Welcome to the weekend, friends. I know some of you had a bit of a holiday last week, with kids out of school. It’s back to the routine again and I’ve got a good menu for the days ahead. Find the shopping list at the bottom of the page. 

SHEET PAN CHICKEN DINNER

A complete meal on a single sheet pan? What’s not to love. Potatoes, Brussels, and chicken all cook at about the same rate, give or take, so it makes meal prep easy. Clean up is a snap, too (and no additional salads or sides needed for this one-pan supper).

INSTANT POT KOREAN BEEF TACOS

Here’s how this goes down: cook Korean-style beef in an Instant Pot until fork tender (and so flavorful), pile it onto warm tortillas, top with crunchy slaw, add kimchi (if you like), and try to stop at just one. I like to add a crunchy salad of sliced cucumbers and radishes with a splash of seasoned rice vinegar on the side. 

SAVORY SPINACH AND FETA PIE

A lighter spin on a Greek-style spanikopita, I find this Spinach Pie highly addictive. This is definitely something you can make ahead, enjoying leftovers for lunches (or even breakfast). Don’t worry, filo dough is pretty easy to work with and seeing that golden puff come out of the oven is darn satisfying. As for sides? Maybe start with a cup of soup, like this tomato one or your favorite store-bought boxed soup (p.s. did you know that the vitamin C in tomato soup will boost the absorption of the iron in spinach?)


STICKY PRETZEL CEREAL BARS

This is an old recipe that recently got a little makeover and I’m loving the new and improved version. It’s a good one to pop into lunch boxes or enjoy as an after school snack with a glass of milk. 

SUPERFOOD TUNA SALAD


I find having a tub of tuna salad in the fridge to be a quick solution to lunch or snack. This one is a combo of tuna and salmon and relies on Greek yogurt for some of the creaminess. Enjoy it on a sandwich or use your favorite crackers or pretzel thins to scoop it up.