What’s for Dinner? Try These 21 Easy Meal Ideas

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  ideas and in a cooking rut, we are here to make your life easier. 

Chicken recipes are some of the most popular on, so this week we’ve included some easy, delicious (and always budget-friendly!) chicken dinners that will work any night of the week. Enjoy!

And if you ever need meal ideas, feel free to ask us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

Meatless Monday

Lunch: Minestrone with Tomato and Fennel is a comforting soup that’s packed full of veggies. Make a double batch and freeze some for later.

Dinner: A delicious and healthy sauce – Roasted Tomato, Garlic and Red Pepper Sauce with Pici – is an inexpensive meal that works with any pasta you have in your cupboard.

Dessert: Snickerdoodles are an old-fashioned favorite – and the perfect ice cream sandwich cookie!


Lunch: Enjoy A Rachael Goes to Monte Cristo for lunch today – an egg-dipped grilled cheese, turkey and sauerkraut sammie topped with a special sauce. Yum!

Dinner: A BLD dinner is on the menu tonight with Blue Cheese Biscuit Waffles with Buffalo Chicken. If you’re short on time, a rotisserie chicken and biscuit mix make this meal a snap to prepare.

Snack: Kid-Friendly Spicy (Or Not!) Peanut Sauce is the perfect veggie or pretzel dip.


Lunch: “Curb the Carb” Grilled Cheese is an inventive no-bread take on the traditional sammie.

Dinner: Sticky Cider-Soy Chicken Legs and Spicy Peanut Noodles is a versatile dish that can be served hot, cold, or room temperature. The chicken needs to marinate for a few hours or overnight, so be sure to plan ahead.

Snack: Stuffed and Wrapped Figs are a sophisticated snack but only have four ingredients. No cooking required!


Lunch: Chicken Caesar-Stuffed Bread Pizzas put your favorite salad in a pizza. Genius!

Dinner: Kids will love take-out at home with this easy to assemble Teriyaki BBQ Beef or Chicken with Broccoli Noodle Bowl.

Snack: Mini Muffin Philly Cheesesteak Bites are a fun snack best enjoyed hot from the oven. Make them ahead and pop in the freezer for easy, anytime  snacking.


Lunch: Add some leftover chicken or deli turkey to this Radish, Apple and Onion Salad for a satisfying lunch.

Dinner: Turkey Paprikash Burgers on Pretzel Rolls are a fun Friday night dinner. Sub-in the the burger bun of your choice if you’d like, but give pretzel buns a try if you can find them!

Snack: Friday means family movie night! Rent a new flick and enjoy Salt and Vinegar Popcorn – a healthier version of your favorite chip.

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: Treat your family to a southwestern brunch with a Huevos Rancheros Taco Waffle. Swap-in ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef if you prefer.

Dinner: Chicken with Apple Gravy, Rice Pilaf and Green Beans has a short list of ingredients but is a complete meal big on flavor. The apple gravy makes it extra special.

Cocktail: Italian Sangria is refreshing and festive any time of year. Bonus: You can make it up to two days ahead of time.

Family Sunday

Brunch: Maple and Sausage-Stuffed French Toast Cups are an adorable presentation and fun to eat too!

Dinner: Roasted Garlic Chicken is a always a yummy crowd pleaser. Serve with mashed potatoes and a simple salad on the side, and you’ve got a winning meal.

Dessert: Easy Chocolate Souffle is seriously simple. Wow your family tonight!

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