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A 7-Day Meal Plan That Keeps It Simple

Dinner doesn't have to be complicated. Make a protein or vegetarian main, like these, and a simple side. Try a crisp leafy salad, hearty bread or a big pot of plain rice seasoned differently each night.

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Monday: Crispy Onion Chicken

“My family loves chicken, and I’m always trying new ways to prepare it. This golden-brown chicken with its crunchy french-fried onion coating is great with rice, baked potatoes, macaroni salad or potato salad.” —Charlotte Smith, McDonald, Pennsylvania

Get the recipe for Crispy Onion Chicken.

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Tuesday: Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

“This classic casserole is a rich and cheesy meatless main dish. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t ask for a second helping.” —Bernice Glascoe, Roxboro, North Carolina

Get the recipe for Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese.

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Wednesday: Favourite Grilled Pork Chops

“This recipe is my favorite out of all my grilled pork chop recipes. I start preparing this entree the night before I plan to grill it.” —Erica Svejda, Janesville, Wisconsin

Get the recipe for Favourite Grilled Pork Chops.

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Thursday: Chicken Fingers

“Almost everyone in my family requests these golden chicken fingers as their birthday dinner entree. I begin marinating the chicken strips early in the day to cut down on last-minute fuss.” —Charlotte Baillargeon, Hinsdale, Massachusetts

Get the recipe for Chicken Fingers.

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Friday: Oven-Roasted Salmon

“When I’m starving after work, I want a fast meal with no-fail technique. Roasted salmon is super tender and has a delicate sweetness. It’s also an easy wowza for company.” —Jeanne Ambrose, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Get the recipe for Oven-Roasted Salmon.

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Saturday: Tasty Lentil Tacos

“When my husband’s cholesterol numbers rose, I quickly lowered the fat in our family’s diet. Finding dishes that were healthy for him and yummy for our five children was a challenge, but this fun taco recipe was a huge hit with everyone.” —Michelle Thomas, Bangor, Maine

Get the recipe for Tasty Lentil Tacos.

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Sunday: Cast-Iron Skillet Steak

Sunday: Cast-Iron Skillet Steak

“If you’ve never cooked steak at home before, it can be a little intimidating. That’s why I came up with this simple steak recipe that’s so easy, you could make it any day of the week.” —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

Get the recipe for Cast-Iron Skillet Steak.

Next, check out this 7-day meal plan using canned food.

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