Healthy Weeknight Meal Plan (#20)

So there we have it, folks – 20 weeks of healthy weeknight meal planning.  Wow, that sure went by in a hurry.  I’m having so much fun planning the book and it will include extras like shopping lists, calorie counters, healthy school lunch suggestions and even a list of healthy substitutions you can make for everyday ingredients that will save you calories and provide those important nutrients.

Healthy Weeknight Meal Plan #20 | Simply Fresh Dinners

Until then, don’t forget you can visit this collection for inspiration any time.  We all need help in the kitchen and I’m so thankful to my talented blogger friends who have participated in bringing you these healthy dinner ideas!  I think this final plan will be one that you’ll pin to your fridge because it really rocks!


Healthy Weeknight Meal Plan #20 | Simply Fresh Dinners

Spicy Chickpea Veggie Burgers with Jalapeno and Zucchini  |  Peas and Crayons

Jenn’s posts are always fun to read because she’s got a fantastically, quirky sense of humor.  I love that she gives vegan and gluten-free options to these burgers as well.   Burgers are a real passion with Jenn and this latest creation is one of her best.  It’s super popular on Facebook and the flavors are going to blow your mind.  I won’t spoil the surprise for you.  Pop over and see the deliciousness for yourself!


Healthy Weeknight Meal Plan #20 | Simply Fresh Dinners

Sweet and Sticky 3 Ingredient Apricot Rice with Cauliflower Rice |  Half Baked Harvest

This easy and scrumptious dish is ready in 40 minutes and all it requires is tossing the chicken in the oven with apricot preserves and Russian dressing.  Wow!  Just thinking of those two ingredients together has me so curious about the taste.  It’s got to be amazing.  The rice takes no time at all so this dinner can be done with one eye closed!


Healthy Weeknight Meal Plan #20 | Simply Fresh Dinners

Spring Vegetable Tagliatelle  |  Simply Fresh Dinners

This recipe calls for fiddleheads but you can easily substitute asparagus and I’ve included a little bit of it in the dish.  If your family needs more ooomph, feel free to add chicken or shrimp.  Your healthiest pasta choice is quinoa pasta.  I cheated on this because I was craving some tagliatelle.  Your tummy will thank you for this fresh and easy recipe.


Healthy Weeknight Meal Plan #20 | Simply Fresh Dinners

Steak Cobb Salad with Caramelized Onion-Yogurt Dressing  |  Yes To Yolks

I just discovered Molly’s beautiful blog this week and I’m loving this salad!  She is all about making her salads interesting and I couldn’t agree more.   It’s important not to get lax in our creativity because you’ll find that salads will quickly go to the bottom of your list if they don’t scream ‘I’m amazing, eat me!” on your plate.  This recipe does that and much more.  Visit her blog for tons of inspiration on your healthy eating journey!


Healthy Weeknight Meal Plan #20 | Simply Fresh Dinners

Fish Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa |  Flavor the Moments

I also discovered Marcie’s blog this week although I had seen her appetizing creations on Facebook.  The minute I saw the word strawberry I wanted to know more.  How fresh and fabulous is this dish?! Lime, cilantro, jalapeno, avocado and so much more are combined with everyone’s favorite berry.  I love the crunch in these tacos and you just know you’re going to have a taste explosion in your mouth with every single bite!  This takes only 30 minutes and is a perfect way to celebrate Friday.  Besides, it’s much quicker (and healthier) than ordering a pizza.


I’ve loved your emails and comments about this healthy meal plan series.  I’m also thrilled that it’s been helpful to so many.  Isn’t it amazing how we spend so much time fussing on what we’re going to cook for dinner each night when a little planning would remove that daily stress?  I don’t know about you but that has always been the hot topic of my work environment – what the heck am I going to make for dinner tonight?  Let’s get rid of this silly problem and save ourselves a boatload of time in the process.  Yay for meal planning!

Here’s to happy, healthy eating.  Cheers!


  • Reply
    Debbie Harris
    May 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    Congratulations to you on this achievement! What a wonderful thing you have done in creating this book and your helps have always been such a delight. I learn a great deal from you and love putting your tips into practice.
    I have enjoyed many of your recipes as well as those from other bloggers that you have shared with us, thank you.
    I must try your spring vegetable tagliatelle, looks delicious.

    What a pleasure visiting with you this evening, Robyn I’ve been away and missed dropping in on you.
    Enjoy your weekend~~

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    Anita Rivera
    May 27, 2016 at 3:49 am

    That APRICOT rice and chicken, THAT SOUNDS GREAT! And thanks to you, I’m following Half-Baked Harvest now on IG! What glorious photos she has as well as recipes!

    Thanks again dear friend, for another planned week of exciting and healthy meals. Summer vacation is almost here!

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      May 27, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      Tieghan is a very talented cook, photographer and all around special person. I always think of her as ‘food-gifted’, lol. Yay for summer. The weather is certainly summer like today! Enjoy your weekend, friend xoxo

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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    May 27, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Oh, I want those fish tacos! The strawberry salsa sounds perfect!

    Congrats on 20 weeks of meal planning…that’s a lot!
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      May 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      I love those fish tacos too, Blair, and I’ll be making them very soon. It was a lot but lots of fun, too. I see shrimp under your name so you just know I have to run over to your blog now, lol.

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    May 27, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I love that you’ve covered all the bases with this plan, from veggie to chicken, beef and fish!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    May 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    This looks like a very delicious week indeed! Love all the flavors and fresh veggies in your selection. Things are starting to get real busy on the home front but want to pop by and say hello. Sharing!
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    May 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I want to eat ALL of these, I’m putting a few on my menu for next week!
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    Chris Scheuer
    May 28, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Beautiful meal plan, so fresh and perfect for this time of year. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    May 28, 2016 at 7:27 am

    I love this project and congratulations on reaching the end! I would love to know more 🙂 Thanks so much for the wonderful weekend inspiration and have a very happy weekend!
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    May 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    The pasta, the fish tacos, the burger – okay, all of it needs to be tried! This has been a wonderful series. Thank you Robyn for your hard work as well as the others featured. Yum!!!
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    May 28, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    A great round-up for your final one! Have loved all of them and this is no exception. Intrigued by the apricot chicken!
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    May 30, 2016 at 8:32 am

    There are several dishes that caught my eye. Fish tacos with strawberry salsa sounds amazing, plus the chicken dish. You are so right, when needing some inspiration for dinner, I can just go to your site.
    Thanks for the healthy inspiration. Hope your weekend has been fabulous! Lots of love from W.W. Xo

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