21 Quick and Easy Meals

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 are featuring special Mexican inspired-dishes, delicious seafood, and easy homemade dips that are all prefect for weeknight meals or weekend entertaining.

Be sure to try this week’s Sunday supper: juicy grilled pork chops with a delicious honey mustard glaze and a fresh berry pudding. Sorry, there won’t be leftovers!

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Meatless Monday

Lunch: Prepare the sauce and salad over the weekend to enjoy a stress-free weekday lunch when you assemble Roasted Vegetable Tabbouleh with Grilled Flatbread and Yogurt-Tahini Dressing.

Dinner: Broccolini and pasta is complemented by a spicy pesto sauce for another satisfying Meatless Monday meal. Everyone will love Spicy Parsley Pesto. Cooking the broccolini with the pasta cuts down on time and dishes! Pro tip: Leftovers make a great brown bag lunch the next day! 

Snack: Turn bottom-of-the-jar salsa into a cheesy Queso Dip – brilliant!


Lunch: A little bacon goes a long way in this satisfying Smoky Bacon and Bean Salad.

Dinner: It’s Taco Tuesday! Make these easy and crowd-pleasing Fish Tacos with Corny Guac with your family’s favorite white fish. Pro tip: The corny guac is delicious on its own as a dip. 

Dessert: It’s a mid-week treat when you whip up a batch of Dark Chocolate Brownies. Save a few for tomorrow’s lunches, if you can!


Lunch: The blue cheese ranch dressing makes this Lunch Box: Cobb Salad Triple-Decker Sandwich something special. Cook’s note: If you’re brown bagging, sauce your sandwich just prior to serving to prevent a soggy sammie. 

Dinner: You can feel good about serving this delicious, healthy main course salad packed with super foods – Spanish-Style Grilled Chicken and Dark Greens Salad.

Snack: Make your favorite dip in your own kitchen (homemade is always better!) with this French Onion Chips and Dip.


Lunch: Lunch Box Turkey Sushi is a fun lunch for all ages and a great recipe to get little ones cooking in the kitchen!

Dinner: Mexican is on the menu tonight. Layers of  rotisserie chicken, cheese, tortillas and a spicy sauce come together in one delicious dish – Chicken Suizas Quesadilla Cakes.

Dessert: Use your favorite in-season fruits and Greek yogurt in this delicious Fruit with Honey Cinnamon Sauce. It’s the perfect healthy dessert, snack or even breakfast!


Lunch: Red Lentil Salad is hearty and satisfying – enjoy over fresh spinach or your favorite greens.

Dinner: Serve a fun and casual Friday night dinner when you prepare Chicken Monte Cristo Burgers. The flavors of chicken picatta and chicken francese are combined into a delicious patty served on savory Parm toast – delish!

Snack: Refrigerated pie dough makes these irresistible M-Y-O Cheesy Crackers a snap to prepare. Three ingredients are all you need!

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: Andouille sausage gives Gumbo-Style Chunky Hash with Fried Eggs a kick!

Dinner: Treat your guests to a luxurious meal that comes together in no time – Lemon Cream Shrimp Scampi. Don’t forget the crusty bread to mop up the delicious sauce!

Cocktail: Wow your guests when you serve your favorite summer cocktail with festive Watermelon Ice Cubes.

Family Sunday

Brunch: Treat the family to the ultimate decadent brunch – Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon.

Dinner: A sweet and tangy honey-mustard, wine and herb sauce is the perfect topper to juicy grilled pork chops in Pork Chops with Dijon Glaze.

Dessert: Take advantage of berry season and make this easy and beautiful Summer Berry Pudding. Cook’s note: Make sure to plan for overnight chilling time!

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