21 Delish Recipes to Try This Week

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.

Fall is a busy season for everyone, so this week we have selected some of our quickest weeknight recipes yet, an always-fun breakfast for dinner recipe, and a make-ahead mac and cheese that no one will be able to resist.

Have family fun at home on Friday night with some fantastic burgers and a deluxe mint brownie or two – delish! Plus, don’t miss our healthy snacks with lots of fresh fruit that will help get the kids in the kitchen.

Don’t know what to cook? Need help with a recipe? Feel free to ask us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Meatless Monday

Lunch: This super healthy Chickpea Salad is a snap to make and gets even better after refrigerated for a day!

Dinner: Packed with veggies, Spinach Fettucine Primavera is a kid-pleasing pasta dish. Cook’s note: If you would like to omit the wine, just replace with additional stock. 

Snack: Quick, cool and full of fresh fruit, these refreshing Frothy-Chilly Fruit Smoothies make a great breakfast, snack or light lunch.Pro tip: Get creative and use your favorite fruits!


Lunch: This hearty, tasty Beans and Greens Soup with Sausage Meatballs is loaded with vitamins and protein.

Dinner: No need to pick up pizza when you can make this quick and easy Red French Bread Pizza recipe for a weeknight dinner.

Snack: Spicy roasted BBQ Pumpin Seeds are a tasty snack for all.


Lunch: Caramelized onions are the secret ingredient in these special sammies: Grilled Cheese Bar: The French Onion.

Dinner: Everyone loves breakfast for dinner! Express Meal – Dinner Strata is a comforting anytime meal.

Dessert: Take advantage of apple season and prepare Baked Apples for a fabulous fall dessert. Pro tip: Make this dessert even healthier and serve with frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. 


Lunch: Bread bowls aren’t just for soup anymore! Chicken Caesar Salad Stuffed Garlic Breadcombines Ceasar salad and garlic bread into one delicious sandwich.

Dinner: Bacon and Leek Mac ‘n Cheese is off-the-charts delicious – make it up to a day ahead of time for an easy weeknight treat.

Snack: Stacked Fruit Sticks are a healthy snack or dessert – go crazy with the fruit options! Pro tip: These are fun birthday treats, too.

Fun Friday

Lunch: Make any kid smile with this lunch box special.Chicken Cordon “Blue” Panini makes a delicious and quick dinner, too.

Dinner: Welcome the weekend with a fave salad-inspired Cobb-Style Burger.

Dessert: Take your favorite brownie mix and turn it into something special – Grasshopper Brownies.

Entertaining Saturday

Brunch: Maple and Sausage-Stuffed French Toast Cups are fun to eat and even more fun to make!

Dinner: Just because Fall has officially arrived doesn’t mean you have to put away the grill! Treat your guests to a light and delicious grilled Steak with Tomato-Bacon Salad Topper. Serve with some crusty bread and you have a fabulous dinner.

Appetizer: My Mom Elsa’s Favorite Cocktail Party Shrimp is an elegant and easy beginning to a great Saturday night meal.

Family Sunday

Brunch: Ham and Cheese Waffles with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce is a fun anytime meal.

Dinner: This all-in-one meal – Baked Chicken with Herb Skin and Roasted Garlic Cream Gravy – is perfect for a Sunday supper.

Dessert: Caramel Peanut Popcorn Baseballs are a super cute dessert the whole family will love.

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