Meal Plan Menu | Week of 3/23/20

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 3/23/20

Reduce food waste and your monthly food bills with a smart meal plan! This menu seamlessly ties flavor-packed recipes together in a way that optimizes every minute in the kitchen.

  • By Brittany Yamamoto-Taylor
  • March 20, 2020


Honey Adobo Turkey Meatball Lettuce Cups with Pear & Celery Slaw

Pair the refreshing crunch of crisp lettuce with hearty meatballs, a creamy powerhouse sauce, and a naturally sweet pear and celery slaw, and you’ve got one flavorful and delicious dinner. This healthy, low-calorie meal is ready in 45 minutes, but is also great to prep ahead so that all of the components are ready to serve at a moment’s notice. 

We made sure that this recipe is super easy to make gluten-free if you use GF panko breadcrumbs and Paleo if you swap out the breadcrumbs for almond meal. If you are eating vegetarian, try our delicious, 35-minute Lentil and Cheese Quesadilla with Honey Adobo Sauce recipe that has the same crunchy pear and celery slaw on the side.


Honey Adobo Chopped Chicken Salad with Black Beans & Avocado

This quick and easy 30-minute meal delivers everything you look for in a really good savory salad – crisp romaine, hearty black beans, sweet corn, bold queso fresco, and creamy avocado. Drizzle with a tasty honey adobo dressing that doubles as a marinade for chicken, and you’ll get maximum flavor in every nutrient-rich bite!

This gluten-free salad only needs a few tweaks for our Paleo recipe version – omit the corn, cheese, and sour cream, and add in extra veggies and crunchy pepitas. Our vegetarian recipe nixes the meat and crumbles tortilla chips over the top for a satisfying dinner that still has 18 grams of protein per serving!


Cajun Shrimp Po’ Boy with Chips & Pickles

There is something about a shrimp Po’ Boy that makes it feel like beach vacation time. Whether at the beach or around your kitchen table, our Cajun-spiced recipe is sure to have you loving the combo of shrimp, romaine, and a to-die-for creamy sauce in a toasted hoagie roll. With simple sides of pickles and chips, this 30-minute meal always gets rave reviews from our community and is great for a busy day or whenever you want to bring out a crowd-pleaser.

For those on a gluten-free diet, you can enjoy this meal by simply picking up GF buns at the grocery store. For the vegetarians amongst us, we have a delicious Cajun Tofu Po’ Boy recipe that is just as good as the original. For the Paleo cooks out there, try our mouth-watering Paleo Cajun Shrimp Salad that will have you dreaming of summer!


Italian Wedding Soup with Orzo Pasta

With meatballs already made earlier in the week, this classic Italian soup comes together in just 40 minutes and is loaded with colorful vegetables, tender orzo pasta, and rich parmesan cheese. This one-pot meal is comforting, filling, and convenient, and can easily be made in an Instant Pot, too!

This easy soup can be made gluten-free by substituting lentils instead of orzo for an extra punch of protein. Our vegetarian recipe brings the meal to life by adding white beans to the soup and making an herb and cheese bread on the side. To enjoy a Paleo Italian wedding soup, simply switch out the orzo for earthy mushrooms.

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Meal Planning Tips

Make Aheads:

  • For our Original, Gluten Free, or Paleo dinners this week, you can make a double batch of meatballs ahead of time, so Monday and Thursday’s meals will be a breeze!
  • You can also save time this week by preparing your sauces up to 5 days before you plan to use it. This week, we’re making Honey Adobo Sauce and a creamy Cajun Sauce.


  • It’s always great to save money while being prepared to whip up a delicious meal on the fly. So, try freezing leftover meatballs, chicken, shrimp, hoagie buns, and soup for a busy week in the future. Make sure you download our All-in-One Freezer Guide for more freezing smarts!
  • If you don’t plan on freezing leftover meatballs, then chop them up and use them as filling for finger-lickin’-good tacos or burritos!
  • You can also save leftover Adobo marinade / dressing for up to a week and use it to marinate fish, pork, steak, or tofu to add a smokey kick to any meal.

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