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.
The month of June is a busy time of year packed with celebrations like graduations, weddings and Father’s Day, so this week we are featuring simple meals that come together in no time.
Make-ahead dishes and tasty sammies let you get dinner on the table in a hurry. Plus, we’ve also got easy soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch – all perfect for brown bagging or eating at home.
Lunch: Cheesy croutons top a healthy veggie soup in this satisfying Zucchini and Fennel Soup with Garlic Croutons.
Dinner: Celebrate Meatless Monday Mexican style with Grilled Green Chili Quesadillas. Cook’s Note: You can use the peppers of your choice depending on your spice tolerance.
Snack: Kids will love these healthy and fun Crunchy Monkey Peanut Butter-Banana Sticks. They’re great for breakfast too!
Lunch: Make your favorite deli sandwich at home with these Italian Hoagies.
Dinner: Whip up a batch of this tasty Chicken Posole with Crispy Tortilla Strips over the weekend and reheat for an easy weeknight dinner. Olé!
Dessert: Mixed Fruit Pavlova is a wonderful way to enjoy the first fresh berries of summer.
Lunch: Spinach and Arugula Salad with Orange is a special salad packed with nutrition. If you’re brown bagging, just pack the vinaigrette separately, dress and toss when you’re ready for lunch.
Dinner: It’s sandwich night! Serve the family some cheesy Grilled Rosemary Chicken Melts for an all-in-one crowd-pleasing meal.
Snack: Smoked Eggplant Hummus is a savory, smoky dip best served with fresh veggies and pita chips.
Lunch: Chopped veggies – hold the lettuce – are featured in this Quick Salad. Add some turkey or tuna for a complete lunch.
Dinner: Garlic-Rosemary Chicken with Wilted Lemon Escarole is a healthy, low-carb dinner featuring garlic, lemon and wilted greens. Delish!
Snack: Sausage, broccoli rabe, garlic and three cheeses are stuffed in a fresh loaf of Italian bread in Pat’s Stromboli Bread.
Lunch: Italian Pasta Salad with Sausage is a tasty at-home or brown bag lunch. Use the sausage of your choice to make this dish your own.
Dinner: Buffalo wing-inspired turkey burgers are on the menu for a fun Friday dinner: Buffalo Turkey Sliders. The perfect blend of chopped veggies and spices make these healthy sammies a sure-fire hit.
Dessert: Set out your kids’ favorite fruits cut in chunks and some skewers so they can have fun making their own Stacked Fruit Sticks.
Brunch: Bacon and Egg Brunch Burgers will satisfy even the heartiest appetites. No one will be able to resist burgers topped with bacon, hash browns, and a fried egg. Yes, please!
Dinner: Don’t wait until the end of the summer to serve your guests End-of-Summer Pork, Chicken or Veal Milanese. Fresh, crunchy veggies atop crisp breaded pork or chicken is a restaurant-worthy but affordable dish. Cook’s Note: If fresh corn hasn’t hit your grocery store yet, use thawed frozen corn in its place.
Cocktail: Plums, cherries, basil and orange are featured in this fruity and flavorful Cherry Sangria.
Brunch: Sweet ‘n Spicy Red Eye Ham Steaks with Cheese Grits and Seared Chard is a fabulous any-time meal that will definitely hold everyone over until dinner. The secret is in the ham steaks that are cooked in maple syrup and coffee – yum!
Dinner: Make a hearty pasta for Sunday supper this week. Classic Carbonara comes together in minutes and feeds a crowd.
Dessert: Treat the family to an old-fashioned classic dessert: Coconut Cake or Cupcakes.