What's For Dinner? {Weekly Meal Plan}


Quick and easy recipes for everyday of the week. Main dishes, side dishes and dessert recipes. Everything is easy to make and guaranteed to please the whole family!
Happy Sunday! It's that time of the week again. Time to start thinking about the week ahead.
This week's menu has you set for Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby.
I've shared several recipes to make both celebrations delicious!!

I am also sharing the #1 dessert recipe on the blog - Lemon Pound Cake.
This cake is AMAZING!!!
Just make sure to follow the directions and don't overfill your cake pan!

Keep reading for all the recipes!

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Where to Eat in Madrid Spain

Where to eat in Madrid Spain - the best paella, churros and chocolate, and tapas. Some hidden gems that you must add to you list!

Where to eat in Madrid Spain - the best paella, churros and chocolate, and tapas. Some hidden gems that you must add to you list!
My favorite thing about Madrid was the FOOD!
We ate so much delicious food.
We continued our churros and chocolate streak and ate some of the most amazing tapas EVER!
We made sure to have some croquettes and paella too!
It was all for the blog! LOL!
It was a good thing that I brought my stretchy pants for the plane ride home.

Keep reading to see everything we ate in Madrid!

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Deep Dish Taco Pizza

Deep Dish Taco Pizza - seriously delicious!! A fun twist to taco night. Refrigerated pizza crust topped with refried beans, taco sauce, taco hamburger meat and cheese. Top pizza with your favorite taco toppings!! Everyone loved this pizza and asked to have it again this week! Such an easy weeknight dinner recipe! Pizza plus Tacos equals HEAVEN!!!

Deep Dish Taco Pizza - seriously delicious!! A fun twist to taco night. Refrigerated pizza crust topped with refried beans, taco sauce, taco hamburger meat and cheese. Top pizza with your favorite taco toppings!! Everyone loved this pizza and asked to have it again this week! Such an easy weeknight dinner recipe! Pizza plus Tacos equals HEAVEN!!!

This Deep Dish Taco Pizza combines two of my all-time favorite foods - pizza and tacos!! It is the perfect combination. Pizza dough topped with taco sauce, refried beans, taco meat and cheese. You could even add some onions and peppers too. SO easy and so delicious!!! We both absolutely LOVED this dish. Chicken Legs isn't even a fan of refried beans, but he really, really liked the pizza.

I used a can of refrigerated pizza dough. I used the regular pizza dough, not the thin crust. I haven't tried this with homemade pizza dough. If you try this with homemade dough, let me know how it turns out!! We topped our pizza with all of our favorite toppings - sour cream, guacamole, salsa, Whatever you like! This would be a fun dish your any Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Deep Dish Taco Pizza - seriously delicious!! A fun twist to taco night. Refrigerated pizza crust topped with refried beans, taco sauce, taco hamburger meat and cheese. Top pizza with your favorite taco toppings!! Everyone loved this pizza and asked to have it again this week! Such an easy weeknight dinner recipe! Pizza plus Tacos equals HEAVEN!!!


Deep Dish Taco Pizza - seriously delicious!! A fun twist to taco night. Refrigerated pizza crust topped with refried beans, taco sauce, taco hamburger meat and cheese. Top pizza with your favorite taco toppings!! Everyone loved this pizza and asked to have it again this week! Such an easy weeknight dinner recipe! Pizza plus Tacos equals HEAVEN!!!




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Southwestern Squash Casserole

Southwestern Squash Casserole - CRAZY good!!! Great side dish for all your tex-mex dishes!! Squash, cheddar cheese, onion, green chiles, jalapeños, cumin, salsa, green onions, red onion. Everyone loved this easy side dish recipe. Great for a potluck and cookout.

Southwestern Squash Casserole - CRAZY good!!! Great side dish for all your tex-mex dishes!! Squash, cheddar cheese, onion, green chiles, jalapeños, cumin, salsa, green onions, red onion. Everyone loved this easy side dish recipe. Great for a potluck and cookout.

This Southwestern Squash Casserole is a new favorite in our house. Squash, onions, peppers, salsa and cheese. All of our favorite flavors in one dish. YUM! We ate this a couple of days in a row and it was delicious every single time.

