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21 Easy Fall 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.

We love fall, don’t you? This week we are featuring recipes with seasonal ingredients like squash, apples and beets to celebrate the season.

Check out our delicious and easy lunch recipes like make-ahead healthy soups and salads that are great for enjoying at home, work or school. And, put your take-out menus away and save some money while you’re at it with this week’s Make Your Own Takeout Meals for pizza and Thai food that couldn’t be easier.

Bonus: It’s always a great time to get the kids cooking in the kitchen. Our recipes for easy snacks, desserts (mint brownies, anyone?) and lunches make it easy. We’ve also included a collection of dip recipes for snacks this week – all delicious with raw veggies, crackers, pitas or on your favorite sandwich.

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: Hearty, but not heavy, Buffalo Corn Chowder is sparked by a bit of hot sauce for a satisfying soup.

Dinner: Enjoy a seasonal vegetarian meal tonight – Butternut Squash and Parsley Penne is super healthy and flavorful. Pro tip: Save some time and grab the pre-cut squash at the market. 

Snack: Baba Ganoush and Pita Crisps is a terrific snack or light meal. Pro tip: The dip makes a great spread for wraps or sammies, too. 

Tuesday

Lunch: Orange-Saffron Scented Rice Salad with a Hint of Hazelnut is a versatile make-ahead meal that can be served cold, room temp or warm.

Dinner: Prepare Irish Pub Meatloaf up to a day in advance and bake and eat for an easy and satisfying weeknight meal. Pro tip: Leftovers make a tasty sandwich for tomorrow’s lunch. 

Snack: Kids and grown-ups alike will love this healthyQuick and Easy Pizza Dip – it makes a great party dish, too!

Wednesday

Lunch: Autumn Apple Salad: Salad of Apple, Endive, Pomegranate, Walnut and Blue Cheese is Autumn on a plate!

Dinner: This delicious Asian dish is faster to prepare than ordering and waiting for take-out! Make your own take out (MYOTO) tonight – “Thai it” Chicken Noodles with Lettuce, Chiles and Basil.

Dessert: It’s always a good time for Chocolate-Covered Pretzels, don’t you think? Added bonus – this is a fun activity to do with kids.

Thursday

Lunch: Try this no-cook Curry Chicken Salad for supper, too. Young cooks can help mix the ingredients together.

Dinner: Chicken Francese is one of rachaelray.com’s most popular recipes, make it and see why for yourself!

Snack: This Ranch-o-Rama recipe features seven different ways to prepare ranch dip – one for every day of the week!

Fun Friday

Lunch: Chicken and Herb Pot Pie Stoup is so delicious you might want to have it for dinner, too.

Dinner: Friday night means pizza night! Put away your local pizzeria menu and make this scrumptious Spinach-Feta Greek Pizza to kick off the weekend.

Dessert: Spice up a store-bought ice cream topping with just the right amount of cinnamon and cayenne and enjoy Spicy Sundaes tonight.

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: BLT + risotto = one special brunch. Wow your family with Milanese Risotto with Bacon, Leeks and Tomatoes and Eggs any time of day and any time of year.

Dinner: Turn your house into a steak house tonight and treat your friends to Drunken Steaks with Twice-Baked Peppercorn Fries. The secret is in the marinade – you’ll want to use it whenever you prepare steak!

Appetizer: Great for entertaining, upscale Chicken, Fig and Pancetta Bites come together in minutes but look – and taste – like they took hours.

Family Sunday

Brunch: Hearty Bacon and Egg Brunch Burgers will satisfy even the biggest appetites.

Dinner: Light and lovely, Chicken Pan Pie is perfect for Sunday supper.

Dessert: Aunt Missy’s Mint Brownies are so simple – and somehow spectacular!

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