The Dinner Plan: Simple Weeknight Recipes and Strategies for Every Schedule by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion

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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Main course
    • Ingredients: shrimp; dried red pepper flakes; dry white wine; lemons; parsley
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Sandwiches & burgers; Main course; American; Mexican
    • Ingredients: Greek yogurt; blue cheese; shrimp; Frank's RedHot Original Sauce; flour tortillas; celery
    • Categories: Pancakes, waffles & crêpes; Quick / easy; Main course; Japanese
    • Ingredients: oyster sauce; soy sauce; green cabbage; scallions; shrimp
    • Categories: Salads; Main course; Cooking ahead; Vietnamese
    • Ingredients: rice noodles; shrimp; iceberg lettuce; carrots; red peppers; English cucumbers; avocados
    • Accompaniments: Peanut sauce
    • Categories: Sauces, general; Cooking ahead; Vietnamese; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: peanut butter; soy sauce; limes; fresh ginger; Sriracha sauce
    • Accompaniments: Shrimp summer "roll" salad
    • Categories: Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: Greek yogurt; limes; smoked paprika; Sriracha sauce; salmon fillets
    • Categories: Main course
    • Ingredients: fish fillets; thyme; sauce of your choice
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tomatoes; store-cupboard ingredients
    • Categories: Sauces, general; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: butter; store-cupboard ingredients
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    • Ingredients: limes; honey
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    • Ingredients: potatoes; thyme; cherry tomatoes; cod fillets; Kalamata olives
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    • Ingredients: soy sauce; chile and garlic sauce; toasted sesame oil; limes; cilantro; cod fillets
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Main course; Cooking ahead; American; Mexican
    • Ingredients: canned black beans; corn; red onions; cherry tomatoes; jalapeño chiles; ground cumin; salmon fillets; limes
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course
    • Ingredients: lemons; dried oregano; paprika; potatoes; red onions; garlic; chicken thighs
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    • Ingredients: kosher salt; black peppercorns; chicken wings
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    • Ingredients: chicken wings; buttermilk powder; dried parsley; dried dill; onion powder; ground cayenne pepper
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Cooking ahead; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: buttermilk powder; dried parsley; dried dill; onion powder; ground cayenne pepper; Greek yogurt
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    • Ingredients: chicken wings; white miso; honey; soy sauce
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    • Ingredients: whole chicken; lemons; garlic; dried thyme
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Main course
    • Ingredients: whole chicken; tarragon; shallots; dry white wine; chicken broth
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Sandwiches & burgers; Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Mexican
    • Ingredients: flour tortillas; bell peppers; red onions; cherry tomatoes; chicken breasts; chile powder; ground cumin; ground coriander; garlic powder; limes; cilantro
    • Categories: Quick / easy; Stir-fries; Main course
    • Ingredients: dry white wine; egg whites; chicken breasts; chicken broth; soy sauce; broccoli; fresh ginger
    • Categories: Main course; Cooking ahead; Japanese
    • Ingredients: soy sauce; dry white wine; fresh ginger; chicken thighs; vegetable oil; potato starch
    • Categories: Main course; Cooking ahead; Italian; American
    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; dried red pepper flakes; dried oregano; canned crushed tomatoes; mozzarella cheese

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  • Shrimp summer "roll" salad

    • MollyB on August 08, 2018

      Fairly easy and healthy weeknight meal, but it was a bit bland. The peanut sauce wasn't as good as some others I've made, and I couldn't get the flavors adjusted to my liking.

  • Turkey sloppy Joes

    • MollyB on February 05, 2018

      Very good, and one of the better sloppy joes recipes I've tried. It was perfect for a quick weeknight meal, served with colelaw. I agree with gamulholland's note on the sweetness - I cut the sugar in half and it was plenty sweet enough.

    • gamulholland on November 15, 2017

      This was really tasty and popular with the kids-- and so fast and easy to put together. Saucier than I'm used to with sloppy Joe's-- you will definitely need a spoon, but that was clear from the photo and was expected. The only thing I would change would be a bit less sugar-- it was just a little bit too sweet, even for our 11-year-old (my sous chef). :) Older sibs were fine with it as is, and we even got a few bites into our picky 4-year-old. Maybe go with 75% of the sugar to start and then 50% if needed. The mustard powder added a nice note to it.

