Friday, February 17, 2012

Meals for the Week of February 20, 2012

So my apologies for the lack of posts the last couple weeks.  Life is way out of balance.  Funny thing is, I sort or planned for that and cooked several meals ahead of time which made that element of life very easy when I was in the middle of a super busy week.  But other things kept me from being at my computer researching recipes and writing.  I hate that.  I do try to check in on the Facebook Page now and then with a quick post to share a link or a photo.
I have quite a few new recipes to share this week and I hope you like them.  It's a smattering of everything; crock pot, make ahead/freezable, kid-friendly, healthy, comfort food, and a few "ethnic" dishes too.  I also wanted to share a simple and healthy smoothie recipe and a kid-friendly snack.  Leave a comment when you try something and let me know how it went.

Meals for the Week of February 20, 2012
C-Splosion Smoothie- An all fruit and no dairy smoothie with tons of vitamin c and antioxidants.

Pizzadillas- This could certainly be a very kid-friendly dinner along with salad or raw veggies and dip, but it’s great for after school.

Shrimp and Grits- Simple, delicious Southern food. 

Baked Ziti- Perfect meal for a crowd if you need it for a potluck or it can last for more than one meal in a week. 

Crock Pot Italian Style Penne- This is a very low calorie, low fat dish with kidney beans instead of meat for good fiber and protein.  I love the suggestion that it’s the sort of dish you put in the crock pot 1 or 2 hours before dinner, so if you have a busy evening with practices/meetings/errands (like I always do), you throw it together before you leave and it’s ready when you get home.  If you wanted meat, I suggest cook some ground meat in a pan, then adding it in when you layer the ingredients. 

Slow Cooker Flank Steak Fajitas- Tender and juicy and uses no seasoning mixes, just clean eating spices and veggies.

Cheeseburger Pizza- Incredibly easy, kid-friendly mini-pizzas.  Use lean ground beef or ground turkey.  Just add a salad and dinner is ready!

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream- Very easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes.  Chipotle chilis in adobo sauce are spicy, so add a little at a time when making the sauce.  Leftover chilis can be stored in the fridge for quite awhile or frozen.

Butter Chicken- This Indian dish can be made with ingredients that you might already have on hand.  It’s easy and delicious.  Get coriander and cardamom where you can purchase bulk spices, this way you can just buy what you need unless you plan to always have it available.

Moroccan Spiced Grilled Chicken- Prepare the marinade the night before or in the morning and you will have tender, juicy chicken with wonderful spices.  You can grill it outdoors or use a stove top grill pan.

Spaghetti Pie- I like the description that it’s the flavors of lasagna without all the fuss.  Super easy to make ahead and leave unbaked or bake and r-heat.