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. Note: We’ll include tips for picky eaters and easy food swaps if you don’t have an ingredient on-hand.
Happy Holidays! Christmas week has arrived! We’ve included some suggestions for holiday meals, as well as some easy post-holiday ideas. Let’s get started!
Lunch: No one will miss the meat with Spicy Roasted Carrot and Squash Mac ‘n Cheese.
Dinner: Make a big batch of ratatouille on Sunday and enjoy Ratatouille and Ricotta-Stuffed Peppers for dinner tonight.
Snack: Sweet Sesame Five-Spice Popcorn adds an explosion of flavor to this everyday snack.
Tuesday (Christmas Eve)
Lunch: Enjoy a surprisingly light veggie lunch before the holiday eating begins with Roasted Cauliflower Au Gratin.
Dessert: Eggnog-Pannetone Bread Pudding is a special holiday dessert. Plus, the portioning is done for you since you bake it in a muffin pan. Don’t forget the whipped cream!
Brunch: Butternut and Apple Galette is an elegant meal that’s perfect for the holidays.
Dinner: Enjoy Rachael’s traditional Christmas dinner that feeds a crowd – Christmas Pasta! The secret ingredient to this festive sauce is allspice or cinnamon.
Snack: Cheese and Herb Puffs are the perfect Christmas hors d’oeuvres. Don’t be intimidated – they are surprisingly simple to make.
Brunch: Kids will love this Rosemary Potato Frittata that features potatoes and cheese – yum! Leftovers are great re-heated or at room temp.
Dinner: Bacon, Bourbon and Black Pepper Bow Ties is a quick and easy post-holiday dinner. No bourbon in the house? Use wine or chicken stock.
Dessert: Fabulous Five-Minute Fudge Wreath is one of Rachael’s all-time most popular recipes. Make it early in the week with the kids and enjoy all week long.
Lunch: Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Salad is a healthy make-your-own takeout lunch.
Dinner: Take it easy tonight and serve upscale sammies with these flavorful Curried Lamb or Turkey Sandwiches on Naan Bread.
Dessert: Keep the holiday celebration going with festive Gingerbread. It’s delicious served warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
Brunch: Pecan Cinnamon and Nutmeg Pancakes aren’t any ordinary pancakes. Simply add spices to a store-bought mix and make a quick apple sauté for the topping.
Dinner: Fancy Fillet of Beef with Marsala Sauce, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans is the perfect dish for entertaining, most of which can be made in advance. Cheers!
Snack: Your guests won’t be able to resist Crab Arancini (Deviled Crab Balls).
Brunch: French Toast Casserole is a crowd-pleaser. Make it Saturday night and bake the next morning.
Dinner: Pasta night! Make the sauce early in the day and enjoy Sweet Sausage and Eggplant Penne for your Sunday supper.
Dessert: Pass the Christmas cookie platter (we know you’ll have plenty of leftovers!) which should definitely include these festive Thin Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.