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A Week of Meals Worth Sharing

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.

This week, we are all about apples! We’ve selected some of our best recipes featuring our favorite fall fruit, including an apple-based snack, dessert, lunch and even guacamole. Try it – you’ll love it.

Check out this week’s dinners, which we can’t get enough of. Don’t miss our special steak dinner for Sunday supper. It’s as good, if not better, than your favorite steakhouse. It’s so great, you’ll want to invite over your closest friends – if you feel like sharing, of course!

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: Put together this nutty and flavor-packed Quinoa Salad over the weekend and you’ve got lunch covered all week long.

Dinner: Enjoy flavorful  Sicilian Eggplant and Pepper Ragu and Pappardelle for dinner tonight. Make the sauce over the weekend and reheat for a no-fuss Monday night meal. Pro tip: Use canned or fresh tomatoes with this recipe.

Snack: Bread is the envelope for oven-baked Apple-Cheddar Turnovers – a perfect anytime snack.

Tuesday

Lunch: Your favorite restaurant entree in a sammie! Cordon Blue Clubs are what’s for lunch today.

Dinner: Serve a simple roasted chicken with this versatile side dish. Lemon and Olive Oil Potatoes are easy and delicious.

Snack: Apple Muffins make a great snack or breakfast on-the-go. Pro tip: These muffins freeze well so feel free to make a double batch. 

Wednesday

Lunch: Perfect for at-home or brown bag lunching, Pasta Salad a la Norma is delicious served chilled or at room temp. Pro tip: Feta cheese is a tasty swap for ricotta salata.

Dinner: Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Breast Stuffed with Ricotta and Spinach is an impressive plate that’s surprisingly simple to put together.

Dessert:  This delicious, and healthy, cookie recipe is packed with diced apples, walnuts and raisins. Apple Spice Cookies are great for a healthy after-school snack, lunch boxes or even breakfast!

Thursday

Lunch: Enjoy a healthy version of a meatball bomber today. Turkey Meatball Pocket Subs with Side Salad are delicious and good for you, too.

Dinner: Make a main-course salad dinner  tonight. Grilled Eggplant Caprese with Speck is a great anytime meal that is served room temperature so you can make it ahead of time. Pro tip: Swap in any spicy ham for the speck if you’d like. 

Snack:  Chopped apples and sliced nuts put a unique – and crunchy – twist on a classic dip. Serve Apple and Almond Guacamole with chips, pita crisps or chopped veggies.

Fun Friday

Lunch: Kids (and kids at heart) will love Grilled Cheddar-Apple Dippers. Pro tip: Use your favorite type of apples, cheese and bread to make this sandwich your own creation!

Dinner: Make Friday night Burger Night and serve Knife-and-Fork Open-Faced Burgers with Stuffed Thick-Cut Sliced Tomatoes to kick off the weekend.

Cocktail: Get into the Halloween spirit with Bloody Cider Punch.

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: Make your family’s favorite breakfast a whole lot healthier (the secret is in the wheat germ) with Crispy Whole Wheat French Toast.

Dinner: Serve your guests a fabulous and festive seafood pasta dish. Pasta with Mussels and Vodka Cream Sauce is something special.

Appetizer: Start your evening on a healthy note: Roast Cauliflower Bites with Kale Pesto are so delicious you’ll forget how healthy they are!

Family Sunday

Brunch: Use your favorite muffin mix to whip up a sweet batch of Cinnamon-Apple Muffin Waffles.

Dinner: Treat the family to a deluxe steak house supper tonight – Strip Steaks with Rosemary-Garlic Butter, Tallegio Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Broccoli Rabe.

Dessert: Serve Easiest Ever Baked Stuffed Apples with your favorite ice cream for a classic and comforting autumnal dessert.

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