Sunday, April 28, 2013

Weekly meals

My mom flew in from Scottsdale Friday morning and we are already having so much fun! It is so nice to have someone to grocery shop and meal plan with. Here's what we are eating this week (somehow heavily Asian inspired)

*Stir fried kelp noodles with beef and broccoli slaw
*Pad thai chicken
*Tandoori Chicken with Cauliflower rice
*Stuffed Mushroom caps with rosemary beets (didn't get around to making them last week)
*Salmon (coconut oil, sea salt, & crushed pecans) with butternut squash and roasted veggies
*Frittata (a weekly staple over here) I usually make ours with whatever leftover veggies we have & goat cheese. Sautee the veggies then pour in the eggs / spices / cheese and bake at 350 until set

Monday, April 22, 2013

Weekly Meals

This week we are finally (partially) recovered from our move on the 14th. Everything was still so messy and unorganized last week and it was really hard for me to want to cook anything that involved pots and pans.

Here is what we are having for dinner this week:

*Taco Salad - Rub a roast with a mixture of chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne, and salt. Sear all sides in a skillet and throw into the crock pot with a jar of salsa. Shred beef and put over lettuce with avocado, black olives, salsa ( corn chips, cheese, etc)
*Chicken salad - Bake chicken @350 until no pink remains then toss with grapes, mayo, walnuts, celery, and salt and pepper. Serve over salad or on a croissant 

I also made these raw carrot cake bites this afternoon and they are delicious! Make some now. They are the perfect healthy treat to enjoy mid day, mid morning, or after dinner for dessert :) 

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

A look back: weekly meals

This past week was so hectic and overwhelming because of the move and trying to settle in at our new place. Moving with a baby is a zillion times harder than I thought it would be. Thankfully we are all moved in and most everything is unpacked.
A quick review on meals for last week:
both the chicken and vegetable lo mein and the Steak fajitas were da bomb. So very, very tasty, I will definitely be making both again soon. I loved the added crunch in the chicken and vegetable lo mein from the chopped almonds (I used roasted unsalted).
Here is a look at what we have been eating this week

Sausage, egg, and sweet potato breakfast skillet - had this last night...amazing
Chicken cacciatore - also delicious. Just throw ingredients in the crock pot and have a yummy dinner when you get home from work. We had ours over steamed broccoli but it would be so good over rice or noodles too!
Rogan Josh - I've made this many times now and always use beef stew meat instead of lamb. I also add in some green beans and occasionally some cubed potatoes
Chicken Laksa - can't find the recipe I used but it was very simple. Just fry a few Tbs of red thai curry in a large sauce pan for a few minutes then add a can of coconut milk and 2 cups of water. Add 1 bell pepper, a few carrots, and some zucchini (all chopped into sticks) and bring to a boil. Throw in some cooked chicken and cook until veggies are tender. If using seaweed noodles throw them in with the veggies so they get nice and soft. When eaten raw they have a strange crunchy texture, much better when cooked. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Weekly Meals

Hi everyone! Here is our menu for this week. Nothing too fancy as we are moving this upcoming Saturday. Let me know what you try!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Looking back: meals this week

Here is what I have been cooking this week. I must say, every meal has been absolutely delicious with minimal prep work. What more can a girl ask for?

  • The easy weeknight roast was something of my own creation after realizing there was a little, forgotten roast still in the fridge that I needed to cook up. Here is my method:
    • 1-3 or 4lb roast 
    • 1 jar of your favorite salsa
    • spice blend: salt, cumin, coriander, chili powder, cayenne 
      • Rub the roast all over with your spices 
      • heat a few Tbs oil in a heavy pan and brown the meat on all sides
      • Place in crock pot and pour salsa on top
      • cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4
      • serve with lots of avocado, salsa, sour cream over lettuce or in a taco/burrito!

  • I just made Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic last night. yum. If you aren't a huge fan of roasted garlic don't be turned off by this dish. The garlic isn't overwhelming but gives the chicken some incredible flavor. My biggest issue was cutting the raw chicken into 8 parts. I think I need a sharper knife...I kept the chicken...carcass...and threw it in the crock pot with some of the leftover garlic cloves (I didn't feel good about eating all 40 cloves lol), juices from the cooked chicken, leftover herbs, a carrot, 1/2 of an onion, about 8/10 cups of water, and 1/2 a cup of apple cider vinegar. Apparently the vinegar helps to leech the minerals from the chicken bones, giving you an extremely healthy and hearty chicken stock.

  • Monday night I made the Stuffed portabella mushrooms and roasted rosemary beets. Both were fantastic. Jeff raved about the meal and even baby Lewis loved it! Both were super simple to assemble and cook. Definitely adding this one to our weekly rotation
I'm excited to make burgers tonight. Partially because when we use the grill there is minimal cleanup in the kitchen for me. But mostly because I love bacon
Whats on your menu for the week?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A weekend to write home about

This past weekend was perfect; a weekend to write home about

Watching the ducks on our morning walk
The blossoms appeared in the span of only 1 day! They are in full bloom right now and each tree branch looks like it has fluffy pink clouds on it
 On Saturday we took advantage of the clear skies and warm weather and headed down to eat some lunch at Greenlake. We grabbed some sandwiches in Fremont at Paseo and headed over to the lake for some people watching. Lewis had so much fun crawling around in the grass

 Easter morning was bright and sunny. Lewis has been loving his sunglasses and wears them around the house
 Opening his Easter present (sitting on his little chick haha)
Sunday was absolutely gorgeous with clear skies as far as the eye could see and temps around 70!

 View of Rainier on our way home from Easter dinner with friends

A beautiful day here in Washington is worth more than pure gold. Spring here is like magic and it makes you feel so alive and free! I have never enjoyed the sunshine or the outdoors more