Simply Recipes 2019 Meal Plan: December Week 5

Let’s finish 2019 strong and welcome 2020 with a meal plan sure to satisfy you and your family. We're kicking off the week with a vegetarian soup of farro, mushrooms and spinach, bringing some good luck to you with Hoppin’ John, and rounding things out with Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

This month, please welcome back Aaron Hutcherson and his meal plans! Aaron is a regular contributor here on Simply Recipes and the blogger behind The Hungry Hutch.

Happy New Year! For anyone who partied a little bit too hard ringing in 2020, try a detox smoothie to soothe your hangover.

We’re also making Hoppin’ John, a dish of black-eyed peas and rice traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day to bring wealth and prosperity. There are various possible stories as to how the tradition started, but I’m a fan of the dish and like to eat it regardless of what happens to my bank account.

And as eating healthier tends to be on many people’s list of resolutions, the rest of the week is full of recipes on the lighter side. Think a lovely vegetarian farro soup, steamed salmon, lettuce wraps, and a bright steak salad. All satisfying without detracting from your goals. I even added a bonus recipe, because, well, why not?

Hello, 2020!

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Farro with Mushrooms and Spinach

For those unfamiliar, farro is a hearty, nutty grain with a chewy texture. It’s great in soups loaded with vegetables just like this one. Leftovers make a great lunch the following day.

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Flank Steak Stir Fry with Asparagus and Red Bell Pepper

I love the flavors in this steak salad—they're so bright and refreshing. Serve atop a bed of salad greens for a nice, lighter meal.

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Hoppin John

For anyone in or from the South, this classic dish is a must to ring in the New Year. Serve with collard greens to round out the meal and channel some extra fortune for 2020.

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Steamed Ginger Salmon with Maple Sauce

Fresh ginger, lemon, and soy sauce add lots of flavor to this healthier, steamed fish dish. Steam some extra veggies if you don't want to serve it with rice.

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Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I made some lettuce wraps not too long ago and am here to proclaim: They are the perfect easy weeknight meal! You can use ground turkey, or maybe even crumbled tofu, instead of the chicken if you prefer.

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Casserole dish filled with easy vegetarian enchiladas fillled iwth butternut squash and topped with cheese

Before you start yelling at me, yes, I know this recipe takes a little bit longer than the usual weeknight meal. However, there's an easy solution for those with less time to get dinner on the table: Prep everything the day before, assemble the lasagna, refrigerate it, and bake it in the oven the night of when you get home from work. Ta-da!

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Aaron Hutcherson

Aaron or “Hutch” is the blogger behind The Hungry Hutch, which features a delicious variety of savory and sweet recipes. He grew up in the Midwest, but has called New York City home for nearly a decade.

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  1. Little Red Riding Hood

    Hi, Aaron your food looks good, clean and nourishing. I try your recipes. My people from the south. So we know about the traditional meals. I’ll use as everyday meals. Feel the love of the comfort food.
    Thank you , for the reminder,

    Little red riding hood✌❤✊