Get Organized and Plan This Week’s Meals, Now!

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. Note: We’ll include tips for picky eaters and easy food swaps if you don’t have an ingredient on-hand.

Here are some picks for the Thanksgiving holiday, plus meals that work perfectly for guests. Have a great week, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Meatless Monday

Lunch: Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad will make a sprouts lover out of anyone!

Dinner: Treat your family to total comfort food with this Mushroom Lovers Polenta-Topped Shepherd’s Pie. No one will miss the meat!

Snack: Kick off Thanksgiving week with these seasonal Pumpkin Corn Muffins.


Lunch: Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Salad comes together in a snap – make it even faster and used leftover or rotisserie chicken.

Dinner: Pasta Night! Spaghetti with Salami and Fennel is a grownup treat. Don’t want to cook with alcohol? Replace it with chicken stock or broth.

Dessert: Plan B Mom’s Starbucks Oat Fudge Bars are a one-pan wonder and keep well for up to four days. You can enjoy them all week long!


Lunch: BLT and Deviled Egg Sandwiches take two sandwich classics and combine them into one new fabulous lunch.

Dinner: A steak dinner is a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving holidays – and take a break from the turkey-filled days ahead. Drunken Steaks with Twice-Baked Peppercorn Fries will bring a fancy steakhouse to your kitchen.

Snack: Fake-Out Mini Lasagnas are adorable and impressive.


Thanksgiving Meal: Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy our favorite holiday – it’s all about food, friends and family today.

Some new recipes to try:

Sausage, Chestnut and Apple Stuffing is a fresh take on stuffing with apples and chestnuts. Plus it couldn’t be easier – you use a stuffing mix.

Everyone will love Blue Cheese Ranch Mashed Potatoes – parsnips are your secret ingredient here.

Slow Cooker Savory Sweet Potato Bake  and Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole are Thanksgiving lifesavers – you cook them in the slow cooker, freeing up valuable oven space!

Want more? Check out all of Rachael’s picks for Thanksgiving here.


Brunch: Croque Monsieur with Fresh Spinach is a special brunch for the day after Thanksgiving.

Dinner: BBQ Turkey or Chicken Gumbo is a great way to repurpose your leftover turkey in a spicy and hearty soup. If you’re worried about spiciness, omit the hot sauce and jalapeños.

Cocktail: John’s Old-Fashioned is a classic drink that’s perfect to enjoy with friends and family.


Brunch: Kids – and adults – will go bananas for these Dark Chocolate Chip Bacon Pancakes with (yes!) bacon cooked right inside.

Dinner: Baked pasta with a twist, Mile-High Lasagna is made in a loaf pan for extra thick slices.

Snack: Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn brings this fair favorite to your home.


Brunch: Ham, eggs, and cheese baked in a delicious roll will be a new family favorite with these Carbonara Rolls.

Dinner: Lamb Meatballs and Toasted Orzo is a healthy and delicious Sunday supper – there’s spinach tucked into the meatballs. Ground turkey, chicken, or even beef are all perfect substitutes for the lamb if you’d like.

Dessert: Deluxe Ice Cream Pie is delicious all year ’round – make it in advance with your family’s favorite ice cream!

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