I’ve been keeping a little black book of our menus over the past year or two. It’s fun to go back and see what we were eating and what we liked and didn’t like. And the trends, like Sunday steak-and-potatoes dinner and Friday clean-out-the-fridge salad night.
I thought I’d share some of our favorites over the past few weeks and some stand-by’s for the oh my goodness it’s 7pm and I still need to figure out dinner nights.
These recipes we’d put back in the menu planning rotation:
- pasta with zucchini, corn and bacon (yes, corn and pasta, it’s really good… could it be the bacon?)
- white bean and roasted peppers (super easy and flavorful)
- spaghetti with garlic and spinach, serve with grilled sausages
- fish in crazy water (Marcella recipe, God bless Marcella), steamed potatoes and broccoli
- grilled chicken marinated, naan bread, cucumbers and tomatoes (if you’ve never tried chicken marinated in yogurt, you must do it. Now.)
- pasta with tomatoes and pine nuts, with steak or whatever meat you want on the side
- kale salad, poached salmon, couscous
- matzoh brei (this was a first for me, and now it’s a regular for weekend breakfast)
- chickpeas with tahini lemon, grilled chicken with zataar.
- smoked salmon pasta (I used plain old linguine from a box) and more green salad
- turkey burgers with artichokes (the turkey burgers were, well, turkey burgers, but the artichokes were fantastic and would go well with just about anything)
- grilled dijon chicken (this one is a keeper, save the leftover breadcrumbs and make meatballs later in the week)
- my favorite fried rice recipe because it packs in a ton of veggies
- pizza with garlic oil, white beans, tomatoes and spinach – these were FABULOUS!!!! (make pizza dough in bread machine, roll out on counter, or just use naan bread if you’re not a dough making kind of person)
- roasted vegetable salad (beets, carrots, goat cheese, pecans)
In a pinch? Try one of these ideas:
- quesadillas with roast beef, cheese and spinach
- big green salad with hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, avocados, goat cheese
- panini (with whatever you can find in the fridge)
- pasta or rice with mozzarella and parmesan cheese and frozen peas
- carnitas tacos (buy the pulled pork from WFM hot bar, it’s not much more expensive than buying it whole and cooking it yourself)
- teriyaki chicken wings (love Soy Vay veri veri teriyaki), frozen broccoli, rice
- baked potatoes with black beans, shredded cheese, frozen veggies
- and, if all else fails, there’s always 2 for $20 WFM pizza!
Enjoy! xo M.