Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/7/20

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/7/20

This week of fun, extra-fast meals are filling and satisfying without taking a lot of time to prepare. From Miso Ramen to Classic Tacos, this week’s menu has something for everyone!

  • By Leila Kalmbach
  • September 4, 2020


Indian Chicken Burger with Grilled Okra

Whether it’s still grill weather in your area or you’d rather cook indoors, our Indian Chicken Burger with Grilled Okra comes together in just 45 minutes. The burger is lightly seasoned with Indian spices, and gets additional flavor from mango chutney as well as cucumber raita, a creamy spiced cucumber mixture. The Indian-spiced okra is cooked on the grill or roasted in the oven to crisp up nicely, and can be dipped in any leftover raita.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Mango chutney adds a delicious burst of sweetness, spiciness, and acidity to the chicken burgers. To cut down on prep time, we recommend using a store-bought chutney, but feel free to make your own if you have the time and inclination!

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-free buns and breadcrumbs turn this into a fully gluten-free meal.
  • The paleo version of this meal is served as a bun-free patty. The cucumber raita becomes a salsa, and curry mayo makes up for the raita’s creaminess.
  • For a vegetarian burger, we use Indian-spiced chickpeas instead of chicken.


Miso Lime Ramen with Bok Choy & Edamame

A simple but flavorful miso soup base allows the add-ins to shine in this vegetarian ramen dish. Cauliflower, baby bok choy, and edamame complement the ramen noodles, and the dish derives its flavor from miso, soy sauce, garlic, lime zest, fresh cilantro, and hot sauce (but only if you like a bit of kick!). The short ingredient list and simple preparation means you can get dinner on the table in just half an hour, and at only 326 calories per serving, this dish is both light and satisfying. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Cilantro adds a fresh, delicious flavor to the soup, so feel free to use as much as you’d like!
  • This dish is ideal for busy weeknights or lunch leftovers since you can make it ahead of time and simply add in the ramen noodles before serving.

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-free spaghetti noodles, and tamari instead of soy sauce, make this dish work for those avoiding gluten.
  • Paleo followers can use zucchini noodles, make slight flavoring adjustments, and add chicken.

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Classic Tacos with Avocado Romaine Salad

Tacos these days often include unexpected flavor combinations and complex flavors, and while those are great, there’s just something comforting about the classic combo of ground beef with lettuce, tomato, and cheese in a crispy taco shell. We season this meal with a blend of Mexican spices and serve it with a side salad of avocado and romaine lettuce to round out the flavors and add extra nutrients. Both kid- and adult-friendly, this meal comes together in just 40 minutes!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Cheese and romaine serve double duty this week so nothing goes to waste. The same cheese is used on Thursday for Breakfast Pizzas, and romaine was used earlier in the week for Indian Chicken Burgers

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-free taco shells are all you need to make this meal gluten-free. 
  • For a paleo option, simply omit the dairy products and make lettuce wraps instead of crispy tacos.
  • Our vegetarian recipe uses lentils instead of ground beef in the filling.


Breakfast Pizza with Balsamic Fruit Salad

“Breakfast” and “pizza” are two of our favorite words, so it’s no wonder this weeknight-friendly meal made it onto a menu! Scrambled eggs and bacon make surprisingly good pizza toppings, and using naan instead of raw pizza dough means this meal comes together quickly. Instead of pizza’s traditional side salad, we opted for a bright sweet-and-sour fruit salad with fresh chopped mint. In an upside-down year, breakfast pizza for dinner may just hit the spot!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Leftover naan freezes well, can be sliced into wedges and toasted, or can be topped with leftovers from earlier in the week, such as ground beef or cucumber raita. 

Diet Variation:

  • For a gluten-free version of this meal, use any gluten-free flatbread. 
  • To make this meal paleo, we skip the bread and pile scrambled eggs, bacon, and spinach onto a roast sweet potato instead. 
  • For a vegetarian breakfast pizza, simply omit the bacon.

All meals come with gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options, as well as a grocery list and optional weekend prep steps. Join our weekly meal plan service to get the grocery list, dinner steps, and more cooking tips for these 4 simple dinners.

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