Meal Plan Monday October 18th

The weather is finally full-on fall, pumpkins line our streets, and this meal plan has everyone in the mood agreeing its soup season for them, too. Let’s be honest it’s always soup season for me! Our meal plan is venturing into some new recipes I’ve been really wanting to try. Seeing falafels freshly made at the market had me really wanting to try some cauliflower tahini falafels! Here’s to hoping they’re as delicious as they look.

Meal Plan for the Week of October 18th, 2021

Total unique veggie count for this week’s meal plan, just for dinners: 30!  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.


Taking chicken soup to a whole new level with delightful gnocchi in every bite! Please do not wait to make this one! We use TJ’s cauli-gnocci for even more veg! Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 10: cauliflower, yellow onion, carrots, celery, garlic, russet potatoes, lemon, spinach, chives, parsley Protein type: poultry


Using up a lot of shrimp this week and we’re not mad! I love these tacos because you really can top them with anything you crave. I suggest pickled red onions! Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 3: lime, orange, avocado Protein type: seafood


      I loved layering these three recipes together for a really fun and colorful meal. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 6: ginger, kale, purple cabbage, cilantro,, cherry tomatoes, olives  Protein type: poultry


      Whenever we make this, it needs a double batch. Such a delicious take out fake out that has every one going back for seconds. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 4: broccoli, snap peas, red bell pepper (we sub zucchini), water chestnuts Protein type: seafood


        Do you have an Instant Pot and love it? Sometimes when it comes to the last day of the week it’s just easy to lean on pizza. But this one pot meal will bring you happy and nutritious food for Friday night movie night. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 2: portobello mushrooms, cassava (pasta) Protein type: vegetable


            Is there really any other way to say it than CHOWDAH? Bringing in an old favorite of ours this week. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 3: leek, shallots, yukon gold potatoes Protein type: seafood, pork


              Another old favorite around here. Introducing it to kiddo will be fun too! Trying to decide if we should snag some more Difference Baker biscuits though? Always! Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 2: pumpkin, red onion  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!

              Read the original post about how we make it work for us and factors we consider here

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