Meal planning makes grocery shopping and weeknight dinners less hectic, and we could all use a little less stress in our lives. If you’re new to meal planning or just need some new inspiration, our weekly meal plans are a great place to start.
Each week, we’ll be adding the meal plan featured in our Meal Prep & Planning newsletter. Sign up now if you’d like to get these meal plans sent straight to your inbox.
Check out the Expert’s Guide to Meal Planning for tons more plans, recipes and tips that’ll keep you organized.
This Week’s Plan: Instant Pot Dinners
1 / 7
Sunday: Pressure-Cooker Lentil Stew
This tasty vegetarian stew lets you take a break from meat. Adding the cream at the end gives it a lovely smoother texture. —Michelle Collins, Suffolk Virginia
Monday: Pressure-Cooker Chicken and Bacon White Chili
I made a twist on my favorite white chicken chili and used my pressure cooker, which made it very quick and easy. I like to serve it with avocado, cilantro and onions. —Teri Lee Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
Tuesday: Instant Pot Sesame Chicken
Your family will love the flavorful sauce in this Instant Pot sesame chicken. And you’ll love how quick and easy it is for a weeknight dinner! If you serve gluten-free meals, use tamari instead of soy sauce. — Karen Kelly, Germantown, Maryland
Wednesday: Pressure-Cooker Jambalaya Risotto
I love making this pressure-cooker jambalaya, especially for entertaining. The risotto makes it creamy and delicious. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina
Thursday: Pressure-Cooker Stuffed Peppers
Here’s a good-for-you dinner that’s also a meal-in-one classic. Add a salad and, in just moments, call everyone to the table. —Michelle Gurnsey, Lincoln, Nebraska
Friday: Pressure Cooker Steak Fajitas
I’ve enjoyed cooking since I was a girl growing up in the Southwest, and I think fajitas are an easy way to add some wallop to ho-hum dinner lineups. This simply delicious main dish is an excellent option if you’re looking for something new to serve. —Janie Reitz, Rochester, Minnesota
Saturday: Pressure-Cooker Beef Tips
These beef tips remind me of a childhood favorite. I cook them with mushrooms and serve over brown rice, noodles or mashed potatoes. Here’s one of the best Instant Pot recipes for a quick and easy dinner. —Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Find more 7-day meal plans.
Dig out your Instant Pot from the pantry and keep it out on the counter all week, because these dinners are all made in a pressure cooker.
Last Week’s Plan: Kid-Friendly Dinners
1 / 7
Sunday: Chicken Ranch Mac & Cheese
Prep once and feed the family twice when you double this chicken mac and cheese and freeze half of it. I created it for the people I love most, using ingredients they love most. —Angela Spengler, Tampa, Florida
Monday: Cheeseburger Soup
A local restaurant serves a similar cheeseburger soup but wouldn’t share its recipe with me. So I developed my own, modifying a recipe for potato soup. I was really pleased with the way this all-American treat turned out. —Joanie Shawhan, Madison, Wisconsin
Tuesday: PB&J French Toast
My grandpa made an awesome breakfast for us grandkids: French toast that started on the griddle as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.—Lindsey Folsom, Dorsey, Illinois
Wednesday: Waffle-Iron Pizzas
These little pizza pockets are a fun mashup using the waffle iron. Try your favorite toppings or even breakfast fillings like ham and eggs on this waffle pizza. —Amy Lents, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Thursday: Tropical Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowls
This tropical favorite is a delicious and healthy dinner with tons of flavor! You can substitute regular rice for the cauliflower rice if desired. —Bethany DiCarlo, Harleysville, Pennsylvania
Friday: Sweet Potato-Crusted Chicken Nuggets
I was looking for ways to spice up traditional chicken nuggets and came up with this recipe. The chips add a crunchy texture and flavor, while the meat is tender on the inside. —Kristina Segarra, Yonkers, New York
Saturday: Fair-Favorite Corn Dogs
Bring the county fair home to your kitchen with these summer-ready corn dogs. A tip for dipping: Pour the batter in a tall Mason jar and dunk your dogs to create an even coating all around. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Find more 7-day meal plans.
School has been especially stressful this year. Whether you’re still helping your kiddos at home or sending them off to school every morning, here are some fun dinners the whole family will look forward to all day.
Want to make your own plan? Check out our meal plan template.
January Weekly Meal Plans
January is all about starting fresh—and that applies to your meal plans, too! We’re enjoying lots of lightened-up meals, as well as classic comfort foods to keep us warm on cold nights. January is also a great month to experiment in the kitchen, whether that means trying a new global recipe or finally putting your Dutch oven to work. Stay warm out there!
A 7-Day Meal Plan of Healthy Meals
A 7-Day Meal Plan of Winter Dinners
A 7-Day Indian Dinners Meal Plan
A 7-Day Meal Plan of One-Pot Meals
December Weekly Meal Plans
If you ask us, December is the best month of the year. And whether you’re craving something healthy in between bites of Christmas cookies or you need ideas for using up leftovers, these meal plans have you covered. Plus, they’re all easy! (We know you’ve got your hands full with holiday prep).
