My name is Erika and I am Pamela’s cooking class assistant.  I am guest posting for Pamela while she spends time with her family in New York this week after both her father and her uncle passed away on the same day.  She didn’t want you to be without your weekly dinner planner, so she asked me to pitch in and help.  I will be the first to admit that writing out my meals for the week like Pamela does has allowed me to cook much more often at home and I have actually saved a lot of money because I only buy what I have a plan for!  I picked some of my favorite recipes for your dinner planner this week.  Feel free to ask me any questions and I am happy to answer them, especially with respect to substitutions.

Here’s your dinner planner for the week:

Meatless Monday: Eggplant meatballs on roasted spaghetti squash – see this recipe for how to roast spaghetti squash

Tuesday: Simple roast chicken, mixed greens with green beans, make braised fennel with tomatoes and thyme from Kitchen Matters if you need more food

Wednesday: Pasta with 5 minute cherry tomato sauce and shrimp (add the shrimp to the tomatoes just as the tomatoes are done and sauté until the shrimp are cooked through – about 3-4 minutes)

Thursday: Bean or chicken taquitos, guacamole, and/or salsa, Mexican sautéed greens

Friday: Miso glazed cod, roasted cauliflower and rice

Saturday Lunch: Pizza quesadillas (sub Kite Hill almond milk ricotta for the mozzarella if dairy free)

Sunday: slow cooker chili with sweet potatoes and top with a dollop of almond-milk based yogurt or sour cream or avocado, zucchini tots


Here’s what you can do ahead if you need to:


Wash greens and vegetables

Make meatball mixture

Roast spaghetti squash


Salt chicken

Blanche green beans


I have LOVED seeing all your creations of my recipes on Instagram. If you make any of my recipes, please tag me @pamelasalzman #pamelasalzman so I can check them out!

Click here to learn more about my online cooking classes! If you like my recipes, you’ll LOVE my cookbook!  If you have 1 minute, would you mind leaving a review on amazon?  I would be so grateful, thank you!

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  1. Thank you Erica for your sweet help for Pamela! The eggplant meatballs are one of my absolute favorites! I am praying for Pamela and her family during such a difficult time! Loving hugs to you all!

    • Thank you, Cathy

  2. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

    • Thank you, Kathy

  3. My condolences to Pamela and her family

    • Thank you, Nadine

  4. Thank you Erika for taking over this week. Please give Pamela a big hug from all of us.

    • Thank you, Joan

  5. Erika- thank you so much for pitching in! I can’t wait to try some of your favorites!

    Pamela- I am so sorry for your loss. To lose both your father and uncle on the same day is devastating. My heart goes out to you. Sending you virtual hugs and love…

    • Thank you, Carolyn

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