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Meals (7/5 – 7/9)

6 Jul

MEAL PLAN:

Tuesday (7/5):  Spaghetti & Turkey-balls

Wednesday (7/6):  Grilled Chicken with Grilled White Corn Mango Salsa.

Thursday (7/7):  Ground Turkey Chili with Black and Pinto Beans

Friday (7/8):  Big Spinach Salad with leftover Grilled Chicken

Saturday (7/9): AM: Eggs with Spinach, Green Bell Pepper, Onions & Avocado

Lunch: Leftovers (Chili, Spaghetti, etc)

PM:  Burgers (with Morning Star Grillers)

SHOPPING LIST:

  • Ground Turkey
  • 3 ears of White Corn
  • Mangoes
  • Bell Pepper
  • Lime
  • Black Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Avocado
  • Eggs
  • Morning Star Grillers
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Hamburger buns

I had on hand:

  • Pasta
  • TJ’s 3 Cheese Marinara
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Feta
  • Chicken
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Simply Organic’s Chili Mix
  • Salad Dressing
  • Fixings for Burgers

This is how I plan our meals each week.. I go through my fridge, freezer and pantry and see what I have on hand, then I go through the weekly ad for Sunflower Market and see what’s on sale and in season (usually the same things!)  and go from there. When I’m shopping if there’s a great sale on something not on my list, I ‘ll usually buy it and freeze or store it for the future. This makes meal planning simpler but also fun because we eat in season.

I’ll be following up with posts for each meal (hopefully) so stay tuned!

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veggie soup

15 May

I was craving soup (crazy, I know, it was like 96 degrees here yesterday!) and had a ton of veggies on hand so this just kinda came together. I cooked some onion and garlic in a little butter.

Added some chopped carrots and yellow bell pepper.

Poured in chicken broth and broccoli,

let simmer for a while before throwing in a few handfuls of spinach.

I blended batches of the soup and added a couple of tablespoons of flax seeds.

I returned the blended soup to heat and added a tablespoon of heavy cream.

Then came the fun part, I put the soup in ramekins and covered with a slice of provolone cheese.

After a couple of minutes under the broiler, this was the result:

The soup was so good, we each had a second serving (skipped the cheese). For dessert we each had half of this adorable mini watermelon.

Breakfast tostada

1 May

We made this tostada with some leftover black beans, zucchini, scrambled eggs, salsa, avocado and cilantro over a toasted corn tortilla. It was fresh and very satisfying. Yum!

White Bean, Chorizo & Kale Soup

1 May

This soup is one of my all-time favorites. It is soooo easy and quick but packs huge flavor from very few ingredients. I get rave reviews each time I make it.

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil, add chorizo and stir for a minute or so to brown. Throw in a can of rinsed white beans and stir around a little more to coat beans with chorizo flavor. Add chicken broth and bring to boil and then let simmer until the chorizo is cooked. Add the kale and turn off heat. This is seriously good! I’ve also made this soup before with red potatoes instead of the beans and it is also really good.

desayuno delicioso (delicious breakfast)

1 May
hearty breakfast

It’s been so long since I’ve posted on here! I’ve been crazy busy at the office and the spring semester is almost over which equals crunch time! I haven’t stopped cooking or taking photos, I just haven’t been able to find the time or energy to put it all together for a post. I’m glad I found some time tonight in between a late-night cereal snack attack and bed time!

 
We made this hearty breakfast awhile ago and it was a great one! I made the black beans the same way I did here and we mixed the eggs with some chorizo I bought for another recipe. This was a protein-packed southwestern breakfast fit for a rey (king in Spanish)!

Chik’n Parmesan

7 Apr

Last night we had planned on grilling tilapia and pineapple but it was windy and drizzly and weird weather after record highs last week so we postponed that dinner to tonight and I threw together a quick chik’n parmesan (from Leftovers for Lunch) with broccoli. It was very good!

For desert we had a LOT of my current obession:

This frozen yogurt is so so sooo good. I can’t get enough. I keep running out of spoons 🙂

I’m looking outside my window here at work and I’ve got a bright blue sky staring back at me so I’m pretty sure we’re on for tilapia tonight before the next little storm moves in.

I love Mondays!

7 Apr

This semester the boyfriend has class on Monday nights and I do not. I use this time to do the grocery shopping, laundry and other chores. I also usually like to make something really good for dinner and leftovers for lunches throughout the week. I got a ton done last night! I set Pandora to my Francoise Hardy station, and went to work! I’ll admit I took a few breaks.. I made and enjoyed several slices of caprese bruschetta and pinot grigio on my balcony with beautiful french music in the background. It was wonderful and relaxing and the evening was so productive.

For dinner I made Tortilla Soup. It was different than the way I usually make it but it was good different. Authentic tortilla soup has a very simple, delicious broth and it’s they type I usually make. Last night, however, I wanted to use up some leftover pinto beans and white corn and thought this would be the perfect way. It came out very spicy which we like and gets toned down with the sour cream and avocado.