Thursday, June 7, 2012

Meals for the Week of June 11, 2012

Hello!  I know, long time since I posted.  It's amazing how the time flies, blah, blah.  Anyway, I'm here and posting and I have a couple things to share.

Awhile ago I shared that I planned to train with Mama Bootcamp to participate in a sprint distance triathlon.  This past weekend, I completed the triathlon.  I won't lie, it was really, really hard.  I'm proud to have gone through the training and to have finished the race and I'm alive to tell the tale.  I waver back and forth between thinking that I never want to do the swim portion ever again and wanting to enter another race and improve my time.  So I'm semi-crazy at this point. But there is something very satisfying to have completed a big goal like that.  In a life where I'm operating in organized chaos; children, dogs, constant driving all over the place, the stress of everyday life, I had something that was for me.  Training with a wonderful group of women, fantastic coaches, but also the quiet time of running or biking outdoors, somewhat alone with my thoughts has been so important to not only my physical but my mental health.  I've formed ideas for this blog, and for growing my business, as any busy mom knows, just the opportunity to have time for yourself is invaluable.  So I am VERY grateful to have the experience.

Now- onward and upward!  Finally a new set of recipes for you to use for planning your next meals.  The list is varied between some seasonal recipes perfect for summer grilling and easy meals to make ahead for the weeknight. 

Meals for the Week of June 11, 2012

*NEW* I decided I should utilize Pinterest to create a visual of the recipes each week.  So below is my usual list with my comments/tips and the link to the recipe, but then I have a board too so you can have a visual with the link and can easily re-pin for your own board or add to your Ziplist shopping list.  June 11 Board

Cheesy Skillet Chicken and Rice with Green Beans- This is a great one-pot meal.  It does instruct you to leave the chicken whole for serving, but I like slicing it up and mixing it back into the rice just before serving.  I think you stretch it to serve more people that way too. 

Cashew Chicken- Cheaper and faster than take out.  This is a great recipe that uses some very standard ingredients you don’t have to go to a special market for.  

Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad- A copy cat recipe that is filling, but also fairly low calorie and low fat. 
Penne with Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Butter- Enjoy asparagus while it’s in season!  This can be a great side dish with grilled or roasted chicken or a meatless meal.  

Crock Pot Sausage, Beans and Greens- I know this seems odd for the summer, but the crock pot keeps the kitchen cool.  There is some initial prep on the stove for this recipe, but then you can get it the crock pot and get on with you day!  

Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice- This recipe is a replica of what popular Halal food carts found in Manhattan serve.  It’s a delicious comfort food and something you can make ahead and re-heat. 

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps- If you have a food processor, it’s easy to take boneless chicken and grind it up. If you need to cut the prep time, use ground turkey.  As the recipe suggests, make this a more filling meal with rice and combine the chicken with rice in your wrap. 

Thai Style Chicken Legs- Great recipe for grilled chicken.  Use a food processor or a chopper to blend up the marinade; it might be easier than pulling out your blender.

Cilantro Thai Grilled Chicken Breasts- Here is another option for a Thai-style chicken using lean breasts.  The marinade imparts a lot of flavor and moisture. 

Blood Orange Salad with Pecans, Gorgonzola and Baby Greens- This is actually a spring salad, but you can use naval oranges if you no longer have blood oranges in your market.  I love salads like these, and it includes a delicious dressing made with orange juice. 

Grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Syrup- I just love asparagus and just like she mentions in this recipe, I love the tips the most.  I especially love when they are slightly grilled and have the sweet tang of balsamic vinegar.

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