Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/28/20

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/28/20

This week of meals with bold flavors is quick and easy, colorful, and fresh, from flavorful Vietnamese pork chops to classic baked chicken tenders with panko over a spinach salad. If you like dinners that use mint and creamy yogurt sauce recipes, this week is for you!

  • By Leila Kalmbach
  • September 25, 2020

MONDAY

Vietnamese Pork Chops with Asparagus and Ginger Rice

The fresh, sweet-sour-umami flavors of Vietnamese cuisine shine in this meal, which will take you 50 minutes from start to finish. A pork chop marinated in lemongrass, fish sauce, garlic, and other fragrant flavors gets cooked on the grill or stovetop, and is served with a finely diced pickled cucumber topping that’s somewhere between salsa and sauce, flavored with fresh mint and a hint of spice. The pork chop and side of asparagus are served over ginger-scented rice.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Feel free to double up the on pork chops, as leftovers freeze well.
  • Fresh mint is used in this and two other meals this week so none will go to waste!

Diet Variation:

  • A simple sub of tamari instead of soy sauce makes this meal gluten-free. 
  • You’ll sub coconut aminos and honey for the marinade, cashews instead of peanuts in the topping, and skip the rice for a paleo dinner. 
  • Vegetarians will make Vietnamese Tofu Lettuce Cups instead of pork chops to go with the pickled cucumbers and ginger rice. 

TUESDAY

Middle Eastern Lamb Wraps with Date and Orange Salad

Our members rave about harissa, a rich Middle Eastern hot chili pepper paste, and in this meal you’ll get the opportunity to turn it into a harissa crema to use on the wraps. The lamb is spiced with a Middle Eastern spice mix that includes cinnamon, fresh mint, coriander, paprika, and more, then wrapped in a pita. The wrap is served with a lightly sweet salad of oranges, dates, and almonds in a vinaigrette. Thanks to using ground meat, the meal comes together in just 35 minutes. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Can’t find pita? You can use tortillas, naan, or any other flatbread instead.
  • Make a double portion of lamb (or spiced lentils, for vegetarians) so that Thursday night’s meal will be a snap!

Diet Variation:

  • Use gluten-free flatbread and sub tamari for soy sauce, and this meal is gluten-free.
  • Paleo eaters will make lettuce wraps, use coconut aminos, and make aioli instead of crema. 
  • For a fully vegetarian meal, use cooked lentils instead of lamb.

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WEDNESDAY

Baked Chicken Tenders with Panko over White Cheddar Spinach Salad

This 55-minute meal is mostly inactive time while the chicken marinates and then bakes in the oven (you can also cook the tenders on the stovetop if it’s still too hot to turn on the oven where you are). The breading crisps up nicely and adds some delicious crunch to a colorful, fresh, and easy meal that includes cherry tomatoes, carrots, and baby spinach alongside rich white cheddar. Prep the ingredients in advance for a 25-minute meal – faster than takeout!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Make tangy honey mustard to use both as a marinade and a salad dressing.
  • Leftover chicken freezes well, so double up if you’ve got a few extra minutes!

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-free panko is the only change you’ll need to make for a gluten-free meal. 
  • Turn this meal paleo by using almond meal instead of panko, and sub avocado for the cheddar.
  • Vegetarians will make Panko-Topped Mac ‘n’ Cheese and enjoy the salad on the side.

THURSDAY

Pita Chip Nachos with Lamb and Za’atar Yogurt

It’s a scientific fact: Everyone loves nachos. Better yet, this Middle Eastern twist on nachos comes together quickly thanks to using leftover spiced ground lamb from earlier in the week. (Didn’t make Tuesday’s meal? It’ll still take you just 30 minutes!) Top pita chips with cooked lamb, carrots, and cheese, bake briefly, and then finish with olives and a fresh, homemade cucumber-tomato salsa along with za’atar-spiced yogurt. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Feel free to customize your nachos with your veggies and toppings of choice. Raid your fridge and pantry for leftover ingredients that need to be used up!
  • Any leftover lamb makes great breakfast burritos. Simply scramble some eggs, reheat the lamb, add a dollop of leftover za’atar yogurt, and roll in tortillas.

Diet Variation:

  • The gluten-free variation uses tortilla chips instead of pita chips. 
  • The paleo variation turns the leftover lamb into Shakshuka (baked eggs in tomato sauce), which is served with a side of cucumbers and baba ganoush.
  • The vegetarian variation simply uses leftover spiced lentils in place of the lamb.

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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