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A Week of Easy Dinners to Get You Excited for Spring
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This week I'm going heavy on asparagus, peas, radishes, lemon, and fresh herbs.
Apr 3, 2021
A Week of Cheap and Easy Instant Pot Dinners
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These budget-friendly dinners are quick, low-effort, and keep the dirty dishes to a minimum.
Feb 6, 2021
5 Ingenious, Family-Friendly Dinners from Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo
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We love this meal plan from Cup of Jo! Easy shrimp tacos, kid-friendly chicken parm meatballs, and pizza night: it's basically the perfect week.
Jan 24, 2021
A Week of Easy 5-Ingredient Dinners
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Give 2020 a send-off with a week that includes some of the absolute easiest dinners you can put on the table.
Dec 26, 2020
5 Simple Plant-Based Dinners from Laura Wright of The First Mess
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Everyone around the table will love these satisfying dinners.
Nov 5, 2020
5 Must-Make Fall Soups from Meiko Temple of Meiko and The Dish
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Get ready for a week of dinners that are easy and comforting.
Oct 10, 2020
A Week of Easy One-Pan Keto Dinners from Alex & Lauren Lester of Cast Iron Keto
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This no-nonsense meal plan will leave your taste buds happy and your kitchen with minimal mess.
Aug 14, 2020
A Week of Summer-Inspired Mediterranean Diet Dinners
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Start here, whether you're curious about the Mediterranean diet or just want inspiration to fill your meal plan with fresh and summery feel-good dinners.
Aug 1, 2020
5 Simple Summer Dinners from the Slow Cooker
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I'm looking at my slow cooker to feed us easy dinners without heating up the kitchen.
Jul 9, 2020
5 Easy Summer Pantry Dinners from Gaby Dalkin
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It's what we're all craving right now: simple, summery, and comforting.
Jun 27, 2020
5 Easy Dinners That Are Comforting and Summery at the Same Time
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Looking for some comfort food, even as the temps hit in the 80s?
Jun 13, 2020
These 5 Pantry-Friendly Dinners Are Simple & Feel-Good
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I am keeping meals easy this week and definitely not forgetting about Pizza Friday.
Jun 4, 2020
5 Super-Easy Dinners for the New Cook
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Quick, simple, and totally delicious.
May 15, 2020
A Week of Low-Effort Dinners That Feel Fresh and Satisfying
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All these meals make for great leftovers, too.
May 15, 2020
A Week of Easy, One-Pot and One-Pan Dinners
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Because one-pot or one-pan means minimal dishwashing for me.
May 8, 2020
A Week of Easy, Make-Ahead Vegetarian Dinners
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With plenty of freezer-friendly leftovers to give yourself a break from cooking later.
May 2, 2020
An Easy Week of Family-Friendly Dinners (Pizza Rolls, Guys!)
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Remember pizza pinwheels? Put your leftover pasta sauce in them.
Apr 4, 2020
The 5 Easy Pantry Dinners Our Food Stylist Is Eating This Week
"I'm not just cooking for myself; I'm cooking for my boyfriend and his mother, the two loved ones I am staying with for the foreseeable future."
Mar 28, 2020
5 Cheap and Easy Pantry Dinners Recipes
They start with basic pantry staples, like pasta, rice, and lentils, and come with a lot of flexibility, so you can easily pull a meal together with whatever you have on hand.
Mar 16, 2020
5 Easy One-Pot Dinners for New ParentsRecipes
Consider this your survival guide: They're easy and satisfying, with hardly any dirty dishes.
Mar 5, 2020
5 Easy, Wholesome Dinner Ideas from Pinch of YumRecipes
These dinners lean hard on pantry ingredients, so they're also easy on your wallet.
Feb 15, 2020
The 20-Minute Dinners Are Guaranteed LifesaversRecipes
Skip the possibility of takeout.
Feb 10, 2020
5 Must-Make Midwestern Winter Dinners from Shauna Sever
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On cold, dreary, winter weeknights, you need the power of carbs and comfort food.
Jan 31, 2020
5 Big-Batch, Family-Friendly Winter DinnersRecipes
It's the coziest way to feed your family of six (or stock your freezer with leftovers!) this winter.
