Weekly Meal Plan, Week 4 – Meals Grandma Would Serve

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The Weekly Meal Plan for Week 4 includes Fancy Baked Pork Chops, Instant Pot Tomato Braised Kale, Easiest Grilled Chicken Ever, Simple Mango Farro Kale Salad, Vintage Barbecue Burgers, Classic Macaroni Salad, Instant Pot Taco Beef, Cheesy Frito Salad, 10 Minute Lemon Chicken Pasta, Zero Point Weight Watcher Green Bean Chili, Crock Pot Brats and Black Bean Caviar Salsa.

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 (see our grocery list at the bottom of this post) and are easy to follow.

We’ve got some time-saving strategies this week!  On the weekend, we are making the Easiest Grilled Chicken Ever, and we suggest making extra chicken to use in 10 Minute Lemon Chicken Pasta later in the week.

We’ve also chosen recipes that have the same ingredients such as Kale that is being used in Instant Pot Tomato Braised Kale and Simple Mango Farro Kale Salad. We are also stocking up on lemons to use in the Lemon Chicken Pasta and in the same Simple Mango Farro Kale Salad. You’ll also notice that stewed tomatoes are used in multiple recipes this week, so stock up!

There are also some substitutions you could make to save money. Two recipes this week call for red bell peppers and the other calls for green bell peppers.  Instead of getting both, get one kind and use it in all recipes.

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

Weekly Meal Plan, Week 4

Saturday: Fancy Baked Pork Chops, Instant Pot Tomato Braised Kale

It’s Saturday. Celebrate with Strawberry Limeade Margaritas at Farm Wife Drinks.

Sunday: Easiest Grilled Chicken Ever, Simple Mango Farro 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.

Monday: Vintage Barbecue Burgers, Classic Macaroni Salad

Vintage Barbecue BurgersThese Vintage Barbecue Burgers are full of flavor and a snap to pull together when you are looking for an easy sandwich option.

Tuesday: Instant Pot Taco Beef, Serve with all the fixings in taco shells and along side of Cheesy Frito Salad.

Taking a whole beef roast and turning it into a family-friendly dinner in no time is what this Electric Pressure Cooker Taco Beef recipe is all about.

Wednesday: 10 Minute Easy Lemon Pasta serve with a simple side salad or your family’s favorite vegetable.


This 10-Minute Easy Lemon Chicken Pasta is the perfect weeknight meal. By using canned chicken, leftover grilled or rotisserie chicken, this meal an be on the table in just minutes.

Thursday: Zero Point Weight Watchers Green Bean Chili and some cornbread for the kids!

Zero Point Green Bean Chili is a tasty Weight Watchers recipe that will satisfy adults and children alike. This healthy recipe comes together quickly for a easy weeknight meal.

Friday: Crock Pot Brats, Black Bean Caviar Salsa

Another great side would be Farmwife Feed’s Creamy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese.

Crock Pot Brats are fixed in a homemade BBQ sauce and make the perfect weeknight dinner.

 

GROCERY LIST FOR WEEK 4’S MEAL PLANNING

VEGETABLES:

  • Onion and red onion—you can get one or the other and use it for all recipes
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Mango (or substitute canned)
  • Lemons
  • Red bell pepper and green bell pepper–pick one and use it in all recipes.
  • Carrots
  • Cherry tomatoes and regular tomatoes—get one kind and use it in all recipes
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Cilantro

MEAT/PROTEIN:

  • Center Cut Pork Chops
  • Chicken breasts
  • Beef patties
  • Chuck roast
  • Ground turkey
  • Brats

SPICES/ HERBS/BAKING:

  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Dried basil
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Brown sugar
  • Sugar
  • Taco seasoning packet
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika

PANTRY STAPLES:

  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Chicken broth
  • Stewed tomatoes
  • Farro (dried or microwavable packages will work)
  • Chickpeas
  • Condensed tomato soup
  • Sweet pickle relish
  • Vinegar
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Flour tortillas
  • Fritos
  • Evaporated milk
  • Can of corn
  • Velveeta cheese
  • Spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Canned chunk chicken (or make extra grilled chicken and use that)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Canned cut green beans
  • Chili Sauce
  • Black beans
  • Can of shoe-peg corn
  • Italian dressing
  • Tabasco (optional)
REFRIGERATED ITEMS:
  • Buttermilk (or substitute milk and lemon juice)
  • Butter
  • Whipping cream
  • Your favorite beer

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The Weekly Meal Plan for Week 4 includes Fancy Baked Pork Chops, Instant Pot Tomato Braised Kale, Easiest Grilled Chicken Ever, Simple Mango Farro Kale Salad, Vintage Barbecue Burgers, Classic Macaroni Salad, Instant Pot Taco Beef, Cheesy Frito Salad, 10 Minute Lemon Chicken Pasta, Zero Point Weight Watcher Green Bean Chili, Crock Pot Brats and Black Bean Caviar Salsa.

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