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Weekly Meal Plan + Mexican Hash Recipe

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Is it Monday already?  The weekend sure flew by, didn’t it?  But I guess they almost always do.  We do have a few great things to look forward to for the coming week, though.  And one of those things- delicious food!  I don’t know about you, but a tasty meal plan for the week always gives me a little something fun and positive to get me through the work week.  This week’s meal plan includes:

Meal Plan for the Week of March 31 to April 6, 2014


Monday: Barbecue Lentil Sandwich (recipe coming soon)bbq lentil sandwich 2Tuesday: Lentil and Cabbage Casserolelentil cabbage casserole 2Wednesday: Italian White Bean Loaf (recipe coming soon)
Thursday: Lentil and Cabbage Casserole
Friday: Veggie Wrap + Salad
Saturday: Baked Potato + Salad
Sunday: Peanut Butter and Kale Fried Rice (recipe in future Friday Foodie Favorites posts)


Monday: Sweet and Sour Chickpea Pizza (recipe coming soon)
Tuesday: Italian White Bean Loaf
Wednesday: Tortilla Veggie “Meatball” Pizza (recipe coming soon)tortilla meatball pizza 5Thursday: leftover White Bean and Kale Veggie Stew from the freezer
friday favorites white bean kale soupFriday: Out to dinner with friends
Saturday: Peanut Butter and Kale Fried Rice
Sunday: Lemony Ginger Red Lentils over Cauliflower “Rice”friday favorites lemony ginger lentilsYes, I have a thing for lentils.  And I also must apologize for teasing you with so many future recipes.  The best things come to those who wait, right?  But don’t worry.  I will not leave you hanging with just a meal plan.  I also have to share one of my most recent unexpectedly delicious “clean out the fridge” meals.

mexican hash 3It may not be very pretty (poor thing), but it sure tastes delicious.

mexican hash 4When I have hit the end of the week and there is not much going on in my pantry (and let’s be honest- I have very little energy), I generally resort to throwing random ingredients into a pan and praying for the best.  Sometimes the results aren’t great, but sometimes I surprise myself.  This was one of those times when I was pleasantly surprised.  I actually had zero intentions of photographing and sharing this dish (as if you could not already tell 😉 ), but after the first bite I figured it was an easy weeknight meal that you needed to make!

mexican hashMexican Hash
Serves 1


vegetable broth, for cooking, or cooking oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 small yellow onion, diced
1/4 red bell pepper, diced
1 medium russet potato, chopped
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 TB chili powder (more or less depending on your preference)
1 Roma tomato, chopped
1/2 cup cooked black beans
2 large handfuls spinach
black pepper, to taste
fine sea salt, to taste
sriracha sauce for topping, optional (but not really)


1. Line a large skillet with a thin layer of vegetable broth.  Heat over medium-high heat, or until very hot.  Once hot, lower the heat to medium and add the garlic, onions, peppers and potatoes to the pan.  Cook for about 10 minutes, or until softened.  Add additional  broth, as necessary.

2. Stir in onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder.  Sautee for another 3 to 5 minutes, adding additional broth when needed.

3. Lower the heat to medium-low.  Add tomatoes, black beans, and spinach to the pan.  Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until warm and the spinach as wilted.

4. Season with pepper and salt.  Top with sriracha sauce, if desired.

mexican hash 2Cook this up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  It works for all three.  ‘Gotta love a good hash, right?

What is on your meal plan for the week?
What is your favorite “clean out the fridge” meal?

