Next Week's Meal Plan: Our Top 10 Plans of the Year

Next Week's Meal Plan: Our Top 10 Plans of the Year

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Meghan Splawn
Dec 23, 2018
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Over the last few years, we've published more than 120 meal plans from our own Kitchn editors and contributors alike. There's a lot to be gleaned from those meal plans and how you've incorporated them into your own meal planning and meal prep in that time.

This week, instead of a classic meal plan — because, let's be honest, with a holiday ahead meal planning is taking a backseat — we're rounding up the 10 most popular Next Week's Meal Plans from the whole year. Let these serve as inspiration as you head into winter break or set a goal to meal plan more in the new year.

1. 5 Easy Dinners with Help from the Slow Cooker

A quick theme emerges in this list of popular meal plans: Slow cookers are a hero of weeknight dinners. Three meal plans of our 10 lean on this kitchen device!

Dinner Highlights

  • Two easy soups
  • Burrito bowls
  • A brilliant use for chicken thighs
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

2. 5 No-Cook Dinners for When It's Too Hot to Cook

Admittedly, we all need more no-cook dinners — even when it isn't too hot to cook.

Dinner Highlights

  • Vietnamese-style salad
  • Crisp lettuce wraps
  • A make-and-take sandwich
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

3. 5 Easy Slow Cooker Dinners

Here's a slow cooker meal plan that is so evergreen, the recipes are delicious any time of year.

Dinner Highlights

  • Chicken tinga tacos
  • Slow cooker breakfast casserole
  • Freezer-friendly black bean soup
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4. 5 New Dinners to Cook Before Summer Ends

My family still loves this corn chowder (even with frozen corn) and the Greek chicken bowls that each family member can customize.

Dinner Highlights

  • Easy corn chowder
  • Greek chicken bowls
  • Pizza on the grill
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5. 5 Family-Friendly Dinners with Help from the Slow Cooker

To be fair, this meal plan only uses the slow cooker for a few of the meals, but their leftovers make the rest of the week much easier, which is my ideal meal plan anyway.

Dinner Highlights

  • Taco pasta
  • Pesto chicken
  • French bread pizzas
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

6. 5 Easy Summer Dinners Everyone Will Eat

This meal plan has all the kid favorites: an easy pasta salad, pizza, tacos casserole, and even burgers. While this meal plan is designated as summer fare, you could eat most of it any time of the year.

Dinner Highlights

  • Avocado chicken burgers
  • BBQ chicken pizza
  • Orzo pasta salad
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7. 5 Easy Summer Dinners

Summer is essentially all easy dinners because you can toss gorgeous tomatoes into greens or a can of beans and call it a day. This meal plan includes my favorite take on that.

Dinner Highlights

  • Tomato and white bean salad
  • Caesar salmon wraps
  • Skillet pizzas
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

8. 5 Dinners to Get You Excited for Fall

This is basically my fall's greatest hit album and it includes many dinners that we ate on repeat this year.

Dinner Highlights

  • One-pot chicken tortilla soup
  • Sheet pan gnocchi
  • Polenta pizza
(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

9. 5 Low-Effort Recipes for When I Don't Really Want to Cook

Kelli wrote this meal plan and I actually lean on it any time I feel uninspired by meal planning in general. These are all one-pot minimal recipes that deliver on flavor.

Dinner Highlights

  • Crispy white beans and greens
  • Meatballs and zoodles
  • Mushroom miso pasta
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

10. 5 Easy Dinners with Help from the Slow Cooker

Both the first and last most popular meal plans from this year are easy, slow cooker meals — which really says something about the power of the slow cooker!

Dinner Highlights

  • Sweet potatoes (that become sweet potato pancakes as leftovers)
  • Slow cooker salsa chicken
  • Ranch chicken sandwiches
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

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