Simple Dinner Ideas | Meal Plan Menu (11/22/21)

Simple Dinner Ideas | Meal Plan Menu (11/22/21)

Whether you’re celebrating American Thanksgiving or not, you’ll love this week of simple dinner ideas! We’ve got Salmon Tacos with Cilantro Garlic Sauce, Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs (or Teriyaki Tofu), Skirt Steak with leftover Cilantro Garlic Sauce, and Curried Turkey Pot Pie.

  • By Jess Dang
  • November 19, 2021


Salmon Tacos with Avocado and Cilantro Garlic Sauce

Gluten-Free: Salmon Tacos with Avocado on Gluten-Free Tortillas with Cilantro Garlic Sauce

Paleo: Seared Salmon Bowl with Cilantro Garlic Sauce

Vegetarian: Spiced Pinto Bean Tacos with Avocado and Cilantro Garlic Sauce

To kick off the holiday week, we’re starting with Salmon Tacos (or Spiced Pinto Bean Tacos) with Avocado and cilantro garlic sauce. It’s served with a side of roasted, coriander-spiced broccoli. Usually, we see fish tacos with white fish, but there’s no reason salmon has to be exempt from the taco treatment. Here it’s cubed, tossed with spices, and sautéed, and it pairs so well with some avocado and butterhead lettuce. But the best part of these tacos is the cilantro garlic sauce. This sauce is so good. It contains miso and lemon juice, and it’s super fresh and flavorful — and you’re going to double it because you get to use it twice this week and save time in the process! 


Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs with Pan-Seared Green Beans

Gluten-Free: Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs (with Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs)

Paleo: Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs with Cauliflower Rice

Vegetarian: Teriyaki Tofu

Next up on Tuesday, we have Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs or Teriyaki Tofu with pan-seared green beans and a side of rice. This one is such a favorite among our members because of the teriyaki sauce. This Japanese sauce has elements that are sweet, salty, and umami, with just the tiniest kick of heat from fresh ginger. The green beans are flavored with sesame oil and red pepper flakes, and it just complements the teriyaki chicken meatballs or teriyaki tofu so well. You’re also going to double the rice to make Wednesday’s meal a bit easier. If you have leftovers or want to cook extras for a busy night later on, meatballs, green beans, and rice all freeze well!

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Skirt Steak with Cilantro Garlic Sauce and Rice Salad

Gluten-Free: Same as original version

Paleo: Skirt Steak with Cilantro Garlic Sauce and Spinach Tomato Salad

Vegetarian: Rice and Cheese Stuffed Bell Peppers with Spinach Tomato Salad

Wednesday’s meal is Skirt Steak with Cilantro Garlic Sauce. You get to have that great sauce a second time! Half of it you’ll use as a skirt steak marinade, and the other half will flavor a rice salad with spinach and cherry tomatoes. If you’re doing the vegetarian version, you’ll still get to use that delicious sauce in our Rice and Cheese Stuffed Bell Peppers. Use any leftover steak, veggies, and rice to make fried rice and reduce food waste!


Curried Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

Gluten-Free: Curried Turkey Pot Pie with Almond Flour Crust

Paleo: Curried Turkey Pot Pie with Almond Flour Crust

Vegetarian: Curried Lentil and Mushroom Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

On Thursday, we have an easy pot pie recipe — specifically, Curried Turkey Pot Pie. If you’re not American or just not making a Thanksgiving dinner, this is a good Thanksgiving-adjacent meal because it still has ground turkey and vegetables and some flaky crust, but with Indian flavors. Or if you are cooking Thanksgiving, here’s my tip: Use leftover turkey to turn this into one of the best Thanksgiving leftovers recipes. Cook this meal over the weekend after Thanksgiving, and sub leftover turkey for the ground turkey. Shred it, throw it in with the peas, stock, and coconut milk, and just continue the recipe from there. Or make a vegetarian pot pie if you want to stay away from turkey altogether; the vegetarian version of this recipe is a Curried Lentil and Mushroom Pot Pie that is just as filling and hits all the right savory notes.

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