This week’s meal ideas use recipes that are loaded with flavor, but balance the time and effort required to put them together. Louisiana Dirty Rice is the perfect partner for simple Roasted Cabbage and Fluffy Mashed Sweet Potatoes. The same can be said for Crispy Ranch Chicken Tenders, Classic Fruit Salad and stove top Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese!
This Week’s Secret To Success
The two meal ideas I have for you this week are all about balance. And if you’ve been using Monday Menus for very long then you know that means making a meal with recipes that represent a good balance in prep time, cook time and attention!
Anytime we cook a meal, have a gathering or prepare for a special occasion, the recipes we choose shouldn’t only taste good together; they shouldn’t all require maximum effort to prepare.
As a matter of fact, that’s the best way to handle those dishes we love but might require a little more cooking! Dishes like this week’s Fluffy Mashed Sweet Potatoes, where peeling and boiling potatoes takes time… or dredging and frying this week’s Crispy Ranch Chicken Tenders…
Lighten your load by partnering those dishes with simple recipes that are quick and easy, like fruit salad and roasted cabbage. Balance is what makes these meals work! Well, balance and incredible flavor. You know, the kind your family craves!
Dessert This Week
Pulling a pan of fresh homemade Peanut Butter Cookies with their comforting, buttery-rich aroma from the oven is like holding a batch of childhood memories! Simple, classic and everything you remember, you’re going to love this easy recipe that delivers soft peanut butter cookies with their signature crisscross design.
Here’s What We’re Snacking On
Well, when we’re not snacking on those peanut butter cookies above, we’ll be munching on Hot Chocolate Snack Mix! It is THE BEST, super chocolatey snack mix- the perfect crunchy snack for all your hot chocolate fans! Soft marshmallows, chocolate chips, hot chocolate mix and Chex cereal bring a whole new level of cozy enjoyment to a cheerful cup of hot chocolate!
Making Breakfast Easy
These unbelievably fluffy and tender muffins will make you forget they are absolutely loaded with good stuff- like shredded carrots and zucchini! Lightly sweetened with brown sugar & cinnamon, made super moist with sour cream and sprinkled with the nutty crunch of walnuts, these Delicious Carrot Zucchini Muffins are the perfect go-to for breakfast or afternoon snack!
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