It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. From a hearty but low cal chicken chili to a one pot lasagna, we’ve got five weeknight meals that will get you through the week ahead. So grab a pen, make your shopping list, and stock up before the weekend’s over.
The best way to make #MeatlessMonday a hit with the kids is to pair veggies with noodles. The best way to make #MeatlessMonday a hit with you is to choose a recipe that will cook up in 15 minutes. This 15-Minute Vegetable Lo Mein at Kitschen Cat hits both marks, making this a win for everyone. Major score.
White Chicken Chili | Kim’s Cravings
The White Chicken Chili at Kim’s Cravings that we found while gathering family-friendly dinners under 500 calories is not only hearty, but it comes in at just 189 calories per cup. Whoa! And no diet food here, just simple lean protein, beans, and veg cooked up in a flavorful broth. For the kids — or you, too, if you aren’t particularly concerned with calorie count — serve this with rice or tortilla chips and topped with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Yum.
Every week should include a sheet pan meal, because it doesn’t get easier. Add to that super quick-cooking shrimp and you’ve got an easy and fast meal. These One Pan Shrimp Fajitas at No. 2 Pencil are as family-friendly as it gets. Well, so long as your kids eat shrimp. If not, you can easily adapt this using chicken or just vegetables, like filling sweet potato wedges.
Okay, let’s talk Instant Pot. We haven’t gone there much, but I know it’s all the rage and, well, I’m guessing that many of you got one over the holidays. If so, give this Instant Pot Picadillo at SkinnyTaste a try. And no worries if you don’t have one: Gina also serves up slow cooker and skillet versions, both of which are simple and quick too. Phew.
I know we’re all healthy resolutions and eating light, but a cold, winter Friday calls for this genius One Pan Lasagna from the Keepers cookbook shared at Food52. This recipe got tons of buzz when Keepers first came out because it’s a truly easy lasagna that comes together, from start to finish, in 45 minutes — not an easy feat. It’s no surprise then, that Food52 picked it as one of their favorite recipes published on their site in 2016. Give it a try and you’ll understand why.