It’s time to get a head start on your meal plan for next week. From a 30-minute skillet chili to the most genius use of tater tots, 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: Vegetarian Skillet Chili, photo by Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times | Gyro Burgers at The Candid Appetite | Black Bean Beef Chow Mein at i am food blog

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Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: This Vegetarian Skillet Chili only takes 30 minutes and is a great way to introduce #MeatlessMonday to picky eaters | The New York Times (photo: Andrew Scrivani)

Vegetarian Skillet Chili | Photo by Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

If you’ve been looking for an easy, kid-friendly way to introduce #MeatlessMonday to your kids, this Vegetarian Skillet Chili at The New York Times is it. And it comes together in 30-minutes. If you can manage it, don’t skip the quick pickled red onions—they make a big difference, for the not-picky eaters, at least.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Move over stir-fry, this quick and tasty Black Bean Chow Mien is in the house. Deliciousness in 25 minutes flat! | i am food blog

I admit that the recipe for this Black Bean Beef Chow Mein at i am food blog may have you shopping for some ingredients that you’ve never used before, but they should be pretty easy to find in the international aisle of your local supermarkets and are totally worth it. Plus, once you get everything you need, this recipe only takes 25 minutes to cook, which means you’ll want to make it again and again, putting those new ingredients to good use.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Garlicky Spaghetti with Lemons, Capers and Almonds - so quick, easy and elegant, all at once. | Two Red Bowls

This Garlicky Spaghetti with Lemon, Capers and Almonds at Two Red Bowls is right up my alley. Dead simple, an interesting but easy combination of ingredients, and quick. Oh, and pasta, which means that everyone will get in on this action. If your kids won’t eat capers, try olives or just skip them all together, at least for them.

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Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Put a twist on traditional burgers with this recipe for Gyro Burgers at A Candid Appetite

I’m a sucker for any twist on burgers and, being a good Greek girl, these Gyro Burgers at The Candid Appetite look especially good. These are made with ground turkey, but feel free to substitute ground lamb if you like. If your family likes lamb, it’ll make these an especially delicious (and more authentic!) meal.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Tater Tot Chicken Pot Hotpot - perhaps the most genius use of tater tots ever. | My Name is Yeh

Tater Tot Chicken Pot Hotdish at My Name is Yeh will take a little more time than the 20-30 minutes that I usually devote to weeknight meals, but not so much more that I can pass up the opportunity to serve up tater tots this way. Genius, right? And surely the makings of a hit with the whole family. This is the perfect way to usher in a cozy fall weekend.