This week, please welcome Rachel Knecht and her meal plans! Rachel is a recipe tester here on Simply Recipes and the blogger behind Baking with Rachel.

Can I be totally honest? There was a time when family dinner was more stressful than enjoyable. I know I’m not alone here. More often than not, we’d leave the table feeling irritated and exhausted. It was so disappointing because I really wanted to connect as a family during our evening meal.

To remedy this, we did something drastic (at least in my mind). We ditched the table and instead picked a funny show that we all wanted to watch and ate in the living room instead. You know what? It worked! Suddenly, the food on the plate wasn’t so bad after all. The boys complained less and welcomed new foods. Dinner became a time filled laughter and eating. Such a relief!

If you’re looking for an unconventional solution to a dinner dilemma this meal plan is for you!

Need a handheld option for meals on the go? Try Freezer Chicken Burritos. Short on time? Pressure Cooker Shepherd’s Pie or Pasta Pomodoro with Shrimp is just the ticket. How about a few different ways to eat more vegetables? The Baked Sweet Potato Taquitos and Italian Sausage and Cabbage Stew are great options. Each meal tackles a mealtime conundrum, so dinner is a peaceful affair.

Don’t worry, as my boys grew older we transitioned back to the table, and now we actually enjoy our time there. There are many ways to reach the same goal. You just have to be willing to take a risk and try something new.

One last thing: We wanted to highlight the ultimate way to save time in your week: having your groceries delivered right to your door. Click on the red “Add to Shopping List” button at the bottom of any recipe (or meal plan) and check it out! We call this feature “Relish” and we’re into it because, really, dinner can be simpler.

Category: Recipes