Hi friends! I hope you have had a great start to the new year! Once again, I feel like time is flying by! I haven’t really set any New Year’s Resolutions, but I have been thinking a lot about what I want this year to look like, both professionally and personally. I’m realizing that there is a lot of work I want to do on myself this year, which I think will guide me in my work life too. But why does working on yourself always seem like the hardest thing to do? Ugh. I may blog more about that later, but for now, I’m still just thinkin’ away.
Anyway, the topic of the blog today: Dinner ideas…
Do you often find yourself in recipe rut or have no idea what to cook for the week ahead? I find that this is one of the most challenging things for people as they try and move into a healthier lifestyle of eating. It can take a lot of time and a lot of energy to plan meals for your family and after a busy day, planning a home cooked meal may be the last thing on your mind. So as I was planning out our dinner meals for the week, I thought I would show you what we eat, in hopes that you would find it helpful or give you some new ideas.
Even though I do enjoy cooking and meal planning, I do not like time-consuming recipes, recipes with a lot of crazy ingredients, or recipes that end up costing a fortune to make. So believe me, 99% of my meals are easy, quick, delicious, cost-effective…and husband approved.
I typically plan to cook 6 dinners a week, but that number can and will vary depending on what we have going on that week (i.e last week)..
Here is what last week looked like for us, along with recipes and/or opinions from the husband.
I was sick with a cold and was in bed pretty much all day, so I didn’t feel like cooking or spreading my germs. My husband eat Chipotle, and I think I just ate some randomness that we had at home, including some of this soup we picked up at Trader Joes. For a pre-made store bought soup, I was really impressed.
Monday: Taco bowls
I love this meal because it is seriously so easy, delicious and customizable. I first sautéed a half a bag of frozen pepper and onions. Never estimate frozen veggies…they are my best friend when it comes to saving time. I added ground turkey (I prefer turkey over beef, but you could easily use ground beef) and this taco seasoning. I layered it over Trader Joe’s cauliflower rice, added some avocado, salsa, cilantro and lime. I added cheese and sour cream to David’s. Even though there was a lot of good stuff in this meal, I knew it was lacking in carbs…a macronutrient that our bodies DO need. I had a plantain that was getting really ripe, so I roasted it in some coconut oil and added a half a plantain to each of our meals. You could easily use regular rice instead of cauliflower rice for carbs if you wanted too.
Tuesday: Out to eat at MetroFresh
David reconnected with a friend from his high school in St. Louis who also lives in Atlanta. I had never met her, so we met up with her and her husband for dinner and had a great time! The food was great as well! MetroFresh uses fresh, in-season ingredients (local if possible!), so the menu changes daily, which is always fun I got the kale salad that had apples and berries and herb roasted chicken, marinated in an amazing vinaigrette dressing. David got one of their entrée specials which was a beef brisket and pan gravy, with mashed sweet potatoes. He also got an additional side of a chicken, apple, honey dijon type salad…which I ate half of. Thanks babe. 🙂
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner day!
If you know me, you know that I could never get tired of eggs. However, I do try and vary our breakfast foods since my hubs can get bored with the same ol’ same ol’. For the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with a pancake recipe I’ve seen around the internet. The recipe is literally one ripe banana and two eggs, but I added chia seeds, vanilla protein powder and cinnamon. The pancakes taste really good, but it’s taken me some time to get use to the batter consistency since it can change based on the size of the banana. Sometimes the pancakes turn out reallll good, and other times I’ve flipped them too soon and they come out looking a mess…hence why I’ve been experimenting. Regardless of how they look, they still do taste great. I have also been trying out different toppings. I haven’t had maple syrup in the house because I’m too cheap to spend the money on the good stuff, so I’ve had to think outside the box. This week I made an warm apple honey cinnamon topping, but in the past I’ve defrosted frozen blueberries mixed with honey, or made a peanut butter banana and honey topping. I also whipped up a couple of scrambled eggs (mostly for me!) and roasted some veggies to add to the meal.
I love crockpot recipes because it usually makes A LOT. I’ll freeze the leftovers, so then I have another easy home-cooked meal another week. This was my first time making this soup, and we really liked it. David said it could beat out any soup in a restaurant any day, so I feel like that was a success. I added more of the spices that it called for (I typically do for most recipes…I wonder if something is wrong with my taste buds??), and I also didn’t have enough coconut milk, so I had to supplement with part almond milk. It turned out fine, but I think it would have been even better if I had an entire can of coconut milk like it called for.
Friday: Chicken burgers with roasted brussel sprouts and baked potato.
After a long week, I love having a simple meal and cozy Friday night in. I bought these chicken burgers from Trader Joes since they would be easy to cook and the ingredients seemed pretty good. I knew David would be less than thrilled to have chicken burgers, so I made sure to spice his up with some melted cheese, a fried egg, avocado and hot sauce. I then roasted up some brussel sprouts in coconut oil and sea salt, and baked a couple of japanese sweet potatoes (microwave the potatoes for a few minutes before popping them in the oven with the brussel sprouts) Brussel sprouts have been on repeat this winter for us. Love em. Oh, and David did say the burger was really good, despite it not being beef. 🙂
Saturday: Date night
We went to one of our new favorite restaurants, Marlow’s Tavern. We started with the hummus and Baba Ganoush appetizer, and then I got the Bahn Mi Chicken Wrap in a lettuce wrap, and David got a burger (with their special bacon jam!) and fries. Dinner was great, but watching the Falcon’s lose was a bummer.
This week was a little unusual since I was sick and we had a mid-week dinner out, but I hope it gives you a few ideas and let’s you know that delicious, healthy meals don’t have to be gourmet. I’ll plan to be back next week with a wrap up of what we ate this week too!