Another month of good eats! Let’s jump right in to another round of what we ate!
Homemade pizza & crust
I use this recipe or my mom’s recipe for pizza crust. We found a random variety of ingredients in the fridge that worked for toppings: spinach, kalamata olives, chicken sausage, banana peppers, and cheese. Since I keep frozen 2Tbsp portions of tomato paste in the freezer I just spread some on and sprinkled it with dried oregano, parsley, and crushed red pepper.
Breakfast for dinner
We have breakfast for dinner at least once a week. Yes, we go through a lot of eggs since we usually have 2-3 each between fried eggs at breakfast and hardboiled eggs as a snack or in our lunch. Don’t worry, they are an amazing protein source and you don’t have to worry about the yolk being bad for you. Eat ’em up!
Our neighbors stopped by and said, and I quote: “We got too much bacon.” Is that a real thing?? I would argue no but we gladly accepted their offer and added some crispy bacon to our dinner along with homemade hash browns.
Salmon burgers & sauteed veggies
Thanks, Costco, for quick meals when I don’t want to cook or I forgot to plan ahead.
You’ll probably see this dish every month because it is SOO easy to make and you get a ton of meat out of it that can be used in a variety of ways throughout the week. We used the chicken to make burrito bowls and also this Sweet potato, Chicken, Quinoa Soup my sister shared with me.
This was a fantastic and I can’t take credit for making it. We had dinner with friends and they treated us to this delicious meal. If you want the recipe it can be found in the Eat This, Not That cookbook.
We attended an Indonesian Cultural Night with friends of ours and it was catered by a local Indonesian restaurant. Everything was so flavorful- the beef rendang was my favorite.
We threw toppings like ground beef seasoned with my homemade taco seasoning, jalapeños, fresh salsa, and cheese on a cookie sheet of tortilla chips and baked it in the oven. Mmmm mmm.
Tuna mixed with mayo or avocado and some cheese on Ezekiel bread.
Sweet potato hummus
Great recipe if you get bored of regular hummus made with chickpeas
Chicken Curry Stew
Every month. This stew is a staple. I actually made 6 batches that filled 3 crockpots for a nutrition class I taught this month!
More fresh fruit
Strawberries were on sale for $0.50/pound at my favorite local produce warehouse so I stocked up on 12 pounds. I saved 2 pounds so we could enjoy fresh strawberries during the week and I froze the rest for adding to our plain, full fat yogurt.
This is the first time I’ve remembered to take a picture of EVERYTHING I get out of the pantry, freezer, and fridge for packing our lunch the night before. It looks like a mess but I’ve got my routine down so well that it only takes me 10-15 minutes to make a lunch for Dave, Nora, and me. In this pic you can see all the toppings for our giant salads (can you spot the protein, fat and carbs?), Dave’s oatmeal with PB and raisins, Nora’s odd mixture of canned pumpkin, yogurt, almond milk, coconut cream, cinnamon, and a little oats, raw veggies with hummus, and plain, full fat yogurt with blood oranges (usually frozen fruit), nuts, and cinnamon.
The photo below shows how I’m able to pack our lunch in 10-15 minutes. I do all my produce prepwork ahead of time so I only need to pull out the containers and throw it in a salad or bag when it comes time to pack lunched.
Here’s a close up of our salads. The ingredients vary but this one has hardboiled egg (protein), avocado, olives, and homemade dressing (fat), and all sorts of veggies (carbs) like bok choy, beets, bell peppers, cucumber, and greens.
What are your favorite meals you plan to make this month?