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A 7-Day Meal Plan Using a Big Batch of Rice

Start the week by steaming a big batch of rice to portion and serve with Sunday, Monday and Wednesday's dinners.

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Monday: Portobello Ropa Vieja

“I created this version of a Mexican favourite for my family, using meaty portobello mushrooms to mimic meat. Serve with rice to round out the meal.” —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

Get the recipe for Portobello Ropa Vieja.

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Tuesday: Tangy Pork Chops

Tuesday: Tangy Pork Chops

“When my husband and I had our first child, we found this recipe so convenient. I could start it during nap time and we’d enjoy an easy, satisfying dinner that night.” —Karol Hines, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Get the recipe for Tangy Pork Chops.

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Wednesday: Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Wednesday: Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

“Smoked turkey sausage and red pepper flakes add zip to this saucy, slow-cooked version of the New Orleans classic. For extra heat, add red pepper sauce at the table.” —Julia Bushree, Georgetown, Texas

Get the recipe for Louisiana Red Beans and Rice.

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Thursday: Shrimp Gumbo

“A crisp green salad and crusty French bread complete this shrimp gumbo meal. I always have hot sauce available when I serve this and have found that the instant microwave rice packages make the process a little easier.” —Jo Ann Graham, Ovilla, Texas

Get the recipe for Shrimp Gumbo.

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Friday: Greek Tilapia

“While on a trip through the Greek islands, my husband and I had a dish that we loved. I tried to duplicate it by combining several different recipes and came up with this.” —Sally Burrell, Idaho Falls, Idaho

Get the recipe for Greek Tilapia.

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Saturday: Easy Pad Thai

Saturday: Easy Pad Thai

“Skip the take-out restaurant and give this pad thai recipe a try if you need an easy and quick meal.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Get the recipe for Easy Pad Thai.

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Sunday: Tangy Tropical Chicken

“In this colourful dish, exotic fruits such as mango and pineapple beautifully complement the chicken and lend a pleasant hint of sweetness that’s balanced by a bit of soy sauce.” —Christina Aho, Naples, Florida

Get the recipe for Tangy Tropical Chicken.

Next, check out our 7-day meal plan of one-pot meals.

Originally Published on Taste of Home