It’s been a while since I posted about recipes, cooking, planning and meal prep so lets jump right in! Some weeks I find myself being completely prepared in the meal area and other weeks everything is done on a whim. This is what we’ve been enjoying lately.
We’re quickly losing the warm weather here in the Northeast, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the grill. We TRY to barbecue all year long (unless the grill is covered by 8754 feet of snow). I picked up these foil grill pans in the clearance aisle of our grocery store and it was the best $1.00 I’ve ever spent! Top left was a random mix of fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, corn off the cob, onions, zucchini and beans with chives. What an easy, healthy side to grilled chicken or burgers! Another super easy, one pan meal was onions, diced tomatoes, spaghetti squash and shrimp (spices of choice but I used crushed red, s+p, olive oil) – can also use rice! Throw this baby on the grill for 10-15 minutes and you have a one dish, delicious, good and good for you meal. Lastly, cube up some boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, sweet potatoes, cover with Sriracha and Mrs. Dash Salt Free Seasoning, grill until everything is cooked through. You’re welcome!
Taco Bake two ways! Unless we are making hamburgers, I always opt for ground turkey or ground chicken and this taco bake is no different! Call it succotash because that’s basically what it looks like. This is the easiest, tastiest one dish meal you can make AND make into so many different entrees. I use some or all of the following:
Corn / Onions / Beans / Edamame / Tomatoes / Jalapenos / Scallions / Cheese / Peppers / Sofrito
To make this waist-line friendly, we’ll use sweet peppers as “tortilla chips”, choose brown rice over white, or bake some pitas (at 400 degrees until crispy) to make chips for scooping up this tasty goodness.
Here’s a family fav, Grandma’s Chicken! You literally, can’t mess this up and it comes out the same every time! I made this and frozen it before my hip surgeries, when I was pregnant in preparation for life with a newborn, I’ve made it for others after a family death, births, surgeries…you name it!!! It freezes SO well and is just such a hearty, cozy meal! Add everything into a casserole dish or foil pan – raw: Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks, potatoes, celery, carrots, peppers and onions – add a splash of water, sprinkle of paprika and s+p, a dallop of butter and bake 350 for 1.5 hours.
Beef Stroganoff in the Crockpot. That’s what happened in our house over the weekend and it took just minutes! In a Crockpot mix: Stew Beef, Chicken/Beef/Veggie stock, Onions, Mushrooms, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Plain Green Yogurt, Worcestershire, s+p, Garlic. I alternated high and low cooking temps for about 6 hours. Just prior to eating, I cooked some egg noodles and topped them with the Beef goodness. The meat was so tender it just fell apart! The cold temps mean cozy one-pot HOT meals.
AND LASTLY…Tofu Stir-fry
Not everyone is a meat eater and that’s okay in my book. We like to enjoy meals that are big on veggies and proteins other than meat. We had an abundance of veggies and greens so why not throw them in with Tofu (Firm)?! Here, I used peppers, onions, bokchoy, organic tofu, s+p, garlic, red curry paste, soy sauce (low sodium) and a dash of worcestershire. Cooked everything down until veggies were soft and the sauce thickened a bit – add cornstarch if it’s too much juice. It looks pretty and tastes good too!
Hope you enjoyed this plethora of recipes and maybe it helped make even ONE night a little easier for you. Have a great recipe? Share it with the class! I love trying new things and putting a spin on oldies.
Happy Tuesday Friends and an even HAPPIER 47th Anniversary to my parental units. Kevin, Brandon and I love you!