5 Dinner Ideas for Busy Weeknights From Erin Chase

Plan for the week ahead wtih Erin Chase's easy recipes for weeknight dinners.

Sept. 20, 2011 -- intro: From soccer practice to gymnastics, swim lessons, Scouts and more, it's tough enough keeping up with our own schedules, much less get dinner on the table.

I'm here to help -- not only to get dinner on the table, but do so with ease and without spending half your paycheck at the grocery store!

Here's five meal ideas for busy weeknights, along with a grocery list for the ingredients you'll need.

quicklist: 1category: Mondayurl:14538142title: Hearty Lentil Stew with Homemade Cornbreadtext: Grocery List:

1 yellow onion

2 stalks celery

1 Green Pepper

Barley, pearled

Green lentils

1 carrot, shredded

1 15 oz. can tomato sauce

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quicklist: 2category: Tuesdayurl: 14562991title: Taco-Dillastext:Grocery List:
6 soft taco size whole wheat tortillas

2 cups leftover taco meat

2 cups shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese

Sour cream for dipping

4 corn cobs

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quicklist: 3category: Wednesdayurl: 14563095title: Slow Cooker Mango Chickentext: Grocery List:

6 small boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 small red onion

1 medium zucchini

1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 mango


quicklist: 4category: Thursdayurl: 14563351title: Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Pancakestext: Grocery List:

Maple Syrup

Cream Cheese


4 carrots

Sausage links or patties or eggs

Favorite fresh fruit

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quicklist: 5category: Fridayurl: 14563561title: Spicy Southern Chilitext: Grocery List:
1.25 lb ground chuck

1 red onion

Head garlic

1 15 oz can stewed tomatoes

1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies

1 15 oz. can pinto beans

Optional : shredded cheese, sour cream, scallions

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quicklist: 6category: Pantry Staplestitle: Pantry Staplestext: Apple cider vinegar

Soy sauce

Dried basil


salt and pepper

Red wine vinegar

Garlic powder

Whole wheat flour


Baking powder



Olive oil

All-purpose or bread flour

1 packet active dry yeast


Chili powder


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