Cook Easy Dinners | Meal Plan Menu (6/14/21)

Cook Easy Dinners | Meal Plan Menu (6/14/21)

With summer right around the corner, let us help you cook easy dinners that capture all the summertime flavors! You’ll learn how to grill blackened chicken with mango salsa, bake a beautiful summer vegetable frittata, make steak frites with herb garlic butter at home, and simmer a Thai chicken coconut soup that will rival your favorite take-out restaurant.

  • By Chelsea Paxton
  • June 11, 2021


Blackened Chicken with Mango Salsa

Start the week with grilled marinated chicken that’s simple, scrumptious, and a sign that summer is on the way! Every bite has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, thanks to Jerk (or Cajun) seasoning and a colorful homemade mango salsa with red bell peppers, jalapenos, shallots, cilantro, and lime juice. Serve with spiced zucchini spears for an irresistible veggie side dish.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Our meal plan recipe includes directions for the grill or stovetop, making this recipe flexible and adaptable.
  • Feel free to serve with chips or rolls on the side if you’d like!
  • Zucchini is fresh and abundant this time of year, so we’re using it in this meal as well as Thursday’s Tom Kha Gai Soup.

Diet Variation:

  • Use tamari in place of the soy sauce for an easy gluten-free substitution.
  • Our paleo members will use honey and Bragg’s / coconut aminos in the marinade.
  • Try tofu in place of the chicken for a budget-friendly and vegetarian alternative.


Summer Vegetable Frittata

Summer produce really shines in this easy summer vegetable frittata recipe. You’ll love the combination of mild leeks, ripe tomatoes, sweet corn, and tangy goat cheese. A delicious butterhead lettuce salad with juicy plums and crunchy sunflower seeds adds extra summertime flavor to this meal. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

Diet Variation:

  • This meal is naturally gluten-free and vegetarian, making it a great option to feed to a crowd.
  • Frittatas are easy to adjust to be paleo compliant; for this recipe, serve with bacon on top instead of goat cheese.

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Steak Frites with Herb Garlic Butter

Fancy, fun, and casual all at the same time, our recipe for “steak and fries” is inspired by the French bistro classic and easy enough to make at home on a weeknight. Oven-roasted broccoli and potato wedges are served with pan-seared steak with a savory herb garlic butter. It’s a fun twist on meat and potatoes everyone will love!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Easy to make on a weeknight and fancy enough for a special meal. Bookmark this recipe for an upcoming holiday such as Father’s Day!

Diet Variation:

  • This meal is naturally gluten-free and easy to adapt for a paleo diet. Simply use sweet potatoes for the frites and Bragg’s / coconut aminos in the herb-garlic butter.
  • Vegetarians will love our savory recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Herb Garlic Lentils.


Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

End the week with a Cook Smarts community favorite that’s sweet, savory, and tangy all at the same time. You’ll love this Thai-inspired soup that uses an abundance of fresh veggies such as mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, and jalapenos. Aromatics like lemongrass, ginger, and garlic add depth of flavor to this light soup. A squeeze of fresh lime and sprinkle of cilantro add the perfect balance.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • We packed this soup with lots of fresh vegetables; feel free to swap with any veggies you have on hand.
  • Use up any leftover jalapenos and cilantro from earlier in the week – they add a bright finish to this soup.

Diet Variation:

  • Our recipe for Tom Kha Gai is gluten-free.
  • Simply leave out the brown sugar to make this soup paleo-friendly.
  • Enjoy a vegetarian Tom Kha Gai soup by using tofu and soy sauce in place of the chicken and fish sauce.

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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