The first week with our Korean exchange student has gone very well, especially in the food department.  He has pretty much eaten nothing but Korean food his entire life, so when I ask him, “Have you ever eaten X?”  He always responds, “No, but I’ll try it!”  And he does.  Love this kid.  Mr. Picky is feeling shamed into eating everything I put in front of him. Ha!  The bigger question is, why did I not host an exchange student years ago????

pamela salzman's dinner planner

Here’s your dinner planner for the week:

Meatless Monday:  Sweet potato and black bean tacos, Mexican chopped salad with red cabbage, radishes, avocado and pumpkin seeds

Tuesday: Orange and rosemary-glazed chicken (I’m doing to add some carrots to the pan, too), millet-cauliflower mash

Wednesday:  Roasted green beans with lemon and thyme, simple slow roasted salmon, brown rice cooked with a little garlic and olive oil

Thursday:  Rustic butternut squash and fennel soup, avocado toast

Friday:  Turkey and pinto bean sloppy joescole slaw

Saturday lunch: Red lentil dal 

Sunday:  Turkey roulade with wild rice filling, green salad with persimmons and pomegranates + everyday salad dressing #2


Here’s what you can do ahead of time if it helps you:


Soak and cook black beans and pinto beans

Wash salad greens for Monday

Prep red cabbage and cauliflower (wash, dry and cut)

Make dressing for Monday

Make stock for Thursday (vegetable stock recipe here, chicken stock recipe here)


Marinate chicken

Prep green beans and butternut squash


Prep cabbage for coleslaw

Make everyday salad dressing for Sunday

Wash salad greens for Sunday

Seed pomegranates


Make rice filling for turkey


Here is a link to all my previous dinner planners.

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