Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are lucky enough to have a day to relax and unwind. It’s also a great day to meal plan for the short week ahead. This week we really embraced our kick off to summer by bringing in some of our BBQ summer favorites to the mix. We’ve been eating on the back patio almost every night and it’s just making a world of difference in our minds and hearts. Do you like to dine al fresco?
Meal Plan for the Week of May 31st, 2021
Total unique veggie count for this week’s meal plan, just for dinners: 42! 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.
- Brunch for dinner!
- Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake
- Smoked Salmon Egg Bake with a side of grilled asparagus
Why not have Brunch all day? If it’s good enough for the morning it’s good enough for the evening too! I recommend making the peach butter for Tuesday’s dinner today while cooking, too. It goes great with everything and easy to cook on the stovetop while you’re doing other things.
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 8: almonds, lemons, blueberries, walnuts, zucchini, green onions, dill, asparagus Protein type: seafood, poultry
- BBQ Tri Tip with Grilled Watermelon Salad from Against All Grain
You cannot go wrong with this recipe for just a simple weeknight meal or when entertaining. It’s a cut of meat everyone loves paired with a salad that just screams summer.
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 3: watermelon, arugula, pumpkin seeds Protein type: beef
This comes together so quickly if you already have the Peach Butter made (I recommend on Sunday). I have a feeling this one is going to be on repeat all summer. So be sure to make a big batch of the sauce, you’re going to need it!
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 1: peaches Protein type: poultry
- Lemon Rosemary Chicken from Bravo for Paleo
I love a one pot meal, easy clean up and always sure to please. This dish always delivers!
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 4: sweet potatoes, lemon, rosemary, garlic Protein type: poultry
- Grilled Pork Chops by What Would John Mack Eat
- Taylor Farms Avocado Ranch Side Salad
Back on the patio and grill tonight! These pork chops take a little time but they are SO worth the extra effort. And the bagged salad from Costco is always a big hit, and EASY.
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 6: rosemary, romaine, cabbage, carrots, corn, green onions Protein type: pork
This twist on pizza is always a household favorite. Everyone gets their own to top with what they want and no complaints!
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 14: oregano, pear, arugula, red bell pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives, basil, radish, cucumber, avocado, butternut squash, carrots, beets, Protein type: beef
Fresh herbs are in abundance at our Farmer’s Market, and there’s nothing better to use them for than NNP’s famous recipe! It may seem like an odd pairing, but I promise it’s delightful! The chicken is something you can prepare ahead on another day, the longer it marinades the better it gets. Also? This makes great leftovers, so make extra!
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 6: sweet onion, cilantro, mint, garlic, apple, lime 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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