Weekly Menu Series

Welcome back! If you stopped by last week, you got a glimpse of what this series is all about. You see, I’ve got a Pinterest board or two (or three, four….., maybe five) filled with beautiful recipes from some of the interweb’s most gifted food bloggers. I’ve also got a budget, and a small window of time each day to make dinner, or else the temptation of ordering pizza could start surfacing on a daily basis. So, I’m pretty committed to sticking to a weekly menu. Each week I’m sharing with you what my family’s menu looks like.

 

Last week we had:

Honey BBQ Meatloaf. Can you believe that this was the very first time I’ve ever had meatloaf?! Growing up in a vegetarian family will do that to ya. In all honestly, this one was for my husband. That being said, I was actually surprised at how much I liked it. I dont have anything else to compare it to, but husband gave it two thumbs up. And my 1 year old scarfed it down by the fist full

Garlicky Kale with Red Beans and Rice. LOOOVED this recipe. A reader mentioned that she added kielbasa sausage to hers when she made it. I took the recommendation and it was so good. I’m pretty sure I would have liked it either way. Its also worth mentioning that it came together in MINUTES. Super fast, super delicious. Bookmark this one for days when you get home starving!

Creamy Cauliflower Sauce with Pasta. Such a disappointment. Ive had this recipe on my radar for MONTHS. Sadly, nobody in my house ended up eating it. I made a LOT, too. Its so rare that I waste food, but I just couldn’t see how this one could be saved. Did you make it? What did you think? I’m wondering if a large amount of parmesan cheese could’ve saved it.

Crockpot Stuffed Cabbage. This one pretty good. And anything that can be made in my crockpot gets extra bonus points. We liked it enough to eat it two days in a row, and its toddler approved. One of my readers made this one, too. She mentioned that it needed more sauce, so we doubled it.

 

Up this week:

Honey-Ginger-Orange glazed Salmon with forbidden rice and roasted zucchini. I had hoped to make this last week but it didn’t happen. This is going to be a pretty simple fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of recipe. Stick around my Facebook page or follow me on Instagram and I’ll post directions for how to make the glaze. So simple.

 

pot pie

Turkey Pot Pie. This recipe is one of my most popular. Its a healthy twist on one of my favorite comfort foods. Entirely dairy and gluten free with a grain free option. Its still cold and snowy (gasp) around these parts so I’m wanting some hot and cozy meals to warm us up!

 

turkey tacos

 

Crockpot Turkey Tacos from Chocolate Therapy. This is a new recipe for me, but its so ridiculously simple I dont think you can screw it up. It calls for a packet of taco seasoning. Sadly, 99.9% of the packaged seasonings contain chemicals and MSG, neither of which I want to feed myself or my family. The plus side is its so easy to make your own. I usually multiply the recipe by 4 or 5 and keep it in a little jar in my spice drawer. We love Mexican food, so its nice to have it on hand. Instead of making these into tacos, we’re actually going to make salad. Mixed greens with crockpot seasoned turkey, black beans, red onion, black olives, jalapeño peppers, guacamole, and salsa.

Taco Seasoning:

1-2 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

 

source: http://nutritionalkitchen.wordpress.com/

source: http://nutritionalkitchen.wordpress.com/

Roasted Veggies over Quinoa with Tahini Sauce from Ricki Heller. This sauce, oh my word! We love it. I make it in HUGE batches and dip everything I can find in it until its gone. Sometimes I just eat it with my finger. If you like tahini, this is a must try sauce!

 

Chili. Remember how I said its still cold and snowy here? Yeah, well I’m not joking. Schools were cancelled today. Its getting pretty hard to wait for Spring, so in the meantime we’re just going to roll with it. Fire up the woodstove, curl up with a good book (I’m just about to start Insurgent after DEVOURING Divergent. Have you read this series?), make a big pot of chili, and wait out winter’s (hopefully) last attempts to hang on for dear life. I’m not too fancy with my chili, but I do add carrots and celery to it. Does everyone do that? Sometimes I add cacao and molasses. Okay, maybe I am a little fancy with my chili. Give me a shout if you want the recipe.

 

Bon appétit!

 

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