Jan 24, 2020
5 Family-Friendly Sheet Pan Dinners from Andrea Mathis of Beautiful Eats & Things
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Andrea Mathis, the creator of Beautiful Eats and Things, knows how to keep things wholesome and delicious!
Jan 18, 2020
A Week of Slow Cooker Mediterranean Diet Dinners
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These dinners are wholesome, comforting, and totally delicious.
Jan 11, 2020
Our 10 Most Popular Meal Plans of 2019
Best of Kitchn 2019
Here's the dinner inspiration you need.
Jan 3, 2020
5 Low-Carb, High-Protein Dinners for the Week Ahead
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They're packed with vegetables, so you'll feel as good as they taste.
Jan 3, 2020
5 Healthy and Comforting Winter Dinners from Amanda Paa of Heartbeet Kitchen
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Don't let winter go by without making these (spoiler alert: there's a Cheesy Taco Tater Tot Hotdish!).
Dec 27, 2019
5 Family-Friendly, Asian-Inspired Dinners from Hip Foodie Mom's Alice Choi
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Best of all, they come together in about 30 minutes.
Dec 14, 2019
5 Low-GI Comfort Food Dinners from Toasted Pine Nut’s Lindsay Grimes Freedman
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These fit low-glycemic dietary requirements, are gluten-free, and kid-friendly!
Nov 30, 2019
5 Super-Simple Dinners for New Parents
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Because the meal train can only last so long.
Nov 9, 2019
Amy Palanjian's 5 Kid-Friendly Dinners Parents Can Love
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These are the back-pocket dinners your meal plan needs.
Nov 2, 2019
A Week of Big-Batch, Family-Friendly Dinners
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Here's how to feed your family of eight (or stock your freezer with tasty leftovers!).
Oct 26, 2019
5 Comfort-Inspired Southern Dinners from Jocelyn Delk Adams
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The founder of Grandbaby Cakes has five pitch-perfect meals for the season.
Oct 18, 2019
A Week of Vegan Dinners for a Busy Working Mom from Jenné Claiborne
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Sweet Potato Soul is serving up a week of dinners that keep her nourished as a new mom — and are vegan!
Oct 12, 2019
A Week of Fall-Inspired Mediterranean Diet Dinners
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Yep, these dinners check all the boxes.
Oct 5, 2019
A Week of Cheap, Healthy, Simple Dinners for One
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It's one of our most-requested meal plan ideas.
Sep 26, 2019
5 Dinners from Around the World You Can Easily Make at Home
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These 5 easy dinners are inspired by a geography-loving second grader.
Sep 18, 2019
A Week of Pescatarian Dinners from Jodi Moreno
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Every dish is gluten-free and dairy-free, as well!
Sep 11, 2019
A Week of Easy Vegan Dinners
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These vegan dinners will keep you well-fed.
Sep 6, 2019
5 Low-FODMAP Diet Dinners from Phoebe Lapine
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These easy, delicious meals are also anti-inflammatory and nutrient-dense.
Jul 27, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Kid-Approved Dinners for the Week AheadRecipes
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.
May 30, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Recipes for Fast and Fancy Summer SuppersRecipes
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!
May 30, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Budget (but Not Boring) DinnersRecipes
Not a bean or rice dinner in sight!
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Easy Dairy-Free DinnersRecipes
A good friend and her family just went dairy-free to see if they can clear up some skin and digestion issues in their littlest kiddo. The rest of the family is lamenting the loss of ice cream, but this mom is missing her family’s favorite dinners that used to make meal planning easy. This week’s meal plan is a bit self-serving in order to help my own friend (but many readers are looking to go dairy-free too.) Still, I pinky promise that the recipes are easy and delicious as always.
