I had a very, very busy week and I am so looking forward to chilling out this weekend before another very busy week! I am starting a new menu in my in-person cooking classes this week and I will be speaking at two conferences at the end of the week in Minneapolis at the Beauty Counter Leadership Summit and at the Galveston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Conference. 🙂 My meal planning is a lifesaver for weeks like these!
Here’s your dinner planner for this week:
Meatless Monday: chickpea soccas with Mediterranean salad bar
Thursday: hearty vegetable vegan lasagna
Friday: chopped grilled vegetable salad with shrimp (take a Tablespoon of vinaigrette and brush it on the shrimp and grill them for a couple minutes on each side)
Saturday is Cinco De Mayo Here are just a few yummy ideas for a cinco do mayo dinner:
Tacos: Chipotle cauliflower tacos, Slow-cooker barbacoa-style beef tacos, slow-cooker chicken tacos, ground turkey tacos (use tempeh for vegetarian), grilled fish tacos, sweet potato and black bean tacos
Salads: Mexican cobb salad, Jicama slaw, Creamy cabbage slaw, Mexican chopped salad, cilantro-lime slaw, fiesta salad with salsa vinaigrette, avocado, jicama, and mango salad, deconstructed guacamole salad
Enchiladas: Mexican lasagne, Chicken enchilada rojas (swap roasted veggies and beans for the chicken to make vegetarian), roasted vegetable enchiladas verdes (swap the veggies and beans for already cooked, shredded chicken if you want this with animal protein)
Some ideas from my cookbook: migas (for breakfast!), pineapple agua fresca, Mexican vegetable soup with rice and beans, burrito grain bowl, Mexican chopped salad with spicy cilantro dressing, slow-cooker chicken tacos, chipotle shrimp tacos with pineapple slaw, Portobello and poblano tacos with charred corn, Mexican millet casserole
Sunday: Repurpose your Cinco De Mayo leftovers!
-If you made tacos, re-use the meat to make quesadillas.
-If you have leftover corn tortillas, make tortilla soup.
-If you have leftover enchiladas, add to a pot with stock and puree partially to make enchilada soup.
-If you have leftover rice and beans, reheat to make a grain bowl and top with leftover veggies, salsa, and guacamole OR layer with scrambled eggs in a tortilla for a breakfast burrito.
Here’s what you can do ahead if you need to (this would not include advance prep for Saturday or Sunday since I didn’t give a single meal):
Make socca batter
wash, dry and cut bok choy
Steam artichokes (up to 3 days in advance)
Make beans, if not using canned
Wash/dry greens/lettuce and herbs
Make salad dressings
Trim tough ends of asparagus (for grilled veg salad) and place cut ends in a small amount of water in the fridge
Make marinara sauce (or buy jarred)
Make cauliflower-cashew “ricotta”
Roast veggies for lasagna
Make lemon-caper dipping sauce
Grill all veggies for salad (pull out an hour ahead to bring them to room temp)
Here’s a link to my previous dinner planners.
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