Get Ahead: Your Week of Meals

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.

Happy December!

Meatless Monday

Lunch: Autumn Apple Salad: Salad of Apple, Endive, Pomegranate, Walnut and Blue Cheese is a party on a plate.

Dinner: Penne and Green Beans with Burst Tomato-Tarragon Sauce is fresh, healthy and full of color – you will enjoy it all year ’round.

Snack: Customize Frothy-Chilly Fruit Smoothies with your favorite fruits.


Lunch: Rabe-and-White Bean Stoup is a versatile dish. Use any bean you’d like and swap out the broccoli rabe for broccoli, spinach, or kale to make the dish your own.

Dinner: Paprika Turkey Shepherd’s Pie is a great make-ahead dinner. Put it together earlier in the day or even on Sunday!

Dessert: Surprise your family on a Tuesday with Lemon Cheesecake Squares.


Lunch: Packed full of roasted veggies, Chunky Roasted Tomato, Potato and Garlic Soup is healthy and comforting for a chilly afternoon. Freeze leftovers in individual servings to enjoy later.

Dinner: Warm Greek Salad with Sliced Steak is a light and satisfying meal. This is a great one for picky eaters who will love separate components of the salad – steak, roasted potatoes, and cucumbers are usually hits with even the choosiest little ones.

Snack: Crunchy Monkey Peanut Butter-Banana Sticks are fun for kids to make – and eat.


Lunch: Enjoy a deluxe grilled cheese for lunch with A Rachael Goes to Monte Cristo – grilled turkey, cheese and sauerkraut with Russian dressing.

Dinner: Chicken Francese is a restaurant-worthy meal but quick and easy enough for a weeknight. Enjoy with steamed broccoli and rice.

Snack: Skip the store-bought version and make your own Greek Hummus, so you can customize the flavors and texture to your liking.


Lunch: Arugula and Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Pepitas is delicious on its own, but feel free to top it with leftover chicken or even sliced turkey from the deli.

Dinner: It’s Burger Night! The whole family will love Turkey Burgers with Horseradish and Cheddar. Feel free to use any cheese you have on-hand and omit the horseradish if you are worried about spice.

Dessert: Cap off the week by making bakery-style cupcakes at home with Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: French Toast Casserole has maple syrup and sausage baked right in the dish. Assemble it Friday night for an easy brunch the next morning.

Dinner: Garlic-Chili Shrimp and Greek Spaghetti is an impressive but affordable meal – perfect for entertaining.

Cocktail: Celebrate the weekend New Orleans-style with John Cusimano’s Hurricane.

Family Sunday

Brunch: Baked Birds in a Nest is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you don’t have any pancetta on hand, ham is a great substitute.

Dinner: Meatloaf with Mushrooms and Chestnuts, Gravy, and Celery Root Duchess Potatoes is a special comfort food Sunday supper.

Dessert: Thin Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies are a great way to kick off the holiday season!

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