What’s for dinner? No worries! Here’s a meal plan for April

We had a marvelous weekend at SkyTop Lodge, where we celebrated my grandmother’s 90th birthday. It shocks me to say “90” because she looks and moves 70 — possibly younger. With family spread so far across from areas of Virginia to Detroit, it’s a special opportunity  to get almost everyone together in one spot — and so wonderful to reunite and bond.

I realized a new hobby while we were there. I participated in a ropes course (with several ziplines), 30-40 feet above the ground. And I will do it again. In fact, I’m looking to do it again. I shared with my husband that I’m going to start scouting out family vacations that include ropes course opportunities. Readers, please let me know if you have any courses to recommend. I can’t wait to try more!

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Of course, you’re likely really popping in for the menu, and now you know why it wasn’t posted yesterday. I made a change for Monday’s meal — it had been listed as chicken fajitas, but there were so many chicken dinners on the menu this week, I switched it to a steak fajitas recipe.

Use the plan below, shuffling as necessary to make a menu that works best for your family’s busy spring schedule. You’ll find a mix of grilling dinners, make-ahead dinners and dinners using fresh items. The April Meal Plan will be-reposted each Monday through the month.

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Week 1

Monday: Sweet Chili Chicken Pizza
Tuesday: Minty Bulgur Salad with Salmon and Cucumbers
Wednesday: Cheesy Veggie and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole
Thursday: leftovers
Weekend: Passover Seder (Friday and/or Saturday nights); Top your own hot dogs and barbecue veggies; Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad,

Passover

Bonus! Passover begins Friday night, April 3. For those of us observing, here’s a great Passover menu plan for the full 8 nights. Or adapt the meals, below.

Week 2

Monday: Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce (Observing Passover? Try this Passover Spinach & Cheese Lasagna)
Tuesday: Salmon Burgers with Corn Salad or Salmon Croquettes (for Passover) with Greens salad
Wednesday:  Marinated Grilled Chicken and Spring Vegetables 
Thursday: leftovers
Weekend: Andouille Mac & Cheese and Caesar Salad, make your own pizzas; Last night of Passover: Herb-Crusted Rib-Eye Roast and spring vegetables

Week 3

Monday: Apricot Glazed Ham with Potatoes and Asparagus
Tuesday: Grilled Salmon in BBQ Sauce with zucchini
Wednesday: Best BBQ Pulled Chicken (made in the crockpot), beans and cole slaw
Thursday: Taco Night
Weekend: Hamburgers and Hot Dogs with Corn on the Cob and Summer Veggies; Steak Kabobs

Week 4

Monday: steak and pepper fajitas
Tuesday: slow cooker chicken cheese steaks
Wednesday: crab rolls
Thursday: salami and pepper pizzas
Weekend: pasta with zucchini, tomatoes, salmon and feta (I’m basing the meal on the linked recipe, but add pieces of baked salmon.); Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas

Week 5

(This week moves us into May!)

Monday: Spiced Chicken with Chickpea & Cucumber Salad
Tuesday: Herb-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Wednesday: Beef/Corn Tacos
Thursday: Cilantro-Lime Halibut with salad
Weekend:  Louisville Hot Brown Sandwiches; Barbecue Ribs with Rosemary Corn

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel (jewelryverse.com) and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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