Sunday Meal Planning {Italian & Mexican Easy Weekday Meals}


In this week’s Sunday Meal Planning Series we are featuring two EASY weekday recipes (1 Italian and 1 Mexican) to help round out your week. With this series we hope to help you find a few great meals that you can cook for your family. And be sure to check back on Sundays for more meal planning ideas.  

1) Turkey and Spinach Manicotti:  I love lasagna but wanted a slightly healthier version of the meaty-cheesy traditional recipe. This recipe one uses ground turkey instead of ground beef and I use a mixture of cottage cheese and ricotta (versus only ricotta in the recipe), which also gives the health-o-meter a little help. The other thing I do is chop the cooked ground turkey, spinach, spices and onion for a couple of pulses in my food processor, to make the filling more ground. It looks lovely coming out of the oven, so it makes a great entertaining dish too!

2) Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas: This is the most SIMPLE, yummy, warms-you-in-the-tummy meal! The only change to the recipe is that I add 1 tablespoon of butter to the bottom of the slow cooker. Then I follow the recipe: add cut bell peppers, onions and chicken breasts to the crock pot. Pour a package of salsa (I get the roasted salsa at Trader Joe’s) over the chicken and peppers. Cover, turn on for 6 – 7 hours and walk away. Stir about 4 -5 hours in to help break up the meat. Return that evening and dinner is done! You’re welcome!

Any other easy meals you are planning to make this week that you can share? We would LOVE to hear, as we could all use some new easy ideas in the kitchen!