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This Week’s Meatless Meal Plan | 10.13.14

smoky butternut squash and black bean kale salad

Fall is really here, so this week we’re embracing the influx of orange vegetables into our supermarkets by buying one of those family-sized bags of sweet potatoes and cooking through them all week long! From pizza sauce to quesadilla filling to Thai curry, the sweet potato is never boring, and it is featured in a variety of different contexts in this week’s meal plan. Kale and butternut squash are also in season at the moment, so they share the spotlight in a few meals as well.

Here’s this week’s meatless meal plan:


sweet_potato_pizzaSweet Potato Pizza with Kale and Caramelized Onions// Pizza is the best way to kick off the start of a new week, especially when it is topped with sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, kale and loads of cheese. Delicious and nutritious!


Kale and Sweet Potato QuesadillaKale and Sweet Potato Quesadillas // You won’t miss the cheese in these vegan quesadillas that are stuffed with BIG flavor in the form of roasted sweet potatoes, kale, black beans, and vegetarian chorizo.


smoky butternut squash and black bean kale saladButternut Squash and Smoky Black Bean Kale Salad from Eats Well With Others // Salads can totally be a meal! This salad is stuffed full of spicy roasted butternut squash, hearty black beans, and creamy goat cheese, leaving you completely satisfied.


spicy thai peanut sauce over roasted sweet potatoes and riceSpicy Thai Peanut Sauce over Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Rice from Cookie + Kate // Three cheers for peanut sauce! I could pour it all over everything (or just drink it), but it is especially tasty poured over a bowl of roasted veggies and rice.


creamy tomato tortellini soupCreamy Tomato Tortellini Soup from Two Peas and Their Pod // This soup is made up entirely of pantry ingredients but still manages to taste super fresh, like it’s straight from the garden.

Tips For This Week’s Plan

  • Roast once, eat FOUR TIMES. Four of the recipes in this week’s meal plan require turning your oven to 400ºF, so why not get it all done in one shot? Roast the sweet potatoes, butternut squash and bell pepper for Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s recipes on Sunday night to save you time later in the week, and then just store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.
  • Caramelizing onions can also take a bit of time, so these can be made ahead as well. Check out our post on how to caramelize onions for some extra tips!
  • Though rice is used in Thursday’s meal to soak up all that spicy peanut sauce, just about any grain will work in its place. Try it with quinoa, millet or barley.
  • Kale is a pretty hearty green, so any salad leftovers will keep in the fridge and can be eaten for lunch the next day.
  • If you have extra black beans from the quesadillas, feel free to throw them in the salad. A few extra beans never hurt anyone!

Vegetarian Meal Plan & Shopping List - 10.13.14
Click here for a printable version of this week’s meatless meal plan and shopping list, then click on the links above to print out each recipe. Now you’re set for the week!

Find more dinner ideas from our Meatless Meal Plan archives.

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  • Reply
    Millie | Add A Little
    October 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    The black bean kale salad looks awesome and will definitely be making a batch of that peanut sauce!

    • Reply
      Joanne Bruno
      October 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thanks! That peanut sauce is great on EVERYTHING, I’m convinced. Hope you enjoy!

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    October 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I’m laughing a little because, let’s be honest, Monday and Tuesday are the same meal. When you’re in the mood for sweet potatoes and kale on bread, you’re in the mood for sweet potatoes and kale on bread.

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      Joanne Bruno
      October 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Haha, true. Personally, I am ALWAYS in the mood for sweet potatoes and kale on bread!

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    Katie @ Cup of Tea
    October 27, 2014 at 9:55 am

    These menus/shopping lists are so handy dandy!! I’ll basically be stealing every single one of these for my family. I really HATE meal planning, but it’s so important to do it. So a huge Thank You!

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      Joanne Bruno
      October 27, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks! That is exactly why we do them. Meal planning can definitely be overwhelming and it’s definitely pretty free-ing to have a trusted source do all the hard work for you.

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    Danika Maia
    June 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Wow I can’t tell you how thankful I am for your thoughtful meal plans!! I love how you use the same ingredients throughout the week so nothing is wasted and all of the recipes are so unique!! I wish you were still making these, where’d you go?

    Danika Maia

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    August 12, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Hey there, this site is great! I’m looking to tart meal planning, cooking, and eating veggie so I’m very excited! One question I had is if you know the estimated cost of this grocery list/other grocery lists on your site. I’m on a budget so I was just wondering 🙂

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      Kiersten Frase
      August 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Sorry, we don’t have estimated costs for the grocery lists, but we have heard from readers saying that using them has helped them save money at the grocery store! Every week is different, so I’d stick with weeks that have a lot of pantry ingredients if you’re looking to save.

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    October 19, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Theses were great! Thank you! I have just started cooking more and planning weekly meals. Your website has been a delight to read and copy! 🙂

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      October 20, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      I’m glad you’re finding our site useful! 🙂

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    December 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I made all these this week and they all tasted delicious. Thanks for creating this. Any plans to do any more?

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      December 9, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Glad you enjoyed them! We’re posting them every Friday now – alternating each week between vegan and vegetarian plans. 🙂

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