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 of Rachael’s latest recipes, including comforting pork chops with homemade creamed corn, summery chicken sandwiches, and a crowd-pleasing steak dinner perfect for Saturday night entertaining.
And just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t make a family favorite Sunday pasta supper. Check out our pick for a satisfying veggie lasagna everyone will love.
Lunch: Zucchini Caponata is a delicious lunch on its own, served with toasted baguette or over quick-cooking polenta.
Dinner: For Saffron Lovers: Cauliflower with Penne is a magic mix of saffron, garlic, almonds, golden raisins, cauliflower, and pasta.
Dessert: It’s blueberry season – the perfect time to make this yummy snack, breakfast or even dessert: Try Blueberry Crumb Cake.
Lunch: Fresh veggies, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, pesto, and whole wheat pasta come together to make a healthy and delicious Tomato-Vegetable-Pasta Stoup. Perfect for brown bagging!
Dinner: Scadinavian cuisine meets American in this tasty meal: Pork Chops with Herb Creamed Corn is hearty and satisfying. Cook’s note: The creamed corn is just as delicious with chicken or any cut of pork.
Snack: Frozen Fruit Sticks are a summery treat perfect for picnics or enjoying in your own backyard.
Lunch: Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki Sauce on Garlic Naan is a delicious lunch or easy weeknight dinner. Pro tip: Cook the chicken the night before for a no-fuss lunch the next day.
Dinner: Fire up the grill tonight and serve Chianti Burgers! Red wine is mixed right into the meat and the burger is topped with caramelized onions.
Snack: Skip the packaged cereal bars and make your own. Nena’s Oat Berry Bars come together in no-time with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Cook’s note: These bars freeze beautifully, so make a double batch!
Lunch: Looking for your favorite salad in a sammie? Cobb Clubs are the answer!
Dinner: Top your family’s favorite fish (snapper, trout, halibut, and swordfish are all great options) with a breadcrumb crust of fresh herbs, garlic and lemon zest. Fish with Mixed-Herb Gremolata Breadcrumbs is what’s for dinner tonight.
Snack: Pomegranate Guacamole is a creative take on the classic dip that’s delicious with chips, veggies, and pita crisps.
Lunch: Treat yourself to a restaurant-quality salad for lunch when you enjoy Crispy Noodles Salad with Sweet and Sour Dressing. Pro tip: If you’re brown-bagging, be sure to dress the salad just prior to serving to avoid soggy noodles.
Dinner: Make Friday night an upscale sandwich night and serve Chicken Francaise-wiches. These delicious, lemony, summer sandwiches can be made with chicken or fish. Make it last: You can also use the sauce for this dish over a side of pasta.
Dessert: Lemon zest awakens the flavors of this seasonal Lemon Black and Blue Cobbler.
Brunch: Pull out the waffle maker and prepare Oat, Bacon, and Pecan Waffles with Bourbon Maple Syrup, a decadent, grown-up brunch.
Dinner: Transport your guests to Italy tonight. Steak doused with grilled lemon, topped with a flavorful parsley sauce, and accompanied by a warm potato salad are just a few of the elements that make Bistecca Fiorentina with Parsley Sauce for Steak and Warm Potato Salad a winner.
Appetizer: Who doesn’t like fondue?! Healthier Cheese Fondue with Pretzels and Veggies is just a bit healthier than the original and just as delicious.
Brunch: Grilled Caesar Salad with Poached Egg takes your prep to the grill and adds protein with poached eggs for a creative, brunch-ready dish. Pro tip: Try it with grilled chicken for dinner!
Dinner: Lasagna with Roasted Eggplant-Ricotta Filling feeds a crowd – perfect for Sunday supper. Pro tip: Take it easy and make the lasagna up to two days in advance.
Dessert: Making your own popsicles couldn’t be easier. Use up fruit and other pantry items that you’ve already got on-hand!