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.
Summer heat and high humidity attract us to light and refreshing dishes, so we’ve packed this week’s meal plan with plenty of them! To help you plan your shopping list, here’s a list of key ingredients used repeatedly throughout the week:
- Rotisserie chicken
- Fresh vegetables: English cucumbers, carrots, snap peas
- Fresh herbs: cilantro, basil
- Limes and lemons
Monday: Pepper Gazpacho and Grilled Cheese & Apple Sandwiches
Tuesday: Sesame Chicken Garden Salad
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Tacos
Thursday: Vegetable Soup with Basil Pesto
Friday: Mix ‘n’ Match Spring Pasta Toss
Monday: A classic comfort pairing—a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup—gets a fresh summer makeover. Salty, sweet, and tart Grilled Cheese & Apple Sandwiches are well-balanced by speedy Pepper Gazpacho. Save the leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.
Tuesday: We love the crunch from barely-cooked veggies in our Sesame Chicken Garden Salad. Fresh ingredients such as cilantro and lime juice combine with bottled Asian salad dressing and rotisserie chicken to create a versatile and flavorful dinner. On the side, serve steamed brown rice or vermicelli noodles tossed with a small amount of sesame oil, adding soy sauce and lime juice to taste.
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Tacos helps you take advantage of unused ingredients from the previous night. Substitute shredded rotisserie chicken for grilled chicken breast tenders and make sure your salsa is the fresh variety, not the kind you might find in the chip aisle. On the side, serve black beans sautéed with a little chopped onion finished with lime juice, cilantro, and queso fresco (fresh Mexican cheese).
Thursday: Vegetable Soup with Basil Pesto is the perfect excuse to clean out your fridge. Freeze the leftovers or enjoy for lunch the next day. Basil Pesto is one recipe you’ll want to keep close—for instant flavor, spread it on pizzas, toss it with pasta or brush it over grilled or sautéed chicken, fish, or veggies.
Friday: Get creative with our Mix ‘n’ Match Spring Pasta Toss—don’t be afraid to stray from the recipe. Use up any extra veggies you have, cook any remaining pasta from last night’s soup, and shred the last of your rotisserie chicken. Instead of using bottled Greek dressing for the sauce, mix in leftover Basil Pesto.