Meal Plan Monday: Family Dinners Week of 5/23

We are in the final week of our 'pantry purge' (here's the podcast episode on how we do one) and I won't lie... we haven't done as much pantry purging as I had hoped! However, we did save what feels like buckets of money compared to our usual grocery budget (around $185 for the WHOLE month, not including the few times we ate out), we got more creative with our meals and we did eat quite a bit of what we have in the pantry and the freezer- so I'm still considering it a win! It's such a good reminder of using what we have, first, and avoiding over-buying.

Here's what's on our meal plan, this week:

Meal 1: Zucchini Enchilada Casserole

I posted this recipe last week and it's already gotten such a great response- such a great way to use summer zucchini, get in extra veggies, and it's a largely pantry meal, to boot!

Get the recipe: Zucchini Enchilada Casserole

Meal 2: Moroccan Chickpea Bowl

This meal has quickly become my go-to pantry meal from my bowls e-book-- we almost always have the ingredients on hand (except the herbs- tahini sauce is a great substitute!)

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Meal 3: Grilled Veggie Pesto Pasta Salad

This recipe is coming, I promise-- it was a thrown-together recipe from a grill night last week and it was SO darn good, I'm recreating it this week! SO good. You're going to love it!

instant pot chicken and broccoli

Meal 4: Caprese Salad (with a twist) + salmon

Of course Thursday is Cook with Kris over on Instagram! This is our LAST before our summer break and I am sharing my FAVORITE twist on the classic caprese salad (just a little different than the one above!) Join me on Thursday at 2pm EST over on my Instagram to see how easy and flavorful it is! Here's my go-to salmon recipe we're serving alongside.

Meal 5: Leftovers-- because we all need a leftovers night, amiright?!

No prep this week-- we're keeping it SIMPLE, which is my favorite in the summer!

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