It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. From a creamy vegetarian white chili to crunchy black bean tacos, we’ve got five weeknight dinners that will get you through the week ahead. So grab a pen, make your shopping list, and stock up before the weekend’s over.

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Related: 5 more easy weekday recipes, from easy mango noodles to DIY Shake ‘n Bake.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Creamy Vegetarian White Chili at Vegetarian Ventures

I usually cook Tex-Mex for #MeatlessMonday because rice, beans, and cheese go a long way to make up for missing meat. But chili is another great way to go and this Creamy Vegetarian White Chili at Vegetarian Ventures (above & top) is calling my name. Hearty, flavorful, and bursting with protein from beans, this fantastic recipes will make kids — okay, and parents — happy with a side of chips and diced avocado on top. Also, this is easy to make vegan if you prefer.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Baked Spinach Macaroni at Peapod's recipe site,

Can you think of anything better than a meal that preps in one minute, cooks in 25 minutes, and is also kid-friendly? I can’t either, which is why this Baked Spinach Macaroni at Peapod’s recipe site,, makes the cut for this week’s meal plan. Make a double batch of this one, because leftovers will make a mean school lunch later in the week and will also freeze well.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Slow Cooker Carnitas from Make It Easy cookbook by Stacie Billis

All it takes is four ingredients, five minutes to prep, and a slow cooker that does all the work to make these delicious Slow Cooker Carnitas 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. Dinner doesn’t get easier or more versatile. Turn these into tacos, burrito bowls, or a simple platter with rice, beans, and sliced avocado.



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Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Cutlets | Simply Recipes

 Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Cutlets | Simply Recipes

These Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Cutlets at Simply Recipes made it onto Jane’s list of go-to chicken recipes for fall because of how quickly they cook (in 15 minutes!) and how much her family loves them (a lot!). So we’re giving it a try, too, because I’m pretty sure I’ll feel the same way. And lighter than Chicken Parm!


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Crunchy Black Bean Tacos from Love Your Leftovers cookbook by Nick Evans at The Kitchn

Crunchy Black Bean Tacos | Photo by Nick Evans for The Kitchn

This recipe for Crunchy Black Bean Tacos from Love Your Leftovers by Nick Evans featured at The Kitchn looks like a major kid winner. The quick cooking method turns out tacos that are somewhere between the hard shell variety and quesadillas. Which, now that I think about it, makes it sound like a major parent winner too. Don’t you just love when everyone is happy with dinner? Oh, and PRO TIP: Use leftover beans from carnitas night to make this dead easy.