As usual, everything this week is fairly uninvolved, quick, and easy to make. So much in fact that the baked mac and cheese is completely hands off. That is, my mom from Real Food Real Life is making it and all I have to do is remember to bring it home that night. I’ll be sure to let you know when she posts the recipe, it sounds really easy and tasty!
HERE’S HOW WE DO IT:
Shrimp Caesar Salad: We just use whatever shrimp are on sale that week, usually frozen but only because fresh seafood scares me from grocery stores in Utah. I like to use a large mixing bowl. Put chopped romaine in it, homemade croutons, shaved Parmesan, and the Caesar dressing of your choice. Toss it all together, plate up and serve with fresh ground pepper.
Blackbean, Quinoa, Chipotle Chili: This one is the most time consuming, but I’ll make a big batch over the weekend. Then it’s easy to just reheat and serve. It usually makes enough that you can freeze some as well. It keeps great in the freezer. Here’s the recipe.
Hatch Chili Pork Tacos: I had purchased some pork roasts in bulk a while back, so weeks that I’m particularly budget conscious I’ll thaw them, then throw them in the crockpot with a jar of something. Trader Joe’s has a Hatch Green Chili Salsa I’ve been wanting to try, so we’ll use that as our “sauce” this week. We’ve been doing a lot of soft tacos lately, so we’re having crunchy tacos: Shell, pork, black beans, queso fresco, sour cream.
Sour Cream Pork and Broccoli over Rice: Just steam up some broccoli, reheat some of the Hatch Chili Pork, and mix it together with some cooked white or brown rice (Trader Joe’s has a frozen cook-in-bag rice that’s perfect every time). Top with a dollop of sour cream.
Chili Mac: Mix together the leftover chili and mac and cheese. Reheat on the stove in a large pot.
Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein: Cook up some thinly sliced steak (sirloin, strip, ribeye, any will do) over high heat. If you had any broccoli left over from the Pork and Broccoli over Rice, use that and add it to the steak with some garlic. My husband will make a sauce from scratch using soy sauce and corn starch, but I just use a bottled stir fry sauce. Cook up some spaghetti, then toss it in with the steak and broccoli mixture along with the stir fry sauce.