It’s Friday, which means we’re here to help you start planning your meals for next week! From a Meatless Monday idea to some dishes that let you keep using that grill as long as you can, 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: Skillet Chicken Pot Pie from Garden in the Kitchen, Vegan Meatball Subs from Nora Cooks

Related: Another great weekly meal plan including a one-pot chicken dinner
and roasted red pepper soup

Weekly meal plan: Vegan Meatball Subs at Nora Cooks

Our readers have been into our Meatless Monday ideas lately so here’s one more: This Vegan Meatball Subs at Nora Cooks is easy, it’s fun (no utensils!) and her meatballs are chickpea-based, almost like a twist on a falafel recipe. Sounds great to me and my kids.


Weekly meal plan: Yucatan Grilled Chicken at Glebe Kitchen

We want to keep using that grill just as long as the weather holds, and this Yucatan Grilled Chicken at Glebe Kitchen looks extraordinary. Bursting with flavors from lime, chili, mustard and garlic, it sounds like end-of-summer perfection. Click over for the recipe, some authentic Mexican side dish ideas, and tips on where to find Achiote. You’re going to want it!

Related: Celebrating Mexican cuisine with our favorite Mexican food blogs

Weekly meal plan: Fish and Chips at Grandbaby Cakes

Jocelyn’s website Grandbaby Cakes is such a go-to recipe site for all of us, and right now, her Fish and Chips recipe is calling my name. She recommends sticking with flaky cod as the Brits do — and speaking of Brits, you have to read the revelation about her heritage that inspired this dish. Pretty amazing.

Crowd-pleasing dinners made with cherry tomatoes: Mediterranean Orzo Salad at Jo Cooks

This week, Jane shared so many great ways to take advantage of a pint of fresh cherry tomatoes. While they’re still in season, devote one night to this simple, flavor-packed Mediterranean Orzo Salad from Jo Cooks. Jane mentions that she always makes extra pasta when she cooks, so she can be sure to have some leftovers on hand for easy weekend lunches right out of the fridge.


Weekly meal plan: Chicken Pot Pie at Garden in the Kitchen

To make Friday night a little more of a sit-down-and-come-together opportunity with the family — hey, hopefully no super early Saturday morning for you! — this Skillet Chicken Pot Pie from Garden in the Kitchen looks easy, wonderful, and sooooo comforting. I like Silvia’s point that comfort foods like this help us get back into a routine as summer rolls to a close transitioning into back-to-school time (which is already here for some of us). Besides, she had me at “melt-in-your-mouth pie crust.” Can you blame me?