It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. From a savory and very adaptable Dutch Baby to Chicken Parm sliders, 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: Vietnamese Pork Meatballs at Eat Little Bird

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Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Linguine with Green Olive Sauce with Zesty Bread Crumbs | Photo by Linda Xiao Bon Appetite

Linguine with Green Olive Sauce and Zesty Breadcrumbs | Photo by Linda Xiao for Bon Appétit 

If you’ve never had a pasta with crunchy breadcrumbs on top you’re about to have your mind blown. It’s one of my favorite ever preparations. Also, you can tell picky eaters who turn their noses up at the green herby sauce with olives that this Linguine with Green Olive Sauce and Zesty Breadcrumbs at Bon Appétit is basically bread on pasta. How can they complain about that?! Also, notice that the sauce can be made one day ahead of time.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Vietnamese Pork Meatballs | Eat Little Bird

One of my favorite trips was to Vietnam and — surprise, surprise — my best memories are of eating street food. Bun cha, Vietnamese Pork Meatballs, are a popular dish that you can get throughout the country and are often sold with fried spring rolls, among other things. I love this homemade version at Eat Little Bird because they are fairly simple to whip up, but still capture the big flavor of the grilled version I ate all around Hanoi.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Maple Salmon with Fennel and Tomatoes | Sugar et al

I suspect that the Roasted Maple Salmon with Fennel and Tomatoes at Sugar et al was originally intended as a fall meal since it also calls for pumpkin (i.e., squash), but if you eliminate the squash, it totally fits as an easy, spring, sheet pan dinner. If you’re not convinced, though, the good news is that the post includes three simple and quick weeknight salmon recipes, so you’ll have two other options to choose from. Score!

Related: A new and better way to serve family dinner that you may not have thought of.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Goat Cheese and Tomato Dutch Baby | Seasons and Suppers

I’ve recently re-discovered the my love for the handy Dutch Baby, a quick and easy German-style pancake that’s more like a popover than the kind of pancakes most American children are used to. While they are typically made sweet, you can make them savory, too, like this Tomato and Goat Cheese Dutch Baby at Seasons and Suppers.

Think of this as a version of breakfast for dinner, but with the ability to more easily add vegetables (I know it’s a fruit, but nutrient-dense avocado would be great on this too) — and even bacon, if you want. In fact, I’d even add a fried egg on top!


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Chicken Parmesan Slider | Just A Taste

If you ask me, this has been a pretty healthy week. (Right?!) So Friday calls for these tasty, easy Chicken Parmesan Sliders at Just A Taste. (RIGHT?!) The recipe calls for homemade or store-bought sauce, and I say definitely go for a high-quality store-bought if you don’t have homemade already on hand. Because you deserve the extra time to pour a glass of rosé and enjoy the fact that spring is finally here to stay. Even in NYC. Phew!