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

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Japanese-style fried chicken

    • gamulholland on March 14, 2021

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

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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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