Healthy Meal Plans: Week 21

By Kristen Mccaffrey on

This week we are focusing on pantry and freezer meals to make a healthy, easy meal plan packed with family friendly meals. We also now offer grocery delivery to help make it easier to stay at home.

This week we focused on member requests and including lots of quick and easy recipes that are easy to adjust based on what you have at home.

A few standouts include the Slow Cooker Korean Pork that is sweet, spicy, and super tasty. The One Pot Caprese Pasta is so easy to make and a great way to celebrate some of the summer tomatoes that are starting to show up in markets and farm boxes. And I can't leave out the Shrimp Boil Packets filled with shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, and Cajun seasoning.

Remember, you can now get your whole or partial shopping list delivered with our new "Get Ingredients" button on the shopping list.

One more reminder! Additionally, we know that many people are experiencing financial strains right now, which is why we are offering our meal plans at a 25% discount for the first time ever. This brings the yearly cost down $36, which is less than a dollar per week. This is the lowest price we have ever offered, but we will be ending this sale soon

Also, just like last week, I am going to do my very best to provide lots of substitutions and tips below to help you adjust depending on what's available in your area and what you have at home. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions about how to adjust recipes or ways to make it work for you. We are here to help. 

So here goes!

  • Meal Prep Tip: Grab a rotisserie chicken to use for the avocado chicken salad and tostadas.
  • Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oatmeal: This dish will work with any fruit, nuts, or dried fruit you like. Fresh or frozen berries will both work. If you don't have bananas, you could use applesauce or pumpkin but you may need a touch of extra sweetener.
  • Veggie Goat Cheese Egg Mug: Make this with any veggies you like, try it with different cheeses, try out different ingredients to make different types of egg mugs.
  • Eggs & Toast: Going back to basics this week with some basic eggs, toast, and fruit. this option is served with Canadian bacon, which is a great low calorie option for breakfast meats, but anything would work. 
  • Avocado Chicken Salad: This is a spin on chicken salad made with avocados instead of mayonnaise. However, if you don't love avocados or prefer a classic chicken salad with mayonnaise or yogurt. This will also work with chickpeas, tuna, or tofu.  
  • Slow Cooker Shredded Korean Pork: Make this with chicken breast, chicken thighs, or pork.  You can leave out some of the garlic or use garlic powder if that's what you have. You can also substitute Sriracha or red pepper flakes for the jalapenos. If fresh ginger root isn't available, use ground ginger or leave it out. 
  • One Pot Caprese Pasta: If you don't have fresh tomatoes, you can use canned tomatoes instead. You can use dried basil if you don't have fresh and use any type of cheese. It's delicious with goat cheese, feta cheese, or Parmesan. 
  • Grilled Basil Lime Chicken: Use chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or lean pork. You can use any citrus - lemon, lime, or orange - and pair with any fresh or dried herbs.
  • Beef and Broccoli Fried Rice: Make these with any ground meat you have on hand or another thinly sliced protein. Any veggies will work and you can use brown rice, white rice, or quinoa. Rice noodles would also work. 
  • Tostadas with Chicken: Make this with any protein you have on hand - pork, chicken, beef, ground meat, tofu, or shrimp. Use any vegetables you like. 
  • Vegetable and Pepperoni Pizza: Make any pizza you like or order takeout!
  • Healthy Shrimp Boil Foil Packets: Make these with any type of sausage you have or swap in thinly sliced chicken thighs.
  • Sides: Just use what you have!

Be kind to yourself!  Everyone is in a different place right now, so do what makes sense for you and your family. If having kids at home all day and trying to work has you stressed (me, me, me!), substitute an easy frozen pizza night or hot dog night or pasta night as often as needed. Get takeout one night to support a local restaurant. Do what you need to make this work! 

One more note: If you find yourself in need of a meal plan but financially it isn't feasible based on what's happening, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here to help.

Love the idea of having meal planning but don’t have time to find recipes, create shopping lists, and make meal plans?

Since I know that many people simply don’t have the time to create their own healthy meal plans, we provide delicious and healthy meal plans at Slender Kitchen that you can customize to meet your needs. Right now these meal plans will be focused on using pantry and freezer items as much as possible to make things work for this difficult time. Also, if you are interested in a meal plan and have fallen upon hard financial times, please don't hesitate to reach out. We will work something out. 

Each healthy weekly meal plan comes full of delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meal plans come in regular, vegetarian, and low carb options. All feature complete nutritional information, Weight Watchers Green, Blue, or Purple SmartPoints, and categorized shopping lists! There are also two bonus fallback recipes weekly and the option for either a complete meal plan or a Dinner Only plan.

This includes our interactive meal planning option where you can customize the number of servings for each meal, swap in new recipes if you don't like something, or build your own meal plan from scratch. All that for less the cost of one cup of coffee per month with the yearly plan.

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