Meal Plan Monday: 9/30

I know everyone is probably saying/thinking this, but how can it already be the last day of September! The month just flew by—kind of like the first 8 months of 2013!

I skipped Meal Plan Monday last week because I was just getting home from SweatUSA, and I kind of just went with anything easy that didn’t require a lot of thought. I had to do my grocery shopping on a Monday, so I just picked things I knew I could grab easily and make the trip as quick as possible.

I’m back on track this week though! Here’s what’s cookin’:

Week of Sept30


I made this for dinner last night. If you haven’t tried this method yet, I love preparing my salmon with just a little bit of olive oil and salt + pepper. I put it in a cold oven, then set it to 400* and leave it in for 25 minutes; it turns out perfectly!

We had green beans (I toss them with a bit of butter and garlic salt) and dinner rolls on the side (these Alexia dinner rolls are amazing!).


I haven’t had pierogies in what feels like forever. This is a super simple meal because all I have to do is heat them up in the skillet.

I goggled “side dishes for pierogies,” and found this article from Real Simple. (I’m going to make the broiled tomatoes!)

Spaghetti and Meatballs

This meal was per Chris’s request. We had pasta (penne) and meatballs last week, but he wanted “real” spaghetti this week. I’ll likely heat up two more of those Alexia rolls to soak up the extra sauce.

Baja Shrimp

When Lindsay posted this recipe last week, I knew it would be on my meal plan—it only requires two ingredients! I couldn’t find the marinade she used, but I found something that I think will work just as well. Brown rice will be our side dish for this meal.

“OMG” Chicken

When I was meal planning this week I, as usual, asked Chris for ideas. He couldn’t think of anything specific (besides spaghetti and meatballs!) so I said “okay, give me a protein.” He said chicken, and this just so happens to be my “go to” chicken recipe. All you do is slather plain Greek yogurt (or you could use sour cream) + parmesan cheese on chicken breasts and bake for 25ish minutes.

I’m going to make Chelsey’s white bean and tomato salad as a side dish; I’m really attempting to try new things in the sides department!

Do you like pierogies? They were a staple in my house growing up, but I don’t make them too often these days even though they’re delicious!

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  1. Naomi says:

    I have been looking for easy ways to prepare salmon, and your method sounds great! Do you buy your salmon frozen, and it cooks in 25 minutes? Or are you working with fresh?

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