Stay Organized with This Week’s Meal Planner

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 2014! Whether your resolution is to eat healthier or get a home-made dinner on the table for your family most days of the week, we are here to help. Let’s get started!

Meatless Monday

Lunch: Get your kale on with this flavorful Caesar-Style Kale Pesto Pasta.

Dinner: Enjoy a veggie “steak” tonight with Cauliflower Steaks with Cheesy Cauli-Puree and Hazelnut Gremolata.

Dessert: Splurge on dessert with Dark Chocolate Brownies.


Lunch: Hearty and healthy, Sliced Steak and Mushroom Barley Soup will definitely tide you over until dinner.

Dinner: Take it easy tonight and make The Ultimate Breakfast for Dinner: Sausage and Spinach Egg Strata. Assemble the casserole up to a day in advance and bake when you are ready to serve. If you have picky eaters, swap in their favorite veggie for the spinach.

Dessert: Ooey-Gooey Jam Jar Bars are a nostalgic treat – you can use whatever jam you have in your fridge.


Lunch: Spinach Calzone Grilled Cheese elevates the lowly grilled cheese sammie to something special with fresh mozzarella, spinach, and ricotta.

Dinner: It’s Burger Night! Bacon Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola are a meal in themselves. Insider tip: Make a double batch of caramelized onions and enjoy in sandwiches and pizzas throughout the week. You can store them in the fridge for up to seven days.

Snack: Salsa Verde Dip is a bottom-of-the-jar dip with five flavorful ingredients. Serve with your favorite chips.


Lunch: Maple-Dijon Burgers are a quick and tasty sandwich that brings breakfast to lunch.

Dinner: Kids will love this Mexican-inspired Taco Pasta Toss. Feel free to adjust or omit the spice for little ones.

Dessert: No one will be able to resist two favorite desserts combined into one treat in decadent Blondie-Topped Brownies.


Lunch: Toasted Orzo Chicken Soup will cure what ails you! Freeze the leftovers in individual portions for future lunches.

Dinner: Rachael lightens up the typical Sloppy Joe with her Buffalo Turkey Sloppy Joes. You can even replace the sour cream in the sauce with Greek yogurt. Make it ahead and that you can leave bubbling on the stove for family members to assemble as they’re ready to eat.

Snack: You won’t be able to stop snacking on Sesame Popcorn – no ordinary movie-night treat!

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: Chopped ham and shredded cheese are cooked right in the waffles with Croque Madame Waffles. Use any boxed pancake/waffle mix you have on-hand.

Dinner: Your guests will beg to come back after you serve them Easy Rib Roast with Mom’s Horseradish Sauce. The star of this dish is a no-cook sauce with sour cream, horseradish, and applesauce.

Cocktail: Kick off your night with a Scotch Sour.

Family Sunday

Brunch: Soul Pancakes are sweet and a little bit spicy. Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper – or omit altogether – if your family is spice-averse. You’ll want to make the cinnamon- and vanilla-infused maple syrup again and again.

Dinner: This Reuben Patty Melt Casserole translates a favorite deli sandwich into a classic casserole that feeds a crowd. Swap out the beef patties for turkey patties if your family prefers.

Dessert: Velvety Pistachio Cake is topped with a creamy mascarpone cheese-based glaze.

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