After posting on my personal Facebook page about what I was having for dinner, I was surprised at the amount of comments left by friends. It seems that one of the hardest things is coming up with new recipes to try out. I know most of you are like me- tired, not gourmet chefs but wanting yummy & healthy dinners that don’t take hours to prep & cook. I am anti-measurement so I rarely will have specific measurements in my recipes. So here is this week’s meal plan:
- Orange Shrimp with Asparagus & Brown Rice: Coat bottom of deep pan with olive oil. Add fresh asparagus to pan and cover. Cook on low, occasionally stirring until asparagus is soft and cooked thru. Remove asparagus from pan, add cleaned shrimp with tails removed to pan and sauté in the remaining olive oil. Once shrimp is thoroughly cooked, add sections of seedless oranges, the asparagus and orange stir fry sauce. Cover and cook until stir fry sauce is completely warmed. Serve over brown rice.
- Chicken Fajitas: Slice up boneless chicken breasts and cook thoroughly with olive oil in pan. Slice up a green pepper, red pepper and onion. Sauté in olive oil in separate pan while chicken cooks. Combine once completely cooked and add fajita seasoning if desired. Serve over brown or flavored rice with shred cheese, sour cream, salsa and tortilla wraps.
- Chicken Parmesan: Place defrosted boneless chicken in Crock Pot in morning. Cover with spaghetti sauce, cook on low for 8-10 hours. Serve with a side of whole wheat spaghetti. Add a slice of mozzarella cheese and spoon sauce over to melt. Sprinkle with oregano and grated cheese.
- Calzones: I buy pizza dough when it is Buy One, Get Two free and then freeze it. Thaw out dough, roll out into oval shape. Use whatever toppings you wish- veggie delight, buffalo chicken or pepperoni lovers. Add a small amount of sauce, ricotta or mozzarella cheese. Fold dough over to create the calzone pocket. Pinch the edges together and bake at 375 degrees until the crust is golden brown. Serve with warmed sauce on the side for dipping.
- Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie: Watching carbs? Try using mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes in your shepherd’s pie. Boil then mash the cauliflower, spread at the bottom of a glass casserole dish. Cook up hamburg (we use ground venison) and then layer that on top of the mashed cauliflower. Layer frozen corn on top of the meat. Next layer is beef or au jus gravy. Place in preheated oven at 375 for 25 minutes. Take over, sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top and bake for another five minutes.
- Chicken Stuffing Casserole: Prepare stuffing (homemade or Stove Top- whichever you prefer). Cube up boneless chicken. Take chicken, 1 can of cream of chicken soup (or make your own- way healthier), 1/3 cup of Sour Cream & one bag of frozen mixed veggies and mix. Place in glass casserole dish, top with stuffing. Back 30 minutes at 400 degrees or until chicken is cooked through.
- Pork Chops and Mac n Cheese: Prepare pork chops as preferred. I like mine in the Crock Pot all day long with BBQ sauce. Take two cups UNCOOKED macaroni, a block of cubed sharp cheese, 8oz cottage cheese, 2 cups of water & mix together in a glass casserole dish. Sprinkle salt & pepper to taste, add a few slabs of butter to the top of the mac n cheese, cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.
Did you know 25% of Americans eat fast food every day? Billions of dollars are spent on fast food every year. Keep that money in your pocket and meal plan for dinners at home! If you plan ahead you are much more likely to avoid eating out!