Plan Out a Week of Meals in a Snap

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 dinner ideas and in a cooking rut, we are here to make your life easier. We will include tips for picky eaters and easy food swaps if you don’t have an ingredient on hand. Have a great week!

Meatless Monday

Lunch: A salad and a soup in one? You bet. Get the best of both worlds with this Caesar Soup.

Dinner: Broccoli Rabe Farfalle is fresh and delicious. Be sure to use vegetable stock to keep it truly veggie if you’re doing a Meatless Monday. Tip: Broccoli can substitute for broccoli rabe, and skip the spice if your kids aren’t up to it!

Dessert: No one can say “no” to Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats.


Lunch: Chicken Rice Soup with Greek Meatballs is a great meal to make over the weekend and enjoy all week long. Don’t want to make beef meatballs? Use ground turkey or chicken instead.

Dinner: The kids will love Turkey Breast in Blankets. Think upscale (and healthier) pigs in a blanket, and it couldn’t be easier with store-bought puff pastry.

Snack: Roasted Garlic, Feta and Walnut Spread with Toasted Flat Bread is perfect nosh.


Lunch: Pan Bagnat takes all the delicious ingredients of Nicoise Salad – tuna, hard boiled eggs, olives, and veggies – and tucks them in a baguette. Bonus: It’s even better if you make it ahead, wrap tightly, and refrigerate.

Dinner: Pasta Night! Enjoy Big Beef Meatballs with Bucatini for a crowd pleasing dinner. Freeze any leftover sauce to enjoy later.

Dessert: Lemon Squares are a great weekday dessert – and a perfect snack with a cup of coffee or tea the next day.


Lunch: Spinach and Tuna Artichoke Melts come together in a flash. A versatile sandwich, you can swap out tuna for chopped turkey or chicken breast, and roasted red peppers or tomatoes for the artichoke hearts.

Dinner: Comfort food with a zing: Chili Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect dish for a chilly night. Omit the jalapenos if you have non-hot-loving family members.

Snack: Whip up a restaurant favorite at home with these Jalapeno Poppers.


Lunch: Nachos for lunch? Yes, you can with these healthy Fish Toastachos.

Dinner: Lasagna Joes are a fun Friday night dinner. What could be better than a lasagna you can pick up and eat?

Dessert: Who says cinnamon rolls are only for breakfast? They make a great dessert! These Mini Muffin Cinnamon Rolls – made with a tube of crescent rolls – are best hot from the oven.


Brunch: It tastes like the holidays with these delicious Ginger Pancakes. Remember, you can always freeze leftover pancakes or make a double batch to reheat for breakfast on busy weekday mornings.

Dinner: Entertain friends without breaking the bank with Warm Pearled Barley and Mushroom Salad with Flank Steak.

Cocktail: Pickle Juice Bloody Mary is a BLD weekend drink – great for brunch, lunch, or dinner time!


Brunch: Make a restaurant-caliber brunch at home with Smoky Huevos Rancheros.

Dinner: The whole family will love Chicken Cutlets Milanese with Butter Beans and Gnocchi. Rachael keeps it simple with canned beans and store-bought gnocchi.

Dessert: You definitely don’t need to be a baker to make this impressive Key Lime Ice Box Cake – use a pound cake from the supermarket! No key limes? No worries, regular limes will do the trick.

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