It’s time to get a head start on your meal plan for next week. From a one-bowl vegan dinner that the kids will love to the most delicious pork chops, we’ve got five weeknight dinners that will get you through the week. So grab a pen, make your shopping list, and stock up before the weekend’s over.
Top: Pork Chops with Roasted Pears, Sage, and Shallots at Simple Bites | Spinach Basil Pesto Risotto by Heather Christo at Pioneer Woman | Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast, Photo by Melina Hammer for The New York Times
Spinach Basil Pesto Risotto | Heather Christo at Pioneer Woman
We’re kicking off #MeatlessMonday this week with my favorite of all the kid-friendly vegan dinners we rounded up. I love this recipe for vegan Spinach Basil Pesto Risotto by Heather Christo at Pioneer Woman and make it nearly weekly because it’s so easy. And a one-bowl meal packed with spinach that my kids gobble up? I’m in. And remember: If dairy is okay in your house, you can always add cheese too.
Are you enjoying the flavors of autumn as much as I am? I’m loving apples and cider, pumpkin and, with this recipe, pears and shallots too. But more than its great flavor, this recipe for Pork Chops with Roasted Pears, Sage, and Shallots at Simple Bites is simple to prepare. Serve these with a side of rice or mashed potatoes (sweet potatoes if you’re like me!) and fall dinner perfection is done.
Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast | Photo by Melina Hammer for The New York Times
I’m obsessed with this recipe for Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast by Sam Sifton at The New York Times. What is Mississippi Roast, you ask? It’s the most delicious pulled beef recipe that comes together in the slow cooker after all of four minutes of prep if you skip the browning step. And, yes, it will still be delicious if you do. Trust me: I know, having made this many times. Serve over egg noddles with a side of steamed broccoli. Yum.
Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps | Nicole Perry for PopSugar
By Thursday, it’s time for a dinner pick-me-up and these Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps at PopSugar are just the thing to get everyone excited for the end of the week. They come together in about 20 minutes and are fun to eat too. If you think that your family will need more heft, add a side of rice. Easy breezy.
Mediterranean Spiced Salmon and Vegetable Quinoa | Jessica Gavin
Caroline recently shared her tips for how to cook salmon perfectly (as in, no more oozing white stuff) and included this recipe for Mediterranean Spiced Salmon and Vegetable Quinoa by Jessica Gavin that is an end-of-week lifesaver. Follow our instructions for how to cook quinoa perfectly and you have a perfectly healthy meal that means you can have a less than perfectly healthy dessert. (That’s how it works, right?)