Family dinner ideas with real food ingredients

Family dinner ideas with real food ingredients

This week’s meal plan starts to move into the comfort meal territory. Lots of slow cooking and hearty pasta dishes. Now that it really feels like winter is coming (or arrived), it’s time to make the switch in the kitchen too. We are also doing a little test run on Thanksgiving with a turkey tenderloin in the crock pot. Cooking a turkey breast in the slow cooker on Thanksgiving is a great tip to make sure you have plenty of white meat to go around, especially for the all important sandwiches the next day.

On deck this week…

Sunday~ Meatloaf, Carrots and Whole Wheat Couscous. {Plus my sister’s yummy apple crisp, thanks!!}

Monday~ Orange and Honey Chicken Drumsticks in the slow cooker, corn and pasta shells

Tuesday~ “Lazy Bolognese” sauce from Dinner a Love Story cookbook. Sautéed green beans on the side and spaghetti.

Wednesday~ Early Thanksgiving dinner with Turkey Tenderloin in the slow cooker, cranberry sauce, smashed garlic potatoes and maybe a little stuffing if I can squeeze it in.

Thursday~ CORN {clean.out.refrigerator.night}

Friday~ Easy pizza night…which means I pick up rolled out pizza dough from our local bakery so it’s easy for Dad to cook with the kids while I head out for Mom’s Night Out and shop the Needham Winter Marketplace, presented by Parent Talk.

Saturday~ Date night with friends.


Are you hosting Thanksgiving? Look for a post later this week with some tips for getting ready for the big day!


Monday Meal Plan at Random Recycling.jpg

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

7 replies
  1. Divina says:

    I love how you plan the whole week ahead of time. I hate to cook so usual avoid all day long until too late to make something mouthwatering. Looks delicious!

Comments are closed.