7-Day Menu Planner: Week 2

This week's planner is full of classic recipes like fettuccine alfredo, chicken marsala and pasta bolognese. The week starts with a quick but indulgent vegetarian meal for meatless Monday, works over the hump with a fast Asian salmon dinner, celebrates the arrival of the weekend with a fried chicken sandwich and homemade onion rings and culminates with a delicious Sunday night family meal as always.

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Sometimes a comforting classic recipe is just what you need! And when that is the case, most of the recipes in this week’s planner fit the bill perfectly. There’s one recipe on Wednesday that veers away from the classics, but it’s quick, easy and a nice break from tradition. 

Don’t forget to “Grab Your Shopping List” by clicking the button above. You might notice that this week’s grocery list seems long, but most of the items are foods that you probably already have in your pantry – oils, vinegars, baking ingredients. I’ve listed everything so that you can be sure you have all you need. Just cross off what you already have and watch the list shrink. 

If you like planning your meals for week, you might also like to check out other weekly menu planners. You’ll find Week 1 here and stay tuned for more weeks to come. You’ll be able to find all the Weekly Menu Planners here

(The planned menu and grocery list has quantities for a family of four. You can alter the recipe quantities by clicking on the plus or minus buttons next to the serving size on the recipe card.)

Monday: Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccini Alfredo is such an indulgent meal that will make you forget it is just Monday! It’s quick and simple to prepare and lends itself very well to additional ingredients. If you are not vegetarian or observing ‘meatless Monday’, you could add some cooked chicken or cooked shrimp. If you are going vegetarian, you might also think about adding some vegetables or making it lower carb with this Butternut Squash Spaghetti Alfredo

Tuesday: Chicken Marsala

Enjoy a classic Italian-American dinner with this chicken marsala. You can serve this over rice, egg noodles or mashed potatoes – whichever you have in the house and like most – and some blanched broccoli or a green salad. Be sure to add the ingredients for whichever you choose to the shopping list so you’re ready to go. Tuesday is still an uphill climb.  

Wednesday: Honey Soy Salmon with Sesame Noodles

We’ve reached the peak of the week and it will be downhill to the weekend after this dinner! This recipe for salmon has a very simple glaze and can be made on the stovetop or in your air fryer. Put it on a bed of sesame noodles with a side dish of steamed asparagus for a delicious Asian meal that is much easier to prepare than you think. 

Thursday: Classic Meatloaf

There’s something very comforting about meatloaf and knowing the basics of how to make a moist, tender and delicious meatloaf is valuable knowledge in the kitchen. Once you have the basics, you can vary it any way you like. You can even stuff it! Use what you have at home to make this meatloaf your own and remember that the leftovers are delicious warmed as is, or made into a sandwich.


Friday: Air-Fried Chicken Sandwich with Onion Rings

You’ll definitely know it’s the weekend when you sink your teeth into this delicious fried chicken sandwich! With special sauce and coleslaw on top, this might become one of your regular go-to Friday night dinners. No air fryer? You can pan-fry this chicken in ¼- to ½-inch of oil on the stovetop. The onion rings put this meal over the top and you can make them in the air fryer, or deep-fry them on your stovetop too. 

Saturday: Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Biscuit Croutons

When you don’t want to make a full blown pot pie, make this pot pie soup in your slow cooker, letting it cook all day long. Pop the adorable biscuit croutons into the oven before you’re ready to eat and then try not to snack on them before you serve the soup up! You can also do this on the stovetop, simmering the chicken for about an hour, or in your pressure cooker on high pressure for 5 minutes with a natural pressure release.

Sunday: One Pot Bolognese

This delicious end of the week family meal – the classic pasta bolognese – cooks everything in one pot – pasta, sauce and all! You can make it on the stovetop, in the pressure cooker or just make the sauce in the slow cooker and put it over cooked pasta. All the instructions for the different methods are right there in the recipe, so you choose. 

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  1. Meredith, I love the pictures of Hazel and LouLou. Please don’t stop posting them. They make me smile and that is certainly something we can all use a lot more of these days!!

    PS: I love your recipes too!

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to put together these weekly plans! They help give us ideas when we get stuck in a rut! Stay safe and healthy!

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