It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. From 35-minute lemony chicken cutlets to sheet pan quesadillas, 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: 35-Minute Chicken Piccata at Munchkin Time | Sheet Pan Cheesy Beef Quesadillas at Whisk It Real Gud 

Related: Easy, on-the-go dinners for when you’re going to/from after school activities.

 

Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Pesto Asparagus Egg Skillet at Naturally Ella

I rarely say this, because I like most vegetables, but… I’m not a big fan of asparagus. Since I don’t cook it often, it’ll come as no surprise that my kids don’t like it much either. The one exception is shaved asparagus. There’s something about thin wisps of the normally astringent stalk that makes it palatable for us. Then toss in pesto, one of our favorite sauces, and you quite possibly have a winning meal, which is why I can’t wait to try this Pesto Asparagus Egg Skillet at Naturally Ella for #MeatlessMonday.

Tis the season to give this a try, and I have a feeling it might actually win us over.

 

Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: One-Pot Creamy Tuscan Garlic Spaghetti at Creme de la Crumb

It’s no secret how much we love a good one-pot pasta. Just throw everything together, turn on the heat, and dinner’s done in 20 minutes. For this One-Pot Creamy Tuscan Garlic Spaghetti at Creme de la Crumb, if you buy the mushrooms pre-sliced, all you have to do in the way of prep is chop one onion, mince about one clove of garlic , and run your knife through two roasted red peppers. Done and done!

 

Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: 35 Minute Chicken Piccata at Munchkin Time

This 35-Minute Chicken Piccata at Munchkin Time had me at 35 minutes — because you can’t beat a flavorful weeknight meal cooked in that time. But truth be told, you get more than that when you click over. The clear directions and step-by-step photos can be used to make any simple chicken cutlet sautéed with a pan sauce. So follow this recipe once (or maybe three times, because yum), and then get creative with whatever ingredients you have on hand. This recipe is a keeper that keeps on giving.

Related: 5 pretzel crusted dinner recipes that are mom tested, kid approved.

Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Shrimp Scampi Skewers at Gimme Some Oven

If you’ve been using our meal plans for a while, you know that I’m a sucker for shrimp scampi. But now that the weather is warming up, these Shrimp Scampi Skewers at Gimme Some Oven are the perfect version because you can put shrimp scampi on the grill! How perfect is that?! Serve these with grilled veggies and a side of rice, pasta, or pasta salad for more backyard BBQ vibes, and eat outside wth a glass of rosé, of course. (Wine for grown ups only, of course.)

 

Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Sheet Pan Cheesy Beef Quesadillas at Whisk It Real Gud

Okay, these Sheet Pan Cheesy Beef Quesadillas at Whisk It Real Gud are sheer genius. Quesadillas. Made on a sheet pan! Why isn’t this done as a matter of course? April suggests this for a crowd and she’s right that it makes sense to do this for a party. But I also think it’s a great way to handle family dinner, especially if you have a large family. But even if you don’t, leftovers are always welcome.

Or maybe this coming Friday one of your kids is having a sleepover like at my house. I can think of nothing that will make the gaggle of boys that will descend on my house happier than this dinner… except this dinner followed by a late night showing of Avengers: Infinity War. I think I just won parent of the year. That is, if I can score those movie tickets.

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