Meal Plan Menu | Week of 3/9/20

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 3/9/20

What should you eat for dinner tonight? How about an elegant sheet pan salmon dinner or homemade spicy chicken wings? Luckily, you can have both AND comforting favorites such as Korean bibimbap and grilled cheese sandwich when you make this week’s meal plan menu!

  • By Chelsea Paxton
  • March 6, 2020

MONDAY

Sheet Pan Greek Salmon with Oregano Potatoes & Kale Salad

This roasted salmon and potatoes dish comes together quickly on a sheet pan, perfect for a busy Monday night. Topped with a colorful Greek-inspired salsa and served with a fresh baby kale salad on the side, this is a well-rounded (and well-seasoned!) dinner that you can feel good about! As an added bonus, if you’re subscribed to our meal plan service, you can add this meal to a new feature called “My Collections” so you can easily find this recipe again to serve as an elegant dinner for guests.

This recipe is naturally gluten-free and easily made Paleo compliant by using sweet potatoes in place of the baby potatoes. Vegetarians will enjoy a similar Greek-inspired flavor profile in our recipe for Sheet Pan Greek Tofu and Lentils.

TUESDAY

Weeknight Beef Bibimbap with Carrots, Zucchini & Fried Egg

Bibimbap is a Korean rice bowl that is often served with sauteed seasoned vegetables (or kimchi), gochujang chili pepper paste, soy sauce, and other toppings such as an egg and / or sliced meat. We streamlined this delicious dish to be more weeknight friendly with sauteed carrots, zucchini, and marinated sliced steak topped with a fried egg. Our step-by-step instructions will show you how to utilize the same pan for all of these components to make clean-up a snap.

All diets can enjoy weeknight bibimbap with a few easy substitutions. Paleo members will make a few changes to the marinade and serve with cauliflower rice. Using tamari in place of the soy sauce is all that’s needed to make a delicious gluten-free variation. Our meatless option uses adzuki beans in place of the steak because they hold up well to a quick stir-fry in the sauce.

WEDNESDAY

Spinach & Artichoke Grilled Cheese with Pear Salad

Spinach artichoke dip is creamy, delicious, and oh so satisfying! We’ve turned this scrumptious dip into a creamy filling for grilled cheese sandwiches, taking a comfort food classic to the next level! A crisp salad with juicy sliced pears tossed in a tart vinaigrette brings a nice balance to this meal.

This salad and sandwich combination is naturally vegetarian and easily made gluten-free by using your favorite GF bread. Paleo members will enjoy a crisp salad with Maple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin.

THURSDAY

Kung Pao Chicken Wings with Fried Rice

A lighter, healthier recipe for crispy chicken wings at home? Count us in! We perfected a technique that achieves the perfectly crisp chicken wing every time, and it’s something every home cook can do, whether you are new to the kitchen or a seasoned chef. The secret is tossing them in baking powder to draw out the moisture and baking them with some space in between to allow the air to circulate. This version is finished with a spicy Kung Pao sauce and a side of veggie-filled fried rice. 

Enjoy gluten-free Kung Pao chicken wings by using tamari in place of the soy sauce. Our Paleo members will make a few minor changes to the original recipe and serve with a side of cauliflower fried rice. Tempeh becomes the star ingredient for our vegetarian stir-fried Kung Pao Tempeh.


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Meal Planning Tips

Make Aheads:

  • Most of our homemade sauces, salsas, and dressings can be made ahead of time to help get dinner on the table faster on busy weeknights. This week, make Thursday’s sweet and spicy Kung Pao sauce and Monday’s savory Greek Salsa over the weekend.  Each recipe includes prep ahead steps and how to store safely until mealtime.
  • Tuesday’s bibimbap has many components that can be made over the weekend to help dinner come together quickly. You can make everything for this recipe ahead of time, but wait to cook the eggs right before serving. And hey, even if you don’t have enough time to prep the entire recipe, you can save valuable weeknight time by marinating the steak 1-2 days ahead of time!

efficiencies:

  • Many of our recipes will utilize our motto of “cook once, eat twice,” to save you time and money throughout the week. This week, the original, gluten-free, and vegetarian plans will make a double batch of rice on Tuesday to be used in both the Weeknight Beef Bibimbap and Kung Pao Chicken Wings. Those following the Paleo diet will make a double batch of cauliflower rice.

leftovers:

  • If you have extra spinach-artichoke filling from Wednesday, stir it in to freshly scrambled eggs and serve with hearty wheat toast for a satisfying breakfast.
  • Leftover Greek Salsa from Monday can be used up in a variety of ways! Instead of a typical salad dressing, try tossing the salsa with crisp greens, cucumbers, feta cheese, and pan-fried chickpeas for a refreshing Mediterranean salad. Or stir leftover salsa into hummus and serve on bruschetta toasts or pita chips for a yummy appetizer!
  • Use leftover bibimbap ingredients from Tuesday and tortillas to make Asian-inspired burritos that also freeze well.

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