Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/11/20

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/11/20

Fresh ingredients like lemon, dill, and an abundance of veggies bring big spring flavors to this week’s menu for easy, healthy dinner recipes.

  • By Chelsea Paxton
  • May 8, 2020


Warm Lentil & Salmon Salad with Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette

This elegant entree salad is not only packed with a double dose of protein from lentils and salmon, but it’s also packed with a variety of flavors from tangy feta cheese, savory olives, zippy red onions, and toasted walnuts. Served on a delicate bed of mixed greens, each bite is infused with the fresh springtime flavors of lemon and dill in our homemade vinaigrette. It tastes like fancy bistro dining, so for a bit of extra fun, set the table with some fresh flowers or your favorite tablecloth to really set the mood!

This salad is naturally gluten-free and can be transformed into a Paleo salad by simply substituting sliced avocados for the lentils. Whether the market was out of salmon or you prefer a vegetarian option, you’ll love the crispy goat cheese rounds in our Warm Lentil and Goat Cheese Salad topped with roasted tomatoes. 


Sheet Pan BBQ Sausage & Veggies with Cauliflower Rice

Sweet, spicy, and savory, this sheet pan dinner hits all the flavor notes for a well-rounded and satisfying meal. We combine smoked sausage with classic bell peppers and onions and take these flavors to the next level by adding a sweet pineapple and BBQ sauce. Served with a double dose of veggies – roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower rice – this is a hearty and comforting dinner the whole family will love!

This stunning sheet pan dinner is naturally gluten-free and Paleo friendly. Plus, it’s super easy to make vegetarian by using vegan sausage.


Mongolian Beef Noodles with Snow Peas

At Cook Smarts, we love coming up with recipes that mimic our favorite takeout cuisines. Tonight’s noodle stir-fry captures all the flavors and textures we love in Mongolian beef. We’ll show you how to slice the beef super thin, so that it soaks up all the delicious flavors of our sweet and savory Mongolian stir-fry sauce. Served with lo mein noodles and crisp snow peas, this meal in a bowl just might become your new go-to dish!

We know it can be tricky to accommodate dietary requests in a takeout order – which is another reason why we love making “fakeout” recipes at home! Try our Mongolian Tofu Noodles for a meat-free alternative to steak. Our Paleo members will twirl zucchini noodles with Mongolian beef and asparagus in place of peas. Use GF noodles and tamari for a gluten-free noodle stir-fry. 


Lemon Dill Chicken Orzo Soup

Nothing is more comforting than a big bowl of chicken soup, right? This recipe puts a springtime spin on traditional chicken orzo soup by adding lots of zesty lemon and bright, herby dill. We build layers of flavor in this soup with fresh aromatics such as onions, carrots, garlic, and bay leaves. Toasted orzo pasta adds texture while fresh spinach and peas add a boost of greens. Tender chicken thighs add depth of flavor and protein. Serve with a dollop of yogurt and a slice of baguette for a comforting meal with bright springtime colors and flavors.

Try our Lemony Dill Chickpea Orzo Soup for a delicious and affordable alternative to chicken. Add broccoli florets in place of the orzo for a delightful Paleo soup or use your favorite GF noodle and bread for a gluten-free chicken soup.

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  • Tuesday’s sheet pan dinner requires a bit of hands-off baking time. If you’d like to have dinner on the table faster, make the entire meal ahead of time and reheat before serving.


  • Dill is a delicate herb that packs a bold, distinct flavor and evokes the feeling of spring! We use this fresh herb in both the salad and soup recipes this week, and feel free to add extra dill to these recipes if you love this herb as much as we do!
  • We use bell peppers in different ways this week – in our sausage sheet pan dinner and noodle stir-fry. Select your favorite color of bell pepper to go with the sausage and onions (perhaps sweet red or yellow to complement the spicy sausage) and use green bell peppers with the Mongolian beef noodles.


  • Hero, hoagie, sandwich – the name doesn’t matter, but the flavor sure does! Toast your favorite sandwich roll and add reheated sausage, bell peppers, and onions from Tuesday’s sheet pan dinner. Top with your favorite cheese and broil until melty for a flavorful sausage hoagie.
  • Make a delicious BBQ black bean burrito by reheating leftover paprika roasted sweet potatoes and adding drained and rinsed black beans, shredded cheese, and BBQ sauce. Wrap in your favorite tortilla and enjoy!
  • Make fusion tacos by wrapping reheated Mongolian beef in corn tortillas and topping with fresh lime slaw (add a bit of cooking oil, lime juice, and a pinch of brown sugar to a bag of coleslaw mix or sliced cabbage).

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