In a Meal-Time Rut? Try Our Weekly Meal Planner for Inspiration!

I don’t know about you, but “what’s for dinner” might be my least favorite question that comes from my kids’ mouths. At the end of a long day, coming up with a home-cooked meal can be daunting.  Takeout anyone? Well, drop the phone – we are here to help!

With a little planning, you can shop once a week and have a home-cooked meal – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or dessert – on the table any day of the week. Check out our meal planner weekly and let us help you get your game plan together.


Join the Meatless Monday movement and kick off your week with hearty and satisfying veggie meals. Treat your family to a quick and easy fruit tart for a post-dinner dessert.

Lunch: Roasted Cauliflower Salad or Mayo-less Egg Salad

Dinner: Veggie Mac and Cheese Casserole or Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Sage Butter

Dessert: 10-Minute Fruit Tart


It’s Taco Tuesday! Treat your family to an easy weekday Mexican dinner. Ole!

Lunch: Quick Homemade Lentil and Sausage Soup Make this soup on Sunday and enjoy for lunch during the week.

Dinner: Sliced Steak Taco Sliders with Guaca-Salsa or Taco Bowls with Guaca-Salsa Salad

Dessert: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies Celebrate fall with these cookies – a seasonal take on a classic favorite. Store extras in the freezer to enjoy later in the month.


Lunch: Quick Homemade Lentil and Sausage Soup Enjoy yesterday’s leftovers for a nutritious lunch or or try this Greek salad with yogurt dressing.

Dinner: Chicken in a Sack or Teriyaki Chicken with Brown Whole Grain Rice

Snack: Loaded Baked Potato Popcorn Fabulous after school or late night in front of the TV.


Thursday is pasta night in our house. Have a lighter lunch so you can indulge at dinner.

Lunch: Lettuce Wrap Gyros with Chicken and Green Tzatziki Use leftover chicken to make these light and tasty lettuce wraps.

Dinner: Unstuffed Florentine Shells or Quick Cherry Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti

Snack: Meat-Free Buffalo wings with Ranch Dipper Crispy roasted cauliflower steps in for chicken wings here for a creative and healthy take on a not-so-healthy classic.


Lunch: Cold Chicken Curry with Toasted Almonds and Crystallized Ginger

Dinner: Oven Roasted Cod Roasted with Herbs or Fish with Mixed-Herb Gremolata Breadcrumbs

Dessert: Toffee Squares


Treat guests to a special steak dinner with shortcut apple pie sundaes for dessert.

Brunch: Quiche Make this yummy egg and sausage dish on Friday afternoon and bake it on Saturday morning to start the weekend off right.

Dinner: Steak au Poivre with Herbs de Provence Oven Fries

Dessert: Apple Pie Sundaes Celebrate apple season with this easy treat.


Take advantage of Sunday and spend a little extra time in the kitchen for an old fashioned Sunday supper. Start the day with an easy bunch.

Brunch: Quick and Easy French Toast Casserole A site favorite – you can make this the night before or in the morning.

Dinner: Not-a-Boar Meat Sauce and Pasta or Big Beef Meatballs with Bucatini

Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes Your family will love you for these moist and delicious cupcakes with an out-of-this world peanut butter frosting. Short on time? Use a boxed mix for the cupcakes – the frosting is the real star of this recipe.

Looking for more meal ideas? Check out our Quick & Easy section.

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