Meal Plan Menu | Week of 8/3/20

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 8/3/20

Get ready to enjoy this week of easy summer recipes! From Avocado Salmon Tacos to Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs, this menu is packed with flavors the whole family will love.

  • By Brittany Yamamoto-Taylor
  • July 31, 2020

MONDAY

Avocado Salmon Tacos with Coriander Lime Broccoli

These quick-cooking salmon tacos are a crowd-pleaser and great for any weeknight. Ready to eat in just 30 minutes, this meal brings ordinary tacos to the next level with coriander lime broccoli on the side and drizzles of our special cilantro garlic sauce that makes use of rich flavors like miso and red wine vinegar.

And if fish isn’t your favorite, you can really use any protein you’d like, or try our vegetarian version that uses spiced pinto beans. You can make the Avocado Salmon Tacos gluten-free, too, by simply picking up corn or GF tortillas at the market. You can also enjoy many of the same flavor notes with our Paleo Seared Salmon Bowl that includes a soy-free cilantro garlic sauce, cabbage slaw, and coriander lime broccoli.

TUESDAY

Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs & Rice with Pan-Seared Green Beans

Meals with teriyaki sauce tend to be a hit with the whole family, and this dish is no exception. Taking direction from the popular Japanese minced chicken meatball called tsukune, our recipe pairs classic teriyaki sauce with meatballs made from seasoned ground chicken, egg, and panko breadcrumbs. Once you try these savory and sweet meatballs over rice and with a side of pan-seared green beans, you will be pulling this recipe out anytime you need a real ‘win’ with family or friends!

Another great thing about this meal is that you can easily enjoy it gluten-free if you use GF panko breadcrumbs and tamari instead of soy sauce. Our Paleo version of this dish uses almond meal instead of breadcrumbs, cauliflower rice instead of white rice, and a teriyaki sauce with Paleo-friendly ingredients. You can also make our vegetarian Teriyaki Tofu that will even reduce your time in the kitchen by 15 minutes.

WEDNESDAY

Skirt Steak with Cilantro Garlic Sauce & Spinach Tomato Rice Salad

Using leftover cilantro garlic sauce from Monday and rice from Tuesday, this meal is an absolute breeze. For over two years, our cooking community members have raved about pairing skirt steak with the bold flavors of this fresh herbal sauce, so get ready for another stellar entree and refreshing rice salad on the side! 

If you have a grill to fire up, this is a great meal for cooking outdoors. Being naturally gluten-free, this dinner is also easy to make Paleo when you swap out the rice for crunchy pepitas that add texture and flavor to the side salad. You can enjoy our vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers with Rice and Cheese recipe as well, which utilizes the same cilantro garlic sauce and is served with a spinach, tomato, and pepita salad.

THURSDAY

Farmer’s Market Frittata with Butterhead Lettuce Salad

It’s the height of summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and farmer’s markets are full of bright and ripe produce. So, whether you grab the ingredients for this frittata at the farmer’s market, grocery store, or from your own garden, this versatile meal celebrates the season in one of the most delicious and easy ways possible. 

One of the best things about a vegetable-packed frittata is that it’s super flexible and works well for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can even make the whole dish ahead of time or freeze leftovers for later. Since this vegetarian meal is also already gluten-free, it only takes a couple simple changes to make it work for Paleo cooks as well – just nix the dairy and corn and whisk up a leaner Dijon vinaigrette for the butterhead lettuce salad.


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Make Aheads:

  • As we mentioned above, you can easily make Thursday’s summer frittata ahead of time and just reheat it for a great meal any time of day.
  • You can also get a jumpstart on the week and have every dish come together super quickly when you prep these sauces / dressings up to 5 days before you’ll use them: cilantro garlic sauce, teriyaki sauce, and Dijon dressing.

EFFICIENCIEs:

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.

  • No matter which diet option you choose to cook this week, you can whip up a double batch of cilantro garlic sauce to use for both Monday’s Tacos and Wednesday’s Steak / Stuffed Peppers.
  • If you follow our Original, Gluten-Free, or Vegetarian menu, you can also save time by making a double batch of rice to use during Tuesday and Wednesday’s dinners.

leftovers:

  • Another great thing about this set of easy summer recipes is that so many of the components will freeze well for delicious future meals. Just pop any extra salmon, tortillas, chicken meatballs, green beans, steak, cooked rice, and frittata in the freezer for weeks or even months. Make sure you refer to our ‘All-in-One Freezer Guide’ for all our best freezing tips!
  • It’s always a great idea to use leftover rice and vegetables to make a quick and easy fried rice that will please even the pickiest of eaters.
  • If you want a fun and refreshing summer snack, you can use leftover cilantro garlic sauce as a salad dressing or a dip for chips or veggies.

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