  • Mexican skillet lasagna

    • MollyB on February 12, 2018

      Did not like this recipe. It's the first fail I've had from this cookbook. I tried it since I loved the skillet lasagna from their first cookbook, but this just didn't do it for me. The sauce came out too bland and the cooked flour tortillas a little too mushy. (I'd change it to corn tortillas if I ever tried it again.) The cream cheese didn't work as specified in the recipe - it didn't melt into the sauce, it just stayed as chunks that would not blend in. It might work better with room temp cream cheese that was beaten before adding. (I added it cold from the fridge.)

  • Stir-fried pork with ginger

    • MollyB on December 06, 2018

      Loved this dish, especially the sauce! Very quick and easy, if you have thinly sliced pork. The sauce would be good with chicken, too, or probably just about anything other meat.

  • Marinated tofu lettuce wraps

    • MollyB on February 12, 2018

      Loved this dish. Quick, easy, and tasty. Even my six year old liked it. We had it with some jasmine rice that we added to the wraps when assembling.

  • Skillet chicken Parm

    • MollyB on August 07, 2018

      This was delicious! I served it over pasta, and I didn't miss the traditional breading at all. I followed the instructions to pound the breasts to even thickness, and I think this is important for good results. I used pre-sliced fresh mozzarella on top, and this worked well. The leftover chicken wasn't great (it got a bit dried out being reheated), but I used some of the leftover sauce by itself with pasta and that was very good.

  • Sheet-pan chicken fajitas

    • julesamomof2 on April 17, 2019

      Very good for a weeknight dinner, plus I appreciated the well thought out instructions which eliminated extra dishes. These ladies create great weeknight recipes!

    • skvalentine on April 05, 2022

      Appreciated the simple and straightforward recipe! These were fine. I will likely make them again because they were easy and great for a crowd.

  • Dark chocolate-banana bread

    • julesamomof2 on January 21, 2018

      This banana bread is amazing. So moist-and no mixer required. I've had many banana breads sit around, uneaten, but this one vanished quickly. I'm sure the chocolate chips helped.

    • bwhip on January 09, 2018

      I think I've found a new favorite banana bread recipe. This turned out great! Wonderfully moist and flavorful, made with vegetable oil and sour cream (no butter in this one). Beautiful brown, crispy top. Excellent.

  • Linguine with cauliflower, lemon, and bread crumbs

    • bwhip on October 08, 2018

      Very delicious, very easy. One of those dishes that surprises you with how tasty it is, with such simple ingredients and prep. Really great for a weeknight.

    • gamulholland on March 14, 2021

      Really good, big hit with the kids, and I do recommend pulling the bread crumbs out a lot earlier than the cauliflower, which I did, and it turned out great.

  • Japanese-style fried chicken

    • gamulholland on March 14, 2021

      The kids cooked this, and it was flavorful and delicious.

  • Turkey meatballs with yogurt sauce

    • gamulholland on November 21, 2017

      These were simple and delicious-- easy enough for a weeknight, and definitely something to make again.

  • Roasted cauliflower with turmeric and lime

    • hbakke on July 18, 2022

      I used baby cauliflower, but otherwise followed the recipe. I didn't love this. Turmeric always tastes like dirt to me, so I was hoping the lime and red pepper flakes would hide the flavor a bit more than they did. Not a repeat for me.

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  • ISBN 10 1419726587
  • ISBN 13 9781419726583
  • Published Sep 19 2017
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 240
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Abrams

Publishers Text

From the authors of the IACP award-winning cookbook KEEPERS, an entirely new and personalized approach to tackling the dinner dilemma

Between juggling work, family activities, mismatched schedules, and often bare refrigerators, there are all sorts of situations that make weeknight cooking a universally challenging—and frustrating—experience. The Dinner Plan offers five meal strategies—Make-Ahead, Staggered, One-Dish, Extra-Fast, and Pantry—that will help get dinner on the table no matter what the workweek throws at you. The 135 recipes—from main dishes to sides to salads and “lifesaver” condiments—provide lots of practical options whether time is super-tight, you haven’t had a chance to run to the store, or everyone is coming home at a different time.

And most importantly, all of the recipes are “keepers”—brag-worthy, reliable, crowd-pleasing preparations that you’ll confidently turn to again and again. Shrimp Scampi, Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas, Foolproof Carbonara, and Mexican Skillet Lasagna are just a few examples of doable recipes that will earn their place in any busy cook’s repertoire. Rounded out with plenty of tips and a bonus section on healthful snacks called The Forgotten Meal, The Dinner Plan is every home cook’s indis­pensable weeknight dinner guide.

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