Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/18/20

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/18/20

This week our meal plan menu is all about comforting meals made flavorful with delicious sauce recipes. You’ll be able to enjoy comfort food with simple cooking techniques that include an easy white wine sauce, homemade pesto, and our take on classic General Tso’s sauce.

  • By Chelsea Paxton
  • May 15, 2020


Pork Piccata with Roasted Asparagus & Farro

Begin your week with an elegant dinner the whole family will love! Piccata is a delicious pan sauce made with butter, fresh lemon juice, white wine, capers, and fresh parsley. By lightly dredging thinly sliced pork chops in flour and pan-frying, the pork develops a crispy texture that soaks up all the tangy butter-lemon piccata sauce. Served over hearty farro with a side of roasted asparagus, this comforting dish is the perfect way to end your Monday.

We love helping home cooks become confident in accommodating a variety of dietary needs. If pork is not your thing, go ahead and substitute chicken breast in this recipe. Can’t do gluten? Simply use your favorite GF flour for the pork and serve over quinoa. Our Paleo members will make riced carrots to soak up the dreamy Piccata pan sauce, and vegetarians will make hearty Farro and Lentil Grain Bowls with a delicious lemon-caper yogurt sauce. 


Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breast with Roasted Green Beans

Ready to get fancy? Our prosciutto-wrapped, stuffed chicken breast is a Cook Smarts community favorite because this deliciously gourmet meal is both manageable for a weeknight and special enough for a celebratory meal. Stuffed with homemade sun-dried tomato pesto, fontina cheese, and topped with a white wine pan sauce, this is definitely not your average chicken dish. You’ll be tucking in to a better-than-restaurant quality meal from the comforts of your own home in only 45 minutes!

This gluten-free meal is super simple to make Paleo-friendly by skipping the fontina cheese and using arrowroot powder to help thicken the pan sauce. Our Stuffed Portobellos with Tomato Pesto uses the same sun-dried tomato pesto and fontina filling, making it an excellent vegetarian alternative to the original recipe.


General Tso’s Chicken Stir-Fry with Farro

We sure love a great “fake-out” recipe that is healthier and more budget-friendly than a Chinese take-out entree. Tender chicken breast is stir-fried with vibrant broccoli and sweet red bell peppers and served over farro for a delightful texture and chew. Served with a homemade sweet and spicy General Tso’s Sauce, this whole meal comes together in just 35 minutes, which is much faster than ordering take-out and waiting for pick-up or delivery.

Our gluten-free and Paleo members will make simple substitutions in the sauce to accommodate their dietary needs and serve over quinoa or cauliflower rice. Tofu becomes the star ingredient in our vegetarian recipe, since it soaks up the General Tso’s Sauce so each bite is packed with that sweet and spicy flavor we all love! 


Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Fusilli with Mushrooms & White Beans

To round out the week we have a one-pot pasta dish with ooey-gooey melty cheese that comes together in just 30 minutes. We combine fusilli pasta with sun-dried tomato pesto (made earlier in the week), sauteed zucchini, creamy cannellini beans, earthy mushrooms, and top it all off with fontina cheese that is broiled until bubbly. You’ll love the bits of fusilli pasta and fontina cheese that turn golden brown in the broiler – all the best flavors and textures in one bite!

This vegetarian meal can easily be gluten-free by using GF fusilli (or other shape) pasta. Our Paleo recipe for Shrimp with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto is a delicious low-calorie, one-pot dish that comes together quickly.

“Thank you Cook Smarts so much for all you do to make my life easier! . . . Thank you for helping make nightly family dinner time happen.”

– Kate M. (Member since Feb 2014)

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Make Aheads:

  • We know that by mid-week, life can get really busy. Wednesday’s recipe for General Tso’s stir-fry can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving for a quick dinner right when you need it.
  • Save time this week by making the sun-dried tomato pesto and a double batch of farro ahead of time. They can be prepared up to 5 days in advance before you need them.


  • This week we are all about the sauces and we use white wine in two dishes to make a delicious pan sauce. Remember to choose a wine with a flavor profile that you would prefer to drink, as this flavor will infuse the pan sauce. Feel free to sub stock if you prefer.
  • Fontina cheese is a creamy, easy-to-melt cheese with a buttery, almost nutty flavor. So good! We use this specialty cheese in both the stuffed chicken and pasta dishes to make sure none goes to waste. If you can’t find fontina cheese, you can substitute with provolone or mozzarella.
  • Fresh parsley is so much more than a garnish! We use this fresh herb to add a bright, almost lemony flavor to Monday’s pork piccata and Thursday’s pasta dish, so be sure to grab a large, leafy bunch.


  • For a delicious salad, take extra arugula (an ingredient in this week’s pesto) and top it with leftover roasted asparagus with a squeeze of fresh lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, shaved parmesan cheese, and a poached egg. New to poaching eggs? We got you covered here.
  • Slice leftover pork piccata and make an Italian-inspired sandwich with your favorite bread or roll.
  • We highly recommend trying different dietary variations on our original recipes! If you have extra sun-dried tomato pesto try our vegetarian Stuffed Portobellos (from Tuesday) or our Paleo Shrimp with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto (from Thursday).

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