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7 Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes, Plus This Week’s Groceries And Meal Prep Plan

From Pad Thai chicken drumsticks to Kung Pao cauliflower stir-fry, these simple dishes will help you put dinner on the table fast.

Pasta with shrimp and asparagus on yellow plate.

Photo, Erik Putz.

The final week of our meal prep plan is finally here (check out the first, second and third weeks from the plan), featuring seven more satisfying dinner recipes that you can prep in advance. Whether you’ve followed along for the past 21 days, or just need some dinnertime inspiration, check out the latest crop of recipes, from a hearty Tuscan-inspired soup to a delicious vegetarian stir-fry. Hopefully, you’ve picked up some great tips these past few weeks, so you can continue on your meal prep journey.

Below are the recipes and groceries you’ll need, plus easy-to-follow meal prep tips to set you up for success throughout the week.

Here are your week 4 recipes:

7 meal prep dishes in grid on yellow background

Week 4 Ingredients:

Check your fridge for these leftovers from last week and plan accordingly:

  • Kale
  • Cilantro
  • Parmesan
  • Frozen peas
  • Linguine
  • Basmati rice

Check your pantry for:

  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Granulated sugar
  • Honey
  • Sherry or white-wine vinegar
  • Rice vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Hot chili-garlic sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne
  • Hot pepper flakes
  • Cornstarch
  • Dry sherry or apera (optional)


  • 2 340-g pkgs cauliflower florets (8 cups)
  • 1 284-g bag carrot and broccoli slaw (4 cups)
  • 1/2 cored and peeled pineapple
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 2 red onions
  • 8 green onions
  • 1 head garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 small knob ginger
  • (1 tbsp minced)
  • 1 3-pack yellow, red and orange bell peppers
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 3 limes
  • 2 red Thai chilies (optional)
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 kabocha squash (about 950 g)
  • Bean sprouts (3 cups) 250 g asparagus
  • 500 g brussels sprouts
  • 1 small bunch kale(2 cups chopped)
  • Herbs:
  • 1 bunch cilantro (about 2 cups chopped)
  • 1 bunch basil (1 cup chopped)


  • 450 g skin-on trout fillets
  • 1 450-g pkg frozen peeled, large shrimp
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (1 kg total)
  • 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 4 bone-in pork chops (750 g total)


  • 1 cup grated parmesan


  • 2 cups homemade or store-bought croutons


  • 1 750-g bag frozen peas (1 cup)

Dry Goods:

  • 225 g linguine
  • 360 g basmati rice (2 cups)
  • 1 236-mL jar pad Thai sauce, such as Thai Kitchen
  • 1 540-mL can navy beans
  • 1 900-mL carton low-sodium chicken broth (3 cups)
  • 1 398-mL can diced tomatoes
  • 1 85-g pkg peri peri spice blend, such as President’s Choice (2 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped dried cherries or cranberries
  • 3/4 cup toasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts, divided

Sunday Meal Prep Plan:

Store everything in resealable containers. Chopped produce should be covered with a damp paper towel, then sealed and refrigerated (to keep from drying out).

Baked Trout with Pineapple-Pepper Salsa

  • Finely chop jalapeno
  • Cut bell peppers into 1/2-in. pieces
  • Finely chop red onion
  • Cut pineapple into 1/2-in. pieces

Pad Thai Chicken Drumsticks with Bean Sprout Slaw

  • Thinly slice green onions
  • Finely chop red Thai chilies

Hearty Tuscan Soup

  • Chop onion
  • Chop kale
  • Grate parmesan

Shrimp Primavera Pasta

  • Trim asparagus ends and cut into 1-in. pieces
  • Thinly slice red onion
  • Grate parmesan

Peri Peri Chicken Pilaf

  • Chop onion

Cherry Pork Chops with Roasted Squash and Brussels Sprouts

  • Cut kabocha squash into 1/2-in. wedges
  • Trim and halve brussels sprouts
  • Finely chop dried cherries

Kung Pao Cauliflower Stir Fry

  • Stir 3 tbsp water with 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sherry, chili-garlic sauce, sugar and cornstarch
  • Thinly slice green onions
  • Toast cashews

Check out the recipes for the first, second and third weeks and all the recipes from the plan.

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