Meal Plan Menu | Week of 6/1/20
Tired of deciding what to cook? We’ve got healthy summer dinner ideas that are bursting with fresh, seasonal flavor – all ready in 40 minutes or less! From grilled balsamic chicken to a fun twist on a BLT sandwich, these light summer meals will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy the best that summertime has to offer.
Slow Cooker Carnitas Bowl with Corn Salsa
Burrito bowls are a super tasty and easy way to enjoy all of your favorite elements of a burrito without the extra calories of a large tortilla or the fuss of trying to roll up the perfect burrito shape. Tonight’s recipe is a creative twist on the classic burrito bowl because we top fluffy quinoa (think extra protein and fiber!) with tender, juicy slow cooker carnitas. Serve with a sweet and savory warm corn salsa, a dollop of sour cream, sliced avocados, cilantro, and crisp tortilla chips, and you’ve got happiness in a bowl!
Bonus points: the options are endless! If you aren’t able to slow cook the carnitas on Monday, you can do this over the weekend (up to 3 days in advance) or feel free to use your Instant Pot for this recipe.
Quinoa is a naturally gluten-free grain, so for a GF meal simply use your favorite GF tortilla chips. If you’d rather skip the grains in this meal altogether, try our Paleo Slow Cooker Carnitas Lettuce Cups with a side of roasted southwestern cauliflower. You can even enjoy all the flavors of this burrito bowl without the carnitas in our vegetarian recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Burrito Bowls.
Grilled Caprese Chicken with Focaccia
Tonight’s dinner may look simple, but we promise to over-deliver with big, summertime flavors! We take balsamic marinated chicken and grill it for maximum flavor and texture. Then we top it with creamy mozzarella cheese, sweet tomatoes, and fresh basil so that each bite reminds you of one of summer’s most beloved salads – the Italian caprese. We love the fresh, bright flavors in caprese salads, and we have a hunch that you will, too. Served with grilled zucchini and toasted focaccia on the side, we invite you to clear a spot outside or even scoot your table closer to a window, and just sit back and enjoy this delicious summer meal.
Whether you have dietary restrictions or you just want more summertime produce, follow our gluten-free recipe for grilled corn on the cob in place of the focaccia or our Paleo recipe for Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Tomato Salsa served with zucchini and bell peppers. Vegetarians will enjoy all the flavors of another beloved Italian salad – panzanella – which consists of crisp bread, tomatoes, and other veggies.
Carnitas Sandwich with Green Bean “Fries”
Who doesn’t love a classic BLT sandwich? Especially when tomatoes are in season and bursting with flavor? That’s why we included a fun spin on the BLT this week – crispy carnitas in place of the bacon! Leftover from Monday night, the carnitas don’t just add a ton of flavor – it also makes this meal come together super fast with easy clean-up. And for a delicious way to get some more green on the plate, serve with a side of green bean “fries.”
The possibilities are endless with this meal! For a gluten-free BLT, simply use your favorite GF sandwich bread. Vegetarians will love our protein-packed Mashed Chickpea Sandwich. And whether you follow a Paleo diet or simply have more leftover carnitas, give our recipe for Carnitas Soup a try! (It’s a popular one with our community members for a good reason!)
Turkey Fried Quinoa “Rice” with Sriracha Mayo
Ready in just 30 minutes, this protein-packed quinoa fried “rice” with seasoned ground turkey is also packed with lots of veggies such as carrots, peas, and spinach. We layer in more flavor with a homemade stir-fry sauce and add fresh cilantro and basil for an irresistible herbaceous flavor redolent of summer. But we can’t decide what the best part of the meal is – topping this delicious stir-fry with a fried egg or our homemade Sriracha mayo? You be the judge and let us know what you think! Either way, you’ll love this easy and healthy twist on fried rice!
For a meatless quinoa fried rice, use extra-firm tofu in place of the turkey. Use tamari in place of soy sauce for a gluten-free alternative. And we’ve got our Paleo members covered with our recipe for cauliflower fried rice with ground turkey and spicy cashew sauce.
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Meal Planning Tips
- Monday’s carnitas can be made up to 3 days in advance. In order to use the carnitas for Monday and Wednesday’s meals, we recommend making the carnitas on Sunday if you need extra time for the slow cooker. We also include tips for how to make carnitas in an Instant Pot, so be sure to sign up for a free 30-day trial to access all our tips!
- Thursday’s Quinoa Fried Rice can be made ahead and reheated prior to serving, though we recommend waiting to cook the egg to your liking right before dinnertime.
- Part of an efficient meal plan for the week includes cooking once and eating twice. It helps save time in the kitchen for cooking and cleaning, and can help you save money. This week, cook the carnitas one way and enjoy in two very different meals on Monday and Wednesday.
- The original, gluten-free, and vegetarian recipes include making a double batch of quinoa on Monday to use in both the burrito bowl and later in the week for Thursday’s quinoa fried rice.
- Top your favorite lunchtime salad with leftover caprese chicken for a boost of protein and delicious summertime flavor. Our recipe for Balsamic Spinach Salad with Strawberries would be especially yummy!
- The possibilities are endless with leftover carnitas – make quesadillas, tacos, and even soup! Check out Wednesday’s Paleo recipe for [Leftover] Carnitas Soup for some inspiration.
- With leftover focaccia bread, we invite you to make a grilled caprese sandwich with leftover mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes, or try Tuesday’s vegetarian recipe for Grilled Panzanella Salad.
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