Weekly Meal Planner – Recipe Classics with a Twist!

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. 

This week, we’ll feature some unique twists on old favorites like caesar salad, pizzas, chicken sammies and the BLT. Plus, check out our pick for a fool-proof, roast chicken Sunday supper that the whole family will love.

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

Meatless Monday

Lunch: Mama Elsa’s Stuffed Zucchini makes a light and delicious vegetarian lunch.

Dinner: The whole family will love this  lovely Burst Cherry Tomato and Chimichurri Penne. Enjoy leftovers tomorrow – they’re great chilled, at room temperature, or warm!

Snack: Banana Crumble Muffins are a perfect afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of tea or glass of cold milk (Bonus: Breakfast tomorrow!).


Lunch: Enjoy French Bread Pizza today. If you are in a pinch, you can swap-in the shredded cheese of your choice.

Dinner: Make the rest of your week easy! Try this comforting Pork Stew with Ancho Chiles and Squash tonight so it’s ready anytime.

Dessert: Hazelnut-Orange Biscotti is a not-too-sweet treat perfect for dessert or after-school snacking.


Lunch: Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomatoes is a classic, healthy lunch that’s perfect for brown bagging.

Dinner: Grilled or Roasted Broccoli and Sliced Chicken Pitas with Tahini Sauce is a nice dinner for a busy weeknight, especially if you have family members coming and going. Prep the chicken, broccoli, and sauce earlier in the day – or even the night before – and set out the sandwich fixings for people to assemble at their leisure.

Snack: Your kids will go crazy for Bacon Cheeseburger Hand Pies. They would be equally delicious with ground turkey or chicken – whatever your family likes.


Lunch: Chicken Club Cutlet Stacks are an inventive take on the classic BLT and a great lunch if you are avoiding carbs (chicken breasts stand in for bread!).

Dinner: Whip up a simple green salad to serve with Potato Fontina Pizza and you have a go-to, family-friendly dinner ready in a snap.

Dessert: Fudgy brownie + creamy mint + rich chocolate = Grasshopper Bars. These keep well in the refrigerator for at least four days.


Lunch: Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad is so delish, it will make a brussels sprouts lover out of anyone!

Dinner: Tasty balsamic marinade is the star of these crowd-pleasing Balsamic-Glazed Smoky Chicken Caprese Sandwiches.

Snack: Take me out to the ball game! Munch away to your heart’s content on this yummy Ballpark Popcorn.

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: Spinach Artichoke Ricotta Pie is an anytime-meal that you can make up to a day in advance.

Dinner: Throw a festive, but surprisingly simple dinner party, starring Lamb Chops with Mashed Peas and Marscarpone. If you have the time, you can swap-in roasted potatoes for the potato chips.

Cocktail: Summer Citrus-Ade is delicious as is (or grown-ups can add vodka or rum!) for a Saturday night cocktail.

Family Sunday

Brunch: Corned Beef Hash-Reuben-Potato Pie is a fun and filling brunch.

Dinner: There’s nothing like a Sunday roast chicken supper! This Fennel-Stuffed Roast Chicken Dinner is a winner.

Dessert: Serve one of Rachael’s childhood favorites for dessert tonight. Enjoy! Cake and Berries with Melted Ice Cream Sauce!

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