I have a confession to make. We don’t always stick to our meal plans 100%… hence that whole “imperfection” thing. I like to plan seven meals for the week, but I can’t remember the last time we actually made all seven in one given week. We can pretty much count on one hectic night being take-out, and possibly one other being leftovers. And there are weeks that I know we won’t be home for dinner (if we have a party or something), but I’ll still give you a full week’s worth of ideas so that you’re not starving that night just because we’re not eating at home.
HERE’S HOW WE DO IT:
Baked Cod, Zucchini Casserole, Mushroom Risotto: I like to line a small baking dish with foil, place the cod in it, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, sprinkle some panko over it, and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. The Zucchini Casserole is just sliced zucchini (you can mix in squash if you want the color variance), boil for a few minutes to soften, then throw it in a foil lined baking dish drizzled with cream, a couple tablespoons of butter, topped with some shredded cheese. And for the Mushroom Risotto, we use Trader Joe’s frozen ready to cook kind.
Grilled Rachel Sandwich: I love using a ciabatta roll for this. Then put turkey, coleslaw, and swiss cheese on the roll. And grill on a George Foreman grill for a few minutes. Quick, easy, and delicious.
Honey Glazed Kielbasa, Baked Beans, Potato Salad: Just mix some honey, orange juice, and wasabi together. Glaze the kielbasa with a basting brush, grill, adding more glaze along the way. Meanwhile heat the baked beans, and we get the pre-made potato salad from Trader Joe’s.
Fish Tacos: There’s a saying in our house when tacos show up on the menu… “Tacos again?!?!?” But they’re just so easy and delicious. And these use up leftover cod and leftover coleslaw from earlier in the week. Place in soft corn tortillas, add a little chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime, and that’s it!
Ham Fried Rice: Start by cooking up some white rice. Then in a large pan add olive oil, onion, garlic, and diced ham. saute until onions are soft. Stir in the rice and some soy sauce (not too much, it gets salty quickly). Once it’s all mixed together crack two eggs in the mixture. Finish off with chopped scallions.
DIY Pizza Night: Use these instructions as a base, and use whatever toppings you may have in your fridge.
Chef Salad: Use all your leftover ham and turkey, cheese, croutons (from last week), olives, avocado, beans, hard boiled egg, and whatever else you need to get rid of in your fridge.