I knew after a weekend of work and being outside of the house, we’d really want to lean into comfort food for this week’s meal plan. We had to shop at the market on Friday which felt like it could’ve thrown things off, but I think it’s going to work out. Do you have a set day that you like to grocery shop and plan? Or are there certain comfort food recipes that you lean on more?
Meal Plan for the Week of October 11th, 2021
Total unique veggie count for this week’s meal plan, just for dinners: 31! We didn’t quite make it this week with our dinners, but we sure made up for it during the day especially with our Balanced Bites Meals. Add a green smoothie, salad for lunch, or snack on some fruit to get you even more! We build our plans to have a variety of proteins and diversity of fruits & veggies. You’ll get even more variety in your breakfast and lunches, exceeding the goal for optimum gut health diversity of 30 servings per week.
- Chicken Noodle Soup from Fed & Fit with Difference Baker Cheddar Biscuits
You know me, I celebrate soup season all year round. But there’s something about a bowl of chicken noodle on a crisp fall evening that just warms you to the bone. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 4: carrots, celery, yellow onion, spinach Protein type: poultry
Meal planning is really so much easier when you stick to a theme. Taco Tuesdays will always have a variation in our house. We just still can’t get enough of these fajitas because they’re so quick and easy. We serve ours in bowls with rice. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 7: portobello mushrooms, zucchini, white onions, lime, cilantro, red onions, avocados, lettuce Protein type: beef
- Smothered Pork Chops from The Stay At Home Chef
- with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans
Another classic comfort meal with a slight twist. Still amazing though! Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 4: white and bella mushrooms, yukon gold potatoes Protein type: pork
- Broccoli Pesto Pasta from Fuss Free Cooking with Cassava Noodles and a poached egg on top
We love using Jovial Foods Cassava pasta as a replacement for our favorite pasta dishes. It’s really the best alternative we’ve found to date. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 3: broccoli, pine nuts, garlic, cassava, lemon, basil, parsley Protein type: poultry
- Leftovers or Take Out
- Maple Pecan Sweet and Smoky Salmon
- Served with rice with raisins, saffron, nuts and steamed normandy vegetables
This is a comfort food kid favorite in our house. You should really try it against even your toughest critics! Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 3: dates, raisins, walnuts, cauliflower Protein type: seafood
Remember that chicken rice casserole from your youth? Well this is a huge upgrade and delicious remake. We use either cassava flour or King Arthur’s gluten free all purpose flour instead. And again you wouldn’t know any different! Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 4: beets, butternut squash, radishes, brussel sprouts: Protein type: poultry
About our weekly menu
You are not alone in your struggle to put healthy meals on the table without spending all day in the kitchen. Trying to get in a variety of fruits, veggies, and protein while using local, seasonal ingredients, not to mention a variety of proteins and healthy fats, while not spending all day in the kitchen. Work, virtual school, parenting, maintaining social relationship in a time of quarantine… life is hard enough without the additional stress of what to meal plan and cook. But that’s why we’re here!
You can read about how we meal plan to do your own, or you can use each weekly post as your own menu or just for inspiration. Not every meal, every week will work for you and your family. But, I hope at least I can recommend some new, fun things and provide inspiration for your family to plan ahead in a way that works for you. We hope your whole family enjoys!
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