Weeknight Dinner Planner: 5 Must-Have Meals for the Whole Family

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Monday: Cacio e Pepe Lasagnas

cacio e pepe lasagnas

Try our Cacio e Pepe Lasagnas

Tuesday: Maple-Dijon Salmon with Sweet Potatoes, Carrots & Dill

maple-dijon salmon with sweet potatoes carrots and dill

Try our Maple-Dijon Salmon with Sweet Potatoes, Carrots & Dill

Wednesday: Chicken with Chorizo & Olives

Chicken with Chorizo & Olives

Try our Chicken with Chorizo & Olives 

Thursday: Pork Tacos with Sriracha Crema & Green Salsa

Pork Tacos with Sriracha Crema & Green Salsa

Try our Pork Tacos with Sriracha Crema & Green Salsa 

Friday: Cumin-Lamb Meatballs with Roasted Cauliflower

cumin lamb meatballs with roasted cauliflower

Try our Cumin-Lamb Meatballs with Roasted Cauliflower 

Shopping List:

For the lasagnas:

  • Lasagna noodles
  • Fresh ricotta
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Grated pecorino
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley

For the salmon: 

  • Pure maple syrup
  • Olive oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • Rainbow carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Skinless salmon fillet
  • Greek yogurt
  • Fresh dill sprigs
  • 1 Orange

For the chicken:

  • Boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Spanish chorizo
  • 1 large Spanish onion
  • Green and black pitted olives
  • Piquillo peppers in water
  • Cloves of garlic
  • Bay leaves
  • Orange zest 
  • 1 orange
  • Fennel seeds
  • Paprika
  • Hot paprika or crushed red pepper
  • Chicken stock or white Rioja (Spanish white wine)

For the tacos:

  • 6 tomatillos or, when in season, 2 large unripe green tomatoes
  • White or yellow onion
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley leaves
  • Garlic
  • 2 jalapeño or Serrano chiles
  • 1 lime
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Light agave syrup or honey
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sour cream or Mexican crema
  • Ginger
  • 1 lime
  • Sriracha
  • Ground cumin
  • Canola or olive oil
  • Ground pork
  • 1 Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • Oregano, preferably Mexican
  • Chicken stock
  • Soft corn tortillas
  • Crumbled queso asadero or queso fresco (optional)
  • Lettuce of your choice 
  • Pickled jalapeño or sport pepper slices, for topping

For the cumin-lamb meatballs:

  • Fennel seeds
  • Cauliflower
  • 2 medium onions
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh thyme leaves
  • Ground coriander
  • Ground lamb
  • 3 large eggs
  • Ground cumin
  • Store-bought tzatziki
  • Fresh mint