Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/9/19

Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/9/19

This meal plan menu features fast recipes and bold flavors you are sure to love, such as Dan Dan Noodles and Chicken in Tomato Herb Sauce.

  • By Brittany Yamamoto-Taylor
  • September 6, 2019

Since we’re all still in the midst of the busy back-to-school season, we thought it would be a great idea to bring you another week of quick dinners. After all, who isn’t excited to sit down to delicious and healthy home-cooked meals that take barely any time to prepare?

While fast meals can often sacrifice on flavor in the need for speed, we make sure that is never the case with our recipes! Each dish this week is so delectable that any dinner guest will think you spent hours in the kitchen. Only you will know it took 35 minutes to enliven powerful flavors stretching from Italy to the Sichuan Province of China.

And, when you utilize our make-ahead suggestions and ideas for leftovers, you can spend even less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying satisfying meals with your family. Keep reading to find out about each recipe and get our time-saving tips below.

“I love having a plan for the week. It is so nice to come home, put on my apron and get started. I have learned that delicious food does not always have to be labor intensive.”

– Rachel P-B. (Member since Dec 2017)

All meals come with gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options, as well as a grocery list and optional weekend prep steps.

On the Menu

MONDAY | Pork Chop, Havarti & Fig Salad with Lemon Adobo Dressing

Since figs are hard to find out of season, we love to highlight them when the season hits. That’s why we designed each flavor and texture in this salad to combine in a way that really lets ripe figs shine. Their sweetness rounds out the savory pork chops, peppery baby kale, soft smoked Harvarti cheese, and powerful lemon adobo dressing. This deliciously satisfying entree salad takes only 35 minutes to put together and is the perfect way to start the week as the weather begins to cool down.

This naturally gluten-free meal is easy to make vegetarian by nixing the pork in favor of protein-packed lentils and creamy avocado. Our Paleo version keep the pork, but substitutes the cheese with avocado.

TUESDAY | Chicken Cutlets with Tomato-Herb Pan Sauce & Succotash

This 35-minute recipe brings late summer produce to life with tomatoes and corn adding just the right flavors and pops of color. And, once you’ve seared chicken in an herb butter sauce, we’re pretty sure you won’t want to do anything else ever again. Enjoy it all with a tasty, light side of lima bean and corn succotash.

If you want to make this meal gluten-free, you can easily use any GF flour or almond meal to coat your chicken before dropping it in the pan. If you follow the Paleo diet, you can simply swap in a zucchini saute to replace the succotash and leave your chicken cutlets flourless. If you want a meatless meal, we know you’ll love our Tomato and Herb Scramble + Succotash that truly elevates an ordinary scramble with fresh herbs and buttery tomatoes.

WEDNESDAY | Dan Dan-Style Noodles with Pork & Broccoli

Two years ago, our spicy and savory noodle recipe made it onto many of our community members’ favorites list! While we’ve kept the amazing sauce the same (why change something when it is that good?), we’ve had fun mixing it up with other components – like toasted sesame oil and bright lemon juice – to bring out even more flavor.

One of the many great things about this 35-minute dinner is that it is extremely adaptable. Feel free to try a different type of ground meat if pork isn’t your thing, or any type of Asian-style noodles (hey, even spaghetti would work!). Another piece of good news is that you can make this meal completely ahead of time so you can get past Hump Day without a hitch.

Whether you are vegetarian or not, you may want to try our vegetarian version that perfectly pairs sauteed tofu and shiitake mushrooms with the delicious flavors of Asian cuisine. To enjoy this meal gluten-free, all you have to do is use Tamari in the sauce and get 100% buckwheat soba or any GF Asian-style noodles or spaghetti. If you eat Paleo, you will fall in love with our Dan Dan-Style Pork with broccoli, portobello mushrooms, and cashews.

THURSDAY | Tortellini Saute with Mushrooms, Leeks, Zucchini & Pancetta

If it’s been a while since you’ve had tortellini, you’re in for a treat! To create an intense depth of flavor, this 40-minute recipe encourages you to take your time with each layer of vegetables and aromatics so they can brown and caramelize on the bottom of the pan. Even though everything is tossed in a rich and creamy pan sauce, this meal is made low-calorie without the addition of any actual cream.

If you don’t eat meat, you can simply omit the pancetta. If you stay away from gluten, this meal still comes to life with gnocchi. If you eat like your ancestors in the Paleolithic period, you can easily swap out the tortellini with chicken breast for a bit of double meat action.

Smart meal planning ideas come with every weekly menu. The smarts listed below are only a portion of the meal prep tips we include to help you make the most of your ingredients and your time. Join our community to get the full benefits of our meal plan service every day!

Meal Planning Tips

Make Aheads:

  • Everything for the Dan Dan Noodles can be made ahead of time so Wednesday night’s dinner is a breeze. All you have to do is store the components separately and then reheat before serving!
  • If you want to make your meals come together even faster than 35 minutes during the week, all you have to do is make your lemon adobo dressing and dan-dan sauce up to 5 days early and your herb butter 3 days early.
  • Over the weekend, you can easily get ahead of schedule by getting some chopping done. Garlic, onions, pancetta, zucchini, peanuts, and broccoli can all be prepped 5 days ahead of time.


  • Since quick stir-fries are some of the easiest ways to put leftovers to good use, chop or slice leftover pork from Monday to add protein and flavor to your next stir-fry. For more tips on how to stir-fry without a recipe, check out our Guide to Stir-Frying.
  • Our herb butter is so delicious that it’s always a good idea to make extra (especially since it freezes well!). Just a couple dollops will turn any breakfast scramble into a new favorite! (See Tuesday’s vegetarian recipe for instructions.)

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