Enjoy an Easier and Tastier Week | Meal Plan Menu (9/6/21)

Make this week easier and tastier with our ‘cook once, eat twice’ ingredient planning for delicious meals like Lemon Dijon Chicken with Butter Lettuce Salad and Char Siu Pork Sandwiches!

  • By Brittany Yamamoto-Taylor
  • September 3, 2021


Lemon Dijon Chicken and Butter Lettuce Salad

Our unique lemon dijon vinaigrette lifts tonight’s entire meal in two ways — first as a marinade for tender chicken and then as a smooth dressing to compliment avocados, radishes, and pistachios in our butter lettuce salad. This whole healthy dinner is ready in just 35 minutes and is perfect for those warm weather nights that you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • This recipe includes instructions for using the grill or stovetop, and you can select your preferred method.
  • Whisk up the Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette over the weekend or even up to 5 days early to make this meal come together faster on Monday night.
  • Chicken freezes well, so download our ‘All-in-One Freezer Guide’ to help you put leftovers to good use later.

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten Free: Our Lemon Dijon Chicken recipe is already gluten free, so enjoy as is.
  • Paleo: All you need to do is nix the corn and goat cheese from the butter lettuce salad and you’ll have a delicious paleo meal.
  • Vegetarian: Enjoy the same flavors of this meal with our Roasted Dijon Chickpea and Butter Lettuce Salad recipe!


Char Siu Sandwiches and Roasted Sesame Broccolini

We have you pair warm slices of sweet and savory char siu pork with creamy Hoisin sauce and crisp cucumbers to give you an amazing flavor and texture experience with every bite of these sandwiches! Also, our side dish of earthy sesame roasted broccolini brings the whole meal to a beautiful finish. It isn’t surprising that this easy char siu pork sandwich recipe received rave reviews last time we featured it in a weekly menu.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Those cooking our Original / Gluten-Free / Paleo menus this week can make a double batch of char siu pork to use half tonight and the rest for a super quick Yang Chow Fried Rice on Thursday.
  • Char siu pork freezes well, so you can buy extra to make and freeze leftovers for a quick dinner on a busy night.

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten Free: Substitute in tamari and gluten-free hamburger buns / rolls / bread.
  • Paleo: Make our easy Char Siu Lettuce Wraps with Cashew Sauce and the same broccolini side.
  • Vegetarian: Enjoy the same classic flavors with our easy Char Siu Tofu Sandwiches which are ready in even less time!

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— Rachel W. (Member since Nov 2019)


Curried Lentils with Rice, Okra, and Curry Aioli

Our vegetarian curried lentils recipe may be made of humble ingredients, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a flavor punch with its Indian-inspired spices and creamy curry aioli for drizzling over baked okra. In fact, this 40-minute recipe has gotten praise from vegetarians and hardcore carnivores alike. However, since we know that okra is a love-it or hate-it ingredient in our community of cooks, feel free to use green beans or broccoli in its place.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Those cooking our Original / Gluten-Free / Vegetarian menus this week can save time by making a double batch of rice to use for tonight’s Curried Lentils and tomorrow’s Yang Chow Fried Rice.
  • You can make the curried lentils and rice completely ahead of time so all you need to do Wednesday night is just reheat and serve.
  • Both cooked lentils and cooked rice freeze well and are versatile, so pop extras in the freezer.

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten Free: Our curried lentils recipe is already gluten-free, so enjoy as is!
  • Paleo: Enjoy our Salmon with Curry Butter recipe served with the same okra and curry aioli.
  • Vegetarian: Our Curried Lentils recipe is already vegetarian, so no tweaks needed!


Yang Chow Fried Rice with Shrimp and Char Siu Pork

What exactly is yang chow (yangzhou) fried rice? Well, if you are a meat-eater, you may have already ordered and loved this fried rice variation many times before without realizing it. The thing that sets apart yang chow fried rice is that it uses a combination of proteins instead of just one — in our case, shrimp and char siu pork. By making the most of your ‘cook once, eat twice’ components from Tuesday and Wednesday, tonight’s dinner is the easiest and most delicious way to end the week! Simply mix in veggies, shrimp, pork, and scrambled egg to make this a colorful fried rice that the whole family will love,

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Those cooking our Original / Gluten-Free / Vegetarian menus can save loads of time by using the remainder of your double batches of Char Siu Pork from Tuesday and rice from the Curried Lentils on Wednesday.
  • Since our Yang Chow Fried Rice freezes well, make extras and then freeze leftovers for a quick dinner later.

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten Free: Use tamari instead of soy sauce and you are good to go.
  • Paleo: Make our Yang Chow Fried Cauliflower ‘Rice’ with the same char siu pork from earlier in the week.
  • Vegetarian: Instead of the traditional meat proteins of yang chow, enjoy our Tempeh Fried Rice with Cashews, which will still give you 24g of protein per serving.

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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