21 Tasty and Affordable Recipes

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’ve picked a variety of affordable and tasty recipes featuring chicken, pork, pasta and veggies that the whole family will love. Be sure to check out our Saturday night dinner pick that elevates the everyday boneless chicken breast to weekend entertaining status!

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Meatless Monday

Lunch: Avocado, herbs and crunchy veggies make this South of the Border Egg Salad a lunch you’ll want to add to your regular rotation. Plus, no mayo in this super sammie – bonus!

Dinner: Add a green salad on the side with Carmelized Onion and Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes with Roasted Broccoli or Broccolini and you have a satisfying Meatless Monday dinner.

Snack: Banana Oatmeal Squares are a healthy treat you can feel good about – there’s no sugar! All the sweetness comes from the bananas.


Lunch: Veggie-haters in your house? 9 Vegetarian Lunches for Kids Who Hate Vegetables to the rescue.

Dinner: Make this comforting one-pot dish – Umami Chicken Stew – over the weekend and reheat tonight for an easy weeknight meal.

Snack: Yogurt with Spinach, Oregano and Garlic Borani (Esfenaj) is a fabulous dip that’s great served with veggies, pita chips or crackers.


Lunch: Get creative with your kid’s lunch today and check out 7 Winning Lunches on Sticks.

Dinner: Cincinnati Spaghetti is a creative take on your typical chili and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Snack: Smoked Eggplant Hummus is a cinch to whip up and goes great with fresh veggies or pita chips.


Lunch: Parsnips are the secret ingredient that make Souped-Up Traditional Chicken Noodle Soup something special.

Dinner: Not your lunch lady’s Sloppy Joes, Devilish Sloppy Chicken Mini Sammies are adorable and delicious. Feel free to use ground turkey in place of the ground chicken if you’d like.

Dessert: Green Melon with Lime and Lemon Sorbet is a refreshing, no-bake, healthy dessert. You’re welcome!


Lunch: Homemade tzatziki is the star of this tasty lunch –  Lettuce Wrap Gyros with Chicken and Green Tzatziki. If you’re brown bagging, just pack the salad components separately and assemble at work or school.  

Dinner: Friday night means at-home date night! Whip up a yummy pasta dish like Carbonara with Sausage and Mushrooms for your sweetie. If you’re in a pinch, you can swap out the Italian sausage for ground turkey, chicken or pork. 

Snack: A sweet pizza surprises with this Ricotta and Cherry Focaccia Pizza – a fun snack or dessert!

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: A delicious anytime meal, Baked Birds in a Nest are equally tasty with bacon or ham.

Dinner: Salsa-Marinated Chicken with Mexican Rice elevates hum-drum boneless chicken breasts to company status.

Cocktail: A cocktail you can chew, Mint Julep Bites are a fun take on this famous sipper.

Family Sunday

Brunch: French Toast Cups with Fresh Fruit and Cream are perfect for a festive brunch.

Dinner: Cider-Brined Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Greens is a complete meal and a Sunday supper home run. Heads up: Remember to start brining the pork chops the night before! 

Dessert: Blackberry and Almond Crumble screams summer but is a year-round treat. Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!

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