Welcome to the Better Dinner Institute

Prepare to feed your family really good food.

This meal plan balances crunchy pleasures and creamy goodness. It’s also a fantastic one for lunches as I find it to generate a reasonable amount of leftovers. (That is, if you don’t have two fast-growing teenagers that clear their plates and then the whole dish. Govern yourself accordingly.)

NOTES

  • Jackfruit is yummy and fun to eat, but not particularly filling. I added a can of pinto beans to those recipes for extra protein. 
  • Speaking of jackfruit… please look for the “young (or green) in water” (or brine) kind that comes in a can. Asian markets are the best place to buy it at the best price, but many other grocers sell it now. Do NOT buy the type that comes pre-shredded in vacuum packs. First of all, it’s very expensive. Secondly, practically everyone I know who has tried it has found it awful. I used to list it as an alternative in the meal plans, but not anymore. (If your experience differs, I would love to learn from you.)
  • Previously I encouraged my clients to roast their own red peppers. It’s not particularly onerous, but it does take a bit of time and you can buy a jar of 5-6 roasted red peppers for the same price or less than the price of fresh peppers. If you find lots of fresh peppers for cheap, hit me up and I’ll share my best red pepper roasting tips. In the meantime, you’ll find the jarred version on the shopping list.
  • Did you know that you can effortlessly bake risotto and it tastes just as good as the stovetop kind? While the oven’s on, add some chickpeas and asparagus and enjoy an amazing treat that takes just minutes to pull together. (Do some yoga stretches while everything’s in the oven.

Ever wonder what jackfruit looks like in the wild? Check out this spiky beauty on the picture above. 

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