Meal Plan

Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Shortcut Suppers for the Week Ahead — Next Week’s Meal Plan

Instead of spending my Friday night meal planning, cocktail in hand, I made a Trader Joe's run. To be honest, I went for peonies and to get out of the house by myself, as my husband has been out of town for the last few weeks. I walked out $100 poorer and peony-less (they were out). What I did gain was a freezer full of shortcuts to get me through another 10 days of solo parenting while my husband is gone again.

This week's meal plan is inspired by some freezer shortcuts that I stocked up on at Trader Joe's, but none of the recipes here require TJ's-specific ingredients — many of these shortcuts can be found at any store. Plus these meals still make the most of summer produce while making dinnertime faster.

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A Ramadan Meal Plan for a Week of Delicious and Nourishing Meals — Next Week’s Meal Plan

Toward the end of Ramadan I can start to feel zapped of both energy and recipe ideas. I tackle this fatigue by revisiting my repertoire of favorite yet easy-to-put-together dishes. For suhoor, I really need quick and satisfying options that won't make me feel too full. I try to avoid any processed sugars or oily foods because they'll drag me down later in the day. For iftar, I'm looking for flavorful meals with little preparation time — especially during the weeknights. This meal plan brings all that thinking into one place. Maybe it'll inspire you as you plan for the coming week of meals.

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Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Recipes for Fast and Fancy Summer Suppers — Next Week’s Meal Plan

Some weeks our meal plan has a clear goal or theme that runs through it, and other weeks it's just a collection of recipes that look delicious. This week's challenge, though, is that most of what I'm craving right now — fast and fancy summer suppers — doesn't feel super kid-friendly on paper.

So this week I'm sharing the meals I'm making, plus how I'll adapt, rename, or rework these recipes to get — fingers-crossed! — my kids to try some new-to-them meals.

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Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Easy Dinners to Welcome Summer — Next Week’s Meal Plan

Summer has officially hit full swing around here. My kids have started their various summer camps, which include a later wake-up time and bedtime, pushing dinner a little later into the evening each day. This transition from our normal school year routine to our summer one is so refreshing after how crazy jam-packed our May calendar was.

This week's meal plan is all about welcoming summer into our kitchen. Don't worry — it still includes family friendly fare that's easy to get on the table and a surprising change to our Pizza Friday ritual.

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Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Recipes for Using Up BBQ Leftovers — Next Week’s Meal Plan

On the heels of Memorial Day barbecues and picnics, we have a ton of leftovers in the fridge. Not wanting to waste any of it — and hoping to cut myself some slack on meal prep this week — I'm basing my meal plan on what's left in the fridge this week.

Not to worry — most of my leftovers are classic Memorial Day fare. Things like grilled chicken, salsa from a poolside picnic, and leftover hard-boiled eggs from a batch of a potato salad are things you might have on hand any given week this summer, so here are five meals that make the most of barbecue leftovers for the week ahead.

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Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Kid-Approved Dinners for the Week Ahead — Next Week’s Meal Plan

Just for fun, I let my 5-year-old daughter make this week's meal plan. As you might guess, her dinner choices are basic kid fare — with requests for macaroni, cheeseburgers with fries, and even pancakes for dinner — but I'm definitely inspired by her plan's simplicity, ease, and flair for fun.

The challenge is making sure that all her carb-rich picks are balanced with plenty of vegetables without making too much extra work for the grown-ups. Here are the five kid-favorite meals that we are cooking together this week.

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