It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. From a 10-minute Lunar New Year noodle dish to a one skillet wonder  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: 5-Minute Scallion Fat Noodles at Lady & Pups | Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet at The Kitchn (Photo Maria Siriano)

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


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: 5-Minute Scallion Fat Noodles | Lady & Pups

Mandy at Lady & Pups calls this recipe 5-Minute Scallion Fat Noodles, but I say that they’ll take 10 minutes because family life. It’s a perfect recipe to pull out this weekend if you want to celebrate Chinese New Year. Or, leave it for Monday when you’ll need a super quick meal, and cook a more involved recipe for the Lunar New Year this weekend. You’ll find fantastic lists of Chinese New Year recipes at both China Sichuan Food and Omnivore’s Cookbook.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta | Photo by Alex Lau for Bon Appetit

Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta | Photo by Alex Lau for Bon Appetit 

This Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta at Bon Appetit is so simple that it’s a part of their series “Cooking Without Recipes.” Don’t worry, though, there are instructions included. And if you’re also worried about your children not eating cauliflower, lot of cheese and pasta are included as well. I know that goes without saying, given the recipe’s title, but I think it bears repeating.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Honey Pecan Crusted Salmon | Meiko and the Dish

One 10-minute dinner and one meal so easy that it doesn’t need a formal recipe so far… who am I to make things more complicated at this point. (And for a Wednesday, no less!) I’m going to keep things simple with a 15-minute dinner: Honey Pecan Crusted Salmon at Meiko and the Dish. Not only does this meal come together super fast, but it calls for just a handful of ingredients, most of which are probably already in your pantry.

Related: 5 brilliant cooking shortcuts everyone should know.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet | Photo by Maria Siriano for The Kitchn

Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet | Photo by Maria Siriano for The Kitchn

This one-pot Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet at The Kitchn is a fast, easy, comfort wonder. It’s also a great recipe for leftovers, so if you have a skillet large enough, consider increasing the recipe by half so that you have extra for packed lunches the next day.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Southwestern Taco Pizza | What's Gaby Cooking

What does Friday night in mid-February call for? A pizza-taco night mash up, is what! And leave it to Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking to serve it up just right with her Southwestern Taco Pizza recipe. Hit your local pizzeria for some pizza dough (and get real dough, not one of those already baked supermarket crusts, please), some beans, corn, and the rest of the ingredients on Gaby’s delicious — and gloriously short — list. Then, assemble, bake, and Friday hard.

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