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A Week of Comfort Food and Easy Meals

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.

Who’s in the mood for comfort food this week? We sure are! This week’s meal planner features easy weeknight pastas, a fun Friday night pizza dinner and a classic Sunday supper that the whole family will love.

Plus, check out our recipes for satisfying soups that are perfect for at-home or brown bag lunches. Freeze the leftovers in individual portions for no-stress lunches down the road.

Don’t know what to cook? Need help with a recipe? Feel free to ask us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Meatless Monday

Lunch: Asian-flavored Ginger-Soy Carrot Soup is as nice to look at as it is to eat!

Dinner: Portobello Cream Sauce with Whole Wheat Linguine is so rich and delicious, no one will believe it’s Meatless Monday! Pro tip: Arugula or spinach are good substitutions for the watercress if you’re in a pinch. 

Snack: Veggie Spinach Dip is perfect for dipping or as a bagel or sandwich spread.

Tuesday

Lunch: It doesn’t have to be Meatless Monday to enjoy a vegetarian dish. Prepare Roasted Vegetable Tabbouleh with Grilled Flat Bread and Yogurt-Tahini Dressing up to a few days in advance and enjoy this super healthy meal for lunch or dinner.

Dinner: Make a batch of this flavorful Pork Stew with Ancho Chiles and Squash. Pro tip: Leftovers are great for lunch the next day!

Snack: Make your own fair favorite – Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn is even better at home.

Wednesday

Lunch: A full-bodied soup with sausage, broccoli rabe, pasta and cheese – Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Stoup is a what’s for lunch today.

Dinner: Make a fun mid-week meal tonight. Sloppy Potatoes is a healthy main course spin on potato skins – yum!

Dessert: With two oatmeal cookie layers sandwiching a layer of fudge goodness, no one will be able to resist Oatmeal Fudge Bars.

Thursday

Lunch: Cold Ginger, Soy and Honey Sesame Noodles (Bento Lunch Box) sounds exotic but is made with six ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Kids will love this as a fun alternative to PB&J.

Dinner: Kid – and budget – friendly, Penne with Turkey and Broccolini is the perfect weeknight dish that comes together in a flash. Cook’s note: If your market doesn’t have broccolini, feel free to swap in broccoli.

Snack: Turn leftover salsa from the bottom of the jar into easy, cheesy Queso Dip.

Friday

Lunch: An Italian touch elevates the classic grilled cheese to something even better. Grilled Deviled Ham and Cheese is a special sammie. Pro tip: The ham salad is also delicious with crackers or pita chips. 

Dinner: Friday night means Pizza Night. Skip the take out and make Wingless Buffalo Chicken Pizza – a combo of two classic favorites: pizza and Buffalo wings!

Dessert: Peanut Butter Caramel Swirled Brownies are the perfect way to end a work week!

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: BLT Italian Strata is a great anytime meal that you can make the night before and bake when you are ready to serve.

Dinner: Treat your guests to an all-in-one dinner that’s elegant and delicious. Lamb with Leeks ‘n Artichokes and Lemon Rice is deceptively easy to prepare. Don’t worry, we’ll keep your secret!

Appetizer: Crab Salad Bites on Endive is a company-worthy hors d’oeuvre.

Family Sunday

Brunch: Get fired – and filled – up for a day of football. Black Bean and Beef Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs will tide everyone over until dinner.

Dinner: The fragrance of Pot Roast and Popovers will beckon family and friends to a classic Sunday supper. 

Dessert: Brownie Pudding is a decadent treat – best served warm with vanilla ice cream!

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