Next Week's Meal Plan

A Week of Lazy Family Dinners — Because I’m Tired of Cooking

updated Nov 21, 2023
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After cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my family this year, I’m feeling just a bit of cooking fatigue. And since I can’t totally quit cooking for the week, I’m opting for the next best thing: stacking my meal plan with the easiest and most comforting recipes I know.

This week’s dinners require minimal effort (and minimal cleanup!) and reward you with ultra-comforting dinners the whole table is bound to love. Plus, they’ll help me use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. Here are the five impossibly easy dinners I’m preparing this week.

Week of Lazy Family Dinners

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Monday - Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Sausage, and Butternut Squash
A fall-inspired recipe for crispy sheet pan gnocchi that comes together in 30 minutes.
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Tuesday - Rotisserie Chicken Tacos

These tacos are one of my favorite defaults when I don’t feel like cooking, and this week I’ll make them to use up the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. Then they’ll simply get topped with bagged broccoli slaw, avocado, and a squeeze of lime.

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Wednesday - Perfect BLT
A step-by-step guide to making the sandwich of summer, filled with juicy, ripe tomatoes, salty bacon, and crisp lettuce.
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Thursday - Slow Cooker Baked Ziti
Slow cooker baked ziti is just like the traditional casserole with tender noodles swimming in marinara & mixed with a double dose of gooey, melted cheese.
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Friday - Nachos
Our step-by-step guide to making restaurant-style nachos at home.
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