It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. From a sheet-pan dinner that cooks in less than 20 to a One-Pot Taco Pasta, 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: Sheet-Pan Lemon Harissa Baked Shrimp | Bright Roots Kitchen
One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta | photo by Joe Lingeman for Kitchn 

Related: 5 genius ways frozen vegetables can save weeknight dinners.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Grilled Peach and Halloumi Kebabs at My New Roots

 Grilled Halloumi and Peach Kebabs | My New Roots

Monday is Memorial Day, but that doesn’t mean that we have to give up #MeatlessMonday. Caroline recently rounded up tons of great vegetarian cookout ideas that even meat lovers will love with plenty of options to choose from (hint: no lame veggie burgers allowed). I personally have my eyes on the Grilled Halloumi and Peach Kebabs at My New Roots, which look like start-of-summer perfection.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Sheet Pan Lemon Harissa Shrimp at Bright Roots Kitchen

This Easy Sheet-Pan Lemon Harissa Baked Shrimp at Bright Roots Kitchen preps in about ten minutes and cooks in seven, making it a weeknight lifesaver. I love that Ashley doesn’t rely solely on harissa for flavor, but also doesn’t make this overcomplicated. In fact, it’s pretty easy and flexible. Don’t have basil? Use mint. Cinnamon too sweet for you? Try allspice. And instead of zucchini, Ashley gives other veggie options that work as well.

Oh, and don’t be scared of harissa. The Moroccan pepper condiment is growing in popularity and can now be found both spicy and mild in many mainstream markets and at Trader Joe’s too.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Chicken Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai recipe at White On Rice Couple

I have a confession: I gave up on zoodles because I got tired of making them. And honestly, my sauces kept getting watery too. Even when the kids manned the spiralizer, they just never felt worth the effort. But now that zucchini noodles are easy to grab pre-made at the market and I’ve found this recipe for Chicken Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai with a how-to video at White on Rice Couple, a trusted source, I’m ready to jump back in. I have a feeling that these will come out right, with minimal effort and maximum flavor.

As it should be.

Related: A creamy vegan Green Goddess salad dressing that will be your family’s new obsession. We swear.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Grilled Lamb Loin Chops with Mint Pesto at Foodness Gracious

Now that it’s grilling season, I plan on cooking outside as much as possible. If you do, too, I hope that you’ll join me in going beyond burgers, dogs, and steak. Don’t fret: We’ll cook up plenty of those, too, but I also want to cook up simple dinners that expand my family’s normal grill repertoire like these Lamb Loin Chops with Mint Pesto at Foodness Gracious.

Simple, fresh, and fast, this effortlessly elegant dinner goes as well with a fancy glass of Syrah as it does with an ice cold Pale Ale, which sounds perfect right about now.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: One Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta at Kitchn | Photo by Joe Lingeman

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta | Joe Lingeman for Kitchn 

If Friday calls for anything, it calls for something cheesy. And tacos. And something easy to cook and clean. So basically, Friday calls for this One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta from our friends at Kitchn. The recipe calls for corn in the mix and avocado on top, which counts as plenty of dinner veg, especially if you serve this with a salad on the side. Boom, and dinner’s done.