Simple & Delicious Dinner recipes…Week 5

Well, the weekend here was dreary and wet. Not the most perfect weather, but it made for a restful weekend inside. David and I were dog sitting for my sister, so we spent part of the weekend at her house keeping the dog company and doing some of our own work. (And my husband has been trying really hard to convince me that we need a dog, so I’m hoping that dog-sitting satisfied him for awhile!)

The weather report doesn’t look much better for the rest of the week. Rain, rain and more rain, but at least the temps will be in the 50s and 60s.

Now let’s get to our dinners from last week!

Sunday: Kale and Cauliflower Soup from Running On Real Food

This was a new recipe for us last week! I had some kale leftover from the week before, so I wanted to use it before it went bad. The soup was a vegetarian recipe, and I knew we would need more protein, so I cooked up some ground turkey with italian seasoning that I added to the soup at the end. This recipe calls for blending up part of the soup and then adding it back to the pot. This adds such a creaminess to the broth, which I love. Yum!

Weekly Eats Week 5

Monday: Slow-cooker Greek Style Chicken and Green Beans (and potatoes!)

I’ve made this recipe a few times, and we have always loved it. It’s super easy and makes a lot, so I normally freeze it for another meal or eat it again later in the week (like we did this week.) The recipe calls for chicken thighs which we used the first time we made it, but it came out a little too greasy for us. Chicken breasts seem to work just as well though, so that’s how I made it last week. I also cut up small potatoes and added them to the crockpot for some carbs. Adding potatoes does add a little bit to the cooking time though, so you may want to give yourself an extra hour if you chose to add potatoes too. I also drizzled a little bit of a lemon olive oil on top after. The lemon flavor from the lemon juice and the additional lemon olive oil in this dish is delicious!

Weekly Eats Week 5
Before photo. Crockpot meals never end up looking appealing, so I’m just gonna stick to my prep photo!

Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner

I kept it simple this week with scrambled eggs, roasted delicata squash (our last one of the season! I can’t find them in stores anymore!!! Boo!), and sauteed kale. The kale is based off of Cassy Joy’s Braised Green recipe from her Fed & Fit cookbook which is one of my favorite cookbooks. I saute kale in olive oil and garlic, and add a squeeze of lemon and sea salt. This is my go-to recipe whenever I saute kale. David likes it too, and he probably would have said he hated kale before he married me. Actually, I’m not sure he even tried kale until he married me!

Wednesday: Sweet Potato Tuna Melts

This is seriously such an easy meal, and I kind of feel guilty it tastes so good with minimal work. I slice a sweet potato into slices (long ways), then roast them with a little coconut oil (or olive oil) until the are soft…maybe 30 minutes or so depending on the thickness. I usually flip them halfway through. While the sweet potato slices are roasting, I make the tuna fish. My favorite canned tuna is Wild Planet brand, but I didn’t have any on hand so I used Trader Joe’s instead. When the potatoes are soft, I top them with the tuna fish and cheese slices (I normally leave the cheese off of mine since I can’t eat a lot of dairy!) and then broil them until the cheese is melted. I was really excited about these because I hadn’t made them in awhile, but once I made the tuna fish, I was soooo not in the mood for tuna. (of course, right!?!) So I ended up topping a few of the roasted potatoes with avocado and sliced turkey that I had in the fridge for me. David ate the tuna melts though and enjoyed them! I also made roasted brussel sprouts to go along with the melts.

Weekly Eats Week 5

Thursday: Leftover Greek Style Chicken

We had small group, so we reheated leftovers for an easy meal before we headed to small group.

Friday: Chicken Burgers with green beans and baked japanese sweet potato

We had a super late dinner on Friday because David and I were out and about after work and also spent some time at my sister’s  house dog-sitting. So by the time we were back home to cook, we were hungry and needed something easy! I found these chicken burgers on sale at Publix, and also had a coupon (#winning), so we cooked them up quickly, heated up some green beans, and added a baked japanese sweet potato. Side note: we are obsessed with Japanese sweet potatoes, and I had to go to three stores before I finally found them. The chicken burgers were….ehhhh…not my favorite. The flavor was pretty good, but I did not like the texture at all. David said they were “fine,” but I know he would have prefered a beef burger. Oh well, not every meal is going to be amazing, and that’s okay!

Saturday:  Date Night at Marlow’s Tavern

We are so boring. I feel like we go to Marlow’s like 90% of our date nights, but it’s always so good! David always gets a burger (probably cause he feels deprived from burgers in the example above!) and I’ve been getting the Bahn Mi Chicken Wrap (wrapped in lettuce for GF), which came with chicken, napa cabbage, pickled veggies, fresh cilantro and then their special firecracker sauce (similar to a spicy mayo) that I get on the side. I also got grilled asparagus. We  started with their Truffled Parmesan fries which were amazing! I think I’m going to try and recreate them this week but in the form of roasted potatoes. I’ll report back next week.

Have a great week friends!

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