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

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

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Meghan Splawn
Sep 30, 2017
(Image credit: Chungah Rhee)

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.

Welcome to This Week's Meal Plan

Planning my weekly meals is a habit I enjoy. Since I'm frequently asked by friends and family what I'm cooking for dinner each week, I thought it'd be useful to share my weekly meal plan here. Whether you're just learning to meal plan and looking for a real-life example of how this works or you're an old pro on the hunt for inspiration, here's a peek at how I'm feeding my family this week.

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Monday: Weeknight Skillet Lasagna

My husband is pulling off a riff on this skillet lasagna that we call "Nana's lasagna"; it's something that his mother made for their family on the regular when he was a kid. It's the definition of comfort food for him. With some roasted broccoli on the side, this is one of our favorite dinners.

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Tuesday: Turkey Enchiladas

I have a bunch of leftover turkey from recipe testing last week and plan on turning the last bit into these easy enchiladas. Full disclosure: I bought canned enchilada sauce, which makes this recipe even easier to throw together. I'm roasting the last few ears of corn that I picked up at the farmers market while the enchiladas bake too.

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Wednesday: Better-than-Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Every single person in our family loves this broccoli cheese soup. Need I say more? Alright, I will. This soup is full of vegetables — carrots, onions, broccoli — and is super satisfying. We'll skip the bread bowls but serve some bread for dipping and apple slices on the side.

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Thursday: Sheet Pan Sweet Potatoes and Black Bean Hash

Honestly, this dinner is all about using up the bits and bobs left in the fridge. Half a zucchini, a quarter of a red onion, leftover roasted cauliflower — they all come together with the help of eggs.

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Friday: Ciabatta Pizza Bread

I saw this ciabatta pizza bread recipe in our Week of Dinners series with Jessica Merchant from How Sweet Eats and instantly knew it would be a family favorite (hello, tiny pepperonis!). I'm really looking forward to Pizza Friday this week.

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