It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week. From a Middle Eastern twist on meatballs to One Pan Jambalaya, 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: Beef Kofta Kebabs at The Foodie Physician | One Pan Jambalaya at Rachel Schultz

Related: 10 homemade dips and dressing that make an easy meal — just add veggies.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Pasta alla Norma at Food52

#MeatlessMonday has become synonymous with vegan and hardcore vegetarian meals, but one easy way to get your omnivore family on board is to go old school, with a simple meatless pasta dinner like this Pasta alla Norma at Food52. This classic dish made with eggplant and plenty of melt-in-your-mouth ricotta salata is so delicious, that its lack of meat is hardly the point, served on Monday or any other day of the week.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Skillet Chicken Suiza at Bev Cooks

Enchiladas are one of my great pleasures, but sometimes, rolling them up — one by one — on a weeknight is just too much. That’s when this recipe for Skillet Chicken Suiza with Cilantro Brown Rice at Bev Cooks comes in handy. It’s got all of the big flavor of enchilada suizas without nearly the amount of work. Perfect!


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Beef Kofta at The Foodie Physician

If your family loves meatballs and you’re hoping to expand their culinary horizons, these Beef Kofta Kebabs with Tzatziki at The Foodie Physician are the perfect recipe for you. With just a simple flavor twist on a traditional beef meatballs, these grilled ground beef kebabs are familiar enough to have high kid appeal, while also introducing them to a Middle Eastern staple. Serve them with pita bread or rice pilaf and a chopped salad for a fresh, easy meal.

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


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: One Pan Jambalaya at Rachel Schultz

Maybe it’s because we have family in New Orleans, but my boys love Jambalaya. The thing is, if my brother-in-law isn’t around to help make it, this mama isn’t cooking it. Well, that is, until I found this easy recipe for One Pan Jambalaya by Rachel Schultz. Now… Jambalaya for all, whenever the boys want it.


Cool Mom Eats weekly meal plan: Green Goddess Pesto Pizza at Kale and Caramel

Pizza Friday is getting a serious upgrade thanks to Lily at Kale and Caramel. Her Green Goddess Pesto Pizza with Fresh Peas and Feta has my mouth watering! And, yes, I know that not every kid is into such a green meal, but many kids do love pesto and with that fresh flavor front and center, I think this pie could be a big win. If not, well, more for us grownups, right?

If you want to save time, you can always buy the dough at your local pizzeria. And while you can, of course, also buy pre-made pesto, I suggest following Lily’s recipe. It’s worth it, especially since you can even make it ahead of time!