A 7-Day Meal Plan of Freezer Meals
A 7-Day Meal Plan of Fresh Salads
A 7-Day Meal Plan Between Christmas and New Year’s
A 7-Day Meal Plan Using Leftover Ham
November Weekly Meal Plans
We look forward to November all year long. And while Thanksgiving Day is a major food holiday, the rest of the month doesn’t have to be quite as laborious. That’s why we love these oh-so-simple meal plans for sheet pan suppers, 5-minute meals and more. There’s nothing wrong with taking it easy!
A 7-Day Meal Plan of Sheet Pan Suppers
A 7-Day Meal Plan with Prep-Ahead Soups
A 7-Day Meal Plan with 5-Minute Meals
A 7-Day Meal Plan Using Leftovers
October Weekly Meal Plans
Fall is in full swing, and we are loving seasonal ingredients. This month, incorporate pumpkin, squash, Brussels sprouts and more autumnal produce into your meals. This is also a great month to dig into cozy casseroles and hearty German eats (Hello, Oktoberfest!).
A 7-Day Meal Plan Featuring Fall Flavors
A 7-Day Meal Plan Using a Rotisserie Chicken
A 7-Day German Meal Plan
A 7-Day Meal Plan with Fall Casseroles
10 Recipes with 10 Ingredients
September Weekly Meal Plans
September brings a lot of change—cooler weather, back to school and shorter days. Make the most of it with prep-ahead meals, global eats and plans that incorporate your favorite kitchen appliances.
A 7-Day Meal Plan of September Dinners
A 7-Day Meal Plan Using Appliances
A 7-Day Greek Meal Plan
A 7-Day Meal Plan with Prep-Ahead Casseroles
August Weekly Meal Plans
The dog days of summer are here. Cool off with summer meal plans built around grilled meats, family favorites and simple ingredients. This is a great month to take advantage of peak seasonal produce, too. (We’re serving sliced watermelon with almost every meal!)
A 7-Day Meal Plan for the Summer
A 7-Day Plan Using Marinated Chicken
A 7-Day Asian Meal Plan
A 7-Day School Night Dinner Plan
A 7-Day Italian Meal Plan
July Weekly Meal Plans
Lazy summer days are coming right up. Enjoy easy, no-cook meals, 30-minute plans and more. Plus, since we know your garden is bursting, find creative ways to utilize fresh basil or mushrooms. Our goal is to help you cook less so you can enjoy more time outdoors.
A 7-Day Meal Plan of No-Cook Dinners
A 7-Day 30-Minute Summer Meal Plan
A 7-Day Meal Plan Using Fresh Basil
A 7-Day Meal Plan with Mushrooms
June Weekly Meal Plans
Longer, warmer days have us wanting to eat a little lighter. This month we’re enjoying simple meals and meat-free entrees. At the store (or farmers market!), keep an eye out for tons of fresh summer fruits and leafy greens.
A 7-Day Meal Plan Repeating Favorite Dinners
A 7-Day Meal Plan That Keeps It Simple
A 7-Day Vegetarian Dinners Meal Plan
A 7-Day Meal Plan Using Hard-Boiled Eggs
May Weekly Meal Plans
See ya spring—and hello summer! May is a great transition month and the perfect time to start experimenting with fresh flavors in your kitchen. Put seasonal ingredients to work, like tomatoes and grilled chicken, and enjoy time well spent on the patio.
A 7-Day Meal Plan Using Spaghetti Sauce
A 7-Day Meal Plan with Grilled Chicken
A 7-Day Meal Plan with Theme Nights
A 7-Day Meal Plan Using Summer Produce
April Weekly Meal Plans
A warm up is on the way! Celebrate spring this month with recipes featuring Mediterranean flavors, roast chicken and more. April is also a great month to get thrifty and experiment with making meals out of pantry staples or minimal ingredients. (After all, we’ve been saving up for spring break!)
A 7-Day Meal Plan Using Canned Food
A 7-Day Meal Plan with 4-Ingredient Dinners
A 7-Day Meal Plan Using Taco Meat
A 7-Day Meal Plan With Roast Chicken
A 7-Day Mediterranean Dinners Meal Plan
How do I make my weekly meal plan?
In the mood to make your own meal plan? We suggest starting with a few core ingredients that you can use throughout the week. Roast chicken, for example, can work as a Sunday night dinner, a Monday night taco filling and a Tuesday soup starter. We also recommend picking simple, family-friendly meals. After all, meal planning is supposed to make your life easier—don’t feel pressured to whip up a 27-step gourmet meal after a busy day.
Editor’s tip: If you’re on a budget, use grocery store sale flyers to guide your ingredient selection.
What meals can I cook for a week?
Most meal plans focus on dinner, but you can also meal plan for breakfast and lunch—or all three! To save time, we recommend repeating meals for breakfast and lunch. Overnight oats are a great meal prep option to enjoy all week. And a big batch of grains, roasted veggies and grilled chicken prepared on Sunday can feed you for lunch the entire week.
If you’re looking for meal plans that fit a particular lifestyle, check out our low-carb meal plan, vegetarian meal plan and vegan meal plan. We also have tips for creating a healthy meal plan, too.
Next up: How to Stock Your Pantry According to Our Kitchen Expert
The post Your Weekly Meal Planner appeared first on Taste of Home.