Delicious and Innovative Menu | Meal Plan Menu (1/3/22)

Delicious and Innovative Menu | Meal Plan Menu (1/3/22)

This innovative menu is full of exciting flavors and colorful vegetables. Enjoy everything from Hoisin Salmon, to Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese, to Persian Style Wedding Soup!

  • By Jess Dang
  • December 31, 2021

MONDAY

Hoisin Salmon with Rice and Bok Choy and Shiitake Stir Fry

Gluten-Free: Hoisin Salmon with Rice and Bok Choy and Shiitake Stir Fry

Paleo: Asian Glazed Salmon with Cauliflower Rice and Bok Choy and Shiitake Stir Fry

Vegetarian: Hoisin Tofu with Rice and Bok Choy and Shiitake Stir Fry

First up this week, we’re making a 40-minute Hoisin Salmon or Hoisin Tofu, which is served with a bok choy and shiitake stir fry and rice. The salmon or tofu gets baked in the oven with a tasty hoisin glaze. If you’ve never had hoisin before, it’s a dark-colored, sweet and salty sauce that’s often used in Cantonese dishes. For this dish, you’ll mix it with some other really fragrant ingredients like fresh ginger and soy sauce to elevate the entire meal. While the hoisin salmon or tofu is baking, you’ll make the bok choy and shiitake stir fry, which we’re keeping really simple, but you’ll still build in some great flavor by using oyster (or soy sauce and chili garlic sauce for vegetarians).

TUESDAY

Persian Meatballs with Pita, Harissa Hummus, and Moroccan Carrots

Gluten-Free: Persian Meatballs with GF Pita, Harissa Hummus, and Moroccan Carrots

Paleo: Baked Persian Meatballs with Baba Ganoush and Moroccan Carrots

Vegetarian: Black Bean Falafel with Pita, Harissa Hummus, and Moroccan Carrots

Next, on Tuesday, is Persian Meatballs with soft pita, creamy harissa hummus. and seasoned Moroccan carrots. Harissa is another one of those ingredients that really allows you to keep things simple in a recipe while still creating flavors that are a lot more complex. It’s a combination of chili peppers, roasted red peppers, herbs and spices, and garlic, so you get all of those flavors by adding just one ingredient from a jar. You’ll use harissa in both the hummus and in a delicious honey-harissa sauce for the carrots. Bake the meatballs in the oven, and by doubling the batch you’ll get a head start on Thursday’s Persian Style Wedding Soup. Or hey — if you want to make even more meatballs, they freeze really well for later! In the vegetarian version of this meal, you’ll make black bean falafel instead of the meatballs.


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WEDNESDAY

Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese and Green Salad with Pears

Gluten-Free: Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese and Green Salad with Pears

Paleo: Maple-Balsamic Pork Tenderloin and Green Salad with Pears

Vegetarian: Same as original recipe

On Wednesday, we’re making Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, which you could call a more sophisticated, grown-up version of that childhood favorite. But I’ll tell you a secret: It’s basically spinach and artichoke dip with the bread already attached! It’s warm and creamy and perfect for a chilly night, yet still has lots of vegetables so you’ll feel good after eating it. You’ll serve the sandwiches with a green salad with pears in a balsamic vinaigrette after just 40 minutes of cooking and chopping. Or, if you’re making the paleo version, you’ll enjoy a Maple-Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with that same green salad.

THURSDAY

Persian Style Wedding Soup with Carrots, Couscous, and [Leftover] Meatballs

Gluten-Free: Persian Style Wedding Soup with Carrots, GF Pasta, and [Leftover] Meatballs

Paleo: Persian Style Wedding Soup with Carrots, Fennel, and [Leftover] Meatballs

Vegetarian: Persian Style Wedding Soup with Carrots, Couscous, Chickpeas

To end the week, we have a new Persian Style Wedding Soup with [Leftover] Meatballs (or chickpeas for our meatless version). If you’re familiar with Italian Wedding Soup, which typically has meatballs, greens, carrots, and other vegetables, this is the same idea, but with Persian flavors. If you made the meatballs earlier in the week, this soup is a breeze. You’ll just simmer them together with carrots, fennel, Swiss chard, pearl couscous, and spices. Then give it all a garnish with parsley leaves and a dollop of Greek yogurt, and the soup is ready to go!


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