With what feels like so many recipes and so little time, I understand that meal planning can fall to the very bottom – and even right off of – your to-do list.
Though I may be in the overwhelming minority here, I get **jazzed** about meal planning each week. It’s so fun for me to identify the flavors I’m craving, and I look forward to knowing I have a structure in place that is going to support my physical and physiological needs. After the plan, the only thing left to do is stick to it. And with meals as delicious (and nutritious) as this, that’s easy as cauli-tamale pie 😉
Since I love planning so much, and make time for it each week without fail, I figured – why not share the bounty with my fam? So, I present: weeknight dinners (or lunches!) to add to your meal plan, based on the flavors I’m cravin’ and cookin’ up each week.
These meals are delicious, nutritious, and meal-prep friendly! Pro-tip: whip up a recipe for dinner and portion out leftovers for lunch the following day.
Cauli-Tamale pie is an original concoction born of a craving. This grain-free, green filled casserole is a twist on a traditional corn and pork tamale pie. Stay tuned for the dEATS, but in the meantime here is some inspo for a paleo version.
Taco (Bowl!) Tuesday! Do it up your way, which chicken, beef, or fish, and serve over a bed of crisp greens, with rice of the grain or grain-free variety, and go loco with toppings! More of the eat-with-your-hands type? I love Siete Foods shells for ~traditional~ tacos.
Inspo here, here, and here.
Tomato-Basil Turkey Meatloaf is a repEAT in my menu rolodex. Typically thought of as a winter dish, this fresh take on a meatloaf gives off warm-weather vibes. There’s only ONE recipe to use, and it’s this one. Serve it up with a big side salad, cauliflower mash, baked sweet potato, or with a pasta alternative like Palmini or Banza!
Need I say more about Grilled Peach & Prosciutto Skewers? I think not. Recipe inspo, here!
Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole is the only way my husband, Mo, will eat spaghetti squash. This recipe is quick, comforting, and oh-so-filling, making it a repEAT in our house!
My method here:
- 8 oz ground chicken, lightly browned in ghee
- 1 small spaghetti squash
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese
- 2 heaping tbsp non-fat, plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup buffalo sauce (I love The New Primal)
- 2 oz shredded cheese (mozzarella and cheddar), divided; 1 oz mixed into casserole, 1 oz layered on top
- seasoning to taste: salt, pepper, garlic powder
- scallion for topping
- Mix it all up, and bake for ~20 mins or until cheese is super melty! Serve up with a side salad or some steamed greens.
Don’t forget to peep my Pinterest for a ton (literally, maybe too much) of meal inspo to fill out the rest of your plan. Download my simple but successful meal planner, here: