These comforting Mediterranean-inspired dinners will help carry you through this week with a little less stress.

Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D.
March 14, 2020

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It’s hard not to be distracted by and anxious about all that’s happening in the world right now—I sure am. I’m doing what I can to ground myself, and the kitchen is often where I end up. Everything from the rhythmic chopping to the scrubbing of dishes after a meal feels comforting right now. This week’s satisfying Mediterranean-inspired dinners will help, too, with tons of delicious flavors plus simple prep steps to help make your week of meals as easy as can be.

Your Meal Plan

While I’m excited to make all of the recipes this week, I’m most excited about the plant-based Sweet Potato-Black Bean Burgers for Monday. This is one of our most popular recipes right now and you can see why from the picture—it looks delicious! It’s meant to be vegan but I’ll use regular mayonnaise and yogurt for the creamy tzatziki spread and apart from one or two ingredients, I have all I need for this recipe already in my kitchen.

The other satisfying recipes in this week’s lineup are just as delicious, like the comforting Bruschetta Chicken Pasta, which is basically a hug in a bowl, and the Cajun Skillet Pork Chops with Asparagus & Cheesy Polenta, that’s making my mouth water just thinking about the cheesy polenta. Be well, everyone!

Get ahead on prep for the week to make these easy recipes even easier:

  1. To save time on Monday night, you could prepare the Sweet Potato-Black Bean Burger patties (Step 1) ahead of time and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  2. On Tuesday, make a big batch of Easy Whole-Wheat Couscous to have with the Salmon with Curried Yogurt & Cucumber Salad and Friday’s Crispy Panko-Parmesan Baked Shrimp.
  3. Both the Crispy Panko-Parmesan Baked Shrimp and Roasted Broccoli with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette cook at 425°F, so they can go in the oven at the same time.

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Big Batch Breakfast

How do you make oatmeal even easier? You bake it! Here we combine oats with milk and yogurt and flavor them with spices. Bananas and raisins add natural sweetness. Once combined, the oatmeal is baked in the oven for a delicious no-fuss breakfast. I’ll make a batch of this oatmeal over the weekend and keep it in the fridge for a quick reheat-and-eat breakfast during the week.

Treat Yourself

Cookies are the classic sweet treat and every once in a while, I get a serious hankering for a chewy, chocolaty cookie. These Healthy Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies will do the trick this week—and a bonus is that I already have all the ingredients I need to make this recipe at home. 

Let me know if you make any of these recipes or what else you're doing to prep ahead for a healthy week! Email me at If you have a question or requests for future newsletter topics, I'd love to hear those too.

ThePrep | Week of 3/14/20 - 3/20/20