Next Week's Meal Plan

Next Week’s Meal Plan: A Week of Mediterranean Diet Dinners

updated May 29, 2019
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Welcome to Next Week’s Meal Plan! I want to help you find inspiration and ease some of the pain points that come with getting dinner on the table night after night, whether you’re cooking for one or a family of eight. That’s why, as promised, this series is shifting — every week I’ll be answering reader requests and sharing meal plans that you want to see.

It’s not too late! What type of meal plans would you like to see? Maybe you’re looking for a week of budget dinners for a family of four? Or fast 20-minute dinners that you and your roommate can tag-team? Or easy vegan dinners that you can prep solo? If you need dinner inspiration or solutions, I want to help you find them! Tell me what kinds of meal plans you want to see in the comments below.

A Week of Mediterranean Diet Dinners

To kick things off, this week’s meal plan comes from a request in our Meal Plan Club Facebook Group.

The Mediterranean diet is more a set of general healthy eating guidelines than a diet in the traditional sense. The focus is on filling your plate with things like whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, and healthy fats like olive oil, seafood, nuts, and avocado, and allows for a lesser amount of dairy, eggs, and lean protein like chicken.

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Salmon is a Mediterranean diet staple, and it’s an easy, wholesome way to turn Greek salad into an entrée. Start by making the vinaigrette so you can use a little to quickly marinate the salmon fillets, then save the rest for drizzling over the salad.

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Every week deserves a night when breakfast for dinner is on the roster. This veggie and herb egg dish will help you put the leftover feta cheese from Monday night’s dinner to work.

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Not only is this seafood and bean skillet packed with ingredients that are part of the Mediterranean diet, but it’s also perfect for weeknights when you don’t have a lot of energy and want dinner fast. I recommend pairing it with cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, or a pot of whole grains to soak up all that wonderful sauce.

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This chicken and veggie dinner is packed with herby, lemon flavors that will remind you of Greek-inspired souvlaki. To get the crispiest skin on the chicken thighs, remember to pop the sheet pan in the oven while it preheats.

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This light and fresh one-pot meal puts a hearty mix of vegetables front and center and calls for slightly less pasta. This makes it a good choice if you’re following the Mediterranean diet, which suggests reserving pasta for the occasional meal.


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About Next Week’s Meal Plan

Meal planning isn’t always easy — especially if you’re just getting started. But I’m a firm believer that it’s the secret to stress-free weeknight dinners. So whether you’re just learning to meal plan or you’re already a tried-and-true pro, I’m here to help you solve the question of what to cook for the week ahead. Every week, I’ll be sharing a new meal plan — either how I’m feeding my own family, or a meal plan solution specifically customized for you.