A few years ago I found the idea of “Grown Up Spaghetti” – which is basically meatballs and risotto. For some reason that idea made me laugh – so now we have that meal quite a lot. And, my husband now thinks risotto is a requirement for meatballs.  Haha.  Well, my favorite meatball recipe is on the menu plan today – along with the easiest BAKED risotto recipe ever. If you have ever stood at the stove stirring risotto for 40 minutes, you will thank me :). Also, several of you asked for fish recipes – so this week is yours!

Here’s what included this week!

Dinner 1: Turkey Rosemary Meatloaf
Dinner 2: Meatballs and Risotto (ie. “Grown Up Spaghetti”)
Dinner 3: Hawaiian Tilapia
Dinner 4: Fish Tacos
Dinner 5: Italian Quinoa Sliders
Bonus Recipe: Bean and Cheese Burritos


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  1. Each week includes a maximum of 20 ingredients. That’s right. You receive a grocery list of no more than 20 ingredients. This provides you with a budget-friendly grocery list, no matter where you shop.
  2. The plan only includes 5 dinner recipes. This allows you the flexibility to mix and match them according to your schedule. They are not assigned to days of the week.
  3. Each recipe is categorized by one of 4 cook times. It will either be a 10 minute recipe, 30 minute recipe, an hour recipe, or slow cooker recipe. You choose according to how much time you have.
  4. Each recipe includes 3 complete food groups: protein, grain and vegetable. Healthy – without counting calories.
  5. Each recipe is for 2 servings – aimed at young couples who need a fast dinner option. Families can multiply the ingredients.
  6. Each week will give you the instructions for 1 Prep Day. By prepping a few ingredients the weekend before, your cook time each day will be drastically shortened.


A few more things…

  • Many recipes include substitutions for the kinds of meat used (and many include the option to be meatless).
  • Many recipes will show the optional ingredients.  You can adjust according to your taste.
  • Each week, menu plans will be posted on Thursday, giving you Friday and the weekend for shopping + your Prep Day.
  • Each week will be self-contained with full recipes included.  You just need to print one page, and use it all week.
  • Each week will include multiple time-saving tips – to help you in the long-run!


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Download here the "No Plan" Meal Plan - 5 mix-and-match dinner recipes, 20 ingredients/week, 1 prep time, all food groups - for 2 people! - A Modern Commonplace Book