Weekly Meal Planner with Budget-Friendly Ideas!

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. 

Eating at home shouldn’t break the bank, so this week we have focused on delicious family-friendly meals with affordable ingredients like ground turkey, chicken, veggies and beans.

We’re also revisiting the Friday night at-home fish dinner again this week. You’ll love this new recipe – it’s a tasty crowd pleaser!

And if you ever need meal ideas, feel free to ask us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!

Meatless Monday

Lunch: Seven ingredients plus salt and pepper come together in a hearty vegetarian salad: Farro with Asparagus.

Dinner: Healthy and delicious High Protein Spaghetti with Chickpeas and Roasted Cauliflower will quickly become a Meatless Monday go-to. If you have any anchovy-averse family members, just omit them. Note: This recipe is easily halved if you are cooking for 2 or 3.

Dessert: No-Bake Chocolate Chow Mein Noodle Cookies is a fun after-school activity. Customize with the mix-in ingredients of your choice like chopped nuts and dried fruit.


Lunch: Everything Cream Cheese BLTs on Everything Bagels is a delicious at-home or packed lunch. It’s so good you’ll want to bake a double-batch of bacon and enjoy this sandwich again later in the week.

Dinner: Take it easy for dinner tonight and serve Smoky “Chowda” with Fire-Roasted Corn that you make over the weekend for a simple weeknight dinner. A green salad and crusty bread round out this meal.

Snack: Snack: Swiss Chard au Gratin French Bread Pizzas are the perfect movie night snack.


Lunch: Embrace eggs for lunch when you enjoy this elegant but easy to make Souffle Frittata with Leeks.

Dinner: Pilaf with Saffron is another flavorful one- pot weeknight wonder with chicken, rice, citrus and warm spices. If you are in a pinch, you can use a store-bought rotisserie chicken, but Rachael gives easy instructions to poach your own. Give it a try!

Snack: Use the roasted squash of your choice or even canned pumpkin in this Healthy Squash Bread. Slice leftovers and freeze for future noshing.


Lunch: Chicken Satay Noodle Soup packs well in a thermos for brown baggers. Pack the crunchy toppers separately and sprinkle on the soup when you are ready to eat!

Dinner: Enjoy these guilt-free but delish Broccoli and Cheese Turkey Burgers tonight. It’s a meal in a sandwich! You’ll want to make the avocado ranch dressing to serve as a dip or sandwich spread again and again.

Dessert: Chocolate Toffee Squares are perfect for bake sales or school lunch table swapping. You can omit the nuts if there are allergy concerns, they’ll be just as delicious!


Lunch: The store-bought giardiniera salad relish makes these Grilled Portobello Muffuletta Pizzas something special.

Dinner: It’s at-home Fish Fry Night! Use cod or any fish you like with this light and family-friendly Oven Fish Fry on a Bed of Not-So-Mushy Peas.

Snack: Take advantage of artichoke season and whip up a batch of Baby Artichoke Crostini.

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: Pound cake waffles (no worries – Rachael makes it easy!), strawberries, and whipped cream. What’s not to love? No one will be able to resist Strawberry Shortcake Waffles.

Dinner: Impress your guests with this riff on classic French Onion Soup: Bacon, Beer and Worcestershire Onion Soup with Blue-tons. The blue cheese toasts put this soup over the top.

Cocktail: Scotch stands in for bourbon in this classic cocktail with a twist. Enjoy a Scotch Sour!

Family Sunday

Brunch: Cinnamon-Apple Strata is a sure-fire hit. Use the sliced breads of your choice like banana bread, cinnamon bread, or even English muffins.

Dinner: Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles is sure to please. This classic appetizer is served over a bed of egg noodles.

Dessert: Chocolate Fudge has just a few ingredients so try to make ’em high-quality if you can. Bonus: no baking required!

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