Meals from Around the World | Meal Plan Menu (1/25/21)

Meals from Around the World | Meal Plan Menu (1/25/21)

This week is packed with fresh flavors from Asia, Europe, Southern Africa, and Central America. From Kimchi Chicken Ramen to quick Skillet Enchiladas, you’ll love this menu’s meals from around the world!

  • By Brittany Yamamoto-Taylor
  • January 22, 2021


Slow Cooker Kimchi Chicken Ramen

This warming bowl of ramen gets inspiration from classic Korean ingredients: ginger, kimchi, and sweet-smoky Gochujang red chili paste. Filled with tender chicken thighs, cubed zucchini, and earthy shiitake mushrooms, this delicious ramen recipe only takes 30 minutes of active cooking time and conveniently includes instructions for an Instant Pot, slow cooker, or stovetop. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • You’ll need cubed zucchini for this Kimchi Chicken Ramen and Thursday’s Skillet Enchiladas, so you can chop up all of the zucchini at once to save time.
  • Ramen freezes and reheats well, so use our customizable serving size feature to make extra and have a quick meal ready to thaw in the future. Check out our All-in-One Freezer Guide for more freezing smarts!

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-Free: Substitute the soy sauce and ramen noodles for tamari and 100% buckwheat soba (or any gluten-free noodles).
  • Paleo: Make our Slow Cooker (or not) Kimchi Chicken Soup with zucchini, mushrooms, and turnips.
  • Vegetarian: Replace the chicken thighs with fried tofu.


Baked Italian Panko Crusted Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Carrots

What makes our pork chops recipe different from any other? We have you coat the chops with mayonnaise and mustard to ensure that you get the most tender baked pork you’ve ever tried. The seasoned, crunchy parmesan crust gives the pork chops an Italian twist while our Balsamic Roasted Carrots and Lemony Balsamic Arugula Salad round out the entire meal. And it all only takes 45 minutes to make!

Meal Planning Smarts:

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-Free: Substitute the panko bread crumbs with finely chopped almonds or almond meal to make the crunchy crust.
  • Paleo: Use finely chopped almonds or almond meal and omit the parmesan to make the crust.
  • Vegetarian: Keep the side dishes, but make our protein-packed Cheese Omelet with shredded Monterey Jack.

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Piri Piri Cauliflower Steaks with Romaine Salad

If you’ve never tried a cauliflower ‘steak’ before, get ready for a new healthy favorite!  Our version gets inspiration from Southern African Piri Piri red pepper sauce to add a bright red color and rich flavor to the cauliflower steaks. This beautiful vegetarian meal takes only 45 minutes to cook, and, if you are worried about the cauliflower not being hearty enough for dinner, we made sure to pack the romaine side salad with beans and pepitas and rich avocados so each serving has 18 grams of protein.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Make the honey mustard vinaigrette and piri piri-style sauce as a part of our Weekend Prep Instructions (or up to 5 days ahead of time) so the cauliflower steaks and salad are ready even faster.

Diet Variation:

  • This meal is naturally gluten-free and meatless, so no alterations necessary for gluten-free and vegetarian folks!
  • Paleo: Omit beans from the romaine salad. If you know you’ll need more substance, feel free to add other filling ingredients to the salad as well.


Skillet Enchiladas with Ground Beef

A flavorful hot meal with only 40 minutes of cooking in one pan? It’s no wonder that our skillet enchiladas are a weeknight favorite in our cooking community. This version includes ground beef for heartiness, enchilada sauce for rich flavor, and onions, corn, kale, and zucchini for great nutrients and texture.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Since you already cubed zucchini for Monday’s Kimchi Chicken Ramen, these enchiladas will come together even faster when you use the leftover zucchini tonight.
  • To keep these skillet enchiladas as simple as possible, we recommend using store-bought enchilada sauce. However, we include a link to our favorite homemade enchilada sauce in the recipe if you prefer to make your own.
  • Skillet enchiladas reheat well and make great leftovers, so you can make the whole meal ahead and warm it up whenever you’re ready. Since skillet enchiladas and leftover tortillas freeze well, too, you can make extras and follow our freezing smarts with this guide.

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-Free: Make sure to use corn tortillas in this recipe!
  • Paleo: Enjoy our Skillet Enchilada Saute with Ground Beef recipe that has you make a paleo enchilada sauce and serve the meal with cauliflower rice.
  • Vegetarian: Replace the beef with hearty pinto beans.

All meals come with gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options, as well as a grocery list and optional weekend prep steps. Join our weekly meal plan service to get the grocery list, dinner steps, and more cooking tips for these 4 simple dinners.

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