It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. From a slow cooker enchilada casserole to majorly upgraded fish sticks, we’ve got five dinners that will get you through the busy week ahead. 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: Slow Cooker Quinoa Enchilada Casserole at Jessica in the Kitchen | Southern Fried Catfish at Cooks with Soul

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Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Slow Cooker Quinoa Enchilada Casserole at Jessica in the Kitchen

The Slow Cooker Quinoa Enchilada Casserole at Jessica in the Kitchen has all the makings of a successful #MeatlessMonday meal. It’s hearty, kid-friendly, super healthy, and easy to make (hello, slow cooker). Also, you’ll have leftovers, which is always a bonus. The recipe is written to be vegan, but you can easily use regular cheese and sour cream if dairy is okay with your family.


Food blogs for families that you should read in 2018 at Cool Mom Eats: Beef Tostadas at Nibbles and Feasts

 Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tostadas | Nibbles and Feasts 

Keep the slow cooker out, because we’re putting it to work for #TacoTuesday too. (Or should it be #TostadaTuesday?) The Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tostadas at Nibbles and Feasts have been on my mind ever since Kate mentioned them in her post on food blogs for families that you should be reading in 2018. They look delicious and like the kind of recipe that might just end up in regular rotation in my house.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Salmon Fish Sticks at Cooks with Soul

Every once and a while, I love giving a classic kid’s dish an upgrade. It makes my boys happy and, honestly, serves up a bit of comfort to me too. With this recipe for Southern Fried Catfish at Cooks with Soul, I don’t have to do the work since Krysten and Marrekus have done it for us! Serve this very simple, very satisfying recipe along side a big salad or pile of broccoli slaw and get over that Wednesday hump, no problem.

Related: How I prep my family’s dinners for the week in under two hours.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Instant Pot Chicken and Spinach Ramen at Half Baked Harvest

 Better for You Instant Pot Chicken and Spinach Ramen | Half Baked Harvest

I’m pretty much obsessed with every recipe that Caroline found for her round up of skinny Instant Pot recipes, but the Instant Pot Chicken and Spinach Ramen at Half Baked Harvest is first on my to-make list. I cannot wait to try this exactly as is, but as you read the recipe, keep in mind that it is easily adapted. You can swap in different types of noodles, skip the bacon, use pork instead of chicken, skip meat all together, swap in different veggies, and so on. Make this your own, over and over and over.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Homemade Tomato Soup (perfect for pairing with a dinner-worthy grilled cheese sandwich!) at Amanda's Plate

I know that it hasn’t been freezing cold everywhere, but uh, pretty close to it. So I’m saying that Friday calls for major winter comfort (that works in warmer climates too) with this easy, wholesome Tomato Soup at Amanda’s Plate that you can pair with your favorite dinner-worthy grilled cheese sandwich. The soup recipe calls for fresh in-season tomatoes and, well, it’s not the time. But you can easily swap in vine-ripened hot-house tomatoes if they look good at your market or high-quality whole-peeled canned tomatoes.