I don’t know about you but our evening schedules seems to be filling up. The days are getting shorter and so is my patience with dinner! We’re back in the swing of things now that school is back in session, but that also means we’re feeling a bit… over it. When it came to our meal plan this week, I sought my favorite short-cut: one pot meals. Hello minimal clean up! And a few take out fake out favorites, to keep us from actually ordering takeout!
Meal Plan for the Week of September 27th, 2021
Total unique veggie count for this week’s meal plan, just for dinners: 32! 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.
- Sheet Pan Garlic Parmesan Chicken from The Stay At Home Chef
You know how much we love a good sheet pan meal! This recipe is full of flavor and perfect for busy family nights, or when you just want to hit that easy button. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 4: lemon, red potatoes, broccoli, garlic Protein type: poultry
Here’s another one that you can put your own spin on and make everyone happy! It comes together quickly with about 10-15 min of hands-on time, and then bake it off for another 15 – just enough time to scream “time for dinner” a dozen times and ensure people have washed hands and set the table. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 2: bella mushroom, white onion Protein type: beef
- Tuna Noodle Casserole (recipe coming soon!) you can try this one from Fed and Fit
We’ve been fine tuning this recipe for awhile now and it’s SO close to being ready! We can’t wait to share. Until then, this version from F&F is one we’ve tried and love! Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 4: yellow onion, cremini mushrooms, parsley, peas Protein type: seafood
- Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets from Nom Nom Paleo
- With a side of pickles and sweet potato fries
The plantain crust on these nuggets is just DIVINE! You have to try! Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 3: plantains, cucumbers, sweet potatoes Protein type: poultry
I promise you won’t miss the traditional bun with these loaded potatoes. They hit the spot for everyone! Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 9: white potatoes, kale, beets, carrots, butternut squash, green onion, jalapeño (optional), cilantro, dill Protein type: beef, pork
- Sheet Pan Salmon Supper from Nom Nom Paleo
Another favorite sheet pan dinner. We loaded ours down with a few extra veggies, because why not? Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 7: arugula, basil, asparagus, cherry tomatoes (we sub radishes), red onion, red bell pepper (we sub zucchini) Protein type: seafood
We chose to do a take out fake out on Sunday this instead of the weekend. Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 2: bok choy, cabbage Protein type: pork and seafood
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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