From a skillet dinner to quick lasagna, 5 easy recipes to cook this week


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It’s good to have a list of go-to meals to turn to during the week, because they save you from having to think too much about dinner at the end of a long day. But after a while, our routine recipes can start to feel (and taste) right…routine.

It’s time to shake things up! Make weekday breakfasts, lunches and dinners something you look forward to with five fun new recipe ideas that are as easy as they are appealing. Think: a new skillet dinner (Less dishes to wash? We’re sold!), unique takes family meal (including a welcome break from chicken fingers) and crowd-pleasing pasta recipes that you can reheat and eat throughout the week.

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This new batch of recipes will bring a whole new level of excitement to your meals of the week – without adding time, effort or stress. And the best part is that these recipes are purchasable, which means you can also save yourself a trip to the grocery store. Simply order the ingredients you need through Walmart with just a few clicks. (Walmart+ Members may also qualify for free shipping on orders of $35 or more.)

What to cook this week

Healthy fruit and nut breakfast cookies by Casey Barbier

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but there’s no reason it shouldn’t be nutritious. and delicious. These easy oatmeal cookies are packed with toasted nuts and coconut flakes, plus a tangy, chewy mix of dried cranberries, blueberries and cherries. Imagine a hearty bowl of oatmeal or an energizing handful of trail mix…but in the form of tasty cookies.

Baked Short Lasagna Noodles with Spinach by Yasmine Fahr

Oh the lasagna. It’s one of those multi-step, convenient, Sunday-only suppers that take all day, right? Think again ! Not only does this simple method use noodles without boiling, but it also requires the noodles to be broken up and submerged in the sauce (then – yum – smothered in spinach and cheese), so that they cook to perfection in at barely 40 minutes.

Farfalle with creamy mushrooms and peas by Casey Barbier

Trying to observe Meatless Monday (or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday)? Pasta to the rescue! Bow tie bowls for effortless elegance vegetarian dinner. Simply toss them into a light cream sauce sprinkled with earthy cremini mushrooms and sweet green peas.

Related: From plant-based bolognese to light yet succulent Alfredo, this healthier pasta makes it easy to try something new.

Eggplant with Tomato, Broccolini and Mozzarella by Yasmine Fahr

Whether served as a main dish or a side dish, this simple 30-minute baking sheet recipe (hello, quick cleanup) makes eating your veggies easy and enjoyable! We like to use broccolini, which has long, tender stems and sweet florets, but feel free to use regular broccoli, or even broccoli rabe.

Crispy Cereal Crusted Fish Sticks by Jocelyne Delk Adams

Nothing is more kid-friendly than these cereal-crusted fish sticks. But believe us, this recipe has a lot of appeal for adults too. Try replacing the cod with your favorite fish (even salmon would work) or spray the sticks with a squeeze of fresh lemon before dipping them in creamy tartar sauce or malt vinegar.


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