Fast Fresh Meals to Cook at Home | Meal Plan Menu (4/26/21)

Fast Fresh Meals to Cook at Home | Meal Plan Menu (4/26/21)

This week of spring meal ideas includes a salmon poke bowl, a chimichurri sauce recipe to go over shrimp with veggies and polenta, tostadas with black beans, and a pork chop recipe with a side salad.

  • By Leila Kalmbach
  • April 23, 2021


Mango and Cucumber Salmon Poke Bowl

Hawaiian poke bowls are always a hit with our members, and it’s easy to see why: This poke bowl recipe will take you just 30 minutes to put together, and it features a variety of fresh produce, plus creamy raw salmon tossed in an umami-rich seasoning mixture. Don’t like raw fish? You can also sear the salmon and toss it with the seasoning afterward. This salmon poke bowl uses mango as a sweet-and-sour contrast to the cucumber, edamame, spinach, and avocado in the bowl, and it’s finished with a spicy sriracha mayo.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • If you’re planning on serving the salmon raw, ask your fishmonger for sushi-grade salmon or other sushi-grade fish. 
  • We include furikake as an optional topping on the finished bowl. Furikake typically includes fish, so choose a vegetarian version, such as Eden brand, if needed, or you can make your own.
  • Leftover cooked rice and edamame freeze well, so extras can be saved for a future meal.

Diet Variation:

  • Be sure to use tamari instead of regular soy sauce if you’re gluten-free.
  • Skip the edamame and use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce in the paleo version of this meal.
  • You’ll sauté tofu instead of using salmon in the vegetarian version of the meal.


Chimichurri Shrimp Sauté

This meal marries creamy polenta, sautéed shrimp with zucchini and cherry tomatoes, and a tart, fresh chimichurri sauce. Chimichurri is a thick sauce made of cilantro and parsley along with aromatics, red wine vinegar, and lime juice, and the end result is absolutely delicious. It complements and adds fantastic flavor to the subtle flavors in the rest of the dish. Most of the cooking time this meal requires comes from making the polenta, so look for precooked or make it in advance for a quick and easy meal.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Save time by doubling up the chimichurri sauce to make Thursday’s pork chop recipe come together quickly.
  • Freeze extra chimichurri by spooning into ice cube trays. Pop out a cube whenever you want to add a boost of herb-y flavor to any meal!

Diet Variation:

  • No changes are needed for a gluten-free meal.
  • For the paleo version of this meal, you’ll use bell pepper in the sauté instead of zucchini; the zucchini will turn into zucchini noodles to replace the polenta. 
  • Use vegan sausage (or firm tofu or soyrizo) instead of the shrimp for the vegetarian version.

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Black Bean Tostadas with Chili-Roasted Potatoes

Spiced black beans, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and some additional flavors top crispy tortillas in this tasty 40-minute dinner. The beans get lightly mashed, similar to refried beans, but are a lightened-up version. You’ll serve the tostadas with a side of roasted fingerling potatoes seasoned with chili and lime. Like any taco-adjacent meal, feel free to sub in whatever toppings you prefer, then set everything out in bowls so that everyone can choose their own toppings.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Feel free to prep all the ingredients ahead of time (except the tortillas), and then assembly on the day of will be a breeze.
  • Bulk up a breakfast frittata or burrito by adding leftover roasted potatoes. 

Diet Variation:

  • Use corn tortillas if you’re gluten-free. 
  • Paleo cooks will make Baked Southwest Sweet Potatoes instead of tostadas.
  • No changes are needed for the vegetarian version.


Spice-Rubbed Pork Chop with Green Salad

Leftover chimichurri from Tuesday’s shrimp and grits gets used as a salad dressing for this recipe, and also goes great on top of the spiced pork. We include instructions to cook the pork on the grill or on stovetop, so choose whichever works best for you on this mid-spring evening. Cherry tomatoes and pepitas round out the romaine salad. This light but decadent meal contains 49 grams of protein, 578 calories, and will take you 40 minutes if you still need to make the chimichurri sauce — less if it was made ahead.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Chop or slice leftover pork for some tasty tacos.

Diet Variation:

  • No changes are needed for the gluten-free or paleo versions of this meal.
  • Fold chimichurri sauce into rice and beans instead of making a pork chop in the vegetarian version of this meal.

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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