Dinners w/o 2/4:

Sunday –
Met Market crab cakes over mixed greens with lemon vinaigrette

Monday –
Grilled salmon – drizzle salmon with olive oil, s/p then place lemon slices on top and grill
Easy baked brown rice – made a batch for the week http://marinmamacooks.com/2015/11/easy-oven-baked-brown-rice/
Grilled zucchini – sliced in ½ rounds and cooked in grill basket with olive oil, smashed garlic clove s/p

Tuesday –
10 minute shrimp stir fry https://heatherchristo.com/2018/02/04/gingery-sesame-shrimp-stir-fry/
Easy baked brown rice –http://marinmamacooks.com/2015/11/easy-oven-baked-brown-rice/

Wednesday –
Pasta with Bolognese (sauce from our freezer) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/simple-bolognese-recipe2-1956219
Simple salad with Basic dressing from Pasta & co.

Thursday – out

Friday – out

Saturday
Grilled steaks with blue cheese chunk – grill steaks and top with a piece of blue cheese – let melt over
Roasted Brussel sprouts http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-brussels-sprouts-recipe2-1941953

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Dinners w/o 1/28:

Sunday –
Grilled lamb http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/grilled-lamb-chops-recipe-1942231.amp
Greek salad http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/greek-salad-recipe-1948517

Monday –
Roast chicken with arugula salad http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roast-chicken-with-bread-and-arugula-salad-3539086

Will make overnight broth in crockpot to store in freezer https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/recipe-overnight-chicken-stock-in-the-crock-pot/

Tuesday –
Salmon tacos http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-salmon-tacos-3742574

Wednesday –
Pasta with sausage and broc https://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/orecchiette-with-broccoli-rabe-and-sausage.html

Thursday
I love this recipe! Sheet pan chicken with potatoes, arugula and yogurt (I leave the yogurt off the kids plates as they don’t like it as much as I do) https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017359-roasted-chicken-with-potatoes-arugula-and-garlic-yogurt

Friday
Asian noodle salad with peanut sauce – https://goop.com/recipes/cold-noodle-salad-with-sunbutter-satay-sauce/

Saturday –TBD

Dinners w/o 1/21:

I was just looking back at my first post in May of 2010.   Gosh – a lot has happened over the past 8 years and can’t believe I have been doing this blog since then – that’s a lot of dinners!  From 2007 to 2010 I remember I had a list of people that I emailed each week with the weekly dinner list before deciding it was easier to just do a blog post.  (I still have all those emails archived!)  I’m glad that I continue to love cooking, eating and meal planning.  🙂

Anyway…  I am loving our bi-weekly Imperfect Produce delivery. If interested in trying it out click here to save $10. This week I had radishes and red onions as part of our delivery so I pickled them (and of course my kids were being a bit over dramatic over the vinegar smell….) They are now in the fridge and will last up to 2 months. I love either of these on tacos, sandwiches, burgers and more.

Sunday –
Ezells Famous Chicken – Had back to back basketball games so we got take-out – best fried chicken! We get the chicken tenders – original & spicy!

Monday –
Chips & salsa
Fish tacos (pickled radishes as a topper for me!)  http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/250071/grilled-fish-tacos/

Tuesday –
Slow cooker puttanesca (from the freezer) https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/slow-cooker-puttanesca-with-roasted-broccolini
Served with angel hair pasta

Wednesday –
Turkey zucchini burgers with my pickled red onions! https://www.skinnytaste.com/turkey-burgers-with-zucchini/

Thursday
Roasted shrimp and broccoli (major easy – and uses only a baking sheet) http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2009/02/roasted_shrimp.html
Brown rice

Friday
Marinated Flank Steak with Blue Cheese (I forgot about this little gem – its so good) Will use the pickled onions I made on Monday) 😊
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/marinated-flank-steak-with-blue-cheese-sauce-recipe-2011478

Saturday
TBD

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

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