Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/23/20

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/23/20

This week of fast and easy meals comes just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. You’ll use roasted butternut squash twice, make a fall salad, enjoy an easy noodle stir fry recipe . . . and we’ll give you our favorite Thanksgiving leftover idea!

  • By Leila Kalmbach
  • November 20, 2020

MONDAY

Steak and Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Salads: They’re not just for summer! This kale salad is a perfect fall meal, with caramelized umami flavors from the roasted butternut squash (or sweet potato, if you prefer), seared steak in a flavorful marinade, plus dried cranberries, walnuts, and goat cheese in a balsamic vinaigrette. Each ingredient packs a flavorful punch, so the total number of ingredients you’ll use is small. Better yet, all the component parts can be prepped in advance so dinner is quick and easy — simply sear the steak — when you’re ready to eat! 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Roasting a double batch of butternut squash will save you time later in the week when you make Wednesday’s Butternut Squash & Hummus Flatbread.
  • Leftover steak freezes well, or turn leftovers into tasty lunch wraps! 
  • Leftover butternut squash makes a tasty and easy filling for enchiladas, or simply add them to Thursday’s meal.

Diet Variation:

  • Tamari instead of soy sauce makes this a gluten-free meal.
  • Leave off the goat cheese and use coconut aminos for a paleo variation.
  • Marinate portobello mushrooms and add quinoa for a filling vegetarian salad.

TUESDAY

Shrimp Lo Mein

This quick and easy lo mein dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser — no need to admit it only took you 30 minutes! Lo mein noodles are stir-fried in a rich sauce full of easy-to-find ingredients along with mushrooms, carrots, shrimp, and snow peas. The dish is finished with lemon juice and cilantro, and if you’re a spice lover, drizzle on some of your favorite hot sauce. With only 8 grams of fat per serving, this is a low-fat, high-nutrition meal!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Take a look in your fridge and add in any extra veggies you need to use up!
  • This meal makes great leftovers — or make it ahead and simply reheat to serve.

Diet Variation:

  • Those avoiding gluten will use gluten-free noodles and tamari sauce.
  • For a paleo meal, you’ll make a Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-Fry using zucchini noodles and a few simple subs in the sauce.
  • Seitan takes the place of shrimp for a delicious vegetarian dish.

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WEDNESDAY

Roasted Butternut Squash and Hummus Flatbread

Roasted butternut squash, cheese, and hummus top a flatbread for a filling vegetarian meal that gets melty and warm in the oven. It’s accompanied by a spinach salad topped with apple and tossed with apple cider vinaigrette. If you roasted extra butternut squash with Monday’s meal, this dinner comes together in a snap. Even if you didn’t, it’ll take you just 40 minutes to get dinner on the table. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Use pizza dough instead of flatbread if you prefer.
  • Use leftover goat cheese from Monday’s meal if you’d rather not buy so many types of cheeses this week.

Diet Variation:

  • Gluten-free flatbread makes this meal fully gluten-free.
  • For a paleo dinner, you’ll make Roasted Salmon with Mashed Butternut Squash, and serve it alongside the salad from the original version.
  • No changes are needed from the original for a vegetarian meal.

THURSDAY

Turkey, Brie, and Cranberry Melts with Lemon Green Beans

This Thanksgiving-inspired meal makes for an easy way to get all the traditional Thanksgiving flavors if you’re not cooking this year or not located in the United States. It’s also a great way to use up leftovers if you save it for after the holiday! With cranberry sauce, turkey, bread, and green beans, you’re covering all the holiday bases in a single meal that won’t leave you feeling overly stuffed, and the addition of brie gives this sandwich a little bit of extra creaminess that makes it feel special.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • This Thanksgiving sandwich is great with deli turkey or fresh-sliced Thanksgiving turkey — your choice!
  • If you don’t have cranberry sauce, you can sub cranberry or raspberry jam.

Diet Variation:

  • Use gluten-free bread if you’re making the gluten-free version.
  • If you’re eating paleo, make turkey cutlets instead of sandwiches, with the same side of green beans.
  • Mashed lentils take the place of turkey in the vegetarian version of this sandwich.

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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