Our new column, ThePrep, delivers everything you'll need to make meal planning and meal prep as easy as can be. For this first one, we're tackling dinners for Labor Day weekend and the first week of what feels like fall.

Victoria Bruner, M.S., R.D.

Pictured recipe: Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata

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Welcome to ThePrep! For those of you who are new to ThePrep, here you'll find weekly recipe inspiration and tips for all your meal-plan and meal-prep needs. As the meal plan editor for EatingWell, I've been planning and prepping my meals for years now and have tons of fun stuff I'm excited to share with you all. Follow along with me as I share my favorite ways to get it all done—from breakfast to dinner and everything in between. Let's dive into this week's plan!

I say it every year, but how did Labor Day get here so fast?! Even though fall is my favorite season (bring on the butternut squash!), I always get a little sad to see summer go. Before we jump back into our routines and start eating soup for every meal, we have one last long weekend to soak up all that is summer. For my family, that means heading down to the shore for a few last beach days and eating clams and corn until I don't want to see clams and corn again until next summer.

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A seafood boil on Labor Day is a great way to feed a crowd and celebrate the last days of summer. For the rest of the week, I’ve pulled together a few more simple summer favorites to squeeze in before fall (like the gorgeous Caprese Salad pictured above).

Saturday: Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata with Balsamic-Dijon Chicken

Sunday: Zucchini-Chickpea Veggie Burgers with Tahini-Ranch Sauce

Monday: Weeknight Shrimp Boil

Tuesday: Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Chickpeas & Spinach (ready in a quick 25 minutes!)

Wednesday: Ginger Roasted Salmon & Broccoli

Thursday: Chicken Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Friday: White Turkey Chili

Get the Shopping List

We're making shopping easier with a list of all the ingredients you need to make this week's meals. You can print it out, or just keep it on your phone when you hit the store. Get the shopping list here.

Big-Batch Breakfast

Having a stash of these high-protein omelet muffins means a healthy breakfast is ready in just minutes, making those extra-busy mornings a little less hectic. Make a batch or two and freeze some for later weeks. A quick reheat in the microwave and a dollop of hot sauce, salsa or avocado and breakfast is ready. I love using this as a base recipe and throwing in whatever veggies I have in my fridge—one of my favorite combos is broccoli, bell peppers and zucchini.

Get the Recipe: Easy Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins

Treat Yourself

This refreshing, just-sweet-enough cocktail is what I plan on sipping at the end of my long hard day at the beach 😉. Enjoy this fruity cocktail with me on Instagram using the hashtag #ThePrep. The shopping list includes enough ingredients to make four cocktails, so you can enjoy with others.

Get the Recipe: Blackberry-Rosemary Vodka & Soda

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