Meal Plan Menu | Week of 6/22/20
Get ready to enjoy this week of fast summer meals! From delicious Black Bean Falafel with Coriander Zucchini to a super quick BBQ Rotisserie Chicken Pizza, we’ve got your weeknight dinners covered.
Curried Rotisserie Chicken Salad Sandwich
Add flavor and efficiency to basic chicken salad with a creamy curry sauce and time-saving rotisserie chicken! This delicious twist on a classic sandwich is ready in just 30 minutes and can also be made completely ahead of time for an even faster Monday night. Because, who couldn’t use a quick and easy start to the week?
While we love serving this chicken salad on store-bought croissants, they’re still fun on regular sandwich bread or GF bread to make the meal gluten-free. If you are eating meatless, we have an exciting Curried Chickpea Salad Sandwich for you to try instead. If you are eating meat and want an even leaner and cleaner version of this recipe, our quick Curried Rotisserie Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups uses a special curried tahini sauce and is completely Paleo.
Black Bean Falafel with Coriander Zucchini & Couscous
There’s no special equipment needed to make these Middle East-inspired falafel that uses black beans instead of the traditional chickpeas or fava beans. The results are tender, bite-sized patties that are especially delicious when served with couscous, coriander zucchini, and a creamy harissa aioli. If you aren’t familiar with harissa, it is a potent Tunisian chili paste that we calm down with the creaminess of aioli, and you can pick it up at your local Trader Joe’s or many other grocery stores in your city or online.
Since falafels are so easy to freeze, you can make a double batch and pop the extras in the freezer for a quick meal down the road. Another convenient thing about this naturally vegetarian dish is that it is painless to make gluten-free by using GF flour and panko breadcrumbs in the falafel and fluffy quinoa instead of couscous. Meanwhile, our Paleo version of this meal keeps the harissa aioli and coriander zucchini and pairs them with Middle Eastern Pork Chops over Cauliflower Rice.
Grilled Steak Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette
Since it is officially summer, we have another grill-friendly recipe in this week’s menu! This warm, grilled steak is served over fresh summer veggies and drizzled with our subtly sweet shallot vinaigrette. If you can pick up fresh corn on the cob at the store, we recommend charring the cobs on the grill at the same time as the steak and then slicing the corn off the cobs for the salad. This will give the salad even more smoky flavor!
We know this 35-minute salad is about to become one of your family staples during these warmer months, and it’s easy to adapt for different diets. Since it’s already gluten-free, you can make it Paleo by simply swapping out the corn for refreshing cucumbers. If you are looking for some of the same delicious ingredients in a meatless version, we’ve got our Grilled Tex Mex Tofu Salad that combines seasoned tofu with corn, tomatoes, tortilla chips, and the same shallot vinaigrette.
BBQ Rotisserie Chicken Pizza with Spicy Lemon Green Beans
Non-traditional pizzas are a great way to bring a bit of fun to your dinner table this summer. Just use your favorite BBQ sauce instead of marinara to create the base of this flavorful and colorful rotisserie chicken pizza. Serve it with our Spicy Lemon Green Beans on the side and you’ll be ready for a great meal you can enjoy around the dinner table while you are watching your favorite TV show, or on a picnic with family and friends.
Since we all know that pizza is one of those lovely foods that freezes and heats really well, it’s always a great idea to make extra and freeze leftovers for a quick meal later. You can also swap out the chicken for pinto beans for a vegetarian option or use gluten-free pizza dough and flour if you are on a GF diet. If you are eating Paleo, you can enjoy the same flavor profile with our low-calorie BBQ Rotisserie Chicken Saute that is made with delicious veggies like red onions and mushrooms, and serve it over cauliflower rice.
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- You can make this week’s curried chicken salad up to 3 days ahead and then when Monday rolls around, you can get dinner on the table in just a couple minutes!
- All of the components for Tuesday’s Black Bean Falafel and Coriander Zucchini dinner can also be made ahead and just reheated for the easiest weeknight ever.
- If you want to be able to have even more free time during the upcoming weeknights, you can set aside an hour over the weekend and prep any or all of these sauces of our fast summer meals: curried yogurt sauce, harissa aioli, and shallot vinaigrette.
- One rotisserie chicken can easily be used for two meals, so for the Original, Paleo, and Gluten-Free recipes on our menu this week, you can save time by shredding rotisserie chicken once to use in both Monday’s Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich and Thursday’s BBQ Rotisserie Chicken Pizza.
- Our curried chicken salad is so delicious that you’ll want to enjoy it again in a whole new way. You can use any leftovers you have as a filling for zucchini boats or the base for a flatbread pizza with a mild cheese melted on top.
- Falafel is great for fusion burritos! Just chop up your leftover black bean falafel and enjoy them in breakfast burritos with that delicious harissa aioli.
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