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

by Vidya Rao / / Source: TODAY

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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.




Pork Chop Agrodolce

Pork Chop Agrodolce

Giada De Laurentiis


Chickpea Burgers

Chickpea Burgers

Donal Skehan


Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

Laura Vitale

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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