Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/21/20

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/21/20

Quick yet flavorful sauces, marinades, and vinaigrettes elevate this week’s meals into restaurant-worthy dinners. We’ll teach you how to make Fish en Papillote and share our delicious Steak Cobb Salad recipe, among others.

  • By Leila Kalmbach
  • September 18, 2020


Mediterranean Fish en Papillote with Orzo & Broccoli

Mediterranean flavors and an easy cooking method that feels upscale make this meal a fun way to start the week. “En papillote” means the fish is wrapped in parchment paper to seal in juices during cooking, then baked in the oven. (Don’t worry, we’ll show you exactly how to fold the parchment!) It’s both cooked in and finished with a flavorful, creamy mustard-thyme sauce, and paired with a side of orzo and roasted broccoli that has a hint of spiciness.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Crème fraîche gives the sauce a tangy creaminess that really ups the flavor, though sour cream can be used in a pinch.

Diet Variation:

  • Sub quinoa in place of the orzo for a gluten-free meal. 
  • Go paleo by using cauliflower rice and making a tahini-mustard sauce instead of crème fraîche-mustard sauce.
  • The vegetarian version of this meal is a Chickpea Orzo Pasta with the same great Mediterranean flavors as the original recipe. 


Steak Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese & Sherry Vinaigrette

The hearty, umami flavors of a Cobb salad make it a national favorite: avocado, egg, blue cheese, and more! This week’s version uses steak as the protein and spinach for the base for some extra color and nutrients. It comes together in just 50 minutes, including marinating and cooking the steak. We have you slice the steak into cubes to give it extra surface area to absorb marinade and to brown in the pan. Most of the work involved in this meal is prep, so it’s a great one to get ready ahead of time, then just cook the steak and assemble when you’re ready to eat!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Leftover steak and blue cheese make great sandwiches, or the steak can be frozen for later use.

Diet Variation:

  • A simple switch to tamari from soy sauce for the dressing makes this salad gluten-free. 
  • Use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce for the paleo version, and add in almonds instead of blue cheese. 
  • For a vegetarian meal, enjoy smoky roasted tempeh instead of steak. 

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Pork Potstickers with Szechuan Green Beans

These potstickers are a favorite every time they come up in our meal plans, and you’ll quickly see why! We start with a fragrant ground pork filling spiced with ginger, garlic, coriander, and cilantro, and fold it into wonton wrappers. (If this is your first time, our recipe includes clear instructions plus a video to show you what to do.) While the potstickers are cooking, you’ll make spicy Szechuan green beans, then serve it all with a homemade sweet chili garlic sauce for dipping. It’s a restaurant-quality meal made in the comfort of your own home!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Forming potstickers takes some extra time at first, but will get faster as you go.
  • Potstickers and green beans both freeze well, so feel free to make a bunch and save them for an easy snack or dinner throughout the month!

Diet Variation:

  • The gluten-free and paleo versions of this meal is a Szechuan Pork Stir-fry made with green beans and carrots. Enjoy over quinoa for a gluten-free meal, or top with a fried egg for a paleo delight. 
  • The vegetarian recipe uses finely chopped mushrooms and cabbage to fill the potstickers instead of pork.


Vegetable Stromboli with Green Salad

Stromboli – pizza dough rolled with fillings and a thin layer of sauce – is a fun twist on pizza that will help you finish the week strong. We use bell peppers and mushrooms, cut it into slices for serving, and enjoy it with a simple side salad. Oregano flavors the tomato sauce and vinaigrette to tie the meal together, and any extra sauce can be used for dipping the stromboli slices. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Leftover stromboli freezes well, so make two stromboli and freeze one for a future busy weeknight!
  • Keep the sauce layer thin and slit the top of the stromboli before baking to ensure everything cooks all the way through. 

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-free pizza dough is all you need to transform this normally gluten-heavy meal into a gluten-free one.
  • Our paleo recipe retains the flavors of the original version but turns the stromboli into a Chicken, Bell Pepper, and Mushroom Sauté with homemade marinara sauce.

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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