A Week of Healthy and Satisfying 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. 

Back to school time is here but don’t break out the parkas just yet, summer is hanging on for a little while longer!

This week we are featuring a nice variety of recipes in honor of this time of seasonal transition. Check out our easy recipes for steaks and burgers (with a twist!) on the grill, and comfort casseroles that can be made ahead so you can take it easy during the week. The whole family will love this Sunday’s supper – a flavorful beef pot pie with a cheddar crust.

Soup is on the menu for lunch this week – from a too-healthy-to-believe creamy veggie soup to an Italian Wedding Soup-inspired winner.

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Meatless Monday

Lunch: Fresh, colorful veggies come together for a healthy and satisfying 8-Vegetable Soup with Mixed Herb Pesto.

Dinner:  Cauliflower Mac ‘n Cheese tastes decadent but is a better-for-you twist. Triple creamy cheeses with cauliflower make for a tasty make-ahead pasta bake that’s easy to reheat.

Snack: Skip the jarred blue cheese dip and make your own when you prepare Raw Vegetable Salad and Big Blue Dipper Recipe.


Lunch: Your favorite deli sandwich, soup style! Enjoy French Dip Soup for lunch today.

Dinner: Jazz up a pork meatloaf with spicy seasonings and cover with a sauce of tomatoes and chili peppers.Cajun Meatloaf is what’s for dinner tonight. Cook’s note: This recipe would work equally well with ground beef or turkey. Added bonus – it’s a great make-ahead meal. 

Snack: Take a snack vacation with Aloha Nachos: Hawaiian-style nachos with ham, pineapple and lots of cheese.


Lunch: A maple syrup, soy and mustard marinade and a home made vinaigrette are the stars of this fabulous Sesame Chicken Salad.

Dinner: It’s burger night with a twist! End of summer is just the time to try fresh Salmon Burgers with Tartar Sauce.

Dessert: Grab the kids and make a treat that’s perfect for after school, lunch boxes, or dessert, of course! Chocolate-Dipped Rice Krispie Treats are a classic for a reason.


Lunch: Make a big batch of this riff on Italian Wedding Soup – Meatballs and Rice in Broth – and freeze leftovers in individual portions for easy lunching down the road.

Dinner: Treat the family to an easy, make-ahead Mexican feast. Chicken Enchiladas is a complete and hearty meal. Pro tip: Make these enchiladas as spicy or mild as you like. Plus, you can make this dish up to a few days in advance for a weeknight meal that’s a cinch.  

Snack: Two store-bought ingredients is all it takes for a fun dessert the kids will love to put together themselves: Creamsicle Sammies.


Lunch: Enjoy a light and lively Red Waldorf Salad for lunch.

Dinner: Greek-style chimichurri and feta sauce pack a delicious flavor punch for burger night with these Greek Burgers with Feta Sauce! Cook’s note: You can also serve the three-ingredient sauce with cut veggies, pita chips or dolloped on salad.

Snack: Airplane Snacks: Mediterranean Pitas are a good anywhere, anytime snack!

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: Did you know your waffle iron can make perfect potato pancakes? Make Crispy Hash Brown Waffles and you’ll see how easy it is!

Dinner: Family and friends will enjoy a pretty presentation ofSteaks with Grilled Leeks and Celery-Radish Salad. Pro tip: For a complete meal, serve with a crisp vegetable and tomato salad.

Appetizer: Philly cheesesteaks go Asian-style in Cheesesteak Egg Rolls.

Family Sunday

Brunch: Wow your family and friends with this mouth-watering Layered Zucchini and Ricotta Omelet Cake that feeds a crowd!

Dinner: Fall is almost here – bring on the comfort food! “Crazy delicious” cheddar cheese poppy homemade crust covers beef pot pie in this comfort classic. The while family will loveBeef Pot Pie Casserole with Cheddar Poppy Crust.

Dessert: Grab a pound cake and some frozen whipped topping from the market and you’re almost done with a Sunday supper-worthy dessert – Key Lime Ice Box Cake.

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