Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weekly Dinner - Week 2

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

What makes this super exciting is that I only have to plan 4 meals instead of 5!

Last week we took a trip to Costco and decided to try a new way of shopping.  We bought a bunch of pre-frozen food and meat then individually shrink wrapped it into nightly portions using our food saver.  You will notice a lot of "from Costco" in the next few weeks and after the experiment is over will update you and let you know how it went!

Also, a helpful hint for the week is to prep everything you can on Sunday.  Last week I premade the roasted red pepper soup and chopped all the veggies; organizing them into container by date needed.  The amount of time it saved during the week was invaluable.  

But enough of last week, it's time for this weeks meals!

9/1/14 - 9/4/14

Monday: Tacos & Margaritas. (30 minutes)

Well, it's a holiday weekend, and you know what that means... Taco Monday! 

ground beef (organic & grass fed if possible, sometimes lamb if I'm in the mood), tomatoes, avocado, taco shells, shredded Mexican cheese, salsa (I import mine from Texas, seriously), tortilla chips, greek yogurt (tastes the same as sour cream and healthier for you), taco seasoning (we do this ever week, so we get the big container at Costco), red onion

cooks note: Heat the oven to 400, then heat the taco shells for 2-3 minutes one or two at a time just before making and consuming.  They taste so much better!

Margaritas - 1/2 a lime (squeezed then tossed into the glass), then 2:1 ratio of tequila and orange liquor.  We use Bauchant orange liquor and nice tequila (honestly, we are tequila snobs, and yes, it does matter what tequila you use when you aren't masking the taste with sweet and sour or olive juice)

Tuesday: Korean Style Short Ribs (5 minutes prep, 6 hours slow cooker)

I am very excited about this recipe because I get to use my crockpot and it's super easy.  

Also, because we have baby back ribs (from Costco), we will be substituting those for the beef short ribs.

Check out the recipe HERE.

I will be serving these with a size of sauted zucchini flavored with Anna's Herbs or Herbs from Provence.

Wednesday: Fish Tacos. (20 minutes)

As we were shopping at Costco last week, we came across some fresh salmon topped with herb butter.  At only $10 for over a pound, we couldn't not try it.  So we punted fish taco's to this week.  So, you can always pretend that this meal is actually what we had last Monday which was Salmon from Costco with herbed butter and asparagus.  (At $10 for the salmon + $3 for asparagus, you can't go wrong, and it's actually pretty good salmon.  Word of warning, the directions have the cooking time WAY too long.  Cook until you see white bubbles coming up the side of the fish, then pull it)

If however you are interested in fish tacos, here's the recipe again, with some subtle additions.

White fish (whatever is on sale, I've acutally got a frozen bag of cod and mahi mahi from Costco that I'm trying out), broiled or pan fried until flaky.
corn tortillas, cilantro, tomato, red onion, cojita cheese, avocado
Seasoned Mayo (mix mayo with some lime juice and southwest ancho seasoning)

Tecate or some other Mexican beer.

Thursday: Grilled Shrimp and Saute'd Spinach

Last week we went on a Costco binge in hopes of saving us money during the week on meat.  This Thrusday we are going super easy and doing shrimp from Costco, frozen and pre-peeled.  Marinate in some herb butter, saute in a hot skillet or skewer and grill for 2-3 minutes per side.

For the spinach, toss about half the bag in a frying pan with some coconut oil and Anna's Herbs.  Cook down about 1/2 way then toss in the rest of the bag.  Cook down until wilted but not slimy.  

Lunch: Leftover pasta and salads

Our big Saturday night meal was chicken, herb, and cheese stuffed ravioli with spaghetti sauce and snap peas.  Exciting, I know.  But what is exciting was that the package of pasta (from Costco) was big enough to leave pasta for my weekly lunch -  2 days at least! 

We will also be having salads with olive oil, spinach (or mixed greens, arugula, whatever your desire), macadamia nuts, roasted turkey breast, and a little balsamic vinegar.  

I also always keep nuts at my desk for munching.

Bon Appetite!

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