Meal Plan Menu | Week of 7/20/20
This fast summer menu is full of delicious meals that require little time in front of the stove and are ready in just 25 to 40 minutes. We know our Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Cups and Chickpea Salad Sandwiches are about to join your go-to favorite recipes!
Ham & Feta Scramble Wrap with Fruit Salad
These ham and feta wraps are all kinds of convenient. With only 30 minutes of cooking needed for this meal, it’s hard to beat the flexibility of this breakfast-for-dinner that can be made completely ahead and can even be customized with whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. The wraps are also a great freezer meal — just wrap them tightly in foil, defrost in the fridge overnight, and then bake (still wrapped in foil) until heated all the way through.
And don’t forget the berry, lime, and mint side salad that adds a perfect refreshing finish, too! It accompanies every version of this meal, whether you choose to use gluten-free tortillas, opt for our Vegetarian Veggie Scramble Wrap, or try our Paleo Ham & Bell Pepper Frittata.
Mapo Tofu with Pork, Rice, & Szechuan Green Beans
Mapo tofu is a popular, flavor-rich dish that comes from the Szechuan province of central China and has inspired acclaim all over the world. Our 40-minute version uses ground pork, soft tofu, green onions, and our special mapo sauce that is the true star of the dish. With a side of green beans sauteed in more mapo sauce, this meal has gained a following of fans since we first featured it 3 years ago, and some reviewers have even tracked down Szechuan peppercorns to give the dish its signature mouth-numbing spice!
Another great thing about this meal is that it all reheats well, so that means it can be made several days before you intend to eat it. You can also enjoy this recipe vegetarian and / or gluten-free by omitting the pork (it will still have 21g of protein per serving!) and using tamari and a gluten-free black bean sauce for the mapo sauce. Meanwhile, our Szechuan Pork & Green Beans for Paleo cooks is stir-fried in a chili-garlic sauce and is served over fluffy cauliflower rice.
Mashed Chickpea Salad Sandwiches with Chips
For a vegetarian spin on a classic sandwich (think tuna or chicken salad), this mashed chickpea salad sandwich is about to blow your mind. Ready in only 25 minutes, this flavorful meal is about to be your hot-weather savior because it requires exactly zero minutes over a stove and has a side of crunchy chips. That makes it perfect for vacation cooking or picnicking, and the chickpea salad can even be made up to 5 days before you plan to enjoy it!
This vegetarian meal is super easy to make vegan and all our gluten-free version swaps out is the type of sandwich bread. But, since most of the staples of this recipe are not Paleo-friendly, we created a Lemony Kale Salad with Sardines & Soft-Boiled Eggs for this week’s Paleo summer menu.
Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Cups with Vegetable Fried Rice
Fresh, light, and packed with flavor, this meal takes the beauty of summer lettuce cups to the next level. Our particular recipe is a fantastic warm weather meal because it not only requires just a few minutes at the stove, it also uses leftover rice from Tuesday, lettuce from Wednesday, and green onions from the whole week! It is the height of convenience and is ready in 40 minutes (or far less if you follow our Weekend Prep Steps).
To serve this meal, simply set all of the components out at the table and assemble the lettuce cups as you eat. All you need to make this meal gluten-free is tamari and GF hoisin and cornstarch. You can also enjoy all of the same delicious flavors by making our Hoisin Lentil Lettuce Cups if you are vegetarian or our Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups with fried cauliflower rice if you are Paleo.
“Ever since I started cooking with Cook Smarts, I cook a lot more at home. Grocery shopping is easy and fast from the shopping list. Also by sticking to the menu, it has saved us a lot of money and we don’t waste food anymore. Now we can cook delicious and healthier meals at home so we eat out a lot less.”
– Eileen T. (Member since May 2015)
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Meal Planning Tips
- Since our mapo tofu, rice, and green beans all reheat well, you can get a jump-start on the week by making that entire meal ahead of time. You can also make Monday’s ham and feta wraps and Wednesday’s chickpea salad ahead, too, so you can have an easy cooking week with this summer menu!
- You can also make every meal come together even faster when you whip up sauces up to 5 days ahead of time, like this week’s mapo sauce, Hoisin sauce, and fried rice sauce.
An efficient meal plan not only saves you time and money in the grocery store, but also reduces food waste by using one ingredient in several meals.
- If you make our Original, Gluten-Free or Vegetarian menu this week, you can save extra time by cooking up a double batch of rice to serve with Tuesday’s Mapo Tofu and Thursday’s Hoisin Chicken Lettuce Cups.
- If you choose to make our Paleo menu, you can also make a double batch of cauliflower rice to serve with the same two meals.
- Chop leftover green beans from Monday’s dinner and fold them into scrambled eggs or a frittata for a pop of color and added nutrients.
- You can also make a fun new snack by pressing leftover mashed chickpeas into small disks (add some flour or breadcrumbs if they’re too moist) and frying them up in a skillet for chickpea fritters the whole family will enjoy!
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