Five real food recipes, all weeknight friendly + gluten- and dairy-free.
Aloha from Hawaii! Have you been following along on Instagram? We're having a blast here, playing in the pool, swimming in the ocean, and enjoying some really amazing meals, but we're coming home in a few days and we'll need to get back to the business of life. I find the best way to get back on track after a vacation or any type of travel is to meal plan and eat at home.
Luckily this week's Real Food Meal Plan is full of simple, satisfying meals. Whether your home from a trip, or stuck inside with cabin fever, I hope you'll find some easy meals to whip up and enjoy with your family this week. Aloha and cheers!
Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili from Gimme Some Oven
- You'll need to sauté the turkey prior to assembling this slow cooker meal, but it's worth the extra effort. Sauté the meat the night before and then assemble the next day.
- Skip the prepackaged taco seasoning mix that often contains added sugar and preservatives so be sure to check your ingredients.
- Allow your family to customize the toppings to make their own perfect bowl of chili.
30-Minute Coconut Curry from Minimalist Baker
- This curry lends itself well to any veggies you have on hand.
- If you prefer an option with meat, add some diced chicken or shrimp along with the veggies and simmer until cooked through.
- Serve over quinoa, millet, brown rice, or on its own.
Sausage, Kale and Lentil Soup from Mountain Mama Cooks
- Look for sausage that is free of added sugar and artificial preservatives.
- If you don't cook with white wine, substitute chicken stock in its place.
- This soup just gets better over time, making for great leftovers throughout the week.
Shrimp Lettuce Wraps from Yummy Addiction
- Substitute gluten free tamari or coconut aminos for the soy sauce in the marinade for a gluten- and soy-free option.
- The coleslaw in this recipe is a perfect mayo-free side dish for chicken or fish, so consider making a double batch for another night.
- If someone in your family doesn't like lettuce wraps, the filling will also work well wrapped inside tortillas.
Thai Chopped Salad from Wicked Noodle
- I like to swap almond butter for peanut butter in this recipe, and full fat coconut milk for light.
- Not feeling kale? Try baby spinach or greens as a base instead.
- If you have leftover cooked protein in the fridge such as chicken, shrimp, or tofu, consider adding it to this salad for a protein boost.