This recipe makes a ton. It is great for a summer cookout. You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate until you are ready to bake the casserole. This goes great with the Taco Ranch Chicken I shared earlier this week. It is also great with steak and pork. We've made it several times over the last couple of months and it is always a hit!

Southwestern Squash Casserole - CRAZY good!!! Great side dish for all your tex-mex dishes!! Squash, cheddar cheese, onion, green chiles, jalapeños, cumin, salsa, green onions, red onion. Everyone loved this easy side dish recipe. Great for a potluck and cookout.




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Cookies & Cream Tres Leches Cake

Cookies & Cream Tres Leches Cake - heaven in a pan! This cake is AMAZING! Seriously one of the best cakes I've ever made. Cake mix and Oreos, soaked in sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and half-and-half and topped with fresh whipped cream and crushed Oreos. SO good! My husband asked for this to be his birthday cake. Such a great dessert recipe! Love how easy this dessert is to make!!

Cookies & Cream Tres Leches Cake - heaven in a pan! This cake is AMAZING! Seriously one of the best cakes I've ever made. Cake mix and Oreos, soaked in sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and half-and-half and topped with fresh whipped cream and crushed Oreos. SO good! My husband asked for this to be his birthday cake. Such a great dessert recipe! Love how easy this dessert is to make!!

OK, stop what you are doing and go get the stuff to make this Cookies & Cream Tres Leches cake. O-M-G! It is incredible!!!! Chicken Legs loved this cake so much that he has requested it for his birthday this year. It was seriously delicious!

I doctored up a box of yellow cake mix with some cinnamon and crushed Oreos. After the cake had baked, I poured a mixture of three milks over the cake and refrigerated it overnight. When we were ready to serve the cake, I topped it with some fresh whipped cream and and more crushed Oreos and cherries. It was great! This is 100% be at our Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Cookies & Cream Tres Leches Cake - heaven in a pan! This cake is AMAZING! Seriously one of the best cakes I've ever made. Cake mix and Oreos, soaked in sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and half-and-half and topped with fresh whipped cream and crushed Oreos. SO good! My husband asked for this to be his birthday cake. Such a great dessert recipe! Love how easy this dessert is to make!!


Favorite Products Used in Recipe
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Taco Ranch Grilled Chicken

Taco Ranch Chicken - our favorite! SO easy and this tastes delicious! Only 6 ingredients - olive oil, Ranch dressing, taco seasoning, lime juice, vinegar and chicken. Great on its own or on top of a salad or in tacos and quesadillas. We make this at least  once a week! Such a quick and easy Mexican chicken recipe!

Taco Ranch Chicken - our favorite! SO easy and this tastes delicious! Only 6 ingredients - olive oil, Ranch dressing, taco seasoning, lime juice, vinegar and chicken. Great on its own or on top of a salad or in tacos and quesadillas. We make this at least  once a week! Such a quick and easy Mexican chicken recipe!

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and we are busy testing out recipes for our celebration! This Taco Ranch Chicken is definitely going on the menu! It was SOOOOO good!!!! Chicken marinated in ranch dressing, taco seasoning, olive oil and lime juice. We served this with some rice and black beans, but it would also be great chopped up in tacos and quesadillas!!

The key to evenly cooked grilled chicken is to pound your chicken breasts to an even thickness. We do this every single time that we grill chicken and it is always tender and juicy. We like to let this Taco Ranch Chicken marinate overnight, but if you don't have that much time a few hours will do just fine. This chicken was tender, juicy and full of great flavor. I cannot wait to make this again for Cinco de Mayo!!!

Taco Ranch Chicken - our favorite! SO easy and this tastes delicious! Only 6 ingredients - olive oil, Ranch dressing, taco seasoning, lime juice, vinegar and chicken. Great on its own or on top of a salad or in tacos and quesadillas. We make this at least  once a week! Such a quick and easy Mexican chicken recipe!

Taco Ranch Chicken - our favorite! SO easy and this tastes delicious! Only 6 ingredients - olive oil, Ranch dressing, taco seasoning, lime juice, vinegar and chicken. Great on its own or on top of a salad or in tacos and quesadillas. We make this at least  once a week! Such a quick and easy Mexican chicken recipe!

