Welcome to the weekend everyone. Here’s the menu game plan for the week, with a little something for every need: slow cooker, make-ahead, family-friendly, a few lighter/brighter options to seasonal indulgences, and a favorite holiday cake, too. 

 

SAUCY SLOW COOKER TURKEY MEATBALLS

These meatballs are a snap to make and good for a crowd. Add a crusty baguette and a simple salad or pile of steamed broccoli and dinner is done.

MINI MAC AND CHEESE WITH BROCCOLI

These will work for dinner (my kids are crazy about them) or double for lunch. They’re full of protein, thanks to four eggs in the recipe, so have some staying power. If you’re doing a holiday party with kids in tow, this is a good menu item to have on hand for little ones. 

RESET BUTTON SALAD WITH CARROT MISO GINGER DRESSING

This is my go-to when I want to eat a little lighter. Make the whole recipe or just that lip-smacker of a dressing to use all week long as a dip or to toss into salads. 


RASPBERRY BUTTERMILK COFFEE CAKE

This is a good one for a holiday breakfast or brunch. Make it in a standard cake pan or get your hands on mini bundt pans to turn up the cute factor. 

CREAMY CARROT MANGO GINGER SMOOTHIE

Another refresher that can be a great way to start your day, especially on the heels of holiday revelry. It’s made with ginger and kefir, which are both good for the tummy.