Five real food recipes, all weeknight friendly + gluten- and dairy-free.
You guys, I am so excited about each and every meal in this week’s Real Food Meal Plan. You can't go wrong, so grab a pen and start meal planning! As always, all recipes are barre3 Challenge friendly.
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Coconut Chili from The Fig Tree
- This one is really more of a stew than a chili, and it's mild enough even for those sensitive to spice. Taste for seasoning at the end, adding salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste. Serve over brown rice, or on its own.
- Use full-fat coconut milk to keep this barre3 Challenge friendly.
- Butternut squash isn't too difficult to work with, but if you want a short-cut look for pre-chopped at Costco or Trader Joe's.
Hummus Crusted Chicken with Roasted Veggies from Gimme Some Oven
- This recipe is incredibly easy, and it only requires one pan. I have a feeling this will be a new weeknight staple.
- Roast any veggies you like alongside the chicken. Zucchini is nice, as is broccoli or cauliflower.
- Substitute chicken tenders for breasts and you’ll cut the cooking time by about ten minutes.
Power Salad with Lemon Chia Seed Dressing from Two Peas and Their Pod
- As the recipe notes, pre-roasting the sweet potatoes and cooking a big pot of quinoa on the weekend will allow you to throw this dinner together in minutes.
- This salad is also perfect for lunch. Double the recipe so you'll have leftovers later in the week.
- I used to shy away from making salad for dinner because I figured Elle (my two-year-old) wouldn’t eat it. I now realize that bowls and salads are perfect for kids, since you can serve each part separately on their plate.
Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps from What’s Gabby Cooking
- Skip the chipotle for those sensitive to heat, or reduce to one chipotle.
- If you don’t have time to marinate the chicken for a full hour, this recipe will still work. Give it twenty minutes in the marinade and you'll be good to go.
- If you can’t find butter lettuce, romaine leaves work well for lettuce cups.
Seattle Asian Salmon Bowl from Skinny Taste
- For a vegan option, use edamame in place of salmon. For a paleo version, substitute cauliflower rice for brown rice.
- If you don’t have or don’t want to buy mirin, you can substitute rice wine vinegar.
- Look for nori on the Asian or Ethnic foods aisle of your grocery store.