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5-day dinner plan: Cheesy chicken parm, pork chops for easy 30-minute meals

Who wants to slave over the stove after work, only to have the picky eaters in your life complain about all the things they don't like. Here are five tried-and-true meals that the whole family will love. Bonus: They all take around 30 minutes to make. We've included a grocery list to help you get your week off to a great start.

MONDAY:

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WEDNESDAY:

Pork Chop Agrodolce
Pork chop agradolce
Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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THURSDAY:

Chickpea Burgers
Chickpea burgers in pita pockets
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FRIDAY:

Chicken Parmesan
Laura Vitale makes chicken parmesan.
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Grocery list:

  • 4 ounces slab bacon or pancetta
  • 4 bone-in center-cut pork loin chops, about 12 ounces each
  • 6 boneless skinless thin chicken breasts
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • 1 8-ounce ball of fresh mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • 6 slices of provolone cheese
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • Fresh thyme
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • 2 butternut squash
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 head garlic
  • Scallions
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 pound bucatini
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground coriander
  • Ground cumin
  • Garam masala
  • Bay leaves
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Honey
  • Tahini or smooth peanut butter
  • 12-inch pizza dough
  • Whole grain pita
  • 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes
  • 2 28-ounce cans of crushed Italian tomatoes
  • Plain breadcrumbs
  • 15½ ounces canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • White wine

Pantry staples:

  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • All-purpose flour
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