Healthy white bean and mushroom stew

If you live in the Boston area, we really didn’t need the groundhog to tell us we have six more weeks of winter. With another snowstorm coming, I’m not sure we will even see the ground in six weeks. At least we will have warm food in our bellies and dreams of our warm vacation this past week. Thank you to my wonderful in-laws for taking care of us, especially while Daddy and I escaped for 24 hours for some blissful quiet time. A dose of the beach did wonders for us all.

As this week’s meal plan came together, there were so many recipes I kept coming back to that featured chicken thighs. In The Kitchn Cookbook, they call them the Next Big Thing and I have to agree. Chicken thighs are hard to overcook, full of flavor and often less expensive per pound than chicken breasts. Our kids generally eat chicken thigh recipes more consistently than chicken breast recipes so I’ll count that as another win.

Healthy white bean and mushroom stew

On the menu…

S: Italian spaghetti and roasted asparagus

M: Skillet Roasted Cauliflower and Sausage Rigatoni {new recipe}

T: White bean and mushroom stew. Our vegetarian pick of the week. A repeat recipe that is making a comeback.

W: Coconut Chicken Curry slow cooker. I picked the same recipe to make the week I came home from vacation last year. It is my all time favorite slow cooker recipe from Aimee at Simple Bites. I have been sharing her recipes for years with friends and adore her family style of cooking. Her first cookbook, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars: Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, is releasing this week and I can’t wait for it to grace my doorstep.

T: C.O.R.N.  {also known as Clean Out Refrigerator Night}

F: Pizza night

S: Valentine’s Day! Date night in with some beef tenderloin, creamed spinach and oven baked fries. Plus a really good bottle of red wine.

S: Roasted chicken thighs and squash over polenta. Another new recipe from The Kitchn cookbook.

Weeknight dinner roasted cauliflower and sausage rigatoni


Monday meal plan to help organize family dinner

For more inspiration, see three years of past menus here, my Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.


19 replies
  1. Jenny says:

    Your menu plan looks delicious! We are going to opt for a Valentine’s date night in as well. It’ll be make-your-own pizza night with everyone’s favorite toppings!

  2. nancy b. says:

    Wow – great ideas and great timing because I am in a menu rut! Love them all but especially want to try the chicken and polenta – yum! Thanks for (as always) thoughtful and delish meals!

  3. Tamara @ We3Travel says:

    Yes, this winter has me wanting only warming comfort food! I love the stews and slow cooker recipes. My freezer is now full of soups that I made last weekend for those cold, cold snowy days.

    • Emily Roach says:

      I also took out chili from the freezer today. I need to do a better job and stock it with a couple of options.

    • Emily Roach says:

      Our grocery delivery was delayed by the storm so I’m hoping to make it later this week. We had to use up some chili from the freezer instead!

  4. Leticia Barr says:

    Oh my goodness! I just took a peek at the recipe for Slow Cooker Coconut Ginger Chicken and Vegetables and I know what I’m making next week for dinner! And what a bonus that I have most of the ingredients on hand in the freezer already! Thanks so much!

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