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Plan a Week of Meals With This Weekly Meal Planner

Happy November! Welcome to the weekly meal planner, where we give you ideas for dinner every night, weekday lunches and weekend brunches, plus some desserts and snacks.

We will stick to easy meals – lunches and weeknight meals you can make ahead over the weekend, and quick and healthy dinners for night-of serving. Let’s start planning!

Monday

It’s meatless Monday from start to finish today!

Lunch: You’ll never miss the meat with this hearty Minestrone with Tomato and Fennel soup. Make it over the weekend and enjoy throughout the week.

Dinner: Fish in a Sack is super healthy – use the firm white fish of your choice.

Dessert: Monday Night Chocolate Cake is humble – it’s baked in a loaf pan – and delicious. Enjoy as a snack all week long – it’s great toasted and topped with cream cheese or peanut butter.

Tuesday

Lunch: Italian Chef Salad Version 2

Dinner: Spinach and Artichoke Baked Whole Grain Pasta can be made over the weekend and baked for tonight’s dinner for a stress-free meal.

Snack: With watermelon available at most grocery stores year-round, you can make these Watermelon Ice Pops any time of year for a guilt-free snack!

Wednesday 

Lunch: Cold tuna pasta salad served in a hollowed-out tomato makes an elegant lunch in this Risso alla Nizzarda recipe.

Dinner: Veal and Pork Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy and Egg Noodles is a tasty riff on spaghetti with meatballs.

Thursday

Lunch: Frozen corn and canned beans come together in this zesty Black Bean and Corn Salad.

Dinner: It’s Sandwich Night! BLT Burgers with Sriracha Aioli are burgers with a twist. Simplify the recipe even more and swap out the homemade aoili for prepared mayo. Sriracha too spicy for the kids? Just omit it.

Snack: Ricotta, Garlic and Honey Bruschetta

Friday

Lunch: Rachel Patty Melts You’ll love these grilled turkey burgers with a special sauce.

Dinner: Beer, Bacon and Beef Soba Bowl is a fun takeout-style Friday night dinner. Swap out the beer for additional beef stock if you’d like.

Dessert: Sweet and Salty Brownies are a little extra effort but worth it!

Saturday

Brunch: Strawberry Shortcake Waffles are a snap with pound cake cake mix.

Dinner: Garlicky Beef Skewers with Potato Hash and Spiked Ketchup is great for entertaining.

Dessert: Impress your guests! Your friends will swear you stopped by the bakery for dessert with these easy Chocolate Tea Puffs.

Sunday

Brunch: This hearty and versatile Tor-tata can be served hot or room temperature and will hold everyone over until Sunday supper.

Dinner: Mild Green Beef Chili with all your favorite fixings – avocado, cheese, sour cream, chopped onion – is a great Sunday family dinner.

Dessert: Triple Layer Oreo Cake is a sweet and special way to end the weekend.

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