Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fuel for Life: My Meal Plan for the Week

Paleo Buffalo Chicken Soup from last week's meal plan. It was soooo good.

Monday:Asian Meatballs over sautéed greens
I haven't tried many of the Nom Nom Paleo recipes yet, but I've heard great things and am eager to try this umami-inspired recipe. I'll cook these up today so that they're ready to eat with minimal prep time Monday evening. I tend to buy a huge bag of mixed greens (kale, arugula, chard, spinach) each week to use in various ways. These meatballs will be perfect served over some quickly sautéed greens cooked with just a touch of coconut aminos and toasted sesame oil.

Tuesday: Stovetop Citrus Carnitas in Lettuce Wraps with Sunshine Sauce
These carnitas take 2-3 hours, so I'll probably cook them today then make the sunshine sauce fresh on Tuesday. I'm envisioning a big platter with avocado slices, lime wedges, scallions, and fresh cilantro.

Wednesday: Swiss Chard with Red Onion and Bacon
This will be a quick and hearty meal that I can easily throw together after work. I tend to enjoy pickled flavors alongside bacon-y flavors, so I will pick up some of this Ozuke dill & caraway kraut (locally made and so good) to have as garnish.

Thursday: Leftover Stovetop Citrus Carnitas with Creamy Cucumbers
I have a work event Thursday evening, so I'll rely on leftovers to make sure I have a home-cooked meal waiting for me. The Creamy Cucumbers look like a cinch to throw together, with the exception of the homemade mayo so I'll make a batch of that today. It'll be nice to have on hand; I'll mix it with fresh herbs and garlic as a veggie dip that I can snack on throughout the week.

Friday: Out to Eat
Date night! We may do one of our favorite Japanese restaurants, Amu, that serves super fresh and clean traditional dishes. I find it pretty easy to stay on the Paleo path here. My go-to order is the seasonal mixed greens salad (with a light, tangy dressing that is to-die-for), grilled garlic squid, and salmon carpaccio. 

Saturday: Garlic Roasted Shrimp with Zucchini Pasta
Since we'll be hitting up a Superbowl party on Sunday (go Broncos!), I'm keeping our Saturday meal light and simple in anticipation of enjoying the delicious party fare that I'm sure will be in plentiful supply the next day.

Sunday: Superbowl!

While traditional football snacks aren't typically the healthiest of foods, the good news is that most Superbowl parties feature plenty of protein (wings!) and a veggie tray or two. Our friends make an absolutely killer buffalo chicken dip that they serve with carrot and celery sticks. It's not Paleo, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. We'll bring a festive side dish of some kind - maybe bacon-wrapped dates? 

What are you cooking and eating this week?


Check out past meal plans here for more inspiration. 

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