The One Where I Send You Off Into The World, But Not Really

Drinking Wine

Today is a big day! We’ve moved the meal planner membership to an open-to-the-public party for all. Hooray! You can find the recipes and all the past meal plans and future inspiration here.

So this should be the time where I ramble on about “go out into the world, armed with base recipes for those nights at home and new flavors to try when you go out to eat.” Oh, but wait… we still can’t go restaurants. (But support them via takeout, please!!) Wah wah.

With that in mind, this week’s menu gives you copycat recipes for two of my favorite restaurant orders – Italian eggplant parm and lettuce wraps from a certain Asian restaurant. Just because we’re trapped at home doesn’t mean we can’t eat well!

Speaking of trapped… We are all dealing with the stress of the world in different ways. I hope upon hope that you are turning to healthy habits like exercise, therapists, books, and hugs from loved ones first. But when that doesn’t work, I present – the cookie dough dip.

I look forward to inspiring you more as our relationship continues in a different way. Today, I am grateful for you, friend!

Eggplant parmesan
Eggplant Parmesan with Noodles
Bring your favorite Italian restaurant dish to you own kitchen with this minimally-fussy version of eggplant parmesan.
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Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Fried Rice
When you feel like Chinese takeout, but want to DIY, this will be your new go-to meal. Add in egg rolls from the freezer case for the full "we ordered too much" experience.
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Veggie Chili con Carne
Clean out the veggie drawer and the pantry with this delightful slow cooker recipe for chili. Use the ingredients exactly as we lay them out or use whatever you have on hand. As long as the spices stay the same, you can't go wrong!
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Cookie Dough Dip
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Serve this dip with pretzels, fruit, or a big spoon. It's so good we can't possibly judge you!
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How To Use This Week’s Menu

Start the week with the Veggie Chili con Carne. It’s a delicious slow-cooker recipe, but you have to add some things halfway through, so make it on a day you are home. Hahahahaha. Like there’s a day you’re not at home.

The Eggplant Parmesan with Noodles and Lettuce Wraps with Fried Rice both take a little bit of prep time, but it can be done way in advance. Consider prepping the eggplant casserole up to three days ahead of time (or freeze for another time!). As for the fried rice, maybe consider adding in our Firecracker Meatballs or Cashew Chicken earlier in the week and make extra rice to save for this night. (Pro tip: rice freezes well, so maybe always make a double batch!)

And the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip…. Well, make that whenever you want. And definitely consider a double batch here, too. 😉