May 29, 2019
5 Family Friendly Recipes to Inspire This Week’s Meal PlanRecipes
Are you ever curious about what Kitchn editors cook and eat at home? You might be surprised at how often we cook new recipes for dinner or how often we cook recipes from the site at home. You’ve got to practice what you preach, right? I thought I’d start by sharing what I’m cooking for my family of four this week from Kitchn recipes. Every Friday night I sit down with my planner and a cocktail and choose a week’s worth of dinners for the week ahead.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Budget-Saving Dinners for the Week AheadRecipes
You guys, this weekend I totally blew my grocery budget for the week at the farmers market. As has become an almost annual tradition, I spent a small fortune on two giant buckets of local strawberries. I have zero regrets. I’ll turn those strawberries into a small batch of jam and some fruit leather, and freeze what we don’t eat fresh for smoothies. But this splurge means I have to be thrifty when it comes to meal planning this week.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Veggie-Hearty Meals for the Week AheadRecipes
Do you ever follow a weekend of dining out with a strong craving for vegetables? That’s where my head (and stomach) is at this week while meal planning. This past weekend we ate a ton; we had my husband’s family over for barbecue and ate so much cake (not to celebrate — I had leftovers from recipe testing). Plus my work week ahead is filled with testing more cakes, a trifle or two, cheesecake, two types of cookies, a pie, and five no-bake desserts.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Family-Friendly Dinner ClassicsSkills
The week after a holiday is always a little bit nutty. Our routine is off, skewed by hosting family and trying to eat up leftover ham rather than do a real meal plan. Meal planning is like a friendly reset button at the end of the week. But this week I’m fighting fatigue and instead of trying to be creative in my meal plan, I’m relying on my meal planning template.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Family Dinners to Make Before Things Get a Little CrazyPeople
This week kicks off what always proves to be a busy month for our family. Between Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day, and hosting out-of-town guests and finalizing summer camps, we have lots of potluck parties, end-of-the-school-year celebrations, book club meetings, and even a weekend away planned in May.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Budget-Saving Meals from Pantry StaplesSkills
I found myself rifling through the pantry and fridge in frustration early today and decided that a week of dinners using up leftovers and pantry staples was in order. This is one really great way to trim our grocery budget — I may even try to skip shopping all together this weekend — and make room in our admittedly overstuffed pantry.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Recipes for Using Up BBQ LeftoversRecipes
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.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Easy Dinners to Welcome SummerRecipes
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.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Easy Family Dinners from the Farmers MarketRecipes
My meal-planning routine has changed a bit since summer started. Instead of doing all my planning on Friday night, I wait until after the farmers market on Saturday to formulate a plan. I give myself a budget for buying eggs, vegetables, fruit, and bread (always buy the bread) at the market and just buy whatever looks great that week. After we get home with our haul, I put things away, make a plan, and grocery shop for staples or missing ingredients in the afternoon.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Simple Dishes for a Week of Easy CookingRecipes
This week I’m traveling to New York for a photo shoot with the Kitchn team and my husband is in charge of feeding the kids. My husband is a great cook, even though he doesn’t do it regularly, but he isn’t very confident in the kitchen so he chooses simple, easy dishes plus a few things I won’t normally cook that he and the kids love. Here’s what our family’s meal plan looks like when my husband is in charge of dinner for the week.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: The 5 Recipes I’ve Been Dreaming About All SummerRecipes
Every once in a while, I get a week free from obligations — calendar or budget — and can just choose recipes that are new, enticing, or have just been on my to-try list for too long. This is one of those rare weeks, and how it fell in the middle of summer when produce is at its peak I’ll never know, but I’m thanking my lucky stars. This week’s meal plan features a bunch of seasonal suppers that have had me drooling.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Miracle Meals for a Really Busy WeekPeople
Home life right now is a little bit bananas. Just a few weeks ago we sold our home in Georgia and we are currently packing and planning a cross-country move and my husband is gone all week working and house hunting in our new city. So this week’s meal plan is all about miracle meals — recipes I can cook with my eyes closed, or that whittle down pantry ingredients, or that my children requested and I know they will devour without fuss.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: Five Simple Dinners for a Week of TravelRecipes
