Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 New Family Favorites
This week’s meal plan is full of new-to-me recipes that I think will become family favorites. We have friends and family coming to stay with us throughout the week and are getting ready to take a much-anticipated, kid-free vacation this coming weekend, making everything — even meal planning — feel exciting and exhilarating. Even Pizza Friday is getting a new spin on it.
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: Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad
I made a big batch of this pasta salad to take to a friend’s cook-out this weekend and ended up with leftovers. The kids love it and the leftovers taste even better than the day it was made. It will be nice to have a no-cook night before the week gets really busy.
My best friend from culinary school is driving through Atlanta with his family, so we are grilling flank steaks and I’m testing a new fattoush recipe (think: pita bread panzanella) while we catch up.
Wednesday: Jacques Pépin’s Garlic Chicken Breasts
My family is obsessed with these crispy chicken bites! I made them a couple weekends ago and my daughter has been requesting them ever since. Serving these with a big green salad for all.
A tip for serving salad to little kids: Chop everything extra small and serve them more of the chopped vegetables than lettuce. We call this “finger salad” because they can easily pick at it with their fingers — not forks.
Thursday: Crispy White Beans with Greens and Egg
This promises to be a super fast, super satisfying breakfast-for-dinner meal. I’ll trade fried eggs for the poached eggs, as my husband and daughter prefer a “crispy egg” (as they call it), and serve hearty, crunchy toast on the side.
Friday: Tiny Party Pizza Tarts
We are hosting my in-laws for dinner on Friday. They are actually coming to watch the kids while my husband and I go out of town for the weekend! So we are doing mini pizzas using puff pastry instead of pizza dough for our usual pizza Friday.
What’s cooking at your house this week? I love reading your ideas in the comments.