Welcome Spring with These 21 Meal 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. 

Spring has sprung, so this week we’ve featured some light and delicious meals featuring in-season produce like asparagus and sugar snap peas.

Plus, check out our picks for lunch recipes, which go way beyond your typical PB&J!

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

Meatless Monday

Lunch: Seven-Layer Burritos are bursting with layers of vegetarian flavor!

Dinner: Green Onions and Rings Soup with Mini White Pizzettes is a family-friendly two-for-one meal. Once you make the puff pastry pizzas, you’ll want to make them again and again. (Note: Swap chicken broth with veggie if you’re going vegetarian today!)

Snack: Watermelon Salsa is a healthy treat that is great with tortilla chips or on its own.


Lunch: Make a big batch of Napa Noodles to enjoy for lunch during the week. This versatile dish is fantastic served warm, at room temp, or chilled.

Dinner: Tuesday is Stir Fry Night with this quick and easy Asian Barbecued Chicken Stir Fry with Peanuts and Rice. If your kids don’t do spice, feel free to omit.

Snack: Cheese and Herb Gougeres are a delicious pre-dinner appetizer or post-dinner snack. Tip:Once you nail the method, you can customize these treats with the cheese and herbs of your choice.


Lunch: Go-Green Chicken Sammies are a fantastic at-home or brown bag lunch.

Dinner: Make the side the star of tonight’s dinner and serve It’s Not Easy Being Green Casserole with simple grilled or roasted chicken.

Dessert: Don’t throw away that almost-finished jar of fudge sauce! Make a quick and easy Peanut Butter Cup Sauce (right in the jar!) and serve over your favorite ice cream instead.


Lunch: Add some leftover chopped chicken, steak, or even canned tuna to this Bibb Lettuce Salad for a complete meal.

Dinner: Try a classic chicken favorite tonight with Chicken Piccata with Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus.

Snack: Crispy Cheese-Stuffed Bellas are a lighter version of the traditional stuffed mushroom. Freeze leftovers for future munching.


Lunch: Tabouleh Salad with Nuts is a super healthy and flexible lunch. Tip: If you’re feeling creative, swap in the raw veggies of your choice – chopped peppers and raw green beans would both be great options!

Dinner: Salmon Fillets with Dill Couscous and Spicy Kale is delicious and the perfect choice for your Friday fish dinner.

Snack: Another movie night popcorn snack with a twist, Lime and Chili Popcorn, will keep you reaching for more.

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: Treat the family to an old-fashioned Cinnamon Ring this weekend. Note: Don’t forget to plan for the 2-hour rising time! 

Dinner: Flank Tagliata with Black Pepper Sugar Snaps and Arugula Salad is a light – and affordable – spring meal that’s perfect for entertaining.

Cocktail: Celebrate spring with a refreshing Strawberry Lemonade, where vodka or light rum would make a great mix-in.

Family Sunday

Brunch: Egg-Battered Asparagus, Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are another go-to, anytime meal.

Dinner: Treat the family to a fabulous and flavorful pasta dish – Lamb Ragu with Citrus, Saffron and Mint.

Dessert: It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy this Irish Stout Cake Waffle.

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