Weekly Meal Plan: Cashews

For the cheese-loving people who try to go dairy-free, you have to feel like cashews are your best friend. When used in a sauce, they add back in the creaminess that a typical cheeseless dish lacks. I also love using them in my Thai dishes! So: for this week, I decided to spotlight dishes with cashews! As per usual, I don't go overboard and make my ingredient of the week the highlight of every dish. I rather just find some recipes that utilize it in different ways. Almost all meals are paleo & WHOLE30 approved - read my comments for modifications to keep the meals within the Whole30 and paleo guidelines. Open the recipes below by clicking on the picture to check out what I found!  

Here's a model schedule for the work week: 


see comments for suggested modifications

Zucchini lasanga 

Recipe from: Cake Cooking

Add cooked ground turkey (on shopping list) or other ground meat 

Can also get own pasta sauce rather than making your own with the tomato products and artichoke hearts listed 

Cashew curry broccoli stir fry

Recipe by: Contentedness cooking

Added toasted cauliflower rice

Paleo cashew chicken

Recipe by: My Natural Family

I love how quick and easy this recipe is. Can use almond flour instead of arrowroot starch. I added an egg to the flour to coat the chicken. 

Omit the honey for Whole30

Spicy beef cucumber salad

Recipe by: Eat Drink Paleo

Whole30 as is! 

Eggroll in a bowl 

Recipe from: The Movement Menu

Add a fried egg on top for extra protein

Pesto chicken stuffed sweet potatoes

Recipe by: Paleo Running Mamma 

Replace walnuts with cashews; or use Trader Joes vegan pesto! 


I've tried to switch this recipe up, but I find myself always going back to the same combination of 2c kale, 1/2 cup roasted sweet potato, and 2 poached or fried eggs all cooked and then topped with 1/4 of a medium avocado. Roast a bunch of sweet potato on Sunday so this can be an easy and quick throw in during the busy weekday mornings. 


For an easy green smoothie use 1 cup fresh kale and blend in 1/2 cup almond milk. Once blended add in a cup of your your frozen fruit, 1/2 a banana (preferably frozen), whatever source of protein (vegan protein powder, chia or flax seeds, almond butter), and enough water to mix. 

Shopping List

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I always do all my shopping at Trader Joe's! They have a kale vegan pesto that is Whole30 approved, and made with cashews! I recommend adding it the list. 

I typically find that their packed goods are so much cheaper than other health food stores. For Rx bars, which I recommend as a snack, I purchase in bulk on Amazon. 


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Or bring your list & plan to the store:

Printable form here


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