Weekly Meal Plan #3

Sunday- Simple Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Like most families, Sunday dinners at our house are a little more special than the rest of the week. There’s more time to cook, so I’m free to try out more complicated and/or time-consuming recipes. On the menu last week was this simple pasta dish (with a sneaky amount of veggies in the sauce) and roasted cauliflower. The cauliflower was served with whipped goat cheese and feta, made healthier by excluding the cream cheese and replacing the heavy cream with a splash of 1% milk. This is my absolute favorite way to eat cauliflower, and it’s definitely worth the extra time and effort!

Monday- Turkey Burgers with Tomato, Cucumber, and Avocado Salad

t burgs

I’m sure I’ve blogged about these turkey burgers before, but we make them all the time and I always have people asking me for the recipe. I add some fat back into these burgers by using regular feta and the whole egg, which has a ton of vitamins and minerals so there is no need to fear. I actually made a double batch of the recipe and froze half so I’m sure you’ll seeing them again on the blog soon! I served these on a whole wheat bun with tomato, avocado, and the leftover goat cheese and feta dip from the night before. On the side was a simple tomato, avocado, and cucumber salad.

Tuesday- Chicken Taco Chili

taco chili

This is another recipe I’m sure I blogged about before, but I love it so much! I prepped it on Sunday and just had to turn the crock pot on Tuesday morning! I used a mix of chipotle chili powder and regular chili powder, which I think gave it an extra kick because the recipe was much spicier than usual. Spicy food always gives me the hiccups so I toned it down with some plain Greek yogurt.

Wednesday- Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Beets and Carrots

steak

While I mostly stick to lean protein, I mix red meat in every so often to keep it interesting. I did choose sirloin steak, as meats labeled “round,” “chuck” or “loin” tend to be the leanest cuts. I marinated it the morning of with some lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, olive oil, pepper, and rosemary. Michael made it in the cast iron skillet and prepared the sides which were mashed potatoes mixed with milk and a bit of Earth Balance butter and roasted beets and carrots.

Thursday- Vegan Naan Pizza with Tomato, Cucumber and Avocado Salad

I cannot get enough naan, but needed to branch away from just serving it with curry. When I saw an article about 9 naan pizza recipes, I knew that was the next step. I added some roasted red pepper to the pizza since I had some in the fridge. I also cheated by not sautéing the onions and mushrooms for as long as recommended, but the pizzas still turned out great. The recipe uses nutritional yeast, which I love, instead of cheese. It has a cheesy flavor, but is incredibly nutritious. It is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the amino acids that your body cannot produce on its own, which is very uncommon for non-animal products. It’s also packed with iron, zinc, many B-vitamins, and fiber!

Friday- Take out from by CHLOE

Our plan on Friday was to get sushi delivered by Postmates or another meal delivery app, but this was a huge fail. After taking a few minutes to decide on and place an order, we found that no drivers were available to pick up the order. We tried a few different sushi places on a few different apps with no luck. After 40 minutes of trying to order we switched to plan B which was to try out the new vegan fast-food restaurant in the Seaport, by Chloe. I ended up super happy with plan B! I got the Classic Burger, which is actually made with tempeh, lentils, chia, and walnuts, topped with beet ketchup. On the side I had Kale and Artichoke Dip. Both were delicious! Michael got the Pesto Meatball sandwich and Sweet Potato Fries which he really liked too! I’ll definitely be back to by Chloe!

 

And that was our week! Enjoy your day!

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