Easy Family Dinners | Meal Plan Menu (10/25/21)

Easy Family Dinners | Meal Plan Menu (10/25/21)

The new meal plan is up, and there’s a great variety of flavors coming up this week. On Monday you’ll make Baked Lemon Salmon and learn how to make risotto the easy way — baked in the oven! We’ll also share our recipe for avocado toast with egg, Thai Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mow) made with udon, and Slow Cooker Chili.

  • By Jess Dang
  • October 22, 2021

MONDAY

Baked Lemon Salmon with Oven-Baked Spinach Risotto

Gluten-Free: Same as original version

Paleo: Baked Lemon Salmon with Mushroom Cauliflower ‘Risotto’

Vegetarian: Oven Baked Spinach Risotto with White Beans and Pine Nuts

First up is a Baked Lemon Salmon with oven-baked spinach risotto. Risotto is not just for restaurants! This is not the traditional method for how to make risotto, but with our baking-in-the-oven method, it’s weeknight friendly because there is barely any stirring involved. Once you put it together, the oven does most of the work, and the salmon gets baked right alongside it for even more convenience. If you’re making the vegetarian version, you’ll add some white beans to the risotto and a sprinkle of pine nuts at the end.

TUESDAY

Avocado Toast with Egg and Butterhead Lettuce Salad

Gluten-Free: Avocado Toast on Gluten-Free Bread with Fried Egg

Paleo: Mashed Avocado on Sweet Potato ‘Toast’

Vegetarian: Same as original version

Next up is Avocado Toast with Egg and a simple butterhead lettuce salad. I really love this meal because it is so quick and easy, it’s vegetarian, and it really takes advantage of what’s in season right now. The avocado toast is jazzed up with za’atar, which is a Middle Eastern spice mix that’s tangy and herby and salty and earthy. It’s made of sesame seeds and sumac and some other spices. But you don’t have to use za’atar; you could also use Everything Bagel seasoning or any one of your favorite spice blends, really. You’re going to serve that with a butterhead lettuce salad that’s tossed with pears, pecans, and crumbled blue cheese in a creamy vinaigrette — it’s really one of those classic cafe salads and the whole thing together would cost you $15 / dish at some shi-shi cafe but, made at home, it’s such a great budget meal!


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WEDNESDAY

Thai Drunken Noodles with Udon and Chicken

Gluten-Free: Thai Drunken Rice Noodles with Chicken

Paleo: Thai Drunken Zucchini Noodles with Chicken

Vegetarian: Thai Drunken Udon Noodles with Tofu

On Wednesday we’re gonna get you drunk on noodles — but the best kind of drunk because there’s no hangover the next day. We’re talking about our Thai Drunken Noodles! This is a classic Thai dish and a takeout favorite, and it’s traditionally made with fresh rice noodles but we wanted to shake things up a little and use udon noodles instead, which are much easier to work with. The noodles do need to get boiled separately but otherwise, it’s a one pot or one wok dish where everything is pulled together with a delicious sauce that is sweet and salty and sour and spicy, and you’re just gonna get drunk from its goodness.

THURSDAY

Slow Cooker All-American Chili

Gluten-Free: Same as original version

Paleo: Bean-Free Slow Cooker All-American Chili

Vegetarian: Slow Cooker Two Bean Chili

To end the week, we have a Slow Cooker Chili with zucchini and bell peppers. The base is either ground beef or black beans, along with kidney beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, a great spice mix, bell peppers, and zucchini to make this really hearty and perfect for fall. We typically do slow cooker meals on Monday but we’re ending the week with this Slow Cooker Chili because of Halloween. Halloween is on a Sunday this year and this is the perfect meal to start in the morning and have ready before you go out trick-or-treating or before the trick-or-treaters hit your house.


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