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.