If the idea of meal planning makes you reach for the takeout menus, we don’t blame you. Good news: we have a solution. Check out our ready-to-go meal plan below for balanced meals that won’t take hours to prepare. As for the grocery shopping, you’re on your own…

1. Monday: One-Pot Tomato Chicken Pasta
There’s nothing better than a one-pot meal, and this pasta dish from Sweet Potato Chronicles is bound to become a staple in your dinner rotation. With veggies, chicken and a cheesy topping, it’s a balanced meal that you can feel good about serving. Click here to get the recipe.

photo: Maya Visnyei


2. Tuesday: Balsamic Skirt Steak Tacos
Celebrate Taco Tuesday in style with this to-die-for meal from Ginger and Toasted Sesame. A quick marinade makes the steak extra juicy, and a chimichurri sauce on top adds an extra punch of flavor. Get the recipe by clicking here.

photo: Ginger and Toasted Sesame


3. Wednesday: Filet of Sole à la Meunière
It might sound fancy, but this fish recipe by Robert Rosenthal is actually super simple—just the way we like it. It only takes a few minutes in a sauté pan, making it perfect for a busy weeknight. Serve with rice and veggies for a delicious and balanced meal. To grab the recipe, click here.

photo: from Short Order Dad: One Guy’s Guide to to Making Food Fun and Hassle-Free by Robert Rosenthal


4. Thursday: Chickpea and Rosemary Soup
Whip up this comforting meat-free soup from A Little Yumminess. Paired with crusty bread and a quick salad, it’ll make a light but tasty meal, and the leftovers will taste great for lunch the next day. Click here to get the recipe.

photo: jules:stone soup via Flickr


5. Friday: Pizza Skewers
Make it a pizza night, but resist the urge to call your local delivery joint. Get the little ones involved in threading these pizza skewers from FoodNetwork.com with chicken sausage, dough and cherry tomatoes. Find all the details by clicking here.

photo: FoodNetwork.com

What’s your go-to recipe for busy weeknights? Let us know below.

—Susie Foresman