Our 10 Most Popular Meal Plans of 2019
Whether you’re cooking for one or a family of six, meal planning is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It asks and answers the question of “What’s for dinner?” once rather than night after night, which, let’s face it, is stressful. Meal planning is our solution to low-stress weeknight dinners, and we love giving you lots of inspiration for favorites to keep in your roster of go-to recipes.
This year we’ve been sharing meal plans based on requests from readers (it’s never too late to let us know what you want to see here!), as well as guest contributors who share what they’re getting on the table every night. These are the 10 plans you’ve been cooking though again and again this year.
1. A Week of Fall-Inspired Mediterranean Diet Dinners
Our most popular meal plan of 2019 is all about getting fall favorites, like pumpkin soups, sweet potatoes, hearty greens, and root vegetables, on the table.
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2. A Week of Mediterranean Diet Dinners
If you’ve just starting following the Mediterranean diet or you’ve been at it for a while and you’re looking for some fresh inspiration, here’s a good lineup of dinners to keep coming back to.
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3. 5 Ingenious, Family-Friendly Dinners from Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo
One thing you won’t find in Joanna’s meal plan is anything fussy. Like us, she loves a good grocery store shortcut (especially when it comes from Trader Joe’s) and is all for ordering pizza on Friday night.
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4. 5 Super-Simple Dinners to Help New Parents Survive
If you’re a new or expecting parent, you’ll want to bookmark these totally doable dinners ASAP. And if you’re someone who loves really easy dinners that can be cooked in advance or come together lightning-fast with just few ingredients, you should bookmark this too.
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5. A Week of Big-Batch, Family-Friendly Dinners
Recipes that serve four simply don’t cut it when you have a big table of hungry mouths to feed. This mix of casseroles, soup, and a slow cooker favorite easily serves up to eight. These dinners make enough leftovers for everyone’s lunch — and most can even be frozen for future dinners!
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6. 5 Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners to Make Before Summer Ends
Peak summer produce might be behind us, but some of these dinners, like veggie burrito bowls and our curried vegetable and chickpea stew, are keepers all year long.
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7. A Week of Vegetarian Mediterranean Diet Dinners
You don’t have to be following the Mediterranean diet to love this week of plant-based dinners, including a comforting red lentil curry and these sweet potatoes we could eat every week. The best part of this meal plan? It won’t break the bank.
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8. A Week of Easy Summer Dinners You Need to Make ASAP
Take a minute to bookmark these summer favorites right now. And if you’re still stepping outside to cook on the grill, go ahead and keep these sausage and potato foil packets in your regular meal plan roster.
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9. A Week of 5-Ingredient Dinners from Trader Joe’s
Who doesn’t love a week of dinners that’s all about snappy shortcuts from our favorite store? We say that these call for five ingredients, but you actually need just three to four ingredients for these many of these weeknight wonders.
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10. A Week of Oven-Free Dinners When It’s Too Hot to Cook
Not only do these dinners lean on the slow cooker, Instant Pot, and grill instead of the oven, but they’re also all pretty low-lift and include family favorites like burrito bowls, sloppy Joes, and tortellini.
Get the recipe: A Week of Oven-Free Dinners When It’s Too Hot to Cook