It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. From a San Antonio specialty to Mama’s Arroz con Pollo, 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: Crispy Dogs at Sweet Life | Mama’s Arroz con Pollo at Ambitious Kitchen

Related: The only 6 chicken dinner recipes you’ll ever need.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Instant Pot Vegan Burrito Bowls at Detoxinista

If you ask me, the easiest way to go vegan on #MeatlessMonday is to make a recipe that includes the word burrito. Mexican flavors, avocado, and salsa make nearly anything an easy sell in my house. If the same is true in yours, these Instant Pot Vegan Quinoa Burrito Bowls at Detoxinista will be a win. And hey, if vegan isn’t your thing, top these with some shredded pepper jack cheese and sour cream too. Yum.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Mama's Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo) at Ambitious Kitchen

I love this recipe for Mama’s Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo) at Ambitious Kitchen. It’s a perfect example of how healthy ingredients can come together to create bold flavor. While the recipe cooks fairly quickly, you should note that there is a lot of spice measuring (easy, but will take a few minutes) and you’ll have to chop garlic, pepper, onion, and cilantro (also fairly easy, but perhaps more time consuming than you’d expect if you’re slow in the kitchen or have a dull knife).

Pro tip: To help cut down on prep time tonight, cut extra peppers and onions for this recipe while you’re cutting them for the burrito bowls on Monday night.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Citrus Salmon and Beet Salad at Beautiful Eats and Things

This Citrus Salmon and Beet Salad at Beautiful Eats and Things is the bright, sunny meal that I want on my table right now. (Will it make the weather bright and sunny too?!) Simple, healthy, and quick to pull together, you can even make the salmon ahead of time. The recipe calls for canned beets, but I find the ones that are vacuumed sealed even tastier and easy to find these days. Some even come infused with flavor.

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


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta at Apron Strings

 One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta | Apron Strings

Can you possibly beat throwing pasta, water, and sauce ingredients into a pot, turning on the heat, and walking away until dinner is done? No, you can’t, which is why we love the One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta at Apron Strings that we featured — and keep coming back to — in our round up of best spring pasta recipes. Make it once and become a believer too.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Crispy Dog recipe by Vianney Rodriguez at Sweet Life Bake

Move over pizza and burgers, there’s a new Friday night treat in town! I’m obsessed with trying these Crispy Dogs at Sweet Life, which are apparently a San Antonio treat. Vianney describes them as a cross between a corn dog and a flauta, which should be enough said, but let me also be clear that there is cheese involved. If this doesn’t scream Friday night dinner to you, too, I give up.

Okay, I won’t really give up, but I do think you should  make these.