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  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles March 31, 2014, 5:32 am
    Did I inspire the bbq lentils? lol...I love bbq sauce and I love lentils and often throw the two together...Can't wait for the recipe for the sweet and sour chick pea pizza! meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Running, Relaxing, Red Mango and PizzaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 31, 2014, 7:19 am
      Haha, it was probably more my obsession with both bbq sauce and lentils...and my desire for a vegan "pulled pork" sandwich ;)
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies March 31, 2014, 6:54 am
    Yessss BBQ lentils! Josh hates lentils, which means more BBQ goodness for me! And I love clean out the fridge kind of meals! I'm far too lazy to go to the grocery store as often as I need to, so we have a couple of those a week lol
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 31, 2014, 7:21 am
      Silly Josh!! Lentils are where it's at...especially when BBQ sauce is involved! ;)
  • Jessie March 31, 2014, 7:36 am
    So many lentil recipes - I love it! It sure is a good thing Joshua hates them so I can eat up all the leftovers myself. With that being said - keep them coming :) Jessie recently posted...MIMM: March in ReviewMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 31, 2014, 1:28 pm
      Haha, apparently a lot of people's husbands hate lentils (see above). But that is great for you! You don't have to worry about him stealing all of the goodness ;)
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat March 31, 2014, 7:47 am
    This Mexican hash looks delicious! I would totally even eat this for breakfast with some eggs! Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted...Drool Worthy Pins #8My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 31, 2014, 1:33 pm
      I am sure it would be fantastic with eggs! I'll have to make it for breakfast next time instead of dinner.
  • Kathy@ Olives & Garlic March 31, 2014, 9:03 am
    I like meal planning. I feel I spend less money that way. The mexican hash is something I will definitely make
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 31, 2014, 2:21 pm
      You and me both...though I still seem to spend a lot of money on food ;) I suppose it could be worse!
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 31, 2014, 9:11 am
    im so ready for lentils and beans! This recipe came at a right time :) Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health recently posted...Warm Cauliflower with Nigella SeedsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 31, 2014, 1:35 pm
      The more lentils and beans the merrier, right? ;)
  • Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog March 31, 2014, 9:55 am
    I am a lover of all things Mexican-food related, including this hash! Also - peanut butter and kale fried rice?? Can it really be? You have definitely made me curious. And you continue to inspire me with these meal plans!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 31, 2014, 1:55 pm
      I thought the SAME thing when I found the recipe for the Peanut Butter and Kale Fried Rice. I cannot wait to see how it is!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine March 31, 2014, 10:35 am
    OMG - this Mexican Hash looks SO good! And totally something I would make for dinner. For clean out the fridge meals, I love hash or mixing in veggies with eggs :) Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...Peanut Butter Stuffed BrowniesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 31, 2014, 2:06 pm
      Gotta love easy dinners, right? I am a big fan of veggies with eggs, too, though I more often than not tend to do that for breakfasts. I need to try it for lunch/dinner sometime.
  • Jackie March 31, 2014, 12:16 pm
    The Mexican hash sounds great! Jackie recently posted...Meal plan 3/31-4/4My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 31, 2014, 2:07 pm
      Thank you Jackie!! I was definitely very pleasantly surprised with how it turned out.
  • Ashley March 31, 2014, 1:42 pm
    That mexican hash is right up my alley! Looks so good! Although you also have me craving coleslaw now after that first photo! haha Ashley recently posted...Orange Poppy Seed SconesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 31, 2014, 2:17 pm
      Don't you just love coleslaw? And to think I used to find it "gross." Silly me! ;)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien March 31, 2014, 11:54 pm
    Peanut butter and kale fried rice?! Are you for real?? I CAN'T WAIT!!! SO many amazing recipes coming our way woot woooot!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2014, 1:42 pm
      Yes, I am super excited to try it :)
  • Miss Polkadot April 2, 2014, 5:34 am
    When did you say your next fridge clean-up was about to happen ;)? If it results anything like this again I'm coming over that day. Beans, greens, potatoes and a spicy kick - my kind of recipe. My clean-out-the-fridge meals are either stews because all it takes is adding everything to a pot and let it simmer. Or casseroles: vegetables, beans, some cheese - done.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl April 2, 2014, 1:44 pm
      Haha, you're funny ;) Awesome idea to make a casserole when "cleaning out the fridge." I don't know why I haven't done that before.

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