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Week of April 1st - Meal Planning and Recipes

Updated: Apr 5

Each week I search cookbooks, magazines, and the internet and plan out 5 main meals. These meals have been tested and adaptations and tips are provided when needed. I'm here to help make Bringing Back Dinner to your home go a little more smoothly with Meal planning and recipes plus tips.

Tip: If you find that the recipe links take a lot of time/memory to load try using the print recipe feature and print to pdf.


Serves: 4

Time: 45 Minutes


Don't be afraid of ingredients! We tend to stick to the same spices, sauces, etc. I encourage you to be bold and branch out! This recipe calls for a few ingredients you may be unfamiliar with, but it's so yummy!


  • I found this page to take a lot of energy and the ads were easily accidently clicked. I recommend printing this to pdf and then using the pdf to follow the recipe.

  • Whole Foods has a great Asian food section and most ingredients can be found there.

  • I don't have a Wok anymore - I'm trying to reduce the amount of stuff we have! If you don't, a large Dutch oven will work fine or try a large frying pan.

  • You can substitute the Shaoxing Wine with Mirin, but use about half, or white wine, or dry sherry.

  • OK - Honesty time, I never take the time to use white pepper. If you use black pepper it will be fine.


Meatloaf- By Bringing Back Dinner

Serves: 4 - 6

Time: 1 hour 45 minutes - mostly baking time



We love this meatloaf! I don't like the smell of ketchup and the tomato sauce takes care of that, but also makes a nice flavorful meatloaf.

  • Mix well. I often use my Kitchenaid to mix this, the more it is mixed the more compact and dense the meatloaf will be.

  • Feel free to spice it up and add things like chipotles to the tomato sauce, but it's yummy as is.


Spicy Fish Taco Bowls- By a Pinch of Yum

Serves: 4

Time: 50 minutes


We have tacos of some sort in our regular rotation of meals and this Taco Bowl is a nice way to mix it up a bit.


  • If you don't like Quinoa you can use rice instead

  • You can buy frozen cilantro! It comes in little cubes like frozen garlic does! I keep this on hand for when my cilantro is not growing in my garden. Because if I buy it I will use part of it and the rest turns to yucky mush.

  • For a healthier option try cooking the fish in an air fryer instead of frying it.


Meatloaf Sandwiches (or Roast Beef) -Really it is about the Tomato Relish!

Time: 35 minutes


The link for this recipe is for the Tomato Relish, it truly makes your sandwich. It is originally from the cookbook Wichcraft by Tom Colicchio, one of our favs!


  • Yes, I am assuming you have leftover meatloaf from earlier this week. If you don't know worries, you can use roast beef or a hamburger instead

  • Take the effort to buy Ciabatta rolls, it ups your sandwich game and holds up to the moistness of the sandwich.


Tortellini Pesto Salad - By Evergreen Kitchen

Serves: 4

Time: 20 Minutes



  • This meal is quick and easy by taking advantage of things like jarred Pesto and pre-made tortellini.

  • Trader Joe's has great pre-made pasta

  • If you have a local place that makes its own pasta I recommend buying from them for an elevated meal. In Greensboro, we have a place called Giacamo's Italian Market and their products are amazing!


MAR 2024 - Meal Ideas_reduced
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Do you have a food blog or website? I'll be glad to try your recipes and consider adding them to the Weekly Menu. Email me at


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