Tired of the same thing for dinner? Join the One New Meal a Week Challenge with all gluten free dinner recipes, along with healthy recipes that are Paleo, Whole30, Vegan/Vegetarian, and Keto. We have 52 new recipes for you to try that are organized by season and month. It’s easy to follow along! Let’s get cooking!
When I write blog articles, posts, recipes, and DIYs, I put my heart and soul into each and every one. Because I want to give the very best to you. This was one of my favorites. I mean… it’s hard to play favorite and don’t tell the other blog posts. I’m not just randomly adding a bunch of recipes into a roundup. There’s a back story. And a challenge. And my family is participating along with you. I took a lot of time to read through each recipe, its ingredients, and put the qualifier out there – if I would make it for my family, I’m adding it to the challenge. I’m literally printing and pinning as I’m writing and I hope you enjoy trying these new recipes as much as my family does.
The Back Story of the Challenge
When Hubby and I were dating, the “big meal” he made for me was a chicken caesar salad. And then I found out that his mother is a gourmet cook. UGH. I knew that if we got serious, I would be the primary chef in the house. And at that time, dinner for me consisted of unwrapping a power bar after a training ride on my mountain bike. I had a choice – I could either starve to death or embrace cooking.
Fast forward, I LOVE TO COOK! It’s a therapeutic way to end the day and I love feeding Hubby’s love language of a nice dinner. But life, time constraints, and chronic fatigue got in the way, and I fell into a cooking rut. CanIgetsomesolidarity? Hubby got frustrated with the same ole same ole, so he threw down the gauntlet of one new dinner a week.
But here’s the thing. It’s not just one new meal a week. I want these dinners to be easy to make, super healthy, a little stretch of the comfort zone but nothing too weird, and dinners that my entire family will enjoy. Easy, right?!?!? Are you ready to join along?
One New Meal a Week Challenge
I reached out to my fellow bloggers and they came through with flying colors.
- ALL meals are 100% gluten free and “gluten free” won’t be called out in the title because I don’t want to be repetitive.
- ALL meals will fall into one or more healthy and whole-food friendly options: Paleo, Whole30, Vegan/Vegetarian, and/or Keto, and are called out in the title as much as possible.
- The majority of the meals are made in 30 minutes (or easy prep if going in the slow cooker or for a casserole).
- The majority of the meals are budget-friendly.
- The majority of the meals are easy and not fussy.
- The majority of the meals are made with “normal” ingredients that you have in your pantry or are not a one-off purchase at the store.
- No InstaPot recipes in case you don’t have one, but there are several recipes in the slow cooker.
I included meals that are seasonal for each month and added holiday-friendly meals throughout the year.
I divided the recipes by month and also the following seasons:
- Winter Months – January, February
- Spring Months – March, April, May
- Summer Months – June, July, August
- Fall Months – September, October
- Holiday Season – November, December
Not only do you have 52 recipes that are easily organized by season and month, but I also added links to bonus seasonal recipe roundups throughout. So you literally have 300 recipes to work with. I hope this doesn’t sound too complicated, because it’s not. I made it as easy as possible for you to scan through month by month and make your one new meal a week.
Bookmark this page or better yet, be sure to subscribe to Pink Fortitude (and get lots of great freebies) and at the beginning of the month, I’ll send a reminder for your new meals!
Let’s get this One New Meal a Week Challenge started!
The winter months are all about comfort food! Let’s start off the beginning of the year with new dishes for Veganuary and Whole30 and enjoy delicious, healthy, and nutritious comfort foods all winter long! Oh and don’t forget Chinese New Year, a special dinner for Valentine’s Day, and a fun new meal for Fat Tuesday.
Spring Months + Holidays
Enjoy tasty dishes for the spring months and holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, Easter, and Cinco de Mayo.
Cooking for summer months means a lot of grilling, picnics, and potlucks. Enjoy the bounty of harvest vegetables and salad entrees!
They should really change the name of fall and autumn to pumpkin season. I mean really… is there anything else to eat this time of year? September and October focus on fall harvest and squash with an Oktoberfest recipe and a couple of fun Halloween recipes.
November and December are all about the holidays and all about gathering family and friends together around the table. Tis the season for holiday classics made healthier for you!
QUEUE THE CONFETTI!!!
WE DID IT!!!!!
Congratulations, my friend! I’m proud of you and hope you and your family enjoyed this One New Meal a Week Challenge with lots of delicious and healthy recipes. Hit me up on social media or drop me a line and let me know how you did!
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