Dinners w/o 1/14:

I have a problem with cooking rice – I can never get it right. Either it’s too mushy or not cooked enough. But I found a way! I made a batch of this yesterday and have it in the fridge for dinners this week. I followed the recipe exactly and it not only turned out great but it tastes amazing!

Easy oven brown rice:  http://marinmamacooks.com/2015/11/easy-oven-baked-brown-rice/

Sunday
Make your own pizzas using Trader Joe’s pizza dough
Salad –  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/arugula-with-parmesan-recipe-1944150

Monday
Pasta with sausage, artichokes and sundried tomatoes (my kids pick out the artichokes and tomatoes)
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/fusilli-with-sausage-artichokes-and-sun-dried-tomatoes-recipe-1943853

Tuesday
Thai chicken lettuce cups https://sunbasket.com/recipe/thai-chicken-lettuce-cups-with-fresh-herb-salad
Oven brown rice http://marinmamacooks.com/2015/11/easy-oven-baked-brown-rice/

Wednesday
Tortilla soup for Bob and I http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/chicken-tortilla-soup-recipe-1939403
Tacos for kids

Thursday
Easy stir fry http://dish.allrecipes.com/super-easy-stir-fry/
Oven brown rice http://marinmamacooks.com/2015/11/easy-oven-baked-brown-rice/

Friday
Salmon – drizzle with olive oil, salt/pepper, place sliced lemons on top and grill
More brown rice… 😊 if we have any left http://marinmamacooks.com/2015/11/easy-oven-baked-brown-rice/
Roasted vegetables – whatever we have in the refrigerator

Saturday – TBD

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Dinners w/o 1/7:

Hey!

Have you heard about Imperfect Produce? I did some research and besides not only doing great things for the environment, you can save big on your fruits and vegetables. We signed up for the veggie/fruit organic delivery every other week.

Fact: 1 in 5 fruits and veggies grown in the U.S. don’t meet cosmetic standards – the crooked carrot, the curvy cucumber, the undersized apple – usually causing them to go to waste. We’re here to change that.

Sunday –
Grilled steak
Roasted cauliflower and broccoli – Cut up in small pieces, toss in olive oil, s/p.  roast at 425 for 15 minutes until browned
Wedge salad – http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249107/the-wedge/

Monday –
Steak tacos (using leftover steak from Sunday) – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/chili-rubbed-steak-tacos-recipe-1945797
Cilantro lime cauliflower rice (using frozen pre-chopped cali-rice from Trader Joe’s) https://www.asaucykitchen.com/cilantro-lime-cauliflower-rice/

Tuesday –
Rosemary chicken  http://marinmamacooks.com/2014/02/rosemary-skillet-chicken/
Kale salad http://www.marinmamacooks.com/2013/06/lacinato-kale-salad-video-tutorial/
Roasted veggies from Imperfect Produce box

Wednesday –
Grilled salmon with avocado bruschetta https://www.skinnytaste.com/grilled-salmon-with-avocado-bruschetta/
Grilled ciabatta bread (cut into 1 inch slices, brush both sides with olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper– put directly on the BBQ and turn after 1-2 minutes then rub with a garlic clove)

Thursday –
Simple pork chops – http://overcocktails.blogspot.com/search?q=pork+chop
Steamed rice
Steamed green beans

Friday – out

Saturday – TBD

Dinners w/o 12/31:

Happy new year!

Our goal for January is to focus on using food from our pantry and freezer for meals – less eating out and less grocery store purchases. We did a quick reorganization on the holiday break and realized we have so much food we already have. That said, here we go

Sunday – NYE dinner for 20! Easy menu for large gatherings.
Prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/herbed-pork-tenderloins-with-apple-chutney
Goat cheese mashed potatoes http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/goat-cheese-mashed-potatoes-3363372
Green beans – drizzle with olive oil, sprinkled with s/p. Cook in grill basket right on the grill
Simple garden salad

Monday –
Turkey meatballs (from freezer) served over spaghetti http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/classic-italian-turkey-meatballs-recipe-3381279
Salad with vinaigrette (made enough dressing for the week) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/vinaigrette-for-green-salad-recipe-1945558

Tuesday –
Soy ginger salmon (from freezer) http://www.goodthymekitchen.com/soy-ginger-glazed-salmon-black-rice/
Steamed Jasmine rice (don’t have black rice in pantry ☹ )
Steamed edamame
Steamed green beans

Wednesday –
Roast chicken (from freezer) with arugula salad https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/roast-chicken-with-bread-arugula-salad

Thursday –
Chicken tacos (using chicken from Wednesday) – chop chicken and rewarm in skillet, add some cumin and TJ’s chili/lime seasoning
Serve with your favorite topping (must do lime crema! – Greek yogurt cream with fresh lime juice squeezed in – mix together and serve), and warm tortillas (from freezer)

Friday –
White fish (freezer) with pico-de-gallo https://sunbasket.com/recipe/spicy-blackened-sole-with-citrus-pico-de-gallo-and-herbed-cauliflower-rice (steamed brown rice for kids)

Saturday – TBD

Dinners w/o: 10/15

Sunday –
Turkey burgers – ground turkey mixed with salt/pepper and a bit of fresh garlic and shredded cheddar
Everyone made their own – I had avocado, arugula and chipotle mayo (plain Greek yogurt mixed with sriracha)

