Using a weekly meal plan is the best way to cook healthier for your family, save money, and time! This week’s menu includes our popular cornbread chili and waffles, Zuppa Toscana, roasted butternut squash salad, chicken tetrazzini, and chicken alfredo pizza.
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Each meal plan has 5 dinner recipes that will serve approximately 4 adults. We’ve tried to be thoughtful about including recipes that the whole family will love as well as varying the recipes to include a variety of different meals so that you’re not having chicken every night!
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1. Save Money:
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*note that recipe costs are an estimate based on ingredient prices at my local grocer. They will likely vary depending on where you live.
2. Eat Healthier:
Cooking from scratch is a great way to manage your health goals. Both take-out and pre-made meals from your local grocer are going to have more fat, sugar, and sodium than the same foods cooked at home.
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**NOTE: You’ll notice the shopping list includes categories like “pantry staples”, and “spices”. Hopefully, those are items you already have on hand, and you can cross them off of the list.
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Monday: Zuppa Toscana $21.58
Tuesday: Roasted Butternut Squash Salad $14.89
Wednesday: Cornbread Waffles and Chili $25.26
Thursday: Chicken Tetrazzini $8.92
Friday: Chicken Alfredo Pizza $6.30
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This was my first time cooking with butternut squash, and I may have messed up the prep. I peeled, cored, and roasted as instructed, but some of the pieces were a bit hard to chew even after roasting. Is there some kind of trick to the peeling process that removes more of the outside hard skin?
Overall, a delicious and very filling recipe. We substituted roasted pumpkin seeds for the pecans, and arugula for the kale, and it turned out perfectly delicious.
The vinaigrette is a keeper for sure!
Hi. The grocery list for this week’s meal plan calls for 5 3/4 cups of chicken broth. I’m now realizing that the Zuppa Toscana recipe calls for reduced sodium chicken broth. Will it still be ok? Any adjustments I can make? Thank you!
Using regular chicken broth is totally fine! You can always use less salt in the soup to adjust. Enjoy!