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What's For Dinner? {Weekly Meal Plan}

Quick and easy recipes for everyday of the week. Main dishes, side dishes and dessert recipes. Everything is easy to make and guaranteed to please the whole family!

This week's menu is packed FULL of our favorites!!!
The Sweet Heat Marinade for skirt steak is my #1 marinade recipe for skirt steak.
We LOVE that recipe!!
This week also has my ALL-TIME favorite corn recipe.
I am getting my fat pants ready because this week is CRAZY delicious!!!

Keep reading to get all the amazing recipes!
Main dishes, side dishes and dessert.

Have a delicious week!


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Top 10 Things to See in Madrid Spain

Top 10 Things to See in Madrid Spain - fantastic list of places to go when you are in Madrid!

Top 10 Things to See in Madrid Spain - fantastic list of places to go when you are in Madrid!

Today I am going to share all about our time in Madrid! 
Madrid was beautiful! Not as colorful as Barcelona, but beautiful nonetheless.
We spent two and half days in Madrid. That was plenty of time to see the sites.


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Chocolate Bourbon Pound Cake

Chocolate Bourbon Pound Cake - crazy good! Easy home made chocolate pound cake spiked with bourbon. Flour, cocoa powder, chocolate pudding mix, baking soda, butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream and bourbon. Can make ahead of time and freeze for later. Perfect for potlucks, cookouts and watching the Kentucky Derby! Everyone loves this easy pound cake dessert recipe!

Chocolate Bourbon Pound Cake - crazy good! Easy home made chocolate pound cake spiked with bourbon. Flour, cocoa powder, chocolate pudding mix, baking soda, butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream and bourbon. Can make ahead of time and freeze for later. Perfect for potlucks, cookouts and watching the Kentucky Derby! Everyone loves this easy pound cake dessert recipe!

Pound Cakes are one of my favorite desserts to make. They are so easy to throw together and taste great. They can also be made ahead of time and even frozen for later. You really can't beat them! I've been experimenting with flavors and came up with this Chocolate Bourbon Pound Cake. OMG! SO good!! Chocolate + Bourbon = heaven! 

This cake is incredibly good. Delicious chocolate with a hint of bourbon. Just to make this Chocolate Bourbon Pound Cake even more delicious, I topped it with an easy bourbon glaze. YUM! We served the cake with some fresh whipped cream and mint. We also had a few slices topped with vanilla ice cream. This would be perfect for snacking on while watching the Kentucky Derby with a Mint Julep in hand!

Chocolate Bourbon Pound Cake - crazy good! Easy home made chocolate pound cake spiked with bourbon. Flour, cocoa powder, chocolate pudding mix, baking soda, butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream and bourbon. Can make ahead of time and freeze for later. Perfect for potlucks, cookouts and watching the Kentucky Derby! Everyone loves this easy pound cake dessert recipe!





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Orange Chili Grilled Chicken

Orange Chili Grilled Chicken - seriously delicious! Only 4 ingredients! Chicken, sweet chili sauce, honey and orange juice. Grill and baste with reserved sauce. SO much great flavor!!! We always double the recipe for leftovers - great on a salad or in a wrap. We LOVE this easy chicken marinade recipe!!!

Orange Chili Grilled Chicken - seriously delicious! Only 4 ingredients! Chicken, sweet chili sauce, honey and orange juice. Grill and baste with reserved sauce. SO much great flavor!!! We always double the recipe for leftovers - great on a salad or in a wrap. We LOVE this easy chicken marinade recipe!!!

Grilling season is in full swing at our house. We had a super mild winter this year, so we have actually never stopped grilling! This Orange Chili Grilled Chicken has become a fast favorite. It is super easy to make and has TONS of great flavor. We used this marinade with some chicken tenders, but it would also be great on chicken breasts and chicken thighs.

This recipe uses sweet chili sauce. I used Frank's Chili Sauce. I found it near the hot sauce and BBQ sauce. The sweet chili sauce isn't spicy at all. It just gives the chicken a little hint of sweet and spicy. It complements the orange juice perfectly!! We've made this several times over the past month and really have enjoyed it every single time. I like to chop up the leftover chicken and put it on top of a salad or in a sandwich wrap.

