At some point every cook needs a little inspiration, and choosing recipes for a meal plan is no different. So whether you’re a meal planning pro, plotting dinners for the very first time, or anywhere in between, we’ve got a meal plan for you. In fact, with dozens of dinner plans on deck, it’s time to take a look at our greatest hits. We’ve rounded up our 10 most popular meal plans of all time, and put them all in once place to make planning even easier.
10. 5 Family-Friendly Dinners with Help from the Slow Cooker
With back-to-school schedules so full you’re squeezing seconds from every minute, it’d be foolish not to get help from the slow cooker. Give your grill a rest with slow cooker sausage and peppers, then pluck late-summer basil from your patio garden before it’s too late (or use store-bought pesto if your plants have succumbed) to make a pesto chicken that’s so versatile it stars in two recipes this week.
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9. 5 Easy Summer Dinners Everyone Will Eat
The thrill of summer cooking reaches its peak after Labor Day, when we’re soaking in the final flavors of the season. This seasonal meal plan is packed with cool and crunchy salads, turkey burgers from the grill, and a taco casserole fit for patio dining.
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8. 5 New Dinners to Cook Before Summer Ends
Readers have loved cooking fresh and easy summer meals — and there’s still time to make these! Make the most of the final grilling days with BBQ ranch chicken skewers. And with fall right around the corner, why not use the slow cooker to make a corn chowder topped with a crunchy and colorful red pepper relish?
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7. 5 Fast and Fancy Fall Dinners
Even if the thermometer tops 95 degrees, you can still cook like it is fall with these five fabulous dinners. Take grocery-store shortcuts to serve a fresh and lemony Greek soup one night. While there, stock up on your old favorites — sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and kale — and reacquaint yourself with your stovetop.
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6. 5 Easy Slow Cooker Dinners
It’s clear that meal planning and slow cookers go hand in hand: This may be the second meal plan centered on the slow cooker that has been a big hit with readers, but (spoiler alert!) it isn’t the last. This plan has tons of variety, from breakfast casseroles and tacos, to soups and takeout-style favorites.
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5. 5 No-Cook Dinners for When It’s Too Hot to Cook
Break out this menu when the weather just can’t get the memo that you are D-O-N-E with summer. Here’s a week of dinners that won’t heat up your house. It relies on assembling ingredients rather than putting food to flame. The summer vegetable sub has been on repeat for months, but the recipe I’m most excited to try is the Vietnamese-style chicken and noodle salad.
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4. A Week of Mediterranean Diet Dinners
If you’re looking for meals that won’t weigh you down, try this week of Mediterranean-inspired dinners — thousands of our readers have loved it. Keep the focus on healthy fats, whole grains, legumes, and lots of produce by bringing Greek-style salmon salad and chicken souvlaki to the table.
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3. 5 Ingenious, Family-Friendly Dinners from Joanna Goddard of Cup of Jo
Readers loved the crowd-pleasing meal plan from blogger Joanna Goddard. The meals she shared make smart use of grocery store shortcuts and pantry ingredients (like the angel hair pasta with garlic fried egg and Parmesan) and are ready in mere minutes.
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2. 5 Easy Dinners with Help from the Slow Cooker
Are you sensing a trend? It’s no surprise that the slow cooker is key to easy weeknight dinners. The slow cooker takes center stage a few times during the week, but don’t fear braised meat burnout. Use it for hands-off cooking, baking sweet potatoes, and cooking juicy chicken breasts for tacos and sandwiches.
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1. 5 More Easy Dinners with Help from the Slow Cooker
No, that’s not a typo — it’s another week of slow cooker meals and it takes the top spot! This plan features three easy and elegant dinners that you won’t believe come from the slow cooker, including one that will leave you dreaming of Paris.
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