It’s time to get a head start on your meal plan for next week. From a lighter take on Chicken Parmesan to make-your-own Soba Noodle Bowls, we’ve got 5 easy weeknight meals that will get you through next week. So grab a pen, make your shopping list, and stock up before the weekend’s over.

Top: Skillet Chicken Caprese at Little Broken | Build-Your-Own Soba Noodle Bowls at Camille Styles

Related: Meal plan: 5 easy dinners from Turkey Zucchini Burgers to Quinoa Tacos.


Make #MeatlessMonday fun with this interactive Build-Your-Own Soba Noodle Bowl dinner. This might make it onto every weekly meal plan! | Camille Styles

As always, we’re kicking the week off with a #MeatlessMonday recipe. If you can already hear your family groaning about a vegetarian dinner, surprise them with this interactive build-your-own Soba Noodle Bowl recipe at Camille Styles. The prep is easy for you and everyone can customize their dinner to suit their own tastes. Perfect.

Related: 8 kid friendly vegetarian recipes for #MeatlessMonday.


On this week's Cool Mom Eats meal plan, a 20-minute summery take on Chicken Parmesan: Easy Skillet Chicken Caprese | Little Broken

I love Chicken Parmesan—like really love it—but it’s just so heavy. This easy Skillet Chicken Caprese at Little Broken is the perfect summer solution. A lighter, 20-minute take on the classic, this gives you all of the flavor without nearly the heft (or calories). Plus, fresh summer tomatoes. Yum.


On this week's Cool Mom Eats meal plan: One Pot Jambalaya at Food Faith Fitness

Like most busy home cooks, I’m a sucker for easy one-pot meals and this naturally gluten-free One-Pot Jambalaya at Food Faith Fitness is no exception. After a simple prep, this cooks up in 30-40 minutes, with minimal oversight from you. If that’s too long for night-of prep, then consider whipping this up earlier in the day or even the morning, while the kids pour themselves some cereal—jambalaya is just as delicious at room temperature.


Thai Style Coconut and Shrimp Curry is on this week's Cool Mom Eats meal plan (and maybe next week's too!) | Brooklyn Supper

Light and fast, this Thai-Style Coconut Milk and Shrimp Curry at Brooklyn Supper has all the makings of a perfect quick summer meal. A ton of herbs, fresh lemongrass, and coconut rice give this big flavor. And don’t worry if you can’t find lemongrass (or maybe don’t even know what it is; it’s not all that common here in the States), substitute a mixture of minced ginger and lemon zest.

Related: How to cook with frozen shrimp, the ultimate time-saving protein.


A simple, festive way to ring in a summer weekend: Steak with Sweet and Sour Peppers from the Make It Easy Cookbook by Stacie Billis

Friday calls for a celebration, summer style. Fire up the grill to make this Steak with Sweet and Sour Peppers from my own cookbook, Make It Easy: 120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook From Scratch with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them. You can make this simple, but decadent meal entirely from scratch, using fresh summer bell peppers or use a store-bought shortcut to make cooking go even faster. Either way, shake up a rose wine cocktail, sit back, and ease into the weekend.