This week’s menu is late! Sorry about that. I don’t really have any good excuse except my same old song and dance, life has been busy! But it has been some really, really good stuff, so I really can’t complain.
Sunday – Homemade pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza? We used the crust recipe from here. I’m still searching for my perfect true love whole wheat pizza crust. This one is closer, but it’s half all purpose flour, so still not quite what I’m looking for. Does anyone have a whole wheat pizza dough recipe that isn’t as hard as a rock? I love a nice, fluffy pizza crust, but it’s hard to find and still have it be completely whole grain. Pizza is one of our “kitchen sink” meals where we basically grab anything we have in the fridge and throw it on top. This creation ended up being Alfredo for the sauce, with tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, spinach and Canadian bacon. We rolled out a little crust for each of the girls and let them make their own and they loved it!
Monday – Turkey meatballs with tomatoes and basil, tomato pasta and asparagus. The recipe is here. I doubled the amounts for the meatballs, cooked them all and then froze about half. I love having yummy stuff in the freezer for a quick meal later! The asparagus was just sauteed in coconut oil with some salt and pepper.
Tuesday – Chicken pot pie. This was a Marquis creation so I can’t give you the exact recipe, but there is a good recipe here. This is another good “kitchen sink” meal for cleaning leftovers out of your fridge, we had some precooked chicken that he used, along with some leftover veggies. We topped it with a biscuit crust, the recipe from here, with a little cheddar cheese sprinkled on top.
Wednesday – Taco salad. We had something completely different on the menu for this day. I was a cooking maniac earlier in the day, making a fresh batch of granola, some yogurt, and also making Thursday night’s dinner since I knew that Thursday would be a really busy day. The problem is that somehow with all of that going on along with all my other regular work and taking care of kids, I forgot to defrost the chicken that was supposed to be dinner. Oops! So as I was looking in the freezer in disbelief at my hard-as-a-rock chicken, I noticed a bag of chili off to the side and grabbed that instead. I had it quickly defrosted and threw it on some on lettuce with some corn chips on the side and a dollop of plain yogurt on top. Not glamorous, and the chips don’t help make it healthy, but it was delicious, fast and easy, and that counts for something, right? Here are some yummy chili recipes.
Thursday – Chicken enchiladas. This was my crazy, crazy day, so crazy that I completely forgot to get a picture of the food. Thankfully I had already made dinner the day before and it was already in the fridge, ready to go into the oven. We threw a salad on the side and it was easy. The nice part is that I have another pan of enchiladas already made that I put in the freezer all ready for when I need a quick meal. My favorite enchilada recipe is here.
Friday – Butter chicken. This is what we were supposed to have on Wednesday when I oopsed, but really I think it turned out better this way anyway. The recipe is here. I served it over some brown rice. I almost didn’t take a picture of this one because I broke the sauce (that’s what it’s called when you add the dairy and it gets all grainy and weird). But I decided to show you anyway and tell you why this got messed up. You see, I used whole milk instead of the cream that it called for. The fat content in the milk has a lot to do with whether it will break or not, and this recipe definitely needs the cream! And don’t worry about using full fat dairy, it is much healthier for you than low fat or skim, and I’ll explain why in probably a rather lengthy blog post coming soon. My 2-year-old insisted it was her plate that was photographed that night, so you get to see her cute little fingers pointing out her yummy food.
Saturday – Bacon explosion, red potatoes, salad and rolls. Now, I know you are probably pretty confused by now. This is supposed to be a blog about eating healthy, right? Clean eating? Then I go and hit you with a bacon explosion. Well, first, see the pic of this boy?
Well, I like him, and sometimes I just can’t tell him no. Second, bacon is good for you! And now you think I’m all kinds of crazy, telling you to use full fat dairy and bacon is good for you, but to quote one of my favorite healthy sources, The Nourished Kitchen, “…bacon is good for you, particularly when it comes from pasture-raised hogs. It’s a great source of vitamin D, as well as monounsaturated fats.” If you are brave enough to try it the recipe is here. It isn’t that hard to turn into a clean eating recipe, just use natural, nitrite-free bacon and sausage (from those pasture raised hogs!) and make your own BBQ sauce without the high fructose corn syrup. Also keep in mind that a little goes a long way with this baby, you don’t need much to be satisfied.