Time Saving Weeknight Meals | Meal Plan Menu (2/15/21)

Time Saving Weeknight Meals | Meal Plan Menu (2/15/21)

Make dinner easy with time saving weeknight meals the whole family will love. With our creative recipes – including Shrimp Etouffee for Fat Tuesday! – you can easily explore new flavor combinations without wasting ingredients or time in the kitchen. 

  • By Chelsea Paxton
  • February 12, 2021


Slow Cooker Hoisin Pork Noodle Bowls

Treat yourself to a delicious and easy-to-prep Monday night dinner. We take Asian-inspired pulled pork and turn it into a topping for irresistible noodle bowls. The hoisin sauce adds a savory and sweet flavor to the tender pork, making each bite lip-smacking good! And the best news is that if you choose to use the slow cooker, this meal practically cooks itself. (We also include instructions for the Instant Pot and stove top as well).

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • You can make the pork over the weekend and simply rewarm prior to adding to the noodle bowls.

Diet Variation:

  • Be sure to pick up gluten-free hoisin sauce and soba noodles to make our gluten-free variation.
  • Our paleo option for Slow Cooker Asian Pork Bowls calls for paleo-friendly ingredients to make a homemade sweet and savory sauce served over sauteed vegetables instead of noodles.
  • Vegetarians will love our recipe for Hoisin Tofu Noodle Bowls that includes all the same flavors of our original recipe.


Shrimp Etouffee with Rice

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with this classic Cajun recipe! Etouffee is a spicy seafood stew with vegetables, typically served over rice. Our recipe uses shrimp, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, jalapenos, green onions, and classic Cajun seasoning cooked in flavorful cooking liquid. Grab a spoon and enjoy this zesty dish!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • This is a great dish to make ahead and reheat right before serving.
  • Make a double batch of rice for this meal and use the leftover rice for Thursday’s Stuffed Cabbage Soup.

Diet Variation:

  • Use rice flour in place of all-purpose flour for an easy gluten-free meal.
  • For a paleo-friendly Shrimp Etouffee, use a combination of coconut and almond flour in the stew and serve over cauliflower rice.
  • For a tasty vegetarian and budget-friendly alternative, try our recipe for Vegetarian Etouffee with Kidney Beans.

“My husband says, ‘Every night is like a restaurant in our home!’ I feel like I’ve received chef training, and have found joy in grocery shopping. I love ending each week with zero food waste. The meal planning is something I always wanted to do – and this lets me accomplish that with zero stress!”

– Sarah P. (Member since Jan 2017)


Hawaiian Pulled Pork Salad with Pineapple and Cashews

With leftover pulled pork from Monday, this Hawaiian-inspired salad with fresh avocados, pineapple, bell peppers, and cashews comes together fast. Topped with a warm, sweet soy vinaigrette and sesame seeds, this salad will encourage everyone to eat their veggies!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Cooking once and eating twice is one of our favorite ways to save time in the kitchen! By doubling up on pulled pork on Monday, half is repurposed for this meal.

Diet Variation:

  • Replace the soy sauce with tamari for an amazing gluten-free salad.
  • Our meal plan recipe makes a few simple substitutions in the salad dressing for a beautiful paleo salad.
  • Our vegetarian Sweet Soy Tempeh Hawaiian Salad has all the same great tastes and textures as the original recipe and includes tempeh for protein.


Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage Soup

For this dish, we “deconstructed” traditional stuffed cabbage and incorporated all the beloved flavors into a hearty weeknight soup. We know you’ll agree that it’s just as tasty as the real thing, with far less work to do on a weeknight. You’ll love the seasoned ground turkey combined with potatoes, bell peppers, shallots, garlic, and coleslaw mix in a savory broth. Stir in leftover rice from earlier in the week for an even heartier soup, and top with a dollop of yogurt.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Pre-bagged coleslaw mix is an excellent way to incorporate cabbage into this soup in a way that will save you lots of prep time.
  • To save even more time this week, you can cook the soup ahead of time and reheat prior to serving.
  • Use leftover rice from Tuesday’s Shrimp Etouffee to add more texture and bulk to the soup.

Diet Variation:

  • This soup is naturally gluten-free and super simple to make paleo by using sweet potatoes and cauliflower rice.
  • For a hearty vegetarian and budget-friendly alternative, try using white beans in place of the turkey.

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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