Your Weekly Meal Planning Guide

It’s that time again – happy meal planning day! Roll up your sleeves, grab your pencil and paper to make your shopping list, and let’s take care of your meals for the week. Fall is in the air so I am ready for some comfort food this week – goodbye grill and hello casseroles, soups and pasta bakes. Let’s get started.


Meatless Mondays are here to stay!

Lunch: Buffalo Corn Chowder – Make it on Sunday and enjoy during the week!

Dinner: Spinach Artichoke Stromboli – Your kids will be so thrilled with stromboli (i.e., stuffed pizza) on a Monday they won’t even notice the spinach. Use pizza dough from the grocery store. Serve with a crowd pleasing Caesar Salad and you’ve started the week off on the right foot.


Taco Tuesday means an easy enchilada bake for dinner.

Lunch: Tuna Pasta Salad is tasty and filling with canned tuna, white beans and red onion.

Dinner: Turkey Club Enchilada Casserole is a great make ahead meal you can throw together that day or even the night before.

Dessert: Surprise your family with Peanut Butter Caramel Swirled Brownies.


Lunch: Tabbouleh Salad with Buffalo Club Sandwiches

Dinner: Bacon and Leek Mac ‘n Cheese or Rigatoni with Ricotta. Baked pastas never fail to please.


How about a sammie night? Sandwiches don’t get enough respect at dinner time – a good quality bread grilled with fresh ingredients elevate the lowly sandwich.

Lunch: Deviled Egg Salad

Dinner: Italian Style Grilled Cheese and Spinach Sandwiches or Spanish Ham and Cheese Pannini

Snack: Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn


It’s pizza night! Pizza at home is way better than take out. Get the family involved and make a few kinds for variety.

Lunch: Greek Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Salad

Dinner: Thai Chicken Pizza and Potato Fontina Pizza

Dessert: Brownie Pie is the perfect ending to a family pizza dinner.


Kick off the weekend with a unique frittata with a secret ingredient – Fritos add a delicious crunch.

Brunch: Frito Frittata

Dinner: White Chili with a Nacho Top is great to eat while watching a movie!


Brunch: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones take about 20 minutes to bake and are basically foolproof. Serve with your favorite scrambled eggs.

Dinner: Chicken Cordon Bleu

Dessert: Old school Coconut Cream Pie

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

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