I did a similar post last Monday and oddly enough it seemed to be popular. You can read last week's here. Apologies in advance if these posts are totally uninteresting to you! But, in case you're like me and always in search of new recipes to add to our meal rotations, here's a recap on what we had this week. Note this is an open invitation to share ideas. I'd love you to comment with your favorite meals - let's help each other out!
This was a Martin Luther King Day, and we ended up having an impromptu gender reveal party for my sister and brother in-law; so fun! I had already started meatballs, but they brought a ton of OTTO pizzas we had a mix of meatballs, salad and pizza :-) And chocolate cheesecake with pink raspberry filling!
Who doesn't love chicken fingers and fries? My chicken fingers aren't anything fancy... I've been dying to try an air fryer, but for now my go-to recipe is this one. For fries I do one batch of russet potatoes and one batch of sweet potato (I mostly get those to myself) and I fry them in avocado oil. I served this with cut veggies for the kids and a salad for my husband and I.
This was a busy day, so I needed a meal I could heat up easily. I made this Lemon Chicken Orzo soup Tuesday from Pinch of Yum and then heated it up Wednesday.
Chili is one of my all time favorites in the Winter. This week I decided to change it up a bit and use ground Turkey & add in some sweet potato. I plan to do a full post with the recipe, but here's a quick list of what went in it: 1lb ground turkey, 1lb ground turkey sausage, 1 pack of rainbow peppers, 1 sweet onion, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, sweet potato diced, kidney beans, chili powder, dash of cumin + corriander, and a little S+P. Note I roasted the sweet potatoes for a little bit on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet with a drizzle of olive oil, then added them to the pot towards the end of the process. I also bought extra ground turkey and cooked it up for turkey tacos for the kids.
When it's scallop season in Maine you have to take advantage. If you're local and haven't had them yet, you're missing out! These scallops have so much flavor I really keep it simple with the cooking process. I gave them a good shake of Camp Mix and then sautéed them in butter and minced garlic a few minutes on each side. I served them with broccoli + cauliflower and roasted carrots. The kids tried them but had Trader Joes's frozen tacos instead :-).
This was my first time trying this Trader Joe's pot roast and it was delicious. I cooked this low and slow in the crockpot with sweet onion. I served this with roasted sweet potato with other veggies thrown in. I shredded some of the leftovers and added seasoning for tacos. Which was a big win for me as I have historically been terrible about making use of leftovers. Also good news for my efforts to save on our grocery bill.
Another favorite, Sunday I did a roast chicken. Something about the smell on a Sunday afternoon that's good for the soul. The way I prep and cook it is pretty close to Barefoot Contessa, so I'd suggest taking her expertise :-) I served it with steamed green beans and mashed butternut squash (yum)! Key to mashed butternut squash IMO is some butter and a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice.
This week I tried a couple tasty treats including the Lemon Blueberry Keto Muffins from Keto Quickstart by Diane Sanfillipo.
Also found a new favorite banana bread recipe. My kids devour banana bread, and my usual go-to recipe is divine, but more of a desert. The recipe I used this week was the Perfect Paleo Banana Bread from the Peanut Butter Runner. Note I added some dark chocolate chips because I like chocolate in everything, but they aren't necessary. This bread is also great served with your favorite nut butter.
That week flew by.. how is it possible I'm already shopping and planning for a new week?!? Please feel free to email with any questions. I'd also love you to leave a comment with your favorite meal/recipe this week!
Thanks as always for stopping by!
I'm Rebecca, a Maine mom of three energetic young boys and wife of a lobsterman, living in my favorite place, the coast of Maine. You'll find me here talking about my parenting journey, mom style, recipes, running and exercise, travel, stories from our life in Maine and so much more! Most days I'm just figuring it out as I go - Thanks so much for stopping by!