This weekend, two moving containers were delivered to our driveway and slowly but surely filled with everything in our Georgia home. Left are a few kitchen staples and enough clothing for each of us to “camp out in our house” and on the road for the next two weeks.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Dinners to Clean Out the Fridge Before VacationPeople
This week I added an extra challenge to my meal plan: I did not go grocery shopping over the weekend. My husband and I are leaving for vacation at the end of the week, so I am on a mission to clear everything out of the fridge that might spoil, which includes a lot of CSA veggies, eggs, ground turkey, and some cheese. I’ll plan to lean on our well-stocked pantry and freezer to fill in the gaps.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Simple, Veggie-Heavy Dinners for Two or MorePeople
While Meghan and her family embark on their cross-country move and get settled in their new city, I’m jumping in to give you a glimpse of what meal planning for my little family of two looks like. As has been the case most weeks since early June, my meal plan for the week is all about dinners that will use up this week’s veggie haul from the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) we belong to.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Easy Weeknight Dinners for Back to SchoolRecipes
This week my daughter started kindergarten in her new school in our new city. We’re still working on finding preschool for our littlest kiddo, but it feels like we are finding our way back to a regular school-year schedule. After a hectic summer, it feels glorious. I imagine most of you are in the same boat we are: looking for easy weeknight dinners that will make this first week back into a new schedule enjoyable.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Recipes to Get Your Meal Plan Mojo BackRecipes
This week I’m getting back on the meal-planning wagon after two weeks of traveling and settling into our new home. Honestly, I’d happily continue eating makeshift meals of sandwiches, takeout, and frozen pizza in an effort to avoid cooking amongst the half-packed boxes, but alas, with school starting back this week we need our routine up and running again.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Family-Friendly Fall FavoritesPeople
The official first day of fall is just around the corner, and temperatures are starting to drop around here, finally giving me permission to cook the cozy cold-weather fare I’ve been craving since August. This week’s meal plan is all about welcoming fall with some of our favorite foods. They’re always easy to make and devoured by adults and kids alike. Planning my weekly meals is a habit I enjoy.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Hearty Dinners for the First Week of FallRecipes
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.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Weeknight-Friendly Comfort Food ClassicsRecipes
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.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Fast and Fancy Fall DinnersRecipes
October is hands-down my favorite month of the year and it has almost nothing to do with it being my birthday month. Nope, I love October for its gorgeous, cool weather, apple picking, and pumpkin carving. But I also underestimate how busy October can be. We happen to be moving from our apartment to our new house this week, which means our fall-inspired dinners need to be fast and easy. Here’s what I’m cooking this week to quickly feed my family and also celebrate the season.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Vegetarian Family-Friendly RecipesRecipes
One of my strategies for keeping our budget in check is to have about a 50/50 mix of meaty and meatless dinners each week. But when I’ve busted my budget — say, after moving into a new house and splurging on a new dining table — a week of meatless dinners can save me. This week’s meal plan is full of new-to-us vegetarian recipes that use inexpensive staples to keep our grocery budget low.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Cozy Comfort-Food DinnersRecipes
My husband's meal plan is full of cozy comfort food.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Most-Requested Family MealsRecipes
Some weeks the meal plan just flows out. Monday through Friday gets filled out in about 10 minutes. But other weeks, like this one, when I feel uninspired or bored by meal planning, I take requests from my family to fill up our week. I consulted my favorite diners, my husband and two kiddos, for their meal requests this week and used them to plan a week of fall-feeling, family-friendly dinners for the last bit of October. Planning my weekly meals is a habit I enjoy.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Wintery Soups for the Week AheadRecipes
Welp, the holidays and wintery weather have descended upon us (read: my entire house has come down with some terrible, no good, very bad cold). My recovery game plan? A whole week of hearty soups. I’m making their benefits twofold by making double batches of each and freezing extras for the crazy weeks ahead. Planning my weekly meals is a habit I enjoy.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Easy Meals for Busy Holiday WeeksRecipes
This week is bookended by Christmas tree hunting and cookie decorating adventures, along with a few parties and a family birthday dinner, so my dinner objective is to feed us plenty of vegetables and protein without much fuss. I’m still planning on making my family’s favorite comfort foods, like pasta and pizza, but they’ll be filled with vegetables to help balance out the celebratory feasts we’ll be having elsewhere during the week.
May 29, 2019