Meal Plan: Fall Week 7

Rainbow Delicious Meal Plan Shopping List Week 7

Cherry Tomato Pasta from 33 Shades of Green

Prep Time:  10 minutes Cook Time:  35 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients: Pasta, Cherry Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Garlic, Onion, Dry White Wine, Basil, Salt & Pepper, Parmesan.

This pasta was quick and satisfying. I received a bunch of cherry tomatoes in my CSA and wanted to eat them all quickly so this was the perfect dish.  Instead of parmesan I garnished mine with goat cheese just because I was in the mood for it, but the rest of my family had it with parmesan and it was great no matter what.

Pumpkin Fettuccine from Camille Styles

Prep Time:  5 minutes Cook Time:  10 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: Olive Oil, Butter, Garlic, Heavy Cream, Pumpkin Puree, Herbs de Provence, Salt & Pepper, Fettuccine, Parmesan, Fresh Sage.

I am in love with this pasta dish.  It was the quickest dish and it tasted amazing.  When I make it again I will reserve some pasta water so I can loosen the dish up a bit even though my husband thinks that would be unnecessary and loved it just the way it was.  I used whole wheat fettuccine and purple sage from my little herb garden.  We served this pasta to our Italian friend Matt and he told me  that I hit this dish out of the park. A fine compliment indeed.  I will definitely be making this again.

Potato Leek Soup from Katherine Martinelli

 Prep Time:  10 minutes Cook Time:  30 minutes Total Time:  40 minutes

Ingredients: Olive Oil, Butter, Leeks, Onion, Garlic, Salt & Pepper, Dry White Wine, Vegetable Broth, Potatoes, {Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt}, {White or black Truffle Oil}, Chopped Parsley.

 This soup is hearty and naturally creamy (although if I’m being honest I also snuck in a little bit of real cream as well…) It’s great as is but could also be dressed up with sour cream, greek yogurt, cheese or obviously truffle oil.  I’m always looking for an excuse to use truffle oil as a garnish even if my husband thinks “it tastes like garbage.” My husband liked it as long as I kept the truffle oil a safe distance away from his bowl.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Pears from Live Laugh Love

Prep Time:  10 minutes Cook Time:  20 minutes Total Time:  30 minutes

Ingredients: Pears, Goat Cheese, Medjool Dates, Honey, Pecans, Cinnamon, Apple Juice {or Sparkling Apple Cider}, Mixed Greens, Salad Dressing.

These pears are super unique and really good.  You could serve them as an appetizer or side or make it a dish by placing them in a bed of greens and drizzling some of your favorite dressing over it.  I’ve made this dish a few times and my only advice is to be sure to use ripe pears otherwise they don’t taste quite right.

Pomegranate & Pistachio Couscous from Closet Cooking

Prep Time:  10 minutes Cook Time:  10 minutes Total Time:  20 minutes

Ingredients: Water {or Broth}, Couscous {Whole Wheat}, Pomegranate Seeds, Pistachios, Mint, Parsley, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Pomegranate Molasses, Dijon Mustard, Garlic, Salt & Pepper.

I love pistachios and pomegranate seeds so I knew I would love this dish.  I eat this as a meal but I’m guessing most people would prefer it as a side.  The Vinaigrette in the couscous is made in part with pomegranate molasses, which adds an awesome tartness.  It took me a while to locate the pomegranate molasses but I was finally able to find some at a local Mediterranean market.  If you have the same dilemma you can always make it yourself by reducing pomegranate juice with a little sugar and lemon. The only effort really required in this dish is cracking open the pistachios and chopping them and popping out the pomegranate seeds.  If that seems too tedious you can always buy already prepared pistachios and pomegranates.


Rainbow Delicious Meal Plan Shopping List Week 7

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  1. I’m new to your site and am excited to use your great recipes. Thank you! I would love if you would add sidedish suggestions to your meals. Sometimes planning sides takes just as much time as the main course.

    • Welcome to the site, Kate! Thanks for your feedback. You are so right that planning sides can be time consuming; I will start suggesting sides to the meals in upcoming meal plans.

  2. Thanks for the shout out! And the reminder that I need to make those pears again!

  3. I’m so happy you liked the soup! That is too funny that your husband thinks truffle oil tastes like garbage – to each his own, and more for you! All the other recipes look just amazing, I’ll have to try a few.

  4. The pumpkin recipe was awesome! Everyone in my famiy enjoyed it! We will for sure make this one again!!!

  5. Emily, I LOVE your site. The recipes every week look so good. This week I’ve already made the Mexican bowl and the pumpkin pasta and both were so good. I’ve got the leek potato soup up next. Please don’t ever stop posting!!!


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