Meal Plan

Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Vegetarian Fall Recipes for the Week Ahead — Next Week’s Meal Plan

There's been a lot of roasted meat in my professional life lately — more turkey, ground beef, and chicken than I care to admit — and while I'm still feeling like cozy fall cooking, I'm ready for a week of vegetables.

Luck would have it that this week the stars have aligned to give me a ton of pantry staples like chickpeas and black beans, leftover vegetables that need to be used up, and a bunch of new-to-me recipes that are all vegetarian. Here's what a week of family-friendly vegetarian dinners looks like in fall.


5 Freezer Marinades for Chicken or Pork — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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While marinades are brilliant at turning cuts of meat that can often dry out when cooked into flavorful, moist meals, it's easy to forget to plan ahead and get that meat into a marinade well before you're ready to cook it. Enter: the freezer marinade, when you bring that meat home from the grocery store toss it in a marinade first and freeze it right in it. It will absorb the marinade whenever you decide to thaw it, and then all you have to do is bake, sauté, or grill it. This is a weeknight dinner game-changer.


Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Weeknight-Friendly Comfort Food Classics — Next Week’s Meal Plan

My husband is finally home after a few weeks of traveling for work, and I am taking full advantage of him being home to help with dinner and kid wrangling. We're celebrating him being home, his belated birthday, and a new home with a week of our family's favorite dinner.

There's nothing fancy in the meal plan this week — just five classic family favorites, from lasagna to enchiladas, that are all quick and easy to put together. Some use shopping shortcuts, while others make the best use of a single pan. Here are the five comfort food classics we are eating this week.


A Week of Dinners: Jessica Merchant — A Week of Dinners

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Welcome to Kitchn's new series A Week of Dinners, where we show you how people put dinner on the table for their family, thanks to the five weeknight recipes they rely on.

Jessica Merchant lives with her husband, Ed, and 2 1/2-year-old son, Max, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she writes and develops recipes. "I'm madly, outrageously, inexplicably in love with food," Merchant explains enthusiastically. She is the author of bestselling cookbook Seriously Delish and upcoming cookbook The Pretty Dish. Since 2009 she's been the blogger behind How Sweet Eats, a wildly popular food blog with the most gorgeous photos. (Do yourself a favor and follow her on Instagram immediately. I'm serious.)

Today Jessica shares how she gets food on the table for her family (even when she's 9 months pregnant right now!) and what weeknight dinners look like for them.


Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Hearty Dinners for the First Week of Fall — Next Week’s Meal Plan

I've been savoring the last weeks of summer in September — making tomato sandwiches and buying berries at the farmers market to fill up the freezer — but suddenly the temperatures have dropped and all I want to do is bake and make chili.

Our meal plan this week is driven by those cravings, with a chicken chili you can pull off any night of the week and not one but two sheet pan suppers that can cook alongside a batch of morning glory muffins or cornbread. These fall favorites are hearty and family-friendly, but easy on the cook.


A Week of Dinners: Michelle Tam — A Week of Dinners

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Welcome to Kitchn's new series A Week of Dinners, where we show you how people put dinner on the table for their family, thanks to the five weeknight recipes they rely on.

If you've ever been interested in the Paleo diet or dabbled in Whole30, then there's a very good chance you know Michelle Tam. The two-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author is the creator of Nom Nom Paleo, a blog dedicated to all things Paleo and an incredible resource for the diet. She's also created wildly popular recipes for Kitchn (see here) and just came out with a new cookbook last month.

When she's not conquering the food world, she's splits her time between Palo Alto, California, and Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Henry Fong (co-creator and co-author of Nom Nom Paleo), and their two kids, Owen (age 12) and Ollie (age 9). Here's what she makes to feed her hungry family on busy weeknights.


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