your only work will be putting together the biscuits.  This will take a little bit of time, but we put them in a pan so you don’t have to worry about rolling out the dough and it makes it so much easier. (If you want to double the recipe you can also use the leftovers with your Chicken and Gravy.)


Chicken Chili

Buttermilk Biscuits



If you decide to make the Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna you won’t be disappointed.  It will take a little bit of time to prepare but you will love the flavor.  If you have the time in the morning, you can throw it together and put in fridge until you are ready to cook (take out about an hour before so it is not going in the oven cold).  Or if you have the time you can put it together real time.  There is not recipe for the sausages, but you can just throw some Italian Sausages in a baking dish and add some onions if you want and they will make a great accompaniment.  Add a loaf of bread and a salad (not on the grocery list) and you can complete this meal if you want more.

Roasted Red Pepper Lasagna with Sausages



What a great way to start the weekend, putting dinner in the crock pot and leaving it.  When dinner time comes around you will have minimal work and be ready to unwind and relax.  You can accompany this with some rice or mashed potatoes.  You will want something for all that great gravy that you will have.  I would put a salad together to go with this as well.  Hopefully you will have some of those great buttermilk biscuits left and can use them up tonight.

Crock Pot Chicken with Sweet Onion Milk Gravy

Saturday (Or alternative Weeknight Meal)…

It’s Saturday…throw some Steaks on the Grill and make this easy potato salad and you have the beginning of a great meal.  I would grill some asparagus with the steaks and it is so easy you can just pour a glass of wine and relax for the evening.  Dinner is DONE!!!

Steaks with Red Potato Salad with Dill

I hope these ideas are helpful to you!  Please let me know what you think.  I would love to hear from you.  Tell me what other ideas you are looking for.  Have a wonderful week!


Honey – 1 cup (Chicken Salad and Biscuits)

Grain Mustard (Chicken Salad)

Dijon Mustard (Chicken Salad)

Mayonaise (Coleslaw with Burgers)

Roasted Red Peppers – 2 12 ounce jars (Red Pepper Lasagna)

Crushed Tomatoes – 2 28 ounce cans (Red Pepper Lasagna)

Red Pepper Flakes (Red Potato Salad)

Cumin (Burger and Chicken Chili)

Flour (Biscuits, Mac & Cheese and Red Pepper Lasagna)

Fresh Ground Nutmeg (Red Pepper Lasagna)

Baking Powder  (Biscuits)

Baking Soda (Biscuits)

Sugar – 1 cup (Biscuits)

Kosher Salt & Pepper (All recipes)

Olive Oil

Butter – 1 lb (Biscuits, Mac & Cheese and Red Pepper Lasagna)

Milk – 8 cups (Mac & Cheese, Red Pepper Lasagna and Chicken & Gravy)

Buttermilk – 1 cup (Biscuits)

Sour Cream – 2-3 cups (Biscuits, Chicken Chili and Chicken & Gravy)

Garlic-6-7 bulbs for all recipes

Fresh Dill (Red Potato Salad)

Lemon Tarragon (Coleslaw)

Grape Tomatoes (Chicken Salad)

Avocado (Chicken Salad)

Cilantro (Burger)

Red Onion (Chicken Salad)

Sweet Onions – 6 (Chicken Chili and Chicken & Gravy)

Red Potatoes (Red Potato Salad)

Jalapeno Peppers – 3-4 (Burgers)

Scallions (Chicken Chili)

Lime (Chicken Chili)

Coleslaw Mix (Burgers)

Romaine Lettuce (For Chicken Salad and for any other salads for the week)

Marscapone Cheese (2-3) (Red Potato Salad)

Fontina Cheese – 1 cup (Burgers)

Gouda Cheese – 2 cups (Mac & Cheese)

Frozen Corn- 3 cups (Chicken Salad & Chicken Chili)

Lasagna Sheets – 1 box (Red Potato Salad)

Bread Crumbs – 1 cup (Mac & Cheese)

Cannellini Beans – 2 Cans (Chicken Chili)

Chilies – 1 can (Chicken Chili)

Red Wine – 1 cup (Red Pepper Lasagna)

White Wine – 1 cup (Chicken & Gravy)

Chicken Broth – 64 ounces plus 1 cup (Chicken Chili, Chicken & Gravy and Mac & Cheese)

Bacon (Chicken Salad)

Ground Beef (Enough for 3-4 out of a pound because you are stuffing them so they need to be a bit bigger)

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs or Breasts (Enough for Salad and Chicken Chili)

5-7 Lb Whole Chicken

Italian Sausages



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