Meal Plan Menu | Week of 4/27/20
Having easy one pan recipes for dinner, especially during stressful or hectic times, really is the dream. That’s why we’re excited to bring you a menu of quick, new meals to enjoy making in a flash this week!
Fish Chowder with Butter Lettuce Salad
It’s a great time to enjoy comfort food, and this creamy dish and crispy side salad will deliver that balanced comfort that satisfies the heart. Our classic version of fish chowder uses aromatics, spices, and savory bacon to build layers of flavors, and you can use any type of white fish that is available. If you want the whole meal ready in less than the 30 minutes it normally takes to put together, you can easily make it in an Instant Pot, too!
To make this naturally gluten-free recipe vegetarian, we turn it into a Lentil Chowder with the same butter lettuce salad on the side. Our Paleo Creamless Fish Chowder keeps all the comfort and simply replaces the potatoes with cauliflower and the cream with stock.
Sweet Potato & Sausage Breakfast Hash
This 30-minute, one-pan meal is about to become one of your favorite breakfast-for-dinner recipes. Sweet potatoes, sausage, spinach, and spices get cooked together to form a flavorful, healthy hash that can be enjoyed beyond dinner time. And how do you finish it off? With eggs cracked and cooked right in the hash, of course!
Oh, and did we mention that this mouth-watering meal is already gluten-free and Paleo? Well, it is and it’s super easy to make meatless by using delicious vegan sausage.
Creamy Chicken & Asparagus Pesto Pasta
Bring on spring with this creamy pasta that is full of green spring vegetables and fresh basil pesto! In just 30 minutes, you can have a delicious one-pot dinner on the table. You can even make the entire meal ahead of time and just reheat it before serving to save you time on a busy weeknight.
White beans go so well with Italian cuisine, which is why we’re using that to pack a nice punch of protein in the vegetarian version of our recipe – great for those eating meatless or wanting to lower that grocery bill. To make this delectable meal gluten-free, all you need to do is replace wheat pasta and flour with GF variations. We also have our Seared Chicken with Pesto and Veggies for those who are eating Paleo but still want to enjoy the best that spring has to offer.
Southwestern Polenta Pie with Enchilada Sauce
Start this skillet polenta pie on the stovetop and finish it in the oven to get super tender vegetables and that well-developed enchilada flavor we all love. This incredibly healthy dish is bursting with savory and spicy flavors and can be ready to be devoured after just 40 minutes of one-pan cooking. It is also freezer-friendly, which means this recipe freezes and reheats well, so make a double batch and have an easy homemade meal at the ready for any hectic day.
This great recipe is already both gluten-free and vegetarian, but it is easy to make Paleo with our Southwestern Breakfast Sausage Skillet, which nixes all corn and dairy ingredients and builds texture and flavor with pork sausage instead.
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Meal Planning Tips
- Wednesday’s creamy pesto pasta reheats well, so if you want to have an easier Wednesday night, make it ahead of time and just warm it up to serve!
- If you really want to get ahead so every weeknight meal comes together in a matter of minutes, whip together Monday’s vinaigrette and Tuesday’s spice blend up to 5 days early.
- Not sure of what to do with odds and ends of leftover ingredients, especially in uncertain times like these? Our meal plan recipes ensure that the chives, bacon, and heavy cream we use brings flavor and deliciousness to not only one meal, but multiple dinners this week.
- Storing one pot meals that both freeze and reheat well is always a good idea. All the dishes on this week’s menu can be frozen and reheated easily. So if you have enough ingredients, make a double batch of each recipe so you’ll have a future week covered.
- A great way to use leftover sweet potato and sausage hash is to make breakfast burritos. After all, who doesn’t love a savory breakfast burrito?
- Another way to enjoy our Southwestern polenta pie is to use chips for dipping into any leftovers you have. It’ll give the whole thing a crunch and is just so satisfying!
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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.