I’m not really sure how it is that we are heading into the last week in April, but here we are! In an effort to rekindle my passion for cooking, I have been seeking out a few new recipes from cookbooks from some of my favorite cooks and chefs. Not all of the recipes below are directly from the cookbooks featured, but if you find a recipe online that you love, it’s always worth a quick search to see if that chef has a cookbook! It’s a tough industry, and any love you can send your favorite cook is so appreciated.

Grab your pen, paper, or open up that AnyList app or your favorite meal planning app, and let’s make our meal plan for next week.

Top Image: Grilled Turkey Burgers by Jenn Segal at Once Upon A Chef | Skillet-Roasted Chicken and Potatoes from Barefoot Contessa.

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Photo: Lauren Kodiak for The Kitchn

While eagerly awaiting the release of Hettie McKinnon’s newest cookbook To Asia with Love: Everyday Asian Recipes and Stories from the Heart, I stumbled across this recipe for Creamy Broccoli Soup with Cheesy Macaroni that was reviewed by Lauren Kodiak on The Kitchn. The recipe was originally featured in McKinnon’s Family: New Vegetarian Comfort Food to Nourish Every Day and makes for a cozy, comforting Meatless Monday.

How brilliant to top soup with creamy mac n cheese! I may even have to double up this recipe so the rest of the family gets a bowl;  I can see myself just eating it right over the stove.

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Photo: Stacie Billis  of Didn’t I Just Feed You, via Instagram

Did you know that you can totally serve a dip for dinner? This is just one of the AHA tips I have learned from former CME editor turned food podcaster, Stacie Billis. This recipe for Chicken Chili Queso Dip is a fun twist for Taco Tuesday. Serve with a bright green salad and a giant bowl of guac and it’s a party in the middle of the week!

By the way, Stacie’s cookbook Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner: 50 Winning Ways to Cook It Up! is one of my weekly go-to resources for dinner ideas, so grab it if you’ve got chicken-loving kids and want to change up your own meal plan a bit.

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Photo: Jenn Segal via Once Upon a Chef

A good turkey burger can be elusive, however this recipe for Grilled Turkey Burgers by Jenn Segal at Once Upon A Chef is hands down the best turkey burger I have ever made. It’s only five ingredients and was a family favorite last week — so much so, that my kids have asked for me to make it again next week. And that’s always how I evaluate the success of new recipes I try.

I’ve had Jenn’s cookbook, Once Upon A Chef, The Cookbook: 100 Tested, Perfected, and Family-Approved Recipes on my shelf for a few years, and this recipe inspired me to pull it out and bookmark even more of Jenn’s easy, healthy family-friendly recipes.

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Photo: From Modern Comfort Food, via the Barefoot Contessa website

I have always thought of Ina Garten as the mom I called on when I needed advice on what to cook. But of course I didn’t actually call her because she isn’t really my mom. I was thrilled to snag her most recent cookbook, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook last fall and am trying at least one new recipe weekly. One winner so far: this recipe for Skillet-Roasted Chicken and Potatoes.

While it may seem overwhelming at first glance, it is really a simple recipe and turns out so good. Everything just bakes in one skillet and you can do other things while it cooks. (Like looking up online resources to help your kids with their homework. Again.) Even if yours doesn’t look as pretty as this one, with those perfectly sliced Yukon Gold potatoes, it tastes perfect.

By the way, I still display my first Garten cookbook from 1999, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, on my kitchen counter every day of the year because it’s just full of those recipes you make over and over. They really stand the test of time.

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Photo: Petrina Tinslay for Nigelissima

Nigella Lawson is one of my favorite chefs and authors. I was super excited to snag her newest cookbook Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients  Recipes and Stories when it came out this week (yes this week!) — the title basically describes my life. And I know that’s not just me, right?

This recipe for Meatzza — a brilliant combination of pizza and meatballs — was originally featured in her cookbook Nigellissimawhich has been lovingly used and stained next to my stove for several years.This recipe combines two of my kids’ very favorites, making it the perfect fun, satisfying recipe for the end of a busy week.

Related: 25 creative pizza toppings for a DIY Pizza Night

I put these weekly meals plans together based on recipes I am actually cooking for my family, and with you in mind.  If you have suggestions, tips or recommendations for recipes or other food bloggers I should check out please comment here, or shoot me a message in our Recipe Rescue group on Facebook.  – Lisa

Follow our Weekly Meal Plan Ideas for Families board on Pinterest @CoolMomEats for even more ideas!


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