Yay, another Meal Plan Monday to share healthy menu ideas for families that won’t cause anxiety! With all the stress from the election, we needed ease and comfort. And boy did it deliver!
We kicked the holiday season off a bit early using the new spice blend we posted Friday, on a small turkey we got on sale for a mini Thanksgiving menu! While it sounds like burgers, fries, mac-n-cheese, and at-home Chinese takeout may not be very diverse, we still had 32 varieties of fruits and veggies! Here’s how:
Meal Plan for the Week of November 9, 2020
Total unique veggie count, just for dinners: 32!
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.
- Fried Squash Blossoms from our garden and Legit Pancake Mix stuffed with buffalo mozzarella and marinara
- We added scrambled eggs with chives too
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 4: squash blossoms, cassava, chives, tomatoes
Protein type: poultry
- Homemade Burgers with butter lettuce, red onion, baby bella mushrooms, and pickles (or try these Pizza Burgers)
- Air-fried russet potato fries
- Roasted Brussel sprouts
A great balance to the standard burger fare by pairing it with roasted veggies everyone is sure to love.
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 6: russet potato, brussel sprouts, butter lettuce, red onion, baby bella mushrooms, and pickles
Protein type: beef
- Coconut Shrimp
- Mac and Cheese from Fed and Fit (love their one-pan recipe), we add zucchini and spaghetti squash* or you could also swap with our favorite Twice Baked Mac and Cheese for dairy-free
*we often add previously frozen or spiralized and previously cooked zucchini and spaghetti squash to noodle dishes. You can’t taste them and they blend in so well – just make sure they’re not raw or their texture will stand out.
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 3: coconut, zucchini, spaghetti squash
Protein type: seafood
- Roasted turkey with Magical Smoky Spice Blend over vegetables (cabbage, onions, and apples) following our Bacon Chicken recipe.
- Mashed Potatoes
A wonderful way to add some different flavors to your upcoming Thanksgiving Feast!
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 6: gold and red-skinned potatoes, red cabbage, green cabbage, fuji apples, vidalia onions
Protein type: poultry
We originally planned for leftovers on Friday, but the week was just too overwhelming and stressful. Plus, that leftover turkey was calling our names!
This whole meal just screams fall to me and is also so comforting!
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 6: apples, garlic, sage, lemon, turnips, parsnips.
Protein type: pork
Who needs take out?
Unique fruit & veggie varieties – 7: orange, garlic, bok choy, spinach, white mushrooms, peas, carrots.
Protein type: pork
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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 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!
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