Free Weekly Meal Plan – Family Dinner Menu Ideas (Week 5)

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Free Weekly Meal Plans - Week 5 Menu

Welcome to week 5 of Melanie’s FREE Meal Plans!  Here’s what’s cooking this week:
  • Garlic Apricot Chicken Drumsticks
  • Tilapia Sandwiches With Coleslaw
  • Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Ground Beef And Potatoes Casserole
  • Chicken, Corn And Tomato Soup

And for dessert we’ll be having Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Muffins – YUM!

See below for pictures and recipes of all these delicious meals, plus a handy printable shopping list of all the recipe ingredients! Your “What’s For Dinner” dillemma is finally solved!

FREE Family Meal Plan – Week 5

Monday Dinner Idea – Garlic Apricot Chicken Drumsticks

How To Make Apricot Garlic Chicken Drumsticks

These chicken legs are flavored with a sweet, sticky, spicy and garlicky sauce – a universal favorite!  Apricot jam is combined with soy sauce, minced garlic and jalapeno pepper to make a tasty marinade.  Chicken drumsticks are coated in sauce and baked in the oven – easy and tasty!

Recipe link: Garlic Apricot Chicken Drumsticks Recipe

Tuesday Dinner Idea – Tilapia Sandwich With Coleslaw

how to make tilapia fish sandwich with coleslaw

Tilapia fish fillet is coated in flour and egg, then pan-fried.  Feel free to substitute the tilapia with a different kind of fish if you’d like.  The sandwich is assembled with fish fillet topped with a creamy coleslaw – a delicious combo!  These easy fish sandwiches will quickly become your favorite!

Recipe Link: Tilapia Sandwich Recipe With Coleslaw

Wednesday Dinner Idea – Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe

For the vegetarian meal this week we are having a stuffed baked sweet potato!   Huge sweet potatoes are baked in the oven, then stuffed with walnuts, broccoli and dried cranberries.  This meal is super healthy and tasty!

Recipe Link: Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Thursday Dinner Idea – Ground Beef And Potato Casserole

How To Make Ground Beef And Potato Casserole

Are you a “meat and potatoes” person?  If so, you are going to love this easy recipe!  Ground beef, onions, potatoes and cheese are layered in the baking dish and baked in the oven!   Very simple recipe that tastes great!

Recipe Link: Ground Beef And Potato Casserole Recipe

Friday Dinner Idea – Chicken, Corn and Tomato Soup

How To Make Chicken Corn Tomato Soup

This is a great soup to eat on a cold winter day – chicken, potatoes, corn and tomatoes are simmered together to make a hot yummy soup!  Use a chopped rotisserie chicken to keep things simple!

Recipe Link: Chicken, Corn and Tomato Soup Recipe

Weekly Dessert Idea: Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

Best Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

This recipe makes huge muffins that are loaded with chocolate chips!  If your homemade muffins fall short of the bakery ones, you need to try this recipe.  Perfect bakery-style muffins made at home!

Recipe Link: Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Meal Plan Shopping List

Garlic Apricot Chicken Drumsticks

  • ½ cup apricot jam
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 4 gloves garlic
  • 12 chicken drumsticks

Tilapia Sandwiches With Coleslaw

  • 1 lb tilapia fish fillets (4 pieces)
  • 4 hamburger buns (or 8 slices of bread)
  • ½ package coleslaw mix
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tbsp oil

Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes

  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 bunch of broccoli
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

 Ground Beef And Potato Casserole

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 onions
  • 8 potatoes
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 package (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp oil

Chicken, Corn and Tomato Soup

  • 1 small onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bag (1 lb) frozen corn
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp cumin

Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, melted (use the microwave for an easy way to melt it)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

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  1. We often have fish at the end of the week and it’s usually breaded for ease, so I like the idea of “changing it up” with your tilapia sandwiches with coleslaw recipe. And I also love the stuffed baked sweet potatoes. I could have done with that recipe when Lynne and I were doing vegan January. I’d have never thought of putting walnuts in, but I bet that goes brilliantly with the texture of the sweet potato!

  2. Oh yeah! Thanks for the inspiration to mix up our weeknight meals! Those drumsticks look delicious, but I can’t stop thinking about those stuffed potatoes. We typically use russets, but now I want to give these stuffed sweet potatoes a try!

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