Sunday Sauce, Miso Chicken Wings, and More! | Meal Plan Menu (11/8/21)

Sunday Sauce, Miso Chicken Wings, and More! | Meal Plan Menu (11/8/21)

We’re taking a little world tour from India to Tex Mex territory with delicious recipes like Saag Paneer with Naan and Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers!

  • By Jess Dang
  • November 5, 2021

MONDAY

Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce with Pasta and Italian Salad

Gluten-Free: Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce with Gluten-Free Pasta

Paleo: Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce with Zucchini Noodles

Vegetarian: Lentil Sunday Sauce with Pasta

We’re starting off with a Slow Cooker (or not) Sunday Sauce that takes ordinary pasta to the next level. Our Sunday Sauce recipe is full of tomatoes, carrots, spices, garlic, and red wine, and is cooked together with a chuck roast (lentils in the vegetarian version), which will get so tender if you use a slow cooker. You’ll double the Sunday Sauce and use it again for Wednesday’s Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers to save you tons of time. There’s a lot packed into our sauce and, even though you’re starting with just a few simple ingredients, it all comes together into this really beautiful and classic Italian meal. Then of course we add an Italian house salad on the side for some freshness, which includes cucumbers, tomatoes, and olives with mixed greens.

TUESDAY

Saag Paneer with Chickpeas and Naan

Gluten-Free: Saag Paneer with Chickpeas and Basmati Rice

Paleo: Chicken Saag and Roasted Broccoli

Vegetarian: Same as original version

On Tuesday, we’re making Saag Paneer with Chickpeas and Naan. This is an Indian takeout favorite, and we hadn’t featured it in a meal plan in a few years, so it was time to bring it back! If you aren’t familiar with saag paneer, it is a spinach sauce (with a little bit of heat) that has yummy paneer cheese cubes mixed in. We add chickpeas to our  saag paneer recipe and serve it with naan. If you want to add rice you can totally do that, too, but we thought it was plenty with naan for scooping up bites and sopping up some of that delicious sauce. If you can’t find paneer, you can substitute tofu and it’ll still be really tasty.


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WEDNESDAY

Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers with [Leftover] Sunday Sauce

Gluten-Free: Same as original version

Paleo: Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers with [Leftover] Sunday Sauce

Vegetarian: Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers with [Leftover] Lentils

On Wednesday, we’re going to be making Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers with guacamole, tortilla chips, and that delicious leftover Sunday Sauce. This is a new meal we’re debuting this week, and it has TWO dependencies that save you so much time in the kitchen. First you’re going to reuse half the Sunday Sauce recipe you made for Monday’s pasta by mixing it with corn, quinoa, and Tex Mex spices. Once it’s all mixed up and used to fill peppers, you won’t even be able to tell it’s the same sauce. Then the second dependency in this meal is to double the quinoa to get a head start on Thursday’s Spicy Miso Chicken Wings and Quinoa Fried Rice.

THURSDAY

Spicy Miso Chicken Wings and Drumettes with Quinoa Fried Rice

Gluten-Free: Spicy Miso Chicken Wings and Drumettes with Quinoa Fried Rice

Paleo: Spicy Miso Chicken Wings and Drumettes with Cauliflower Fried Rice

Vegetarian: Miso Quinoa Fried Rice with Veggies and Fried Eggs

Thursday’s meal is Spicy Miso Chicken Wings and Drumettes with Quinoa Fried Rice. We’re going to share with you my absolute favorite secret for getting chicken wings and drumettes nice and crispy, even though you’re baking them in the oven. Then they’re going to be tossed with a spicy miso sauce made with fresh ginger, soy sauce, chili-garlic sauce, all that good stuff, before you serve it with a really simple quinoa fried rice. If you’ve never had quinoa fried rice, think fried rice with veggies like you might get as a side dish at a Chinese restaurant — except you’ll use quinoa instead of the rice (which you’ll have all ready to go if you made Wednesday’s Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers). And you’ll reuse the spicy miso sauce in the quinoa fried rice, so it will come together so quickly as well.


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