12 of our best weekend meals for a guaranteed good time

Cheers to the freakin' weekend! Slow down, take it easy and enjoy a max tasty meal with your fam. You'll love the food—and each other.

12 of our best weekend meals for a guaranteed good time

Photo: Roberto Caruso

12 best weekend meals

Giant Stuffed Cheesy Shells

For all your carb needs, we vote for these jumbo shells stuffed to the brim with ooey-gooey cheese. Little chefs can help mix the cheese and garnish with fresh basil. Get the recipe: Giant Stuffed Cheesy Shells

casserole dish of stuffed pasta shellsPhoto: Erik Putz

Baked Chicken Freekeh Bowl

Anything goes with a grain bowl. Use up any leftover veggies or protein, but don’t skimp on the tahini dressing. Get the recipe: Baked Chicken Freekeh Bowl

Grain bowl with baked chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, red onion and dressingPhoto: Erik Putz


Pulled Pork with Ginger-Bourbon Sauce

Pulled pork is a perfect weekend meal. It’s easy, delicious and yields tons of leftovers to get you through the week. Get the recipe: Pulled Pork with Ginger-Bourbon Sauce

saucy pulled pork piled high on a bun with coleslawPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Cheesy Camp Burgers

We flipped the script on the classic cheeseburer. Melty cheese oozes from inside the juicy patty with each bite. Get the recipe: Cheesy Camp Burgers

juicy cheese burger with chipsPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Campfire Huevos Rancheros

The weekend is the right time for a laid back breakfast. Scrambled eggs, refried beans and salsa on a tortilla is an A++ choice. Get the recipe: Campfire Huevos Rancheros

tortillas piled with refried beans, eggs and salsaPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Easy Butter Chicken

Skip takeout this weekend in favour of this simple dish. Chicken thighs are always juicy, never dry. Serve over rice and don’t even think about skipping the warm naan. Get the recipe: Easy Butter Chicken

butter chicken on top of rice with piece of naanPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Secret

What else are doing this weekend besides making a double batch of meatballs? The big secret: these balls are filled with grated veggies. Don’t be smug when they ask for seconds. Get the recipe: Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Secret

Two bowls of spaghetti and meatballsPhoto: Erik Putz

Easy Caprese Orzo Risotto

Bitty orzo pasta takes the place of rice and sops up the tomato and basil sauce real good. Pearl bocconcini is fun to munch. Get the recipe: Easy Caprese Orzo Risotto

pan of homemade orzo risotto with basil


Breakfast Pizza

Slow down and treat yourself to a special breakfast. Pizza and eggs got married, you’re invited. Get the recipe: Breakfast Pizza

pizza with bacon and fried egg on topPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Turkey-Bulgur Cabbage Rolls

A labour of love, these cabbage rolls are well worth the effort. We swapped beef for lean ground turkey. Double the batch, your freezer wants some. Get the recipe: Turkey-Bulgur Cabbage Rolls

two cabbage rolls with tomato sauce on a platePhoto: Erik Putz

Braised Beef Tacos

Brisket is a humble cut of beef that only asks for a bit of time to turn tender and juicy. Shred it with two forks, load up warm corn tortillas and top with avocado and feta. Get the recipe: Braised Beef Tacos

corn tortilla with braised beef, avocado and lettuce


Potato Gnocchi with Creamy Ham-and-Broccoli Sauce

You've never made your own gnocchi? It's super easy and the kids can help—rolling the dough into ropes and cutting off the dumplings is the best part. Well, OK, it's second to eating them. Get the recipe: Potato Gnocchi with Creamy Ham-and-Broccoli Sauce

plate of gnocchi with ham and broccoli in a cream saucePhoto: Roberto Caruso

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This article was originally published on May 30, 2017

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