Audrey Hepburn Easy Dinner Recipes

What do you usually make for dinner? Some weeks we have it more-or-less together, and other weeks we’re all over the place (frozen waffles, anyone?). But then I read a brilliant idea…

Len Penzo always creates a two-week menu for his family — he maps out their dinners for the next fourteen days. The plan saves money, time and (most of all) brain space. “Whenever my kids ask me what’s for dinner,” writes Penzo, “I’ve always got an answer because I sit down twice per month and create a 14-day daily dinner menu. I then post the menu on the refrigerator.”

Here’s one of his most recent menus:

Sunday: Spaghetti
Monday: Chicken & stuffing
Tuesday: Meat loaf
Wednesday: White lightning chili
Thursday: Beef Stroganoff
Friday: (Dine out)
Saturday: (Leftovers)
Sunday: Shrimp Scampi & linguini
Monday: Sesame chicken
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: Pork chops
Thursday: Beef stew
Friday: Macaroni and cheese
Saturday: (Leftovers)

Inspired, I made our own two-week list. It was quick to put together, since we repeat recipes so often anyway; and all the recipes are very, very easy. Here’s what we came up with (thinking of Sundays as pasta nights, Mondays a little lighter and Fridays as a date night):

Sunday: Eggplant Parmesan Rollatini
Monday: Zucchini Soup (THE BEST)
Tuesday: Monte Cristo Sandwiches
Wednesday: Vegetable Chili
Thursday: Shop-the-Fridge Night (leftovers, scrambled eggs, baked potatoes, pasta with Rao’s sauce, etc.)
Friday: Dine out
Saturday: Pesto Salmon (with Near East Pine Nut Couscous)
Sunday: Orecchiette with Peas and Ham
Monday: Big salads
Tuesday: Chicken Quesadillas
Wednesday: Tofu Tacos
Thursday: Shop-the-Fridge Night
Friday: Dine out
Saturday: Chicken Parm Meatballs (we usually make a double recipe for the week ahead)

Leftover ingredients, like the other half of the goat cheese or leftover chicken, are used for breakfasts and lunches.

Thoughts? Isn’t it a great approach? Honestly, I’d enjoy these dinners over and over, so we could have the same two-week plan a few months in a row. Would you do something like this? Any recipe recommendations? I’d love to hear…

P.S. More quick dinners we make at home, and our favorite things at Trader Joe’s.

(Photo of Audrey Hepburn grocery shopping with her pet fawn in Beverly Hills, 1958, by Bob Willoughby. Time article found via Chasing Saturdays.)