Orange Chili Grilled Chicken - seriously delicious! Only 4 ingredients! Chicken, sweet chili sauce, honey and orange juice. Grill and baste with reserved sauce. SO much great flavor!!! We always double the recipe for leftovers - great on a salad or in a wrap. We LOVE this easy chicken marinade recipe!!!



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Cheesy Zucchini Squares

Cheesy Zucchini Squares - DELICIOUS side dish or breakfast casserole! Perfect way to use up all that yummy summer squash! Zucchini, flour, baking powder, milk, eggs, green chiles and Monterey Jack cheese. We served this as a side dish with our grilled meats and had the leftovers for breakfast! SO YUMMY! Everyone raves about this simple side dish recipe!

Cheesy Zucchini Squares - DELICIOUS side dish or breakfast casserole! Perfect way to use up all that yummy summer squash! Zucchini, flour, baking powder, milk, eggs, green chiles and Monterey Jack cheese. We served this as a side dish with our grilled meats and had the leftovers for breakfast! SO YUMMY! Everyone raves about this simple side dish recipe!

Zucchini has become one of our favorite spring vegetables. I am always looking for different ways to prepare it. I came across a recipe for Cheesy Zucchini Squares and decided to give it a try. We both took one bite and were in foodie heaven. SO good! We served this as side dish with some grilled chicken, but it would also be great for breakfast! The zucchini and cheese are baked in an egg mixture, so it is similar to a veggie breakfast casserole.

This recipe makes a ton! It would be great for a spring/summer potluck.The casserole has a little kick from some green chilies. If you are worried about the heat, you can certainly leave out the green chiles. These Cheesy Zucchini Squares got 5 stars in our house. We will definitely be making this dish again and again.

Cheesy Zucchini Squares - DELICIOUS side dish or breakfast casserole! Perfect way to use up all that yummy summer squash! Zucchini, flour, baking powder, milk, eggs, green chiles and Monterey Jack cheese. We served this as a side dish with our grilled meats and had the leftovers for breakfast! SO YUMMY! Everyone raves about this simple side dish recipe!




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Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese

Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese - THE BEST!!! We ate this two weeks in a row. Seriously DELICIOUS! Macaroni, flour, butter, onion, salt, pepper, milk, gruyere cheese, turkey, bacon, tomatoes. All the flavors of a  Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich in pasta. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. This is a new favorite. GREAT macaroni and cheese recipe!

Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese - THE BEST!!! We ate this two weeks in a row. Seriously DELICIOUS! Macaroni, flour, butter, onion, salt, pepper, milk, gruyere cheese, turkey, bacon, tomatoes. All the flavors of a  Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich in pasta. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. This is a new favorite. GREAT macaroni and cheese recipe!

The Kentucky Derby is coming up. Now, I'm not a horse racing fan, but we always seem to watch the derby. I find the Derby more of an excuse to eat and drink with friends! There is nothing better than sipping a Mint Julep and eating some Kentucky Hot Browns. I have several variations of the original on the blog, but this Kentucky Hot Brown Mac & Cheese might be my favorite. Pasta loaded with turkey and bacon and tossed in a Gruyere cheese sauce. O-M-G! SO decadent!

For this recipe I used some really thick sliced turkey deli meat. I wanted to have nice bites of turkey throughout the mac and cheese. I used Gruyere cheese in the cheese sauce. Gruyere can be expensive, so feel free to substitute Swiss cheese if you don't want to splurge on the Gruyere. I think it is totally worth the splurge!

We topped this Kentucky Hot Brown Mac & Cheese with some fresh diced tomatoes. This has all the flavors of a hot brown but tossed with pasta. We loved this dish! I cannot wait to make it again for the Derby!

Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese - THE BEST!!! We ate this two weeks in a row. Seriously DELICIOUS! Macaroni, flour, butter, onion, salt, pepper, milk, gruyere cheese, turkey, bacon, tomatoes. All the flavors of a  Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich in pasta. Everyone cleaned their plate and went back for seconds. This is a new favorite. GREAT macaroni and cheese recipe!




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