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 firing up the grill and featuring a balance of light summer meals with some inventive twists on classic favorites like cheeseburgers, chicken Caesar salad, deviled eggs and meatballs.
Plus, forget the PB&J this week (which we love, by the way!) and check out a nice variety of lunch recipes that are perfect for at-home or brown bagging.
Lunch: Enjoy summer’s best from the farmer’s market with this gorgeous Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Basil.
Dinner: Hearty and delicious, Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Sage Butter features a garlic butter and sage sauce that is off the charts.
Snack: Delicious with crackers, chips or on toasted bread, Roasted Veggie Dip is super healthy and versatile.
Lunch: Healthy and Flavor-Filled Soba Salad is terrific on its own or topped with chicken.
Dinner: Enjoy another light and flavor-packed summertime meal when you prepare Grilled Sweet-and-Sticky Chicken with Asparagus and Harissa. Cook’s note: The marinade is fantastic with pork, chicken breasts and even flank steak.
Snack: Jazz up the microwave popcorn that’s on your pantry shelf with spices, butter and parmesan. Zippy Italian Popcorn is a go-to snack that comes together in under five minutes.
Lunch: Swiss Chard au Gratin French Bread Pizzas bump up the nutritional content of pizza with lots of garlicky greens – yum!
Dinner: It’s burger night – with a twist! Cheeseburger Salad puts a healthy spin on your favorite indulgence. Cook’s note: This preparation would work equally well with turkey, chicken or lamb sliders.
Dessert: Monster Cookies are as monstrous in size and deliciousness as they are chock-full of peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and M&Ms. Perfect for sharing!
Lunch: Hot or Cold Nicoise-Style Tuna Pasta is a fantastic brown bag lunch. Prepare it the night before and enjoy room temp or chilled the next day.
Dinner: Bread bowls aren’t just for soup anymore! Chicken Caesar Salad Stuffed Garlic Bread combines Caesar salad and garlic bread into one delicious sammie.
Snack: Applesauce Cake or Muffins couldn’t be simpler to prepare and are a tasty snack, dessert or breakfast.
Lunch: Skip the ho-hum brown bag sandwich today and make something special. This Italian Sandwich layers pesto with your favorite deli meats and provolone cheese.
Dinner: Make Friday Sandwich Night and put together Meatballs Three Ways: Meatball Sliders.
Snack: These yummy Caesar-Stuffed Eggs are a twist on the classic deviled egg.
Brunch: Delight your family and friends with fresh berries in baked bread cups topped with cinnamon, maple syrup, powdered sugar and whipped cream when you make Berry Tasty Breakfast Cups
Dinner: Serve your guests a restaurant-worthy all-in-one meal tonight: Grilled Veal or Pork Chops with Marsala Fig Sauce, Lemon-Ricotta Orzo, Celery and Mushroom Salad.
Snack: Hummus takes on southwestern flavors in this delicious Cilantro-Jalapeno Bean Dip.
Brunch: Get the little ones into the kitchen and make this fun kid-friendly brunch (with frozen waffles!): Monty Cristo Waffle ‘Wiches.
Dinner: Gather a group tonight for Argentinean Mixed Grill – a delectable mixed grill with a spicy chimichurri sauce and salad. Delish!
Dessert: Fresh ginger and lime kick up fresh fruit in this perfect ending to a Sunday supper – Pineapple with Lime and Coconut.