Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/4/20

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/4/20

Warmer weather is right around the corner, and we have the perfect summer dinner recipes created just for you. Whether you want to fire up the grill or cook indoors, you’ll love how each meal incorporates fresh herbs for big summertime flavor.

  • By Chelsea Paxton
  • May 1, 2020

MONDAY

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Tortellini Salad

We start the week with an easy and versatile pork tenderloin that gains lots of fresh seasonal flavor and tenderness from a homemade sweet and savory lemon marinade. Grilled zucchini spears and a tortellini salad with ripe tomatoes and fresh basil add a big dose of veggie goodness and beautiful colors to the plate.

No pasta? No problem! Try our Paleo recipe that substitutes green beans for the pasta in the side salad. For a gluten-free variation on this meal, simply use GF tortellini (or other pasta shape) and substitute tamari for soy sauce in the marinade. Vegetarians will love digging into a big bowl of Tortellini with Fresh Tomato Sauce and sauteed zucchini.

TUESDAY

Chimichurri Shrimp Tacos with Corn & Black Bean Salsa

Perfect for Taco Tuesday, we have a super quick and tasty recipe for shrimp tacos that have a fun summer vibe you’ll love all year long! Our homemade chimichurri sauce with fresh cilantro, parsley, shallots, garlic, and capers ensures that each bite bursts with a bright, zippy flavor.

Tacos are so adaptable! If you don’t have tortillas on hand, try our Paleo recipe for a quick weeknight shrimp and zucchini saute with the same Paleo-friendly chimichurri sauce . For a meat-free option, try our Breakfast Tacos with Chimichurri; it has 24 grams of protein and all the same flavors as the original recipe!

WEDNESDAY

Weeknight Chicken Parmesan with Pasta & Broccoli

Could there be anything more comforting than a big dish of chicken parm? We have a weeknight-friendly recipe that comes together in just 40 minutes with minimal steps but still keeps its big flavor! To seared chicken tenders, add your favorite marinara sauce, fresh mozzarella slices, and a homemade panko crumb topping with fresh garlic, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Broil until crisp and bubbly and serve over al dente noodles and broccoli with chiffonade basil on top for an Italian classic served in the comfort of your home.

We have a delicious meat-free twist on classic chicken parm – oven-roasted portobello mushrooms filled with marinara and lentils topped with fresh mozzarella and crunchy panko topping . . . all served over spaghetti noodles! Our Paleo members will enjoy all the crunchy and saucy goodness of Chicken Marinara with Toasted Pecan Topping. And for a comforting gluten-free chicken parmesan, simply use your favorite GF noodles and panko breadcrumbs.

THURSDAY

Chimichurri Burger with Green Bean “Fries”

With sunny days just around the corner, we have a tasty beef burger recipe that goes above and beyond in flavor with a homemade chimichurri mayo (made from leftover chimichurri sauce from earlier in the week). Serve with a side of green bean “fries” for a fun and healthy way to eat your greens!

Serve these delicious burgers on GF hamburger buns for a gluten-free burger night. Our Paleo members will go sans buns and add creamy mashed avocados for the ultimate Chimichurri Burger Patty. Make homemade black bean burger patties and serve with chimichurri mayo for a delicious twist on Veggie Black Bean Burgers.


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Make Aheads:

  • The chicken parmesan can be made ahead of time to help you get dinner on the table faster on Wednesday night. For best results, wait to broil the cheese and panko topping right before serving.
  • Marinate the pork tenderloin over the weekend to get a head start on Monday’s meal.

dependencies:

  • All diets will make a double batch of homemade chimichurri sauce to be used for Tuesday’s taco night and Thursday’s burger night.

leftovers:

  • Make a delicious Tex Mex salad with crisp greens, leftover corn and black bean salsa, shredded cheese, and extra veggies you have on hand. 
  • Turn Wednesday’s chicken parmesan into the ultimate chicken parm sandwich! Toast your favorite sandwich roll and top with chicken, sauce, and extra cheese of your choice. Melt everything together for a few minutes under the broiler.
  • This week’s menu calls for lots of fresh herbs – basil, cilantro, and parsley. Don’t let any of these fresh beauties go to waste! Make a delicious homemade pesto to add to soups, frittatas, and pastas.

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