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 will include tips for picky eaters and easy food swaps if you don’t have an ingredient on hand. Have a great week!
Lunch: A salad and a soup in one? You bet. Get the best of both worlds with this Caesar Soup.
Dinner: Broccoli Rabe Farfalle is fresh and delicious. Be sure to use vegetable stock to keep it truly veggie if you’re doing a Meatless Monday. Tip: Broccoli can substitute for broccoli rabe, and skip the spice if your kids aren’t up to it!
Dessert: No one can say “no” to Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats.
Lunch: Chicken Rice Soup with Greek Meatballs is a great meal to make over the weekend and enjoy all week long. Don’t want to make beef meatballs? Use ground turkey or chicken instead.
Dinner: The kids will love Turkey Breast in Blankets. Think upscale (and healthier) pigs in a blanket, and it couldn’t be easier with store-bought puff pastry.
Snack: Roasted Garlic, Feta and Walnut Spread with Toasted Flat Bread is perfect nosh.
Lunch: Pan Bagnat takes all the delicious ingredients of Nicoise Salad – tuna, hard boiled eggs, olives, and veggies – and tucks them in a baguette. Bonus: It’s even better if you make it ahead, wrap tightly, and refrigerate.
Dinner: Pasta Night! Enjoy Big Beef Meatballs with Bucatini for a crowd pleasing dinner. Freeze any leftover sauce to enjoy later.
Dessert: Lemon Squares are a great weekday dessert – and a perfect snack with a cup of coffee or tea the next day.
Lunch: Spinach and Tuna Artichoke Melts come together in a flash. A versatile sandwich, you can swap out tuna for chopped turkey or chicken breast, and roasted red peppers or tomatoes for the artichoke hearts.
Dinner: Comfort food with a zing: Chili Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect dish for a chilly night. Omit the jalapenos if you have non-hot-loving family members.
Snack: Whip up a restaurant favorite at home with these Jalapeno Poppers.
Lunch: Nachos for lunch? Yes, you can with these healthy Fish Toastachos.
Dinner: Lasagna Joes are a fun Friday night dinner. What could be better than a lasagna you can pick up and eat?
Dessert: Who says cinnamon rolls are only for breakfast? They make a great dessert! These Mini Muffin Cinnamon Rolls – made with a tube of crescent rolls – are best hot from the oven.
Brunch: It tastes like the holidays with these delicious Ginger Pancakes. Remember, you can always freeze leftover pancakes or make a double batch to reheat for breakfast on busy weekday mornings.
Dinner: Entertain friends without breaking the bank with Warm Pearled Barley and Mushroom Salad with Flank Steak.
Cocktail: Pickle Juice Bloody Mary is a BLD weekend drink – great for brunch, lunch, or dinner time!
Brunch: Make a restaurant-caliber brunch at home with Smoky Huevos Rancheros.
Dinner: The whole family will love Chicken Cutlets Milanese with Butter Beans and Gnocchi. Rachael keeps it simple with canned beans and store-bought gnocchi.
Dessert: You definitely don’t need to be a baker to make this impressive Key Lime Ice Box Cake – use a pound cake from the supermarket! No key limes? No worries, regular limes will do the trick.