Shake up Your Dinner Routine | Meal Plan Menu (1/11/21)

Shake up Your Dinner Routine | Meal Plan Menu (1/11/21)

See how we seamlessly use ingredients several times this week in new flavor combinations that will shake up your dinner routine! From Persian Chicken to Middle Eastern Baked Acorn Squash, we’re making dinnertime a delight again.

  • By Chelsea Paxton
  • January 8, 2021

MONDAY

Crispy Fish Sandwich with Roasted Honey Mustard Veggies

Start the week right with sandwich night! But it’s not just any sandwich night – you’ll love this classic crispy fish sandwich topped with creamy slaw served on a toasted bun. Panko breadcrumbs add a light and crispy texture to pan-fried white fish. Serve with honey mustard roasted root veggies for a naturally sweet and colorful side dish. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Chop the carrots and parsnips in similar sizes so they roast evenly in the oven. 
  • Let the flavors of the slaw come together by allowing it to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.

Diet Variation:

  • Enjoy a gluten-free crispy fish sandwich by using almond meal and GF buns.
  • Make it paleo by using almond meal and serving with avocado and bell pepper slaw.
  • Vegetarians will love our recipe for Hummus Melts – topped with avocados, tomatoes, and deli cheese such as Swiss or provolone.

TUESDAY

Persian Chicken Thighs with Cucumber Pomegranate Salad

You’ll love these tender chicken thighs marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, onions, cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon. With such a delicious and complex flavor profile, you’ll think these must be take-out! But what’s great is that you can make this from the comfort of your own kitchen. Serve with fluffy couscous and a refreshing side salad with cucumbers, pomegranate seeds, and fresh mint for an extraordinary weeknight dinner.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Cook once, eat twice by making a double batch of couscous and using the leftovers in the filling for Thursday’s Middle Eastern Baked Acorn Squash dish.
  • Fresh mint adds a pop of bright flavor to tonight’s salad as well as Thursday’s meal to ensure none goes to waste.

Diet Variation:

  • Serve with quinoa instead of couscous for a gluten-free Persian-inspired meal.
  • Use cauliflower rice and ghee in place of the couscous and skip the yogurt in the chicken marinade for a delightful paleo dish.
  • For a budget-friendly and vegetarian alternative, try Persian-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas served with couscous and cucumber pomegranate salad.

“It’s been such a fun adventure learning to make so many different meals. And our kiddos love almost every meal too.”

– Katie D. (Member since March 2018)


WEDNESDAY

Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Frittata with Green Salad

A weeknight frittata is a super simple way to serve a crowd-pleasing meal that is full of protein and veggies. Tonight’s frittata features spinach, mushrooms, and feta for a classic flavor combination. And since it’s all made in one pan, clean-up is easy, too! Serve with a mixed green salad dressed with a lip-smacking lemon yogurt dressing for an extra boost of greens. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • We use yogurt in the salad dressing as a way to use up any leftover yogurt from earlier in the week. 
  • Feta cheese will be used again in Thursday’s Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe.

Diet Variation:

  • This meal is naturally gluten-free and vegetarian.
  • For a paleo frittata, skip the feta cheese and simply add Italian sausage. 

THURSDAY

Middle Eastern Baked Acorn Squash with Ground Beef

End the week with a flavorful meal packed with spices, protein, veggies, and textures – there’s just so much to love about this meal! Tender acorn squash is filled with ground beef, baby kale, feta, and couscous seasoned with a homemade Middle Eastern spice mix. Top the filled squash with fresh mint and tart pomegranate seeds. Serve with creamy yogurt and pita chips for a fun meal the whole family will enjoy.  

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Stuffed acorn squash can be assembled up to 3 days in advance and baked right before serving to save time on a busy weeknight.
  • Pomegranate seeds are used as a colorful topping to tonight’s dinner, and they were featured in Tuesday’s side salad, so you can easily make good use of this tasty fruit. 

Diet Variation:

  • Fill the acorn squash with quinoa in place of couscous and serve with GF tortilla chips for a flavorful gluten-free option.
  • Use cauliflower rice instead of couscous and skip the yogurt and feta cheese for a delicious paleo meal.
  • Lentils are a budget-friendly and vegetarian alternative to beef and work well in this recipe.

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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