A new batch of weekly meal plan recommendations is here, and it’s Memorial Day at end of this week! So we’ve found a tasty recipes perfect for your upcoming weekend cookouts, plus easy meals to get you through the rest of the week. 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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Eggplant parmesan is one of my very favorite foods, but it’s been so hot lately I have interest in heating up the oven at all. So I was super excited to stumble across this recipe for Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches from Fifteen Spatulas. Not only are they delicious, they come together super quick and make for an easy weeknight meal.
This easy Spinach Tortellini Salad at Salt & Lavender is great for quick weeknight dinners because you can fix it ahead of time and serve it cold for dinner. (Veg option: Just leave out the meat — you won’t miss it! Also, if you’re looking for vegan tortellini, my family loves the new Kite Hill version — but it’s pricey!
For an easy BBQ picnic dinner (or, dinner around the kitchen table) we love this Instant Pot Pulled Pork at Rachel Cooks. It’s another great option for your Memorial Day weekend celebrations, and the leftovers can be put to great use all week long — on baked potatoes, in tacos, and even in Brunswick Stew. (Veg option: Substitute jackfruit for the pork.)
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One of my favorite clean-out-the-pantry meals each week is Buddha bowls. Each family member gets to DIY their own dinner, so even the picky eaters are pleased. If you need some inspiration, start with this Buddah Bowl from Eating Bird Food. Of course, you can use what you have on hand — rice instead of buckwheat, chicken instead of chickpeas, and so on. Make it work for you!
For Memorial Day weekend, this Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomato Salad at What’s Gaby Cooking is a great crowd-pleaser meal that doesn’t take too much hands-on time to cook. (Veg option: Use Gaby’s marinade over portobello mushrooms or your other favorite veggies to grill.)