The last couple of weeks, I've been meal planning by theme. This week the theme is: International! So I chose a couple of my favorite international cuisines and collected a bunch of recipes that fit these cuisines!
When we were in Paris a few years back, I was struck by the fact that most of the restaurants only served French cuisine. Maybe it was the arrondissements we were in, but I didn't see much in the way of other types of food. I think I spotted one or two Italian restaurants, but we were hard pressed to find any Asian restaurants.
But before we dive into the recipe options for this week's meal plans, here are some recipe wins from last week's meal plan...
Recipe Wins from Last Week
My first feature is a repeat offender - since my second trimester, I've been craving nachos. I love this loaded nacho recipe because it feels healthier (I leave out the melted cheese from the recipe, and opt instead for a dollop of sour cream). And there's enough protein that it is a very filling meal.
Recipe: Super Nachos (Rachael Ray)
We have fallen into the habit of grilling on Sunday nights because it is easy and simple. Flank steak and hanger steak are two of my favorite cuts because they are cheaper than say, filet mignon, but they require extra time to marinate because they are tougher cuts of meat.
Recipe: Asian Flank Steak Marinade (Just a Taste)
Recipe Possibilities for this Week's Meal Plan
If you're new to my meal planning, here's what I do: I take my theme for each night and then list 2-3 recipes for each theme. I hate being locked into one recipe, and I've found that I like the power of choice. So...I pull a few recipes for each night's theme.
Avgolemono Greek Lemon Chicken Soup - I've always loved this lemon chicken soup
Souvlaki - a very traditional Greek dish
Easy Steak Sauce with Seared Hanger Steak - the hanger cut is one of my favorite
Oven Fried Chicken - I love fried chicken. I would only make half of this recipe
General Tso's Chicken - a classic Chinese American dish
Chicken soup with Ginger & Mushrooms - an easy 20 minute recipe
Chilaquiles - this is generally a breakfast dish, but it might make for a good brinner
Layered Taco Salad - Americanized Mexcian
Braised Lamb Shanks Provencal - I love anything braised
French Lentils with Walnuts and Goat Cheese - the French know how to do lentils right!
If you want more meal planning ideas and/or recipes, go check out the meal planning hostesses, Laura from Mommy Run Fast and Jill from Fitness, Health, and Happiness.
Do you have a favorite International cuisine? Do you prefer to dine out for International cuisine or cook it at home?