Meal plans, grocery lists and weekly cooking tips to cook in Vancouver for under $150 a week.

Laaaaazy Meal Plan and Grocery List November 24 to 30

Where is that dang sunshine? Days are getting shorter and the clouds are staying longer – it must be fall. Alarm clocks are suddenly easier to sleep through and it feels like dinner time at 4pm. These short and dark days make it a lot more difficult to be motivated to cook an elaborate meal, no matter how warm and comforting the meal may end up.

So, this week we are cookin’ laaaaazy. Like Homer Simpson lazy. Potato soup with chorizo, turkey meatloaf with OJ and jalepeño sweet potatoes and spicy Korean chicken with kimchi pancakes will wow your dinner guests, each with less than 15 minutes of prep time.

Enjoy the extra time you have on your hands – I suggest napping or reading about 101 things to do with your ex wife’s wedding dress (horrible but hilarious.)

Meal Plan

Grocery List

Kin’s Farm Market

  • 1 bag small potatoes
  • 5 white onions
  • 2 bunches cilantro
  • 2 bunches kale
  • 4 Russet potatoes
  • 1 package shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 package jalepenos
  • 5 sweet potatoes
  • 6 tomatoes on the vine
  • chives

Nester’s Farm Market

  • 2 packages chicken thighs
  • 1 package ground turkey

East West Market

  • 2 cans fava beans
  • 1 can chipotle in adobo
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 big can pinto beans
  • 1 box quinoa or ancient grain
  • 1 orange juice
  • 1 carton free range organic eggs

Continental Sausages

  • 5 hot Hungarian Farmer’s Sausages

Tips for the Week

  • Refried Beans with Coriander Chicken Tostadas: Be careful how much chipotle you add to the beans – 1/2tsp more can make it significantly spicier.
  • Caldo Verde: Any spicy dry sausage will do – you don’t have to stick to chorizo. Also invest in some good olive oil and salt to use on this soup to make it fancy schmancy.
  • Spicy Korean Chicken and Kimchi Pancakes: There is no substitute for gojuchang (Korean Hot Pepper Paste.) Buy a container and keep it in your fridge – I swear it never goes bad.
  • Turkey Meatloaf and Spicy Sweet Potatoes: Couscous could also work instead of quinoa in this healthy meatloaf. Just be sure to use a grain that won’t suck up the moisture from the already vulnerable turkey.
  • Fava Bean Soup: If you follow the recipe and use dried fava/broad beans, make sure to shell them before you cook them.
  • Mole Verde Zacatecano: We’re making this one on Saturday so you can pick up some tomatillos at the Farmer’s Market. It is a bit tricky to find them sometimes!
  • Patatas Bravas with a Chourico Omelette: Breakfast for dinner – oh yeah! Use a good quality paprika and fresh for this potatoes for the best flavour. With a recipe so simple, the quality of the ingredients is important.

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