Late Summer Menu | Cook Smarts Meal Plan Menu (9/14/20)







Late Summer Menu | Cook Smarts Meal Plan Menu (9/14/20)




























This late summer menu takes advantage of seasonal produce as we ease into fall flavors with dishes like Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili and Korean Scallion Pancakes!

  • By Brittany Yamamoto-Taylor
  • September 11, 2020

MONDAY

Za’atar Roasted Salmon with Arugula & Fig Salad

We’re always looking for new ways to use the za’atar spice blend from the Middle East because it is just so delicious. While it is often used to season meats, we discovered that it really shines on salmon as well! Even though this fresh recipe has a short list of ingredients, every component works together beautifully to create a colorful and flavorful meal in 40 minutes or less.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • If you’re making our Original or Gluten-Free meals this week, you can save time by cooking a double batch of quinoa for this Za’atar Salmon and for Wednesday’s Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken.
  • You can also save time on Paleo meals this week, too, by making a double batch of cauliflower rice to enjoy here and for Wednesday’s dinner.

Diet Variation:

  • Our Original version of this recipe is naturally gluten-free.
  • This Za’atar Salmon is easy to make Paleo by swapping out the quinoa for cauliflower rice.
  • The vegetarian version of this recipe is a Quinoa Bowl with Za’atar Roasted Chickpeas that includes figs, arugula, and a lovely lemon tahini dressing.

TUESDAY

Slow Cooker Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

Turkey chili is lower in calories than its beef-based counterparts, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less delicious. This particular recipe is a favorite in our cooking community as it offers that cozy, hearty substance you’re looking for while adding an extra depth of flavor with sweet potatoes and buttery avocado on top. With only 30 minutes of active cooking time required and a resulting big pot of chili that can feed the family for days (or be frozen for later!), this dinner is a homerun.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • You can make this Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili up to 5 days ahead and just reheat it whenever you’re ready to serve. Like most chili recipes, this one tastes even better a day or two after it’s been cooked.
  • For this recipe, we include cooking instructions to make this turkey chili in a slow cooker for that simmered-all-day flavor or on the stovetop if you’re short on time. 
  • This Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili can also be easily converted to Instant Pot cooking.

Diet Variation:

  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free.
  • Make it Paleo by omitting the beans, sour cream, and chips, and adding a spicy guacamole instead.
  • Our vegetarian Lentil and Sweet Potato Chili has all the same substance of the original but gets extra protein with lentils instead of turkey.

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WEDNESDAY

Bruschetta Chicken Roll-Ups with Roasted Broccoli

Every time we feature a prosciutto wrapped chicken recipe, reviewers exclaim that it feels restaurant-worthy without being too fussy. The fun “bruschetta” element of this meal comes from fresh balsamic tomatoes that are served on top for a bright and flavorful finish. Not only does this 45-minute dinner look and taste special, but the prosciutto actually helps the chicken breast stay moist as it cooks. The prosciutto wrapped chicken roll-ups and savory broccoli side make one astonishingly easy fine-dining dish that you can pull out any time company comes around.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • For our Original and Gluten-Free meals this week, you can save time by simply using the second half of the batch of quinoa you cooked on Monday for the Za’atar Salmon.
  • For our Paleo meals, you can use the second half of the batch of Monday’s cauliflower rice for this dinner.

Diet Variation:

  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free.
  • The paleo version of this recipe uses cauliflower rice, nixes the cheese, and builds extra flavor with pesto.
  • Our vegetarian recipe is a fun 40-minute meal – Bruschetta Toasts with Mashed White Beans and a side of roasted broccoli.

THURSDAY

Korean Pancakes with Kimchi Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpeas

This is the first time we’ve included Korean Scallion Pancakes (pajeon) in a meal plan, but it’s long been a favorite dish for the Cook Smarts team. This vegetable-packed meal is not only low-calorie, but it is brimming with flavor that meat-eaters won’t even notice it’s vegetarian! Also, since the scallion pancakes freeze extremely well, it’s a great recipe to double and enjoy with our homemade Savory and Spicy Dipping Sauce for meals to come.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Make the Savory and Spicy Dipping Sauce over the weekend, so you only have to focus on the pancakes come Thursday evening. The sauce can be made and refrigerated up to 5 days in advance.

Diet Variation:

  • Since the Original recipe is already meatless, vegetarians can simply make the recipe as is!
  • Our gluten-free variation uses GF flour for the pancakes and tamari in the dipping sauce.
  • Our paleo meal is Pan-Seared Korean Chicken with sesame spinach, kimchi cauliflower, and spicy mayo.

All meals come with gluten-free, paleo, and vegetarian options, as well as a grocery list and optional weekend prep steps. Join our weekly meal plan service to get the grocery list, dinner steps, and more cooking tips for these 4 simple dinners.

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