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Cook Once, Eat All Week: Easy Meal Plan

Dedicate a little cooking time on the weekend to quickly prepare nutritious meals throughout the week. Follow our advice, tips and recipes for wholesome dinners, every night.

| November/December 2015

  • Plan ahead and buy groceries for the entire week to enjoy healthful homemade meals every night.
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  • Quickly prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals throughout the week with this meal plan.
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  • The shopping list provided includes every item you need for this week of dinners.
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The key to easy, healthful homemade meals every night? Planning ahead. With efficient use of time and ingredients, you can repurpose meal components without feeling like you’re eating the same thing every night. In this sample plan for a week of dinners, each meal works its way purposefully into the next. With a little prep over the weekend and in bite-sized chunks throughout the week, these nutritious, from-scratch meals require only about half an hour per night.

Menu for the Week

These recipes are designed to feed a family of four. Scale them up to feed more or make extras for the freezer, if you wish. The plan makes every possible use of a food, sparing ingredients and grocery dollars from going to waste.

Sunday: Roast Chicken and Vegetables with Brown Rice
Monday: Vegetable Stir-Fry
Tuesday: Rosemary Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Raspberry Vinaigrette Side Salad
Wednesday: Stracciatella Soup with Classic Caesar Salad
Thursday: Chicken and White Bean Chili
Friday: Vegetable Lasagna with Kale Salad

See Slideshow for a complete shopping list for this meal plan.

Cooking Plan

Besides grocery shopping time, your prep on Saturday should take about an hour.

• Buy groceries

11/6/2015 8:40:45 AM

I am sure you could probably alter the recipes a little to be vegetarian. I am doing this meal plan this week and it makes SO much food especially the first night I didn't have enough room in any of my pans to cook even half of the roast chicken and veggies. Everything you can leave the meat out easily except the roasted chicken and veggies....with that recipe just cover the veggies with olive oil and salt and squeeze the lemon on top, cover and cook about the same time frame. TA-DA! šŸ˜‰

10/23/2015 10:20:58 AM

I think this is great but suppose you can't eat chicken, beef or pork products? My husband considers himself a pescatarian so I need a meal plan that has a vegetarian plan. IS there any way in the future to incorporate that into meal plans? Not everyone eats meat or chicken. I know the majority does but hopefully there can be other otions.

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