Even though I’ve spent the last 7 years sharing weekly menu plans, sometimes I get really tired of meal planning. I even got really tired of cooking. Coming up with meals for a picky eater (my husband) can be such challenge when you’re not a fan of eating the same thing all the time.
Thankfully, my husband is also super chill and will gladly try anything I fix. There’s just no guarantee he’ll like it or eat all of it. When I found this cookbook, Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats – A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners, at my thrift store for $1 I fell in love with it!
It’s set up so that you can start on page one and work your way through the recipes without eating the same type of meal two nights in a row. It also has “master recipes” that you can change up by swapping out a few ingredients.
I’ve been working my way through this cookbook, along with some other new recipes, and have enjoyed it so much! The menu below is from my first week of new recipes a couple weeks ago. I marked the new Rachael Ray recipes with an asterisk. The only recipe Paul did not like was the Basil Lemon Pasta – no surprise there. I think the one he liked the best was the Mac and Cheddar. 🙂
On The Menu
- My Mom’s homemade English Muffins with Peanut Butter
- Bacon, Avocado & Tomato Toast
- Turkey Sandwiches with Chips and Fruit
- 30 Minute Shepherd’s Pie*
- Quick Lemon and Basil Linguine with Blackened Chicken
- Rosemary Corn Cakes and Chicken Sausages with Peppers*
- Tex Mex Mac and Cheddar*: It’s this Mac and Cheese recipe with seasoned ground beef
- Bacon Chicken Club Pizza
- Honey Nut Chicken Sticks*
- Date Night
Note: since I’m taking extra effort with new main dishes, my sides have been fresh veggies that I prepped ahead of time, easy tossed salads or frozen steamable veggies.
If you’ve fallen out of love with fixing supper, try something new! I feel like we can trust the tried and true Food Network crew like Paula Deen and Rachael Ray to supply us with great recipes for any night of the week! Let me know if you pick up my new Rachael Ray cookbook – it’s such a great resource!