Meal Plan Monday, October 26

Yay, another Meal Plan Monday to share healthy meal plan ideas for families that won’t cause anxiety! 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 address stress of what to 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

Meal Plan Monday: Week of October 26, 2020

Total unique veggie count, just for dinners: 33!
you don’t even need to add more variety in your breakfast and lunches (tho more servings is needed) because the goal for optimum gut health diversity is 30 servings per week


We had used up our Fauxmato sauce from the Tikka Masala last week, so we used purred pumpkin instead. It works well if you ever are out of tomato sauce!

unique fruit & veggie varieties – 7: garlic, yellow onions, white mushrooms, baby bells mushrooms, zucchini, butter lettuce, pumpkin
protein type: beef


We had one bag of Brussel sprouts, not enough for our whole family. So we decided cutting them and including them as part of a casserole with leftover chicken from rotisserie we’d gotten for lunches would be a great way to use up leftover and add in a bunch of veggies to our go-to one-pot comes-together-so-quickly-and-easy Monday meal.

unique fruit & veggie varieties – 5: brussel sprouts, carrots, celery, spinach, lemon
protein type: chicken


  • Carnitas, using our Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder recipe (trust me, it’s worth the wait and very little hands-on time) with our new Smokey Dry Rub Blend
  • Costco’s Organic Avocado Salad

unique fruit & veggie varieties – 7: lettuce, cabbage, avocado, tomato, lime, green onions, cilantro
protein type: pork


unique fruit & veggie varieties – 5: fennel, beets, carrots, rosemary, apple
protein type: chicken


unique fruit & veggie varieties – 6: shitake, blue oyster, smokey oyster, and lions mane mushrooms, shallot, dates
protein type: seafood


  • Leftovers!


unique fruit & veggie varieties – 3: cauliflower, orange, ginger
protein type: chicken


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