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A 7-Day Meal Plan That Keeps It Simple

Dinner doesn't have to be complicated. Make a protein or vegetarian main, like these, and a simple side. Try a crisp leafy salad, hearty bread or a big pot of plain rice seasoned differently each night.

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Sunday: Cast-Iron Skillet SteakTaste of Home

Sunday: Cast-Iron Skillet Steak

If you’ve never cooked steak at home before, it can be a little intimidating. That’s why I came up with this simple steak recipe that’s so easy, you could make it any day of the week. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Monday: Crispy Onion ChickenTaste of Home

Monday: Crispy Onion Chicken

My family loves chicken, and I'm always trying new ways to prepare it. This golden-brown chicken with its crunchy french-fried onion coating is great with rice, baked potatoes, macaroni salad or potato salad. —Charlotte Smith, McDonald, Pennsylvania

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Tuesday: Slow-Cooker Mac and CheeseTaste of Home

Tuesday: Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese

What could be more comforting (or easy!) than a Crock-Pot mac and cheese? Nothing! This classic casserole is a rich and cheesy meatless main dish, and I've never met anyone who didn't ask for second helpings of the cheesy slow cooker dish. —Bernice Glascoe, Roxboro, North Carolina

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Wednesday: Favorite Grilled Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Wednesday: Favorite Grilled Pork Chops

This recipe is my favorite out of all my grilled pork chop recipes. I start preparing this entree the night before I plan to grill it.—Erica Svejda, Janesville, Wisconsin

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Thursday: Chicken FingersThe musical "Waitress"

Thursday: Chicken Fingers

Almost everyone in my family requests these golden chicken fingers as their birthday dinner entree. I begin marinating the chicken strips early in the day to cut down on last-minute fuss. —Charlotte Baillargeon, Hinsdale, Massachusetts

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Friday: Oven-Roasted SalmonTaste of Home

Friday: Oven-Roasted Salmon

When I’m starving after work, I want a fast meal with no-fail technique. Roasted salmon is super tender and has a delicate sweetness. It’s also an easy wowza for company. —Jeanne Ambrose, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Saturday: Tasty Lentil TacosTaste of Home

Saturday: Tasty Lentil Tacos

When my husband's cholesterol numbers rose, I quickly lowered the fat in our family's diet. Finding dishes that were healthy for him and yummy for our five children was a challenge, but this fun taco recipe was a huge hit with everyone. —Michelle Thomas, Bangor, Maine

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