A 7-Day Quick-Prep Meal Plan for the Week
Being strapped for time doesn't mean the drive-thru is the only dinner option. Try these easy dinners prepped in 15 minutes or less.
Monday: Slow-Cooker Mushroom Chicken & Peas
“Some amazingly fresh mushrooms I found at our local farmers’ market inspired this recipe. When you start with the best ingredients, you can’t go wrong.” —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Mushroom Chicken & Peas.
Tuesday: Slow-Cooked Steak Fajitas
“We enjoy the flavours of Mexican food, so I was glad when I spotted the recipe for the spicy entree,” relates Twila Burkholder of Middleburg, Pennsylvania. “I simmer the beef in my slow cooker…and it always comes out nice and tender.”
Get the recipe for Slow-Cooked Steak Fajitas.
Wednesday: Pressure-Cooker Smoked Salmon Pasta
“I love making one-pot pastas in my pressure cooker. Every noodle soaks up the flavours of the delicious ingredients you throw in. I tried this version with some leftover smoked fish and fresh dill, and boom—this smoked salmon pasta was born. It’s become a staple in our house because it’s on the table in half an hour and the kids love it!” —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, Alberta
Get the recipe for Pressure-Cooker Smoked Salmon Pasta.
Thursday: Southern Okra Bean Stew
“When this spicy stew’s simmering on the stove, my family has a hard time waiting for dinner. It’s much like a thick tomato-based soup with a hearty mix of okra, brown rice and beans. Everyone leaves the table feeling satisfied—and eager to have it again soon.” —Beverly McDowell, Athens, Georgia
Get the recipe for Southern Okra Bean Stew.
Friday: Classic Chicken & Waffles
“A down-home diner special gets weeknight-easy with the help of rotisserie chicken. Want ’em even faster? Make the waffles ahead and freeze till dinnertime.” —Lauren Reiff, East Earl, PA
Get the recipe for Classic Chicken & Waffles.
Saturday: Cheeseburger Crescent Ring
“This is an easy entree that can be put together quickly after a long day at work. I guarantee that adults will enjoy it as much as kids do.” —Stephanie Hurd, Oxford, Alabama
Get the recipe for Cheeseburger Crescent Ring.
Sunday: Easy Seafood Salad
“This easy seafood salad was inspired by a dish I had in the Bahamas that featured conch. I substituted crab and shrimp and like it even more!” —Cindy Heyd, Edmond, Oklahoma
Get the recipe for Easy Seafood Salad.
Next, try this 7-day meal plan of one-pot meals.