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.
This week, we are focusing on tasty meals that pack a punch but won’t break the bank. Think: Exotic meatloaf (yes, it exists!), breakfast for dinner (always a favorite!), and budget-friendly chicken (a classic!). Delicious meals don’t have to mean expensive ingredients.
Let’s get started!
Lunch: Curried Squash Soup with Apple and Cheddar Melts will be your new favorite soup and sandwich combo.
Dinner: Quick Bean and Porcini Ragu is vegetarian comfort food at its finest.
Snack: Your favorite dip in a potato! Spinach Artichoke Potato Skins are great as a side dish, too.
Lunch: Whip up some Mini Meatball Soup with Broken Spaghetti and Escarole over the weekend and enjoy throughout the week. Swap in your favorite greens – like spinach or kale – for the escarole if you’d like.
Dinner: Golden Lemon-Olive Chicken with Pine Nut Couscous is both delicious and practical – you can prep it over the weekend and finish it off a day or two later for an easy weeknight meal. No saffron on-hand or too pricey? Omit or use a tiny pinch of paprika or turmeric (not too much or you will ruin the dish!) instead.
Snack: Don’t let the name fool you. Breakfast Cookies also make a terrific – and healthy – snack.
Lunch: Buffalo Chicken Salad couldn’t be easier when you have a rotisserie or leftover chicken on-hand. Serve it on a bed of lettuce for a lighter lunch.
Dinner: Breakfast for dinner is always fun – and affordable. Black Pepper Reggiano French Toast with Italian Sausage Patties and Warm Honey is definitely a crowd pleaser.
Dessert: Cowboy Cookies are sweet and salty, crisp and chewy – and super delicious.
Lunch: Arugula and White Bean Salad with Lemon Dressing is a light, yet satisfying, lunch.
Dinner: A steak dinner that doesn’t cost a fortune, Flatiron Steak Soba calls for an affordable cut of beef and puts the steak in a supporting – rather than starring – role. If you can’t find flatiron, use flank or skirt steak. Feel free to sub in any mushrooms you can find at your supermarket, including porcini or baby portabella.
Snack: Vegetable Nachos Supreme are healthy and delicious. Skip the chiles if you like your nachos mild.
Lunch: Lasagna Stoup. It’s lasagna in a soup bowl. Need we say more?
Dinner: A Pizzanini (or a pizza panini) is a fun Friday night dinner that’s ready in a snap.
Dessert: Super-Soft Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies will be a new family favorite. You might want to make a double-batch, since these treats go quickly!
Brunch: Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake is easy to put together the night before for a warm – and easy – weekend breakfast.
Dinner: Prosciutto- or Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast with Fennel and Golden Raisin Stuffing is a restaurant-worthy meal you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Cocktail: Move over G&T! Surprise your guests with John Cusimano’s Ramos Gin Fizz.
Brunch: Croque Monsieur with Fresh Spinach may look (and taste!) upscale, but is just as easy to prepare as your favorite French toast. Feel free to swap-in ham for the prosciutto and your favorite cheese for the Gruyère.
Dinner: Skip the same old Sunday meatloaf and serve this Asian-Style Meatloaf for a tasty twist.
Dessert: No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge Pie is decadent but worth every calorie!