What Cooking? Simple Dinners Meal Plan

Struggling with 

What to Cook for Dinner?

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It’s Monday and it’s time to decide, if you haven’t already, what’s for dinner this week. I have our meal plan ready below. It’s nothing too fancy but it will keep us fed this week.

Menu plan with recipe links

Back in November we decided to eat at home even more than we usually do.

We informally decided we wouldn’t be eating out for a month or so. Nothing set in stone. We will off and on go out to lunch or dinner here and there.

But not more than once a week. So making another small changed seemed very doable.

We are now starting month 4 of this experiment. We haven’t eating out since the end of October. Not even a drive thru pick up.

I was surprised I haven’t missed eating out. We are spending a bit more on groceries but not that much. No where near what we would have spent if we had been eating out.

It’s been pretty easy to stick to. But that is because I meal plan every single week. If you’ve been following my meal planning posts, you know we don’t eat fancy food. But it all delicious frugal meals that are easy to make.

Because we are all too busy to spend all day in the kitchen cooking.

How long will we keep up this no eating out strike? I don’t know for sure, but when we do go out to eat, it will likely be with extended family for birthday celebration or something like that.

But let’s get to what we’ll be making at home this week.

Here’s what’s on our Meal Plan for this Week,


Easy and Delicious Pan Fried Pork Chops

Pan Fried Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans

Tacos, Refried Beans, Chips, and Salsa

Southern Fried Tofu over Egg Noodles with a Salad

Sesame Chicken, Rice, and Stir Fry Vegetables

Pancakes, Sausage, and Eggs

Salmon Patties, Rice, Tartar Sauce, and Vegetables

Chicken Mushroom Noodles, Salad and Fruit


Leftovers most days

Waffle Maker Pizza Pockets with Salad

Hoagie Roll Sandwiches, Chips, and Fruit


I love how easy these cinnamon twist scones are to make. They are as easy to mix up as biscuits, but turn out looking so fancy. Great for breakfast or brunch when company is coming over. They are also a frugal breakfast recipe costing only $.10 each. My family gobbles these up every time I made them.

Toast with Eggs

Cinnamon Twist Scones, Eggs, and Sausage

Eggs, Sausage, Hash Browns, and Toast

Where to find more menu plan ideas for this week. Do you need help planning your menu? Find my menu planning tips here with a free printable menu planner page and here for my frugal menu planning tips.

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4 thoughts on “What Cooking? Simple Dinners Meal Plan”

  1. Looks like you have some yummy meals planned for this week!

    I made a pork loin roast last night, but it didn’t turn out so well. I marinated it in an herb and garlic sauce, but it didn’t take up the flavor too well, so it tasted bland.

    Tonight we’re having tacos, which is so easy to make and I know it always tastes good 🙂

    Have a great week!

    1. Tacos are always a yummy dinner. I’m sorry to hear your pork roast didn’t take up the flavor very well. You might try cutting a slit here and there through the top of the roast and adding a half garlic clove to each one. That helps to get the garlic flavor into the meat.

      I hope you have a great week too!

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