Easy Weeknight Dinners for Family | Meal Plan Menu (8/30/21)

Easy Weeknight Dinners for Family | Meal Plan Menu (8/30/21)

This week in your Cook Smarts meal plan, we’ll share a Greek chicken recipe to serve over pasta, an antipasto salad recipe full of classic Italian ingredients, a recipe for frittata that’s full of hash browns and sausage, and a delicious grilled Huli Huli Chicken recipe. 

  • By Leila Kalmbach
  • August 27, 2021

MONDAY

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

This Mediterranean meal is as beautiful in its simplicity as it is delectable in its flavors. Aside from the stockpot for boiling spaghetti, you’ll use just one pan or slow cooker bowl to simmer chicken with green beans, bell peppers, diced tomatoes, olives, and aromatics. With just 30 minutes of active time, this is a great meal to put together at lunchtime in the slow cooker, and let it scent the house all day until dinner. To serve, spoon chicken and sauce over a bed of pasta and top it with Parmesan cheese. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Save time by making this meal ahead of time, and simply reheat to serve.
  • Leftover Greek chicken freezes well, or can be made into hoagie sandwiches with melted cheese on top.

Diet Variation:

  • Use tamari instead of soy sauce and gluten-free pasta instead of regular in the gluten-free version of this meal. 
  • You’ll up the amount of chicken in the paleo version to make up for not having pasta. You’ll also skip the Parmesan, use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, and serve this meal over cauliflower rice.
  • Use garbanzos instead of chicken in the vegetarian version. 

TUESDAY

Antipasto Salad with Tuna

An Italian antipasto plate gets a dinner makeover in this no-cook meal. You’ll include everything you’d expect to see on the classic Italian appetizer spread — Genoa salami, provolone, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, canned tuna, walnuts, and more — but you’ll serve it over mixed greens with a homemade red wine vinaigrette for a healthy, filling meal. We love dinner salads this time of year, and it’s especially perfect during a time when we’re all craving a getaway. Eat it outdoors on the patio with a glass of red wine or a lemon sparkling water, and pretend you’re in Italy!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Since Monday’s Greek chicken recipe called for kalamata olives, we also included them in this antipasto salad recipe so that you can use up a jar and none goes to waste. Didn’t make Monday’s meal? Feel free to sub the olive of your choice.
  • Add fresh bread on the side if you wish to bulk up this meal some more.

Diet Variation:

  • No changes are needed for a gluten-free meal. 
  • Skip the provolone in the paleo version of this dinner.
  • Use cannellini beans instead of the salami and tuna in the vegetarian version.

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WEDNESDAY

Hash Brown Frittata with Sausage and Cheese

This crowd-pleasing meal is simple to put together, taking just a few common ingredients. You’ll sauté spinach, chicken apple sausage, and hash browns before mixing them all together with whisked eggs and cheddar, then baking in the oven. 25 minutes later, the sliced frittata is served with your favorite combination of diced fresh fruit. Use whatever’s in season and smells enticing at the farmer’s market or grocery store! This meal comes together in 40 minutes, but just 25 of those are hands-on time. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • We love a cooling fruit salad with this meal, but sub a simple mixed greens salad if you prefer. 
  • This frittata can be made in advance and reheated for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
  • Cube leftover frittata and serve in tortillas for breakfast tacos or burritos.

Diet Variation:

  • No changes are needed for a gluten-free meal. 
  • Go paleo by skipping the cheese, as well as the milk that gets whisked with the eggs in the original recipe. You’ll also use sweet potato hash browns rather than regular. 
  • Use vegan sausage in the vegetarian version.

THURSDAY

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

This Hawaiian-style chicken thigh is served with grilled asparagus, fresh pineapple spears, and sweet Hawaiian rolls. The chicken gets marinated in a sweet, tangy marinade containing fresh ginger, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and ketchup, which is thick enough to stay on the chicken as it cooks and sweet enough for the sugars to caramelize slightly. Warm the rolls before serving by toasting them briefly on the grill. Make sandwiches if you prefer, or just eat them on the side.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Choose your cooking preference — we give you instructions for both grill and stovetop. 
  • Be sure to watch the chicken as it cooks so the marinade doesn’t burn!

Diet Variation:

  • To eat gluten-free, use tamari in the marinade instead of soy sauce, and make mashed sweet potatoes with Huli Huli butter instead of using Hawaiian rolls.
  • You’ll make sweet potatoes with Huli Huli butter in the paleo version as well, and make a few swaps in the marinade.
  • Make Huli Huli Tempeh in the vegetarian version of this meal. 

All meals come with gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options, as well as a grocery list and optional weekend prep steps. Join our weekly meal plan service to get the grocery list, dinner steps, and more cooking tips for these 4 simple dinners.

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