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What’s For Dinner This Week- Simply Delicious Family Dinners

Meal Planning For Busy Families

This is the perfect menu for Spring or Summer with ingredients like lemons, zucchini, squash and carrots.  If you’re a subscriber to The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System, here’s what’s for dinner this week.


Simple Family Dinner Recipe

Day 1: Lemon Pepper Pork Chops with Basic Rice Pilaf &Spring Vegetable Sauté


Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Day 2: Swedish Meatballs over Spinach Pasta with Buttery Garlic Rolls


Meal Planning recipes

Day 3: Pork Fried Rice with Thai Shrimp Pizza and Crispy Asian Cucumber Salad


Meatball subs recipe

Day 4: Hot Meatball Subs with Green Onion Garlic Chips


penne pasta recipe

Day 5: Shrimp Penne with Garlicky Garlic Bread



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Summer Feel Without The Grill Recipe

The Cheeseburger- Reinvented.

It’s my “summer feel without the grill” recipe.

Actually, my recipe for Burger Blankets comes directly from my mother.  Growing up in Southern California, she loved to make this fun version of the classic American burger.

She pounded out buttermilk biscuits from a canister to use as the blanket and filled them with cheese and onions (optional), so when they baked in the oven, the cheese melted all around the beef and onions.  She also used a fork to engrave the ingredients in each one before they baked.  So, the ones with just cheese had a big “c” on top.

We never had a name for them though.  She would call them “burger biscuits”, but that didn’t really sound like a name-name to me.

So, when I included Mom’s recipe in my Weekly Meal Plan I decided to appropriately name them “Burger Blankets”.  They’re really more like “burger sleeping bags”, but that didn’t flow.  Get Mom’s recipe here:

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Burger Blankets Recipe here

Served with a tri-color pasta salad with fresh grape tomatoes, this feels like a perfect summertime family dinner.


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Spring Penne

Spring Penne

Spring Penne


  • penne pasta- 1lb
  • asparagus- 1lb, trimmed and diced into 1-inch pieces
  • mushrooms, sliced- 8 oz.
  • sundried tomatoes- 1 small 7 oz. jar
  • marscapone cheese, 8 oz.
  • pecorino cheese- 8oz. (you can also Parmesan)


  1. Boil pasta in salted water until tender
  2. Heat a few tablespoons oil in large sauté pan over medium-high heat (or, if your sundried tomatoes are in oil, use that)
  3. Add diced asparagus,mushrooms and sundried tomatoes and sauté until tender
  4. Add both Marscapone and Pecorino cheese; stir until melted
  5. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water, and transfer to a serving bowl (you can dip a glass measuring cup into cooking pasta water before draining to reserve)
  6. Add pasta water back to pasta in serving bowl
  7. Pour cheese and vegetable mixture over pasta
  8. Toss
  9. For a more robust meal, serve with a side of gourmet Italian-Mozzarella Sausage broiled in oven


Weekly Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan




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