Weeknight chaos can make putting a home-cooked meal on the table a daunting task. Don’t fret—we’ve designed this handy weeknight meal planner to help you stress less and chill out more. By using a few key ingredients and giving new life to leftovers, you can serve a delicious meal each night no matter what.
This week, we’re stuck on summer’s freshest flavors, whether it’s a bundle of juicy, plump tomatoes or ears of crisp, sweet corn. We’ve also created an easy, prep-ahead Fourth of July menu that’s perfect for a cookout. Make sure to stock your kitchen this week with plenty of garlic, lemons, and fresh herbs such as basil and mint.
This Week’s Plan:
Monday: Greek Turkey Burgers and Sweet Corn & Zucchini
Tuesday: Fresh Tomato-and-Asparagus Gnocchi and a simple green salad
Wednesday: Roast Chicken and Fresh Corn Quinoa
Thursday: Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Friday: Happy 4th!
Best Beef Burgers
Summer Vegetable Kabobs
Red Velvet Berry Cobbler
Monday: Start the week on a lighter note with our Greek Turkey Burgers. The accompanying tangy yogurt sauce doubles as a crudité dip or as a spread inside pita pockets. Serve a quick sauté of Sweet Corn & Zucchini on the side but make a few simple swaps. Nix the taco seasoning mix and use leftover red onion from the turkey burger instead of sweet onion.
Tuesday: Fresh ingredients such as basil and garlic and seasonal veggies jazz up our speedy Fresh Tomato-and-Asparagus Gnocchi. On the side, toss leftover cucumber from Monday’s yogurt sauce with mixed greens and your favorite vinaigrette.
Wednesday: Our Roast Chicken is a recipe you should always have at your arsenal—kosher salt, black pepper, olive oil, fresh lemon, and dried rosemary are all you’ll need. Serve the breasts in slices and save the legs and thighs for Thursday night’s dinner. Fresh Corn Quinoa dresses up everyone’s favorite whole-grain and lets you use up that last bit of mint from Monday night’s yogurt sauce.
Thursday: Tonight is quick, easy, and painless so you can get ready for your Fourth of July celebration. Leftover thigh and leg meat from last night’s dinner and bottled salad dressing make Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad a breeze. Prepare tomorrow’s cobbler tonight and prep veggies for the kabobs.
Friday: Happy Fourth of July! We’ve created a crowd-pleasing menu that’s sure to make your backyard or poolside shindig a hit. Opt for store-bought buns to save time on flavor-packed Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burgers. Pair them with our Summer Vegetable Kabobs and Tomato-and-Watermelon Salad to show off your best farmers market finds. For dessert, scoop our patriotic-colored Red Velvet Berry Cobbler into plastic cups and top with vanilla ice cream.