The utility of meal planning and prepping is satisfying enough to keep most of us in the habit week in and week out, but we all know too well that we'll have weeks we fall off the wagon or just get bored with some of our family's favorite recipes. Those are the weeks it is most important to plan meals that feel exciting enough to keep our meal planning motivation alive.
Here are the five dinners I'm planning to make this week to get my dinner mojo back this fall.
Welcome to This Week's Meal Plan
I believe meal planning is the secret to stress-free weeknight dinners. Since I'm frequently asked by friends and family what I'm cooking for dinner each week, I 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: Curried Veggie Galette
I like to say that galettes are just pies for lazy bakers, and this savory version is no exception. This recipe is particularly adept at making the last of summer's tomatoes and eggplant feel warm and cozy for October.
Raise your hand if you have a few recipes that you forget you love. These steak tips are one of mine! Steak tips are more affordable than most other cuts, which makes them the perfect balance of feeling luxe and still being on budget. We'll pair this with a super-simple salad.
Wednesday: Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole
Cabbage rolls are something I haven't eaten in years, and this casserole — with its ease and warm, comforting combo of braised cabbage and hearty meat sauce — seems like just the recipe to bring them back into my life. I'm not placing any wagers on either of my kids eating the cabbage, but they'll totally fall in love with the meat sauce over rice.
Thursday: Fried Potatoes and Sausage Skillet
This one-skillet breakfast-for-dinner recipe is one I reach for often when we need something relatively quick but filling. You can prep the potatoes during your Sunday meal prep to cut down on the cooking time Thursday night.
Friday: Chicken Caesar Pizza
Pizza Friday is a long-standing tradition in my house, but I find myself reaching pizza overload in this season of our life (lots of kid-centric events where pizza is served), so here's hoping that a salad topped pizza will help me keep my family's pizza tradition going.