It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week and we’re keeping it super easy, because Thanksgiving! From a quick #MeatlessMonday bowl to the perfect Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich, we’ve got five dinners that will get you through next week, the holiday and all! So grab a pen, make your shopping list, and stock up before the weekend’s over. And if it’s easier for you to do that from your inbox, be sure to sign up for our weekly meal plan emails.
Top: Sweet Potato Taco Bowls at Chelsea’s Messy Apron | Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Panini at Just a Little Bit of Bacon
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We’re starting the week off with a #MeatlessMonday meal that’s hearty, but light — because you know what’s coming — and easy to prep ahead. You can also adapt these Sweet Potato Taco Bowls at Chelsea’s Messy Apron to use whatever you have on hand, that way you don’t have to go out of your way to grab specific ingredients. We image there will already be enough of that this week.
These Fish Sandwiches — a 15-minute meal from Jamie Oliver — are perfect for Thanksgiving week: they’re light, kid-friendly, easy to make, and super quick. If you don’t like mushy peas, skip that part and the recipe is even easier! But, if you ask me, having the veg built in to an already quick and easy recipe sounds like a huge relief.
The night before Thanksgiving calls for hot dogs! Yup, I’m going there. They may not be the healthiest counterbalance to the next day’s meal, but they’re fun and crazy easy, especially if you have family in town and are feeding a crowd. I’m loving these Dogos at Chicano Eats, a recipe that snazzes up hot dogs without a whole lot of extra work. Perfect for feeding your crew the night before a big cooking day.
Related: Six 30-minute dinners that really cook in 30 minutes or less.
Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Panini | Just a Little Bit of Bacon
So, no dinner for Thursday, but on Friday it’s all about the leftovers. Make sure you set aside (or pack up and bring home) enough turkey and cranberry sauce to make the fantastic-looking Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Panini that we found at Just a Little Bit of Bacon while rounding up Thanksgiving leftover recipes last year.
Cajun Chicken Pasta | The Pioneer Woman
Just because we’re not meal planning for Thursday doesn’t mean that we’ll leave you high and dry with only four recipes. We serve up five recipes every week and this one is no different. So for Saturday, make sure to stock up on what you need to have on hand for the Cajun Chicken Pasta at The Pioneer Woman that we featured in our round up of 30-minute meals. If Thanksgiving is at your house, count on using leftover turkey. Otherwise, grab some chicken or skip the meat all together — it’s not like we won’t have gotten enough this week. Then dinner will be ready in a snap.