Adventurous Recipes | Meal Plan Menu (3/29/21)

Adventurous Recipes | Meal Plan Menu (3/29/21)

Put an end to the what’s for dinner question with something different each night of the week! From Curried Yellow Lentil Soup to Braised Brisket, we’ve got adventurous recipes that will please all palates.

  • By Chelsea Paxton
  • March 26, 2021


Curried Yellow Lentil Soup

Full of warm spices, hearty vegetables, protein-rich lentils, and creamy coconut milk, this soup is the perfect way to start off your week! You’ll love making your own homemade tadka — sauteed Indian spices — that include garam masala, mild curry, turmeric, cumin, red chili flakes, and ghee (or substitute butter) to add layers of flavor throughout the soup. Serve with a cool, crisp salad on the side for a beautifully balanced meal.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Use frozen cauliflower rice as a way to add veggies to the soup while saving on prep time.
  • Fresh ginger adds a little zip to this soup and flavors the broth for Thursday’s braised brisket.

Diet Variation:

  • This meal is naturally gluten-free and vegetarian friendly.
  • Enjoy all the same flavors in this paleo recipe for Curried Sausage and Cauliflower Soup.


Chicken and Waffles with Green Beans

We took the beloved Southern-inspired flavors of chicken and waffles and gave them a Cook Smarts twist. First, the crispy chicken is baked, not fried. Second, the homemade waffle batter calls for whole wheat flour. The result? A super delicious, fun, and healthy weeknight meal the whole family will love. Serve with maple syrup and a side of roasted green beans. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Want to save more time? Simply use store-bought waffles!
  • Get a head start on the crispy baked chicken by marinating the chicken the day before.

Diet Variation:

  • For a delicious gluten-free variation, use GF corn flakes to bread the chicken and your favorite GF flour in the waffles.
  • Our paleo recipe for Maple-Pecan Crusted Chicken is sweet, crispy, and served with roasted green beans and sweet potatoes.
  • For a vegetarian and budget-friendly alternative, try our recipe for Waffles with Balsamic Fruit served with perfectly fried eggs.

“My favorite thing is not having to guess or ask others what’s for dinner. I also love that these are not only adventurous but HEALTHY meals.”

— Jessica D. (Member since Feb 2018)


Hoisin Noodles with Shrimp

Sweet, savory, and ready in just 30 minutes? Yes, please! Rice noodles, carrots, snap peas, and shrimp are stir-fried in an absolutely delicious homemade sauce of hoisin, peanut butter, and Sriracha (for a spicy kick!). Top these shrimp noodle bowls with chopped peanuts and a fresh squeeze of lime juice for a weeknight recipe you’ll definitely want to keep in your back pocket.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Look for pre-shredded carrots at the grocery store to save on prep time.

Diet Variation:

  • Use tamari in place of soy sauce for a gluten-free noodle bowl. (Also be sure to read the label of the hoisin sauce to ensure it’s GF).
  • Our paleo recipe for Sweet and Spicy Zoodles with Shrimp has creative ways to get that sweet and spicy balance just right with paleo-approved ingredients.
  • Use tofu in place of the shrimp for a super-easy-to-make vegetarian noodle bowl.


Slow Cooker Braised Brisket with Couscous

We end the week with a classic slow cooker recipe for braised brisket. It’s everything you want in a cozy dish — warm spices, hearty stock, and melt in your mouth veggies that absorb all the goodness of the slow-cooked beef. Serve with fluffy couscous for comfort food you can feel good about.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Our slow cooker recipes include directions for how to prepare the recipe in the oven or Instant Pot, so you can use the cooking method that works best for you.

Diet Variation:

  • Serve with quinoa in place of couscous for a gluten-free alternative or with cauliflower rice for a paleo-compliant cozy dish.
  • Vegetarians will enjoy all the same flavors in our hearty stew recipe for Braised Kidney Beans with Root Vegetables.

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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