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What To Eat This Week: Southern Takeover [5/19]

May 19, 2024
Amelia [Writer]

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Check out our "What To Eat This Week" series for some easy, mouthwatering meal ideas perfect for quick dinners, breakfasts + snacks. They're family-friendly, great for meal prep, and leave you with delicious leftovers!

What To Eat This Week: Southern Takeover [5/19]

It's time for another delicious week of meal planning! This week, we're shaking things up with a Southern takeover. Get ready to experience the best of Southern cuisine, from beloved classics to some new favorites. I've handpicked my absolute favorite Southern recipes to share with you, so get ready to be inspired and indulge in some down-home cooking.

Collage of recipes for Southern What To Eat This Week.

What To Eat This Week

I've whipped up a special Southern-themed week just for you! From soulful Sundays to brunch on Saturday, we're diving into a delicious journey through Southern flavors. You'll find a delightful array of chicken + seafood dishes, some fantastic vegetarian + vegan options, and even a few deliciously good beverages.

It's a week packed with Southern charm and tasty treats, perfect for any day of the week. Get ready for some finger-lickin' chicken, savory seafood, veggie delights, and sippin' on some good ol' Southern drinks.

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SOUL FOOD SUNDAY:

Soul food Sundays are for heartwarming, soul-nourishing dishes that bring comfort and joy to the table!

Baked mac and cheese in a yellow skillet with a wooden spoon and forks.

SMOKED BAKED MAC + CHEESE RIGATONI 

This irresistible dish features tender rigatoni pasta enveloped in a velvety, smoky cheese sauce, baked to golden perfection. It makes the perfect side dish or main meal that everyone will go crazy for! Gluten-free + Vegan Option.

Stack of Flaky Sweet Potato Biscuits

FLAKY SWEET POTATO BISCUITS

These Flaky Sweet Potato Biscuits are the epitome of sweet potato joy in food form. They are buttery, flaky, tender with a bold sweet potato, hint of sweetness from the maple syrup. Dairy-free option.

MEATLESS MONDAY:

Get ready for some wholesome satisfying plant-based goodness!

Southern-Style Cajun Pasta with Pecan Breadcrumbs on a plate with silverware

SOUTHERN-STYLE CAJUN PASTA WITH PECAN BREADCRUMBS

This Vegan Southern-Style Cajun Pasta is topped with buttery pecan breadcrumbs and a creamy dairy-free + vegan cajun-infused parmesan sauce. And easy, quick family-friendly meal for any night of the week. Gluten-free + Nut-free options.

Tall glass of Southern Strawberry Iced Sweet Tea

SOUTHERN STRAWBERRY ICED SWEET TEA

The perfect drink for the sunniest of days regardless of the season!

SHEET PAN TUESDAY:

Because who doesn't love letting the oven do the hard work?

Nachos on a baking sheet with a drink and a side of guacamole and salsa on a brown wood table.

SOUTHERN SHEET PAN BBQ CHICKEN NACHOS

These bad boys are loaded with tortilla chips, sweet potato fries, oodles of melty golden cheese, savory BBQ chicken, and all your go-to fixings.

Peach Hot Honey mocktails with lime, ice cubes, and popsicles.

HOT HONEY PEACH MARGARITA MOCKTAIL

This drink is like a party in a glass—sweet, spicy, and oh-so-refreshing.

WEEKNIGHT WEDNESDAY:

Where delicious easy dinners make midweek magic.

Up close shot of seafood boil on a baking sheet with a drink, cornbread, and mac + cheese on a brown wood table.

MY FAVORITE CAJUN SEAFOOD BOIL

Loaded with fresh shellfish, sausage + veggies. All cooked to perfection and smothered in a spicy Cajun buttery sauce. It's messy, finger-licking good, and downright delicious!

Up close shot of herb butter on a plate with knives.

HOW TO MAKE GARLIC HERB BUTTER

Learn How To Make Garlic Herb Butter in just 5 minutes! This flavorful blend of garlic + herbs is incredibly versatile—it's perfect for slathering on bread, adding to grilled cheese, tossing with pasta, drizzling over meats, veggies, and so much more!

Ice cream in two cones with a spoon, blackberries, and cookies.

SOUTHERN BLACKBERRY COBBLER ICE CREAM

Scoop up this rich + velvety Southern Blackberry Cobbler Ice Cream—no churning required! It's a taste of the South in every chunky buttery cobbler bite. Dairy-free + Gluten-free options.

SIMPLE THURSDAY:

Because sometimes, a straightforward meal is all you need.

Two crispy chicken sandwiches on a wooden platter.

GREEN GODDESS CRISPY CHICKEN SANDWICH 

Move over, green goddess salad—there's a new star in town! Meet our Green Goddess Crispy Chicken Sandwich , packed with all the flavor you love, sandwiched between soft bread. It's a whole new level of deliciousness!

Bananas foster in a white plates with a fork and spoon and cookies on a blue wood table.

MY SOUTHERN BANANAS FOSTER

A decadent dessert featuring caramelized bananas in a buttery rum sauce, served over creamy vanilla ice cream. It's pure bliss in a bowl!

FRIED FRIDAY:

Okay technically it's baked, but it tastes just as good as if it were fried but it's healthier.

BBQ chicken tenders on a plate with a fork.

SOUTHERN STRAWBERRY BBQ CHICKEN TENDERS

Crispy, juicy tenders smothered in a sweet and tangy strawberry BBQ sauce. It's Southern comfort with a fruity kick! Gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free + make-ahead options.

Closeup of Hot Honey Fried Chicken

CRISPY SOUTHERN HOT HONEY FRIED CHICKEN

You won’t believe how flavor-packed and CRISPY this chicken is! Gluten-free, Air Fryer, + Make Ahead options.

French fries in a white fry holder with sauce and a dark green background.

CRISPY CAJUN SWEET POTATO FRIES

Perfect as a spicy snack or as a unique side dish! Vegan + Gluten-free

SOUTHERN BRUNCH SATURDAY:

Because breakfast on the weekends simply hits different.

Closeup of Southern-Style Carrot Cake Cinnamon Rolls

SOUTHERN-STYLE CARROT CAKE CINNAMON ROLLS [SOFT + GOOEY]

Super fluffy, thick, sweetly filled with tender shreds of carrot, infused pineapple and citrus flavors, warm spices, and topped with a light citrus cream cheese glaze. Overnight, Vegan, + Gluten-free options available.

Chicken and waffles on a plate with fork and knife with sliced strawberries.

SOUTHERN CHICKEN AND WAFFLES

Based with soft, tender waffles, this Southern classic is sure to have the entire family satisfied. You won’t believe how flavor-packed this recipe is! Completely dairy-free. Gluten-free, Air Fryer, + Make Ahead options.

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That's a wrap, folks! Until next week, I hope you enjoyed my 'What To Eat This Week' ideas. Please share your thoughts in the comments and give me some love on Instagram @Orchidsnsweettea_. Be sure to tag me in your culinary creations—I love seeing what you whip up in the kitchen!"

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