It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. From creamy vegan ramen to a lemony one-pan chicken dinner, 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: Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner | Cooking Light

Related: A week of easy dinners using our favorite shortcut: A store-bought rotisserie chicken.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Vegan Ramen with Creamy Sesame Broth | Cilantro and Citronella

The Vegan Ramen with Creamy Sesame Broth at Cilantro & Citronella strikes me as the perfect #MeatlessMonday way to start the week. An easy meal that’s sure to satisfy the grownups — and noodles that will make the kids happy — this dinner comes together in just 30 minutes. If you can’t find fresh ramen noodles, buy a bunch of packaged ramen, but be sure to throw out those flavor packets. You surely won’t need them.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Chicken Dinner | Cooking Light

This Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet Dinner at Cooking Light is the meal we all need right now. Aside from the fact that it’s a one-pot dinner that cooks in just 30 minutes, it’s also a great transitional meal: cozy and warming for chilly evenings, but brightly flavored and packed with green veggies because spring is near. And did I mention that it’s a one-pan dinner that cooks in just 30 minutes? Just making sure.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Butter Lemon Garlic Shrimp | Rasa Malaysia

Will you ever tire of hearing me preach the wonders of shrimp? It’s one of our favorite proteins to keep on hand for good reasons, and the Brown Butter Lemon Garlic Shrimp at Rasa Malaysia is just one of the many utterly delicious and super quick dinners that you can make if you have shrimp in your freezer at the ready. And when I say quick, I mean it: This takes 15 minutes to cook. Steam rice and broccoli at the same time, and dinner’s done.

Related: 7 family-friendly dinners under 500 calories.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Turmeric Roasted Pork Loin | She Simmers

If this Turmeric Roasted Pork Loin at She Simmers is as good as I’m betting it will be, you’ll get more than a go-to recipe. Since the marinade is one that Leela also uses for roasting chicken, you’ll technically get two recipes out of it. Also, if you like Thai food and aren’t familiar with She Simmers or Leela’s books, heading over there will introduce you to what just might become one of your new favorite recipe sources. This pork loin is just a gateway drug to a whole world of mouthwatering Thai home cooking.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Salad Pizza by Jenny Rosenstrach | photo by Bobbi Lin for Bon Appetit

Salad Pizza photo credit: Bobbi Lin for Bon Appetit

Okay, here’s a crazy idea for pizza Friday: put a salad on it! I know, I know. You think it’ll be a hard sell, but this Salad Pizza recipe comes from one of our family dinner heroes, Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner a Love Story. If she says that you should give it a go, we agree. And, honestly, my kids would totally dig this, so I say it’s possible! If you’re not sold, hop on over to DALS anyway since the same page with the Salad Pizza recipe also has nine other of Jenny’s favorite quick dinner recipes. You’ll definitely find something there.