Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/9/20

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/9/20

Bring on the cozy fall feelings with our hearty dishes this week! From Filipino beef stew to homemade calzone, you’ll get to experience a delicious week of meals.

  • By Chelsea Paxton
  • November 6, 2020


Slow Cooker Beef Kaldereta

Cozy up to a warm bowl of beef kaldereta, a beloved tomato-based Filipino beef stew. While often served on holidays or special occasions, you can enjoy our version of this classic stew on a weeknight by utilizing the slow cooker (we also provide stovetop directions!). Hearty vegetables such as onions, bell peppers, potatoes, and frozen peas round out the savory beef chuck roast and a fresh squeeze of lime adds the perfect balance of flavors. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Beef kaldereta develops flavor over time, making it an excellent dish to prepare over the weekend and store in the fridge until you are ready to serve during the week.
  • Full of protein and fiber, this stew is satisfying all on its own, but feel free to serve over your favorite grain such as rice, couscous, or quinoa. (If you plan to serve with rice, make extra for the rest of the week!).

Diet Variation:

  • Substitute tamari for the soy sauce for a delicious gluten-free stew.
  • Use sweet potatoes and Bragg’s / coconut aminos for a paleo beef kaldereta.
  • For a budget-friendly and vegetarian variation, use lentils instead of beef in our delicious recipe for Slow Cooker Lentil Kaldereta.


Sausage Shrimp Gumbo with Rice

Quick to prepare and full of zesty flavor, there’s so much to love about our gumbo recipe! This hearty, flavorful stew combines shrimp, andouille sausage, and a delicious medley of vegetables such as bell peppers, okra, and tomatoes. Serve over fluffy rice for a hearty weeknight meal.  

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Our recipe calls for spicy andouille sausage, but if you prefer the dish to be more mild, select a mild-precooked sausage.
  • The flavor is in the details! Remember to use limes and green onions per the recipe instructions. These ingredients tie all the flavors together, and they’re also used in other recipes throughout the week to ensure none goes to waste.

Diet Variation:

  • For a gluten-free gumbo, use almond flour as the thickening agent in the stew.
  • Our Paleo members will also use almond flour and serve the gumbo over cauliflower rice.
  • Vegetarians can enjoy all the spicy goodness of homemade gumbo by using vegetarian sausage and pinto beans. Delish!

“Since joining Cook Smarts I have made over 15 meals and they are all easy, quick, and delicious. Every night my husband comments on how wonderful the food was. Thank you for inspiring me and making it easy for me to still eat healthy and delicious food while managing so many other things!”

–Richelle C. (Member since Feb 2020)


Spinach Calzone with House Salad

There’s something that’s just so unique and fun about making calzones at home! Our recipe calls for store-bought pizza dough with a homemade spinach, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese filling. Served with a crisp side salad and marinara for dipping, you’ll love every bite of this cozy meal.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • There’s a bit of inactive time built into this recipe to let the pizza dough rest at room temperature and for the calzone to bake in the oven. This is a great time to prep the other ingredients or take a few quiet moments for yourself. (You deserve it!).
  • If this is your first time making calzones, our meal plan includes a video for you to watch how it’s done.

Diet Variation:

  • With so many great gluten-free products available, simply use your favorite gluten-free pizza dough for delicious GF calzones.
  • Our Paleo members will love all the flavors and textures of our Baby Spinach Cobb Salad.


Miso Chicken Veggie Stir-Fry with Rice

Miso butter is one of our community members’ favorite flavor boosters, and for tonight’s recipe we are using it to finish a quick and easy-to-make stir-fry. With tender chicken thighs, crisp green beans, and earthy cremini mushrooms, all of the flavors and textures are perfectly balanced. One bite and you’ll agree this dish is better than take-out! 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Use leftover rice from Tuesday’s Gumbo and this meal comes together even faster.
  • As with all stir-fries, be sure to prep the protein and vegetables before you start cooking because things will go quickly once you start cooking!

Diet Variation:

  • This meal is naturally gluten-free and can be made paleo-compliant by serving with cauliflower rice and aminos-butter.
  • Try tofu in place of chicken for a budget-friendly and vegetarian alternative with all the flavor of miso butter. 

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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