Your New Weekly Meal Plan
Welcome to the Weekly Meal Planner! Whether you work all day and are out of steam when the dinner hour hits, or are fresh out of dinner ideas and in a cooking rut, we are here to make your life easier.
We’ve gotten a few comments and questions about meal planning for picky eaters, and let me tell you, I have been there. Dinners in my house are all about making one meal work for everyone. If it’s a dish with some ingredients that might not appeal to my picky diners, I put together their dinner with components of the meal before the final product.
For example, to serve the chicken and rice pilaf dish for Wednesday night below, I would serve my finicky eaters the chicken without scallions and the rice pilaf without artichokes and pine nuts. The key here: You’re not making two separate meals, but you’ll introduce choosier members of your family to new dishes. Success!
I will continue to include some picky eater tips today and in the coming weeks. In the meantime, have a great week, and let me know what dishes you made in the comments below!
Lunch: Ratatouille-Stuffed Zucchini Pizza is a veggie delight with zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and tomatoes.
Dinner: Spaghetti with Cauliflower and Tuna is an inexpensive Meatless Monday dinner. Picky eaters? Omit the tuna and pepper for their meals and top with parmesan.
Dessert: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares
Lunch: Make Pearled Farro with Hazelnuts and Greens on Sunday to enjoy for a weekday lunch. No farro is the house? Swap in quinoa, rice, or even couscous.
Dinner: Vermont Chicken Pie is a shortcut comfort food with refrigerated biscuits filling in for homemade pie crust. Make it even easier with rotisserie chicken.
Snack: Splurge on decadent Ohio-Buffalo Nachos. They’re nachos with a twist – potato chips stand in for tortilla chips!
Lunch: Quick Chicken Soup with Pasta – freeze the leftovers in individual portions to thaw and enjoy later.
Dinner: It doesn’t have to be spring to enjoy Lemon and Rosemary Chicken with Spring Onions, Rice Pilaf with Artichokes and Pine Nuts – a complete and healthy meal.
Dessert: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars are perfect for packed lunches all week long.
Lunch: Chicken Salad with Yogurt-Ranch Dressing swaps out mayo with yogurt for a healthier chicken salad.
Dinner: It’s Sandwich Night! Get into the Thanksgiving spirit with this Turkey and Bacon Monte Cristo – a hot grilled turkey sandwich with bacon, cranberry sauce, cheese, and pickles. It comes together in under 15 minutes! Make a picky eater version with just turkey, bacon, and cheese.
Snack: Crispy Roasted Chickpeas are a healthy alternative to salty chips.
Lunch: Chicken Tender Salad will be a hit with adults and kids with only six ingredients, including baked corn chips that are crushed and tossed in the salad for added crunch.
Dinner: French Onion Soup-Topped French Bread Pizza and Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette is a fun and easy Friday night dinner. Omit the onion mixture for picky eaters and stick with cheese.
Dessert: TGIF! Have the kids help you make S’mores Cupcakes. They couldn’t be easier: store-bought cupcakes (or from a mix), canned frosting, and s’more toppings – mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers – come together for a fun dessert.
Brunch: Cheddar-Whole Wheat Waffle BLT Sandwiches are hearty, sweet and savory.
Cocktail: Celebrate the weekend with a special cocktail: Prosecco Cocktail with Berries.
Brunch: Invite friends for that perfect mid-morning meal! This Rosemary Potato Frittata feeds a crowd.
Dinner: Grandpa’s Braised Beef is a fabulous Sunday supper that you can prepare in the afternoon, pop in the oven, and gather around the table later for a relaxed family meal. Picky eaters should dig into the beef, crusty bread and potatoes.
Dessert: Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting are a sweet ending to the weekend.