April Meal Plan Week 2

Week two of the April Meal Plan comes with seven dinner recipe ideas. This week’s meal plan includes Easter dinner. Included you will also find a list of grocery ingredients for each entrée and side dish ideas you can use.

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  • This meal plan will serve 4. Some recipes will serve more than four depending on your portion sizes.
  • It’s a meal plan for one week of dinner ideas.
  • Some recipes are intended to create premeditated leftovers, like casseroles or large pots of soup. This saves on the budget.
  • It is understood that you have common ingredients in your pantry such as salt and pepper so those are not included in the ingredient lists.
  • Some recipes will call for ingredients that can be used in multiple recipes for the week. Such as a head of lettuce can be used to make side salads with a small amount also portioned for tacos. A bag of carrots can be used for multiple dishes in one week to avoid waste.
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April Meal Plan Week 2

All recipes are linked at the bottom of this article. Side dish suggestions are not required, cook your favorite family sides. The grocery list for each entrée includes the ingredients required for that entrée.

1. Crockpot Brown Sugar & Pineapple Glazed Ham

Brown Sugar & Pineapple Glazed Ham is a nice traditional recipe to cook for Easter dinner and the best part is how easy this recipe is to prepare in the Crockpot.

Side Dishes

Easter dinner calls for some delicious side dishes. You can make the Potato salad and the Deviled eggs on Saturday and store them in the refrigerator. Pecan Glazed Green Beans and this easy Carrot Souffle round out our side dishes.

Grocery List for entree

  • 1 Butt portion ham (mine is 7 lbs.)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can sliced pineapples in heavy syrup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 9-12 whole cherries in syrup
Crockpot Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Crockpot Brown Sugar and Pineapple Ham Recipe

2. Baked Lemon Pepper Tilapia

Baked Lemon Pepper Tilapia isn’t only a delicious weeknight meal idea but it’s also a Low Carb entrée ready to eat in about 20 minutes!

Side Dish

Serve your favorite quick and easy vegetables. I like to cook frozen California vegetables as a side. Buy the ‘steamer’ frozen vegetables to keep this meal quick.

Grocery List

  • About 4 frozen Tilapia (1 per person)
  • Lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 bag of frozen California vegetables (optional)
Baked lemon pepper tilapia with vegetables on a white dish
Baked Lemon Pepper Tilapia low carb recipe

3. Classic Meatloaf with Saltines

This classic meatloaf recipe is tender and juicy with a tangy ketchup and mustard glaze on top for the perfect comfort food.

Side Dish

Mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish with meatloaf. Also serve your favorite green vegetable like green beans or peas and carrots. Rolls or biscuits would be nice but are not necessary.

Grocery List

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 25 saltine crackers, crushed
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. dry minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, optional
Meatloaf with saltines recipe at intelligentdomestications.com
Meatloaf with mashed potatoes plus peas and carrots

4. Crockpot Beef Tips and Gravy

This easy Beef Tips & Gravy recipe is made in the Crockpot with few ingredients. It’s a very versatile recipe so you can add your own flavor touches and serve with rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.

Side Dishes

Rice is the side dish that goes perfect with Beef Tips and Gravy but you can swap the rice for mashed potatoes and serve your favorite green vegetable too.

Grocery List

  • 2 lbs. beef tips
  • 2 cans beef gravy (13 oz. ea.)
  • 1 packet dry beefy onion soup mix (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Beef Tips and Gravy on a bed of rice
Crockpot Beef Tips & Gravy

5. Chicken and Dumplings almost from scratch

This easy Chicken and Dumplings recipe is great for Easter and this is Easter week so I’m including it this week.

Side Dishes

Chicken and Dumplings is a filling meal without side dishes. However, a side of cornbread or green beans is always good.


  • 1 hen
  • About 7 cups water
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. Sage
  • 1 pkg. Mary Hill frozen dumplings
chicken and dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings

6. French Loaf Breakfast Omelet

Breakfast for supper is always fun. This easy recipe for a French Loaf Breakfast Omelet is a copycat from a fancy restaurant we once visited.

Side Dish

Fruit makes a good side dish. Try this simple Southern Pear and Cherry Salad or these Cinnamon Baked Peaches.

Grocery List

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sharp shredded cheese
  • 1 small onion sliced thin
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3/4 Cup sliced Cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Half-n-half
  • 1/2 lb. ground sausage cooked, crumbled and drained
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 large French Loaf
French loaf breakfast omelet
French Loaf Omelet

7. Air Fryer Cheesy Chicken Tenders

These Air Fryer Chicken Tenders are covered in a cheese cracker crust and ready to eat in under 30 minutes. A great Saturday afternoon meal.

Side Dish

This is fun food night. Serve Ranch dressing or Honey mustard on the side for dipping. Potato chips are perfect, no more cooking.

Grocery List

  • 2 to 2.5 lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders (thawed)
  • 2 Cups pulverized cheese crackers
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 Cups 2% Milk
Air Fryer Cheesy Chicken Tenders are covered in a cheese cracker crust. Under 30 minutes cook time these Chicken Tenders are perfect for weeknight meals, snacks or party food. #Airfryer #chickenrecipe #partyfood #snackfood
Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Scroll down for all of this week’s recipe links.

April Meal Plan Recipes Week 2

  1. Crockpot Brown Sugar and Pineapple Glazed Ham recipe
  2. Baked Lemon Pepper Tilapia recipe
  3. Classic Meatloaf with Saltines Recipe
  4. Crockpot Beef Tips and Gravy recipe
  5. Chicken and Dumplings recipe
  6. French Loaf Breakfast Omelet recipe
  7. Air Fryer Cheesy Chicken Tenders recipe

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