Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/18/19
Ready for an easy week of cooking that includes one pot recipes? We are, too! Each of these tasty meals are sure to save you time while surprising you with incredible flavor.
Just because you don’t want to spend a ton of time preparing dinner right as the holiday season ramps up, that doesn’t mean you should have to suffer weeks of bland meals. That’s why we’re excited to bring you bursts of flavor from all over the world, but with recipes that take only 30 – 40 minutes of active cooking. (With 2 of them being prepared in only 1 pot or saute pan, you’ll get to save time on cleanup, too!)
We start our international jaunt with the flare of Cajun cooking and then move into a beautifully spiced Indian dish that is adored all over the globe. On Wednesday we venture to Southeast Asia for Thai-inspired noodles in peanut sauce and then close the week with a hearty American breakfast-for-dinner.
Find out about this week’s line-up of recipes below and learn how to cut down your weekday cooking time even more with our Make-Aheads and Leftovers sections!
“I have learned through Cook Smarts that meals can be delicious but not take hours to prepare and cook. I was delighted with the flavors that I could develop in a short amount of time.”
– Alex P. (Member since Jan 2016)
All meals come with gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options, as well as a grocery list and optional weekend prep steps.
On the Menu
This Cajun-inspired recipe is all about achieving maximum flavor in only 30 minutes of cooking time. The mouth-watering broth is the star of the show, getting its incredible blend of flavor from tomato paste, white wine, herbs and spices, and simmering mussels and sausage. Be sure to get a good crusty baguette for soaking up every last drop of this delicious one-pot dish!
To make a great Meatless Monday meal, you can enjoy our Cajun Kidney Beans and Soyrizo Stew that swaps out animal proteins for kidney beans, soyrizo, and sweet potatoes. This quick dinner is also easy to make gluten-free by simply picking up a GF baguette or toasting any GF bread you have at home. If you want to make a Paleo-friendly version, all you have to do is avoid the bread, replace the wine with extra stock, and add sweet potatoes for a heartier soup.
If you’ve never had Chicken Tandoori before, it is a traditional Indian dish that produces fragrant and tender chicken thanks to a marinade of spices and yogurt. This traditional meal has spread all over the world because it is just that delectable. If you really want to hit a splendid depth of flavor, try our optional step of toasting your spices first! Then, in under 1 hour, you can enjoy this dinner with naan and a clean, bright Cucumber Tomato Salad on the side.
If you follow a gluten-free diet, all you need to do is replace traditional naan with any GF naan or flatbread. If you are eating Paleo, our Paleo recipe features an Indian-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower side dish in place of naan. If you want to keep it all veggie this week, you can try our Indian ‘Shakshuka’ recipe that is a creative fusion of traditional Shakshuka (eggs poached in a rich tomato sauce) and classic Indian spices + chickpea / cauliflower combo.
WEDNESDAY | Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles
We’re well aware that basically anyone who can eat peanut butter, loves peanut butter. That’s why we let a sweet, savory, and spicy (if you’d like) Thai-style peanut sauce bring an addictive depth of flavor to this quick and easy meal. In just 30 minutes, you can be sitting down to an I-want-this-every-day dinner that brings together the health and heartiness of chicken, bell peppers, cucumbers, and cabbage.
Our gluten-free version of this one-pan dish only requires 2 substitutes: Tamari instead of soy sauce and GF spaghetti or linguini in place of traditional pasta. Meanwhile, sauteed tofu serves as the protein big-hitter in our vegetarian recipe that has 23 grams of protein per serving. To enjoy the same great flavor beats in a Paleo-friendly way, try making our Thai Chicken Salad with Cashew Dressing that uses many of the same ingredients in a healthy and filling salad.
Breakfast food is undeniably delicious, but not everyone is ready to get up early to make a home-cooked meal in the cold hours of the morning. That’s why we always love partaking in the joys of breakfast for dinner! Our Eggs Benedict recipe features the classic English muffins, Canadian bacon, and poached eggs and is sure to give you your brunch fix any time of day. Paired with our Pear and Spinach Salad, this quick meal is ready to be enjoyed in just 40 minutes.
If you aren’t a big fan of Canadian bacon, you can always substitute deli ham, or try our Vegetarian Eggs Benedict recipe that brings a new level of flavor and texture with creamy mashed avocado. This meal is also easy to make gluten-free – all you have to do is pick up GF English muffins or sandwich bread. Meanwhile, our Paleo version keeps the side salad and swaps out the Benedict for a satisfying Ham and Leek Frittata.
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Meal Planning Tips
- Plan ahead for a Saucy Sunday by making Tuesday’s yogurt marinade, Wednesday’s peanut sauce, and Thursday’s vinaigrette early. This will save you precious minutes when cooking during the weeknights!
- Since our Thai Peanut Noodles reheat really well, you can actually make the entire dish ahead of time and have extra time for relaxing this Wednesday night.
- Cilantro – fresh cilantro adds color and bright flavor to several meals this week, so grab a whole bundle at the grocery store and we’ll make sure you use it all up.
- Ginger – taking the little extra step of grating fresh ginger is well worth it, especially since it adds subtle and spicy notes to both of this week’s Indian and Thai-inspired dishes.
- Freezing food for later is always a good idea, so stick any extra sausage, baguettes, chicken, naan, and / or English muffins you have in your freezer. Make sure you download our ‘All-in-One Freezer Guide’ for more freezing smarts.
- If you want to enjoy a delicious tandoori wrap for lunch this week, all you need to do is slice up leftover Tandoori Chicken and add in extra cucumber and tomato salsa.
- Have leftover sausage, bread (baguette or English muffins), and eggs? You’ve got everything you need to make a baked breakfast casserole that will keep the brunch theme rolling! Get inspiration from our Breakfast Casserole recipe here.