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Mix and Match Meal Roundup

These recipes are perfect to flex for whatever the grocery store has in stock! Read on for a mix and match meal roundup.

These recipes are perfect to flex for whatever the grocery store has in stock! Read on for a mix and match meal roundup.

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I don’t know about you, but the longer the quarantine goes on, the harder meal planning has become.

I’m tired of the usual standbys and feeling the sheer decision fatigue in these weird times. It’s getting harder to come up with good meals, especially ones that involve an appropriate amount of vegetables.

I went through a few weeks there where I just grabbed five proteins and eight veggies and hoped meals would materialize. Needless to say, that would work for the first few meals but didn’t end well. Particularly when we’re trying to limit supermarket trips to once a week.

Surprise outages at the store mean pivoting a recipe feels too complicated to manage. Here in Italy, they’re more related to what the farmers have ready for harvest rather than panic buying, but it has the same effect on the meal plan either way.

So today I put together a bunch of meal options that are simple to make, easy to flex ingredients, and taste good. I’ve already shared a collection of simple all-in-one meals, meaning dinners that are one-pot or need a minimum of tools and dirty dishes. This time I’m sharing simple main dishes and sides that can be mixed and matched endlessly. These are helpful when you find yourself with wayyyy too many chicken breasts and don’t know what pair them with all week long!

Main Dishes

This marinated chicken is seriously one of the best chicken recipes I've ever had! | Teaspoon of Nose

My favorite marinated chicken: perfect to throw a bunch of chicken breasts in and eat all week long!

Summer penne: great as a side dish or vegetarian main. You can find this in my fridge all summer long!

This pork tenderloin recipe is as simple as marinate, brown, and bake! | Teaspoon of Nose

Perfect pork tenderloin: you can also make this with a normal pork loin if that’s easier to find.

This lemon herb chicken is easy to make and perfect for a flavorful weeknight dinner! | Teaspoon of Nose

Lemon herb chicken: the name says it all. You’ll like it.

These mozzarella-stuffed meatballs are a killer dinner option!

Mozzarella-stuffed meatballs: so good! When you’re craving deep italian flavors, make this. You can totally use store-bought sauce to make this even easier.

Zesty chicken is one of those slow cooker meals that are effortless - dump it all in and set it aside for something delicious to eat all week long!

Zesty chicken: slow cookers are the best for right now. Make this and it’ll feed you forever.

Grilled sweet & sour scallops are the perfect summer meal, and are fancy enough to impress any guest!

Sweet & sour scallops: if you need a fancy meal that’s not hard to make, this is the best!

Bourbon Chicken, in a slow cooker? Yes please! It's so good!

Bourbon chicken: doesn’t actually have bourbon in it. Save that for the cocktails.

Pulled pork carnitas are delicious, uncomplicated food that's whole30 & paleo approved!

Carnitas: not hard, but takes a bit of time to cook. But we’re already working from home, right? Perfect for taco Tuesday. Or tacos today!

These balsamic chicken strips make for a kid-friendly dinner with have grown up flavors! | Teaspoon of Nose

Balsamic chicken strips: sounds fancy, but it’s easy and zingy.

If you need an easy tomato soup, look no further than this classic slow cooker recipe! | Teaspoon of Nose

Tomato soup: in the slow cooker. Better than the can, I promise.

Greek chicken bowls make for a delicious & easy lunch. Whip up a batch on Sunday for lunch all week!

Greek chicken: makes a great topping to a salad!

Side Dishes

These roasted vegetables have become a weeknight staple for us. It's our favorite way to eat vegetables! | Teaspoon of Nose

Roasted vegetables: we make these twice a week! So good. And if you check the timing, you can sub in absolutely any veggie for this!

Slow cooker macaroni and cheese is the best thing you can bring to a party or potluck!

Crockpot mac and cheese: this is a crowd favorite, for adults as well as kids. I cannot get enough of this stuff!

This chunky Greek vegetable salad is the perfect side dish, but the chickpeas mean it's also hearty enough to be a lunch in itself! | Teaspoon of Nose

Greek vegetable salad: for when you have a couple random veggies and no inspiration. It’s easy and it’s delicious!

These balsamic brussels sprouts are the best way you've ever had brussels sprouts, I guarantee it! | Teaspoon of Nose

Balsamic brussels sprouts: this my the number one most requested Thanksgiving dish. I bring it to every family thanksgiving!

Whether you're planning an Easter menu or looking for a new weeknight staple, lemon garlic green beans are the perfect side dish for a bright spring meal!

Lemon garlic green beans: fresh and airy, with that zing of lemon! The perfect spring side.

Parmesan roasted butternut squash is easy enough to pull together on a weeknight, but good enough to make it onto a holiday table! | Teaspoon of Nose

Parmesan roasted butternut squash: another crowd favorite! Plus butternut squash is so cheap and can keep a bit longer than some other options.

Creamed kale is the simple side dish you didn't know you were missing! Plus, it's a fantastic way to use up kale that's about to go bad.

Creamed kale: surprisingly light! Rich without being heavy. My new favorite way to use kale.

Potato roasties are little bites of potato heaven: crispy on the outside and light on the inside.

Potato roasties: this might trump mashed potatoes as my husband’s favorite form of potatoes. I dare you to not eat half the pan straight out of the oven!

These green beans make for a no-fail side dish! | Teaspoon of Nose

Sautéed green beans: its a great “what to do with these green beans” at a moment’s notice.

These maple cider roasted carrots will break you out of that "what's for dinner" rut, but are tasty enough to make it onto your holiday table! | Teaspoon of Nose

Quick-glazed carrots: when you want a touch of sweet. They’re so good! Carrots are always in my fridge and this is a good option to set up while cooking the main dish without a ton of multitasking.

If you want full meals in one dish (like shepherd’s pie or easy spring rolls), head over to my simple meals roundup!

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