My post last week “Spicing” up Dinner discussed how I am making an effort to meal plan and add variety to my family’s nightly meals. This is my first post detailing what my family ate last week. So without further adieu, here it is:
Monday: Stuffed Peppers: DE-LICIOUS recipe that Victoria from Victoria Runs posted on her website. The full recipe can be found here. There were a few changes I made to the recipe:
- Did not use canned sauce – I have never been able to use canned sauce due to my grandmother and mother’s influence on me from when I was a little girl. I just made a quick and easy marinara sauce (I will post my mom’s at a later time!)
- Substituted lean turkey in place of beef
- Did not use the Italian seasoning -> basil and parsley are in the marinara sauce that I made
- Added a little mozzarella cheese on top when they were finished cooking
Notes: Very easy, quick, and yummy recipe! The best part was that my 1 year old was a huge fan of the rice, turkey and sauce mix.
Tuesday: Leftovers – Nothing exciting to talk about. But as I’m trying to waste as much food, I’m purposely leaving a day (or two) where my family eats leftovers from the previous couple of days
Wednesday: Chicken Cutlets, roasted veggies, and brown rice. Not the healthiest dinner because I cook the breaded chicken cutlets in oil, but it is one of my husband’s favorites. I haven’t done roasted veggies in the oven in quite some time and made use of a lot of the veggies in our fridge – so it was a double win!
Thursday: Navy Bean Soup. This healthy and amazingly scrumptious recipe was given to me about a year ago by my (almost) 94-year old (great) Aunt Connie. She is the oldest living member in my mom’s Italian family and is the epitome of an Italian matriarch who has countless recipes stored away by memory. Each time I visit, she is making a new (to me) delicious dish, always has plenty for me to eat, and gladly gives me the recipe. I will post this recipe at a future time! Basic ingredients are navy beans, carrots, celery, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and water.
Friday: Take-Out. Although this was supposed to be a pasta night with the leftover marinara sauce from Monday’s dinner (that I froze), we decided to order from our favorite local Italian restaurant to celebrate signing the contract of our new home!
Saturday: Garlic, Spinach and Egg Hero. This is again, my Aunt Connie’s recipe that both she and my mom has made for me many times over the last few months (we live next door to each other). But this was the first time that I made it! Below is the recipe with some pictures:
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- 1 bag of spinach
- 6-8 eggs
- Olive Oil (enough to coat the bottom of the frying pan)
- Milk (to mix with the eggs)
- American cheese (if desired)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Saute the garlic in olive oil until golden brown over low-medium heat
Add the spinach and cook for 2-3 minutes
Add the mix of eggs, milk and salt and pepper\
Cook until eggs are scrambled, add cheese (if desired)and add to hero
Sunday: Leftovers from my son’s birthday party
What’s on the menu this week?
Monday: Leftovers from son’s birthday party
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday
Wednesday: BBQ Style Brisket (in slow cooker) – I have dinner plans with girlfriends in NYC, so this is easy for my husband since he won’t have to prepare anything!
Friday: Pasta Primavera
Saturday: Chicken Spezzatino
Did you make anything new or exciting this week you want to share??