Meal Plan: Winter 2015 Week 2

For those of you who celebrated Christmas last week, I hope you had an enjoyable holiday with great food and people you love! We enjoyed sleeping in late, opening gifts, making eggs Benedict (a Christmas tradition in my husband’s family that I’m happily adopting), went to see the movie Annie and enjoyed dinner at my aunt and uncle’s home with cousins.  This year we opted out of traveling and although I really missed our extended family it was nice to just relax and sleep in our own beds.  Did you travel over the holidays? Wherever you went I hope you enjoyed yourself.  I love this time of year and am looking forward to New Years Eve, even though we are still trying to decide how we will celebrate.  I’m so excited for a new beginning and a new year; 2014 was a difficult year for me for a variety of personal reasons and I’m hoping 2015 is better!  I don’t have my exact resolutions thought up yet, but I plan to make 2015 a year where I focus on being intentional, realistic and present.  I want to be intentional with how I spent my time and energy (this includes new projects coming soon to the blog), realistic with my limitations, and present in my interactions with other people.  What are your new year’s goals? I hope if meal planning is one of your goals that my weekly meal plan and grocery shopping lists can help. This week’s meal plan includes some of my favorite recipes from last Winter; two amazing salads, a crockpot friendly soup, vegetarian tacos and a roasted vegetable lasagna. Click here for this week’s shopping list and have an awesome week! 

Healthy Weekly Meal Plan with free grocery shopping list | Rainbow Delicious Winter 2015 Week 2


Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash Quinoa Recipe + 4 other delicious recipes in this week’s Winter meal plan | Rainbow Delicious

Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa from Cooking Canuck 

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time:  45  minutes  Total Time:  55 minutes

Ingredients:  Butternut Squash, Chicken Broth, Boneless & Skinless Chicken Thighs, Olive Oil, Yellow Onion, Salt Garlic, Oregano, Petite Diced Tomatoes, Quinoa, Kalamata Olives, Black Pepper, Parsley.

This soup is slow-cooker friendly!

I really liked this soup and followed a suggestion from the comments section to just put everything in my slow cooker and cook for 4ish hours on high.  I stirred in Parsley at the end and pureed some squash ahead of time.  Keep extra broth on hand because it does get a little thick as the quinoa expands; wait to add the quinoa until 20 minutes before eating so it won’t expand quite so much.

sweet potato and black bean tacos with avocado + 4 other delicious recipes in this week’s Winter meal plan | Rainbow Delicious

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Pepita Dip from Cookie and Kate

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Total Time:  1 hour

Ingredients:  black beans, yellow or white onion, olive oil, ground cumin, chili powder, water, sherry vinegar, sea salt & black pepper, avocados, cilantro, pepitas, jalapeno, garlic, lime, corn tortillas, feta.

I’m such a fan of sweet potato, black beans and avocado combinations (Cookie and Kate is also the creator of one of my favorite burrito recipes!) These tacos are fab.

apple pecan and gorgonzola salad + 4 other delicious recipes in this week’s Winter meal plan | Rainbow Delicious

Apple Pecan and Gorgzonla Salad with Honey Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette from Chaos in the Kitchen

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time:  10 minutes

Ingredients: granny smith apple, lemon or lime, baby greens, candied pecans, gorgonzola or blue cheese, honey, mustard, shallot, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

I prefer gorgonzola over blue cheese and used two apples instead of just one.

Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Lasagna + 4 other delicious recipes in this week’s Winter meal plan | Rainbow Delicious

White Lasagna with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower from Foodtastic Mom

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time:  1 hour 5 minutes  Total Time:  1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients:  Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, No-Boil Lasagna Noodles, Unsalted Butter, Shallots, Garlic, Flour, Chicken/Vegetable Broth, Half & Half, Salt, Nutmeg, Fontina Cheese, Parmesan, Pine Nuts.

I loved loved loved this lasagna, and so did Rick.  My kids even ate it too but I wouldn’t call it love for them.  It was unique and different but in a really awesome way; if you like roasted brussels and cauliflower and cheese then you will love this lasagna!  I used whole wheat no boil lasagna noodles and vegetable broth in place of chicken broth.  I probably added a little extra cheese too.  I will definitely be making this again and featured this recipe in my Brussels sprouts recipe round-up.

Rainbow Chicken Salad with Almon Honey Mustard Dressing + 4 other delicious recipes in this week’s Winter meal plan | Rainbow Delicious

Rainbow Chicken Salad with Almond Honey Mustard Dressing from Pinch of Yum

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

Ingredients:  Olive Oil, Chicken Breasts, Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, Grapes, Blueberries, Curly Lettuce, Feta Cheese, Almonds, Almond Butter, Orange Juice, Stoneground Mustard, Raw Honey, Garlic.

This salad is delicious, and the dressing is unique, rich and creamy.  It is quick to prepare and is great as a weeknight dinner or as a side or potluck dish.  I will definitely be making this salad again.

Last week:

Winter 2015 Week 1

Brussels Sprout Round-Up

14 Delicious Brussels Sprouts Recipes


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  1. We have also tried the butternut squash and chicken stew and agree that it is SO delicious!! Will have to try it in the slow cooker.

  2. Just curious how much you spent on this weekly meal plan ingredients? Wondering if this is budget friendly. Thanks!

    • Hi Hannah, it really varies week to week and also depending on the prices where you live. I would estimate that I end up spending between $50 and $90 most weeks on dinners (to feed our family of two adults and two eating children) with these meal plans, plus I add in sides, etc. I hope that helps!

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