Monday –
Chicken fajitas https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/flavorful-chicken-fajitas

Tuesday –
Crock pot Bolognese from the freezer http://www.skinnytaste.com/crock-pot-bolognese-sauce/
Pasta
Steamed green beans

Wednesday –
Shrimp pad thai from Sun Basket – https://sunbasket.com/recipe/simple-shrimp-pad-thai

Thursday –
Brussel sprout carbonara pasta from Sun Basket – https://sunbasket.com/recipe/brussels-sprout-carbonara-with-fresh-fusilli-and-hazelnuts

Friday –
Make your own pizzas using Trader Joe’s pizza dough

Saturday –
TBD

Dinners w/o 10/8:

Sunday –
Pork tenderloin- marinated for a few hours in olive oil, soy sauce, fresh rosemary and chopped garlic
Simple green salad

Monday –
Pasta Co. frozen lasagna http://www.pastaco.com/
Steamed green beans

Tuesday –
Pea pesto linguini (from Kari circa 2011)

Pasta tossed it with pea puree and a bit of reserved water from the pasta. The baby heirloom tomatoes she sautéed in a pan with a bit of olive oil and s&p and put shaved pecorino Romano and fresh basil over the top….would also be good with red pepper flakes for some spice.

Pea Puree
1 bag frozen peas – room temperature
1 cube TJ’s chopped garlic
Juice of I lime
Fresh basil chopped
s&p

Blend all ingredients….she add a little olive oil and warm water until it gets to the desired consistency. You can definitely mix this up……she has added a whole avocado to the mixture, you can substitute arugula instead of basil. There is a lot of room to change this up!

Wednesday –
Chicken piccata http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/chicken-piccata-recipe2-1913809
Steamed rice
Steamed green beans

Thursday –
Easy roasted salmon – drizzle with olive oil, salt/pepper, place sliced lemons on top. Roast at 425 for around 10-12 minutes.
Truffle butter pasta (had a chunk in the freezer) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/tagliarelle-with-truffle-butter-recipe-1949087 with Trader Joe’s pappardelle
Caesar salad (dressing from Pasta Co.) http://www.pastaco.com/

Friday – out

Saturday –
Slow cooker puttanesca https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/slow-cooker-puttanesca-with-roasted-broccolini

Dinners w/o 9/24:

Sunday –
Sun Basket (still enjoying my weekly deliveries from Sun basket) Chicken Katsu – https://sunbasket.com/recipe/chicken-katsu-with-bok-choy-and-jade-rice
Rice
Bok choy

Save $35 with this link if interested in trying out: https://sunbasket.com/invite/michele732586

Monday –
Tomatoes from the garden, fresh mozzarella, avocado and basil salad – drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt/pepper
Pasta with zucchinis from garden, lemon & mint https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pasta-recipes/lemony-courgette-linguine/#.WclJA4Qx8sg.email

Tuesday –
Sun basket Shrimp tacos https://sunbasket.com/recipe/shrimp-tacos-diablo-with-pickled-cabbage-and-lime
I also sautéed chopped chicken in a bit of cumin, Trader Joe’s chili lime salt and pepper and removed some shrimp before adding in the diablo sauce for kids

Wednesday – out

Thursday – out

Friday –
Edamame
Nobu black cod – http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/black-cod-miso
Steamed rice
Garlic green beans – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/18288/garlic-green-beans/

Saturday –
Greek chicken and potatoes http://heatherchristo.com/2017/09/19/the-best-greek-chicken-and-potatoes%E2%80%A8/
Arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/arugula-with-parmesan-recipe/

Dinners w/o 6/4:

Sunday – out

Monday
Last week we tried Sun Basket for the first time and loved it. We have never tried any meal delivery services in the past but was intrigued with Sun basket for the following reasons:

  1. 100% Organic
  2. Shipping and packaging material is minimal and 100% recyclable (unlike many other companies)
  3. You can do a family order for 4 (more than enough food for the 5 of us) or a an order for 2 adults – 2 different menu options and you can choose 2 out of 6 dinners each week
  4. Recipes are fresh, good quality and simple
  5. Food lasts for up to 5 days after receiving so you can use later in the week if needed
  6. No commitment and can skip weeks or cancel all together anytime
  7. If you want to try it out with no obligations – here is a link for 3 free meals https://sunbasket.com/3free/michele732586

Tonight’s dinner was delivered last week – turkey meatballs with pasta and a salad

Tuesday
Easy Grilled salmon – drizzle with olive oil, salt/pepper, place sliced lemons on top (we buy all our salmon from Chinook Seafood Market – wild, king – we buy a wild, king salmon and have them cut into dinner portions, have them take the skin off and put into individual freezable bags
Tomato, basil mozzarella salad
Grilled bread

Wednesday
Make your own pizzas using Trader Joe’s pizza dough Our favorite kale salad – Kale salad http://www.marinmamacooks.com/2013/06/lacinato-kale-salad-video-tutorial/ Sliced watermelon

Thursday
Fajitas from Sun Basket – https://sunbasket.com/recipe/mojo-marinated-carne-asada-fajitas-with-lime-yogurt-1

Friday
Lamb sliders from Sun Basket – https://sunbasket.com/recipe/lamb-merguez-patties-with-carrot-raisin-salad
Will include buns for kids so they can eat them like burgers

Saturday – out