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’re featuring some easy, budget-friendly meals along with some of our favorite healthy dips for weekday after-school or after-work snacks. Enjoy! And if you ever need meal ideas, feel free to ask us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!
Lunch: Sick of winter yet? Bring the essence of spring to your kitchen with this Spring Vegetable Soup that is easy to make any time of year.
Dinner: Meatless Monday has never looked – or tasted – as good as this Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomato and Basil. Spaghetti squash is a light and delicious substitution for traditional pasta – a trick you can use with any of your favorite pasta dishes!
Snack: Greek yogurt is the key ingredient to this light yet satisfying Creamy Pesto Dip.
Lunch: Bring out the waffle maker for lunch today and enjoy these easy and tasty Bacon, Cheddar and Ranch Waffles. Everything is better with a fried egg on top!
Dinner: Relax tonight and make a pot of Mean Green Chicken Tortilla Soup in the afternoon (or the day before!) and set it out with your family’s favorite toppings for a fun, low-key meal.
Dessert: With just five ingredients, these Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies are a snap to make and perfect for packed lunches.
Lunch: A BLT without the bread? Yes, please! You can’t help but love this BLT Salad.
Dinner: Pasta Night! Red and Green Pasta – Bacon and Onion Sauce with Romanesco or Broccoli is an easy 30-minute weeknight meal. The broccoli cooks right with the pasta for easier clean-up, too.
Snack: If you have been looking for a go-to guacamole recipe, your search is over. Rachael’s Guacamole is a classic!
Lunch: Make a meal out of this nutritious Lentil Salad. You can add some additional veggies of your choice like chopped carrots and cucumbers for even more fiber. This is a perfect lunch for home, or brown-bagged for work or school.
Dinner: Turn budget-friendly chicken thighs into something special tonight with Red Chicken Marsala.
Snack: Cilantro-Jalapeno Bean Dip is delicious as a dip or sandwich spread.
Lunch: Spinach Calzone Grilled Cheese is delicious as written or with the bread and/or cheese of your choice.
Dinner: Celebrate the end of the work week with Jose’s Chimichurri Burgers. If you’re not in the mood for meat, ground turkey or chicken would also be delicious.
Dessert: Chocolate-covered graham crackers sandwich coffee ice cream (or your family’s favorite flavor) with these fun Mini Mud Sandwiches.
Brunch: Travel south of the border for brunch with this Huevos Rancheros Taco Waffle. A packaged cornbread mix makes this meal even easier.
Dinner: Carbonara with Artichokes is a special meal that’s perfect for entertaining. Bacon is a great substitute for pancetta if that’s what you have on-hand.
Cocktail: Enjoy your cocktail after dinner with these grown-up Coffee Sambuca Shakes.
Brunch: Everything Cream Cheese BLTs on Everything Bagels is a good “any time of day” meal. You’ll definitely want to make the zesty cream cheese spread again and again!
Dinner: Treat your family to an old-fashioned Sunday supper with Chicken and Dumplings (Version 2).
Dessert: Oh My Whoopie Pies will be a hit with kids and adults.