Meal Plan Menu | Week of 4/8/19
Say hello to fresh new flavors with this week’s new menu lineup!
This week, we can assure you that being stuck in a dinner rut is a thing of the past! We’re excited to bring you a new menu of both familiar and unfamiliar flavors in a set of 4 fun recipes.
On Monday, start your week off right with a Smoked Salmon and Veggie Bowl, which can double as a satisfying dinner or a hearty breakfast. On Tuesday, we’re introducing you to a colorful Hungarian Chicken Paprikash that gets its punch of flavor from paprika, tomato paste, aromatics, and sour cream. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s recipes give a little refresher to common weeknight tacos and pizza with our Chorizo and Roasted Potato Tacos and our Bell Pepper and Artichoke Stromboli.
Find our helpful tips for this week’s flavorful menu below. They will help you meal prep ahead so your weeknight dinners comes together fast!
“Before Cook Smarts my comfort zone was more classic American or Italian dishes and now I am comfortable with Asian, Indian, and Mexican dishes and feel more comfortable going off recipe.”
– Larissa P. (Member since May 2013)
All meals come with gluten-free, Paleo, and vegetarian options, as well as a grocery list and optional weekend prep steps.
On the Menu
This smoked salmon bowl recipe is great for a savory breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Made with colorful and nutritious layers of spinach, roasted potatoes, mushrooms, and topped with a soft-boiled egg, this low-calorie meal will keep you feeling satisfied and ready to take on the world!
This gluten-free bowl recipe is easy to make Paleo by swapping out the yukon potatoes with sweet potatoes. To make your Monday meatless, simply omit the salmon and add a spoonful of hummus – you’ll still get 21 grams of protein per serving!
Hungarian cooking loves its paprika, and this dish is no exception. In fact, Chicken Paprikash gets its name from the bright red spice! Creamy and saucy, this chicken and egg noodle dish will have you wanting to try Hungarian recipes more often. In only 30 minutes of active cooking time, you can create a delicious entree and side of roasted green beans – both of which freeze well for future quick dinners.
To make a gluten-free paprikash, you can use GF pasta and GF all-purpose flour. For our vegetarian version, you can add white beans and cauliflower in place of chicken. For our Paleo recipe, you can enjoy the saucy chicken over a bed of tender braised cabbage.
Since tacos are such a great staple meal, we wanted to add some new and exciting flavors to keep you on your toes. Our filling and deceptively simple taco recipe comes together fast with chorizo, roasted potatoes, avocados, and sour cream. With a butterhead lettuce, pepita, and citrus salad on the side, this meal has everything you you need to get over Hump Day.
These potato tacos are easy to make gluten-free by using GF corn tortillas and vegetarian by using soyrizo. For those on the Paleo diet, we have a Chorizo and Roasted Potato Saute that uses the same great flavor profiles.
If you’ve never had a vegetable stromboli (basically a rolled pizza), you are in for a real treat! In this delicious, veggie-packed recipe, you’ll find artichokes and bell peppers rolled up alongside mozzarella, parmesan, and a garlicky marinara sauce. Since we know you’ll love every bite, go ahead and make extras because strombolis will freeze well for a great dinner on any busy weeknight.
Our vegetarian stromboli recipe can be made gluten-free by simply picking up a GF pizza dough on your next grocery shopping trip. If you are following the Paleo diet, you can enjoy similar flavors in our Pork Tenderloin with Bell Peppers and Mushrooms with Marinara recipe.
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Meal Planning Smarts
- Regardless of which of our 4 recipe versions you choose to make this week, you can roast potatoes (sweet potatoes for Paleo) once and eat twice! Cook a double batch of potatoes for Monday’s dinner and use the second half for a super fast Wednesday meal.
- One of the many cool things about Hungarian paprikash is that it can be made ahead of time. The great flavors will develop as it sits in the fridge, so try making Tuesday’s dinner over the weekend!
- Sour cream – It’s worth using sour cream this week for maximum flavor in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s meals, but plain or Greek yogurt can definitely work as a substitute.
- Paprika – This spice is the key flavor in Hungarian paprikash. Fresh paprika has a slightly sweet, aromatic flavor, but the flavor decreases the longer the spice has been sitting in your pantry. If your paprika is more than a year old, this week’s dish is a good reminder to refresh your supply.
- Instead of using leftover tortillas and chorizo to make tacos again, try using them to make our our delicious chilaquiles recipe.
- This week’s leftover chicken and marinara are perfect for throwing together a quick pasta dish for lunch or dinner!