Happy weekend! This week's Real Food Meal Plan is packed with fabulous weeknight meals you're going to love. There's a super versatile slow cooker recipe, some awesome vegetarian options, and a fantastic twist on fish tacos. Definitely something for everybody. Before diving into the meal plan I want to give you a quick update on the rebranding and website redesign I announced a few weeks back. I'm thrilled to announce my design and development partner in the redesign: Lauren Hooker, the brilliant woman behind Elle & Company. I stumbled upon the Elle and Company blog, a design and blogging resource for creative entrepreneurs, about a year ago and was immediately blown away by Lauren's design aesthetic and approach to growing a successful blog and business. After binge reading every single one of her posts and following along for several months I reached out to her about the possibility of shining her incredible talent on Real Food Whole Life. I was beyond excited when she accepted and we've been working together closely for the past two weeks on the redesign project.
In a span of just a few weeks Lauren has designed a new logo for Real Food Whole Life, a branding board, and a completely new website. She's also come up with a few other surprises I'll be sharing very soon. Exciting stuff to say the least. Now comes the hard part: transferring all the content from over to the new site and working out all the glitches. Wish me luck! If everything goes smoothly you can expect to see the new site sometime in May. In the meantime I wanted to let you know that none of the meal plans published prior to January 2015 will be making the trip over to the new site. So if there is a recipe you love from a meal plan from 2014 be sure to track it down and bookmark it now.
Okay, that's the update. Now onto the meal plan!
vg: vegan | v: vegetarian | gf: gluten-free | df: dairy-free | p: paleo | ff: freezer-friendly
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa from Lexi's Clean Kitchen (gf, df, p, ff)
- This slow cooker beef barbacoa is extremely versatile and can be used in many different ways throughout the week. Use the shredded beef to make bowls, tacos, salads, or as a topping for sweet potatoes. The options are endless.
- Omit the cayenne powder in the spice rub for those sensitive to heat, and if you're short on time feel free to skip the sauce, as the beef is super flavorful on its own. If you can find it and your budget allows grass fed beef is a great choice for this recipe.
Lentil Walnut Tacos with Smokey Cashew Queso from Dishing Up the Dirt (vg, v, gf, df)
- The lentil walnut filling is a great meat-free alternative for tacos and salads. Lentils only take about 20 minutes to cook from scratch, making this a unique weeknight twist on taco night.
- The smoky cashew queso is delicious, but feel free to skip it if you're short on time. Be sure to use gluten free tamari to keep this recipe free of gluten.
Sesame Chicken with Quinoa from Gimme Some Oven (gf, df)
- This simple chicken stir-fry is the perfect hectic-weeknight dinner. I like to throw in some extra veggies like broccoli, snow peas, or baby spinach to make this a complete meal.
- Substitute gluten free tamari for the soy sauce to make this recipe gluten free.
Rad Rainbow Raw Pad Thai from Oh She Glows (vg, v, df, gf)
- This recipe looks fancy but is surprisingly simple to make. The sauce is so tasty you'll want to make extra just to have on hand during the week.
- I find this pad thai works best in our house if I add some additional protein like grilled salmon or shrimp. For a kid-friendly option serve the salad ingredients separately with the sauce on the side for dipping.
Rainbow Fish Taco Nachos from Gimme Some Oven (df, gf)
- These nachos are a fresh twist on traditional fish tacos and a great way to sneak a little extra fish into your weekly meal plan.
- Skip the cheese to keep this recipe dairy free (the rainbow mango slaw is so good you won't miss it), and omit the jalepeno from the slaw for people sensitive to heat. Serving all the nacho and slaw parts separately is a great option for resistant eaters: think a plate with fish (with or without the rub), raw bell pepper, mango, and cheese. Add chips to the plate or save them until the end of the meal.