It’s time to start thinking about your meal plan for next week! From a one-pot chicken dinner (yay for less cleanup!) to an easy, end-of-summer taco bar, we’ve got five dinners that will get you through the week ahead. So grab a pen, make your shopping list, and stock up on ingredients before the weekend’s over to make your weeknights that much easier.

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At top: Lemon Butter Chicken at Kids Eat by Shanai | Roasted Red Pepper Soup at Inside the Rustic Kitchen

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Weekly meal plan: Roasted Red Pepper Soup at Inside the Rustic Kitchen

As you’re easing back into a busy week with work and school, we think this simple, savory Roasted Red Pepper Soup at Inside the Rustic Kitchen is a great plan for dinner. You can even prep it ahead of time and reheat it for dinner, then serve with one of our favorite grilled cheese sandwiches.

Weekly meal plan: Taco Bar at What's Gaby Cooking?

Taco Tuesday means it’s Taco Bar time, and you don’t get better than this one at What’s Gaby Cooking? Her guac recipe is amazing (it’s called “the Best Guacamole EVER” for a reason) and I love the idea of giving the kids a couple of proteins to choose from. Mmm…Can Taco Tuesday just be every night? Yes? Great.

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Weekly meal plan: Lemon Butter Chicken at Kids Eat by Shanai

Yay for easy one-pot dinners! Keep the middle of the week sane with this Lemon Butter Chicken at Kids Eat by Shanai. Throw it all in the pot, set it to bake, and serve up a simple dinner that’s still packed full of flavor. And no, those picky kids never have to know that their chicken actually touched their potatoes at one point.

Weekly meal plan: Coconut Korma Sauce at Vegan Richa

My kids adore Indian food, probably because it’s so flavorful. Since my husband and I eat primarily vegan, this Veggie Coconut Korma Sauce at Vegan Richa is perfect for us. But we can also get a rotisserie chicken to shred up and add to some of the sauce for the kids, since they’d probably like theirs better with chicken than cauliflower. Go figure.

Weekly meal plan: Instant Pot Ribs at Yay for Food

Bring on the weekend on Friday night with these Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs with Cherry Chipotle Sauce at Yay for Food. You don’t have to wait until the weekend to make these because, Instant Pot! They’ll cook in a flash, and they’re not nearly as intimidating as a “cherry chipotle sauce” might make it sound. In fact, it only has 6 ingredients, most of which you probably already have around your kitchen. Invite the friends over get the weekend started right.

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