If thinking up dinner ideas and cooking on weeknights feels like an upward battle you’re not alone. With a little meal planning, you can conquer the kitchen and feed your troops. Check out a few of our favorite recipes you can easily make this week. 

1. Monday: Tomato Basil Pasta
Post-weekend, a one-pot meal is exactly what you need to start the week off on the right foot. This genius pasta dish from Apron Strings fits the bill, and it’s sure to be a hit with your whole family. Click here to get the recipe.

photo: Apron Strings

2. Tuesday: Oven-Baked Crispy Chicken
Your littles will be wowed by this crispy chicken from Marin Mama Cooks. Be sure to place your chicken pieces in the brining liquid the night before (or the afternoon of)—it’s the key to ensuring super juicy chicken. To get the recipe, click here.

photo: Marin Mama Cooks

3. Wednesday: Ball Park Frank Grilled Cheese
Now this is a mashup we can definitely get behind. Kids will be in heaven when you make this hot dog–stuffed grilled cheese from BS’ in the Kitchen. Grab the recipe by clicking here.

photo: BS’ in the Kitchen

4. Thursday: Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs
Take your meatballs to the next level with this genius idea from The Weary Chef. Served along with a pile of pasta or on a meatball sub, it’s bound to be an instant favorite. Click here to snag the recipe.

photo: The Weary Chef

5. Friday: Chicken Tortilla Soup
Dig into a comforting bowl of tortilla soup to end the week on a good note. This recipe from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook is filled with healthy veggies and tastes great topped with tortilla chips and cheese. Get the recipe by clicking here.

photo: Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

What’s on your menu this week? Let us know below!

—Susie Foresman