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FREE Weekly Meal Plan – Week 16 Recipes & Dinner Ideas

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FREE Weekly Meal Plan - Awesome Recipes And Dinner Ideas!

Don’t know what to cook for dinner?  You will find dinner inspiration here! MelanieCooks meal plans always have an answer to that question, and week 16 of Melanie’s FREE weekly meal planning help is here!   Here are this week’s recipes:

  • Grilled Whole Cut-Up Chicken
  • Mongolian Beef
  • Spinach Lasagna
  • Scallops With Green Peas
  • Baked Pasta Shells Casserole

And the delicious dessert for this week is Russian Apple Cake – super easy, healthy and yummy!

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Monday Dinner Idea: Grilled Whole Cut-Up Chicken

Grilled Whole Cut-Up Chicken Recipe

Whole cut-up chicken is seasoned and grilled to perfection!  Grilling the whole cut-up chicken gives everyone a choice of their favorite chicken parts – breasts, thighs, legs or wings!  This chicken has awesome grilled flavor – delicious!

Recipe Link: How To Grill Whole Cut-Up Chicken

Tuesday Dinner Idea: Mongolian Beef 

How To Make Mongolian Beef

This Mongolian beef recipe tastes exactly like the Mongolian beef from PF Chang’s!  This clever copycat recipe brings you the taste of Chinese takeout – made in your own home.  Much healthier too!

Recipe Link: Mongolian Beef Copycat PF Chang’s Recipe

Wednesday Dinner Idea: Easy Spinach Lasagna

How To Make Spinach Lasagna

This super easy lasagna recipe uses just 5 ingredients!  If you think making lasagna is difficult, you must try this version – it’s a true breakthrough!  Made with no-boil lasagna noodles, there is nothing to boil – just assemble the lasagna and bake.  Amazing comfort food!

Recipe Link: Easy Spinach Lasagna Recipe

Thursday Dinner Idea – Scallops With Green Peas

How To Make Scallops With Green Peas

Cooking scallops is as easy as cooking shrimp – just pan-fry for 2-4 minutes (until no longer translucent) and they are ready!  If you don’t make scallops often, you’ll want to make them again and again once you try this dish and see how quick it is to cook them.  Or feel free to substitute scallops with shrimp – the cooking method will be exactly the same!

Recipe Link: Scallop Stir-Fry Recipe With Green Peas

Friday Dinner Idea – Baked Pasta Shells Casserole

Baked Pasta Shells Casserole Recipe With Ground Meat And Ricotta Cheese

Casseroles are such crowd pleasers, and this one is really easy to make!  Cooked pasta shells are mixed with ground beef, ricotta cheese and tomato sauce, topped with shredded cheese and baked!  Bubbling hot, cheesy and delicious – you’ll love it!

Recipe Link: Baked Pasta Shells Casserole Recipe

Dessert Of The Week – Russian Apple Cake “Sharlotka”

How To Make Sharlotka Russian Apple Cake

This easy tasty cake is very popular in Russia – it’s an authentic Russian recipe called “Sharlotka”.  This cake is only using 5 ingredients and is extremely easy to make – even if you are not an experienced baker, you just can’t mess this one up 🙂  Another awesome thing about this apple cake is that it’s healthy – it has apples in it and no added fat!  It’s great for breakfast, too!

Recipe Link – Russian 5-Ingredient Apple Cake “Sharlotka” Recipe

Meal Plan Shopping List


Grilled Whole Cut-Up Chicken

  • 1 chicken, cut into parts
  • 3 tbsp chicken seasoning mix

Mongolian Beef 

  • 1 lb beef flank steak or top round
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger (1/2-inch size)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Spinach Lasagna

  • 15 no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 package (5 oz) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 package (15 oz) ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar (24 oz) pasta sauce

Scallops With Green Peas

  • 2 lbs scallops
  • 1 lb frozen green peas
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper

Baked Pasta Shells Casserole

  • 1 lb pasta shells
  • 1 lb ricotta cheese
  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 1 jar (1 lb) pasta sauce
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Russian Apple Cake “Sharlotka”

  • 4 apples
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
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