Weekly Meal Plan, Week 16 – Meals Grandma Would Serve

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It’s Hot, Hot, Hot here in Indiana, so this week’s meal plan tries to keep the kitchen cool. The Weekly Meal Plan for Week 16 includes recipes that won’t heat up your kitchen including Classic Orange Julius, Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken and Classic Spinach Salad, Crock Pot Banana Bread, Seafood Salad, Mom’s Cucumbers and Onions, Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing, Chicken Ranch Vegetable Pizza and Old Fashioned Fruit Salad, Grilled Pork Steak and Mango Farro Salad, Crock Pot Brats and Easy BLT Dip, and Tuna BBQ and Crunchy Ranch Pea Salad.

The Weekly Meal Plan for Week 16 includes recipes that won't heat up your kitchen including Classic Orange Julius, Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken and Classic Spinach Salad, Crock Pot Banana Bread, Seafood Salad, Mom's Cucumbers and Onions, Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing, Chicken Ranch Vegetable Pizza and Old Fashioned Fruit Salad, Grilled Pork Steak and Mango Farro Salad, Crock Pot Brats and Easy BLT Dip, and Tuna BBQ and Crunchy Ranch Pea Salad.

What to Expect

This week at These Old Cookbooks, we are serving up delicious meals that Grandma would approve. All of these recipes have simple ingredients, so be sure to see our grocery list at the bottom of this post.

The temperature is soaring this week, so we are lining up an entire meal that will keep the kitchen cool. There are very few steps that require the oven, instead we’ll be utilizing the slow cooker and grill for our menu items. A great tip is to do any prep work involving to stove or oven early in the morning or late at night when the temperatures are the coolest.  This is exactly what Grandma would do, and we always strive to be like her.

We’ve got some time-saving strategies this week!  First, we are giving you permission to buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. Shred the chicken when you bring it home, so you can use it in our Vegetable Pizza with Ranch Chicken. There’s no need to heat up the kitchen when you can purchase this great shortcut!  Also, we suggest swapping farro in the Mango Kale Farro Salad for a microwavable package of grains – whatever type can find or prefer. Farro is typically cooked on the stove-top with boiling water, and that really heats up the kitchen.

This week’s menu uses three types of vinegar – white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and red wine vinegar. In all reality, you could buy one type and use it in all three recipes to save yourself some money. In addition, many of the recipes call for vegetables such as cucumbers, celery, carrots and cauliflower, so save the extras to eat later on with BLT dip.

See the grocery list below, but remember we didn’t include the ingredients from recipes NOT on our site. You most likely won’t need everything on that list because we are betting that you have many of these ingredients already in your refrigerator or pantry!

Weekly Meal Plan, Week 16

Saturday: Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak, Simple Mango Kale Salad

This Simple Mango Farro Kale Salad is flavorful and easy to make. It combines fresh produce with healthy canned foods for a salad that's light, yet filling.

It’s Saturday! Celebrate with a Classic Orange Julius.

Sunday: Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken, Classic Spinach Salad

This Classic Spinach Salad consists of only three simple ingredients - fresh spinach, bacon and hard boiled eggs - and our homemade vinaigrette dressing..  The combination of these ingredients is not only gorgeous but a match made in heaven.  This salad pairs perfectly with a simple homemade vinaigrette dressing of red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper. 

Try Crock Pot Banana Bread for Breakfast!

Monday: Seafood Salad (From South Your Mouth), Mom’s Cucumbers and Onions

Mom's Cucumber and Onions is an old fashioned recipe featuring simple garden vegetables.  The ingredients are simple--cucumbers, onions, salt, vinegar, sugar, celery seed and black pepper, but the finished result is the perfect accompaniment to any summer meal.

Tuesday: Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing

This Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing is perfect for your next pitch-in or as a fun weeknight dinner for the family.

Wednesday: Chicken Ranch Vegetable Pizza, Old Fashioned Fruit Salad

Adding grilled chicken turns the classic cream cheese vegetable bars with a crescent roll crust into this delicious Chicken Ranch Vegetable Pizza.

Thursday: Crock Pot Brats, Easy BLT Dip (Served with Raw Veggies)

Tired of the same old vegetable dip? Try this Easy BLT dip featuring four simple ingredients and everyone will be piling their plates with veggies!  

Friday: Quick Tuna BBQ, Crunchy Ranch Pea Salad

Crunchy Ranch Pea Salad is the perfect addition to any pitch-in, cook out or family gathering. The crunchy texture comes from celery, cauliflower and a secret ingredient---chopped cashews.

GROCERY LIST FOR WEEK 16’S MEAL PLANNING

Print this list out or add these ingredients to your grocery list. Be sure to check your pantry, because you may already have many of the ingredients in the house.

VEGETABLES/ FRUITS:

  • Bell pepper
  • Kale
  • Lemon (for juice)
  • Spinach
  • Bananas
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Green onions

MEAT/PROTEIN:

  • Pork Shoulder Steak
  • Bone in, skin on chicken breasts or thighs
  • Bacon (multiple recipes)
  • Ground beef
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Brats

SPICES/ HERBS/BAKING:

  • Garlic salt
  • Paprika
  • Brown sugar
  • Black pepper
  • Dried basil
  • Salt
  • Honey
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Dry mustard
  • Garlic powder
  • Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing packet
  • Paprika

PANTRY STAPLES:

  • Microwavable package of grains
  • Chickpeas
  • Canned mango
  • Olive oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Yellow cake mix
  • White vinegar
  • Red kidney beans
  • Doritos
  • Tomato soup
  • Vegetable oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Miracle whip or Mayonnaise
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Instant Vanilla pudding
  • Marshmallows
  • 1 can of your favorite beer
  • Chili sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Canned tuna
  • Cashews
  • Hidden Valley Ranch

REFRIGERATED ITEMS:

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Margarine
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Canned crescent rolls
  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream

FROZEN ITEMS:

  • Frozen orange juice
  • Peas

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The Weekly Meal Plan for Week 16 includes recipes that won't heat up your kitchen including Classic Orange Julius, Crock Pot Mock Fried Chicken and Classic Spinach Salad, Crock Pot Banana Bread, Seafood Salad, Mom's Cucumbers and Onions, Taco Salad with Homemade Dressing, Chicken Ranch Vegetable Pizza and Old Fashioned Fruit Salad, Grilled Pork Steak and Mango Farro Salad, Crock Pot Brats and Easy BLT Dip, and Tuna BBQ and Crunchy Ranch Pea Salad.

We hope this weekly meal plan helps you put good dishes on the table, and makes your grocery shopping easier!

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