Weekly meal plan

May 24 2020

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I can't believe that this is Memorial Day Week-end... It normally means beginning of summer, end of school and fun times... Well this year we are all trying to figure out what it means, right? I tell my kids to take it one day at a time and enjoy every little bit of normality that we get back and appreciate all the little things that come upon us!

Monday:

Lunch: Tomato and feta galette with crudités. Monday is Holiday so we get to have a lazy late lunch outside and take our time, no rush to attend classes and all.... So I get to make a fun lunch that we can all enjoy together! I have done a version of this in the past and use store bought pastry dough so it is really easy to assemble. I might too a green leafy salad on the side and always serve a big platter of crudités that the kids gobble down.
Dinner: Gnocchi al pesto with white beans tossed with arugula and pine nuts.  I love Trader Joe's cauliflower and kale gnocchi. The secret is to either roast them or sauté them so they get crispy and add some store bought pesto to make it extra easy...I will toss them while still hot with arugula and white beans as well and maybe sprinkle some fresh basil and toasted pine nuts. I have been wanting to make buffalo cauliflower (which is my food obsession right now) and plan on trying a new recipe, if it turns out good then I will gladly share.

Tuesday:
Lunch: Beet salad with tuna salad. I really go by making a couple of different lunches everyday since it is a full house... I will cooked my beets over the week-end so I can use them all week long in salads and sides... They last for a little while so I have plenty of time and possibilities.
Dinner: Chicken tortilla soup.  I am trying a new recipe live that day at 5:00 p.m. showing you how to do the whole thing and will post later on. I am excited to do tortilla soup since it is one my kids fave food... Alongside with tortilla chips and guacamole and all will be good!

Wednesday:

Lunch: Hot dogs for kiddos and summer squash salad for grown up with prosciutto and bruschetta.

Dinner: Spinach mac and cheese bake. The kids love this dish (all kids love pasta right...) and I will make sure to add some spinach, maybe peas and artichokes as well. I always try to find any way I can to add as much veggies and greens a possible.

Thursday:

Lunch: Soft scramble eggs with smoked salmon and kale and grilled pitta bread. Everyone love eggs around here. I have it all in the fridge and can always improvise if I have leftovers that I need to use and add them to the eggs.
Dinner: Chimichurri flank steak with roasted veggies and Brussels sprouts caccio peppe. I don't cook red meat that often but once in a while they all ask for it and crave it... When I do make it, I go for grilled steak or broiled with a nice spicy rub then it works... Especially when I can use leftover the next day and make steak tacos or steak sandwiches. Doing a live at 5:00 and will show you how all the details.

Friday:

Lunch: Greek turkey burgers. This is something I have adapted from  the blog and used  ground turkey instead of lamb and made burgers instead of meatballs.
Dinner: Moroccan chickpea and carrot tagine. I love this kind of dish and flavor, I know that if I add couscous and Naan bread then the kids will go for it... Sometimes it is all about how I present food to them to get them to give it a try.

Saturday:
Lunch:  Mushroom, asparagus and ham omelet.  Omelet, quiche, frittata are always a super easy and popular brunch around here... One because the kids love egg dishes and two because it is so easy on me. I can easily adapt depending on what I have in the fridge, I can always add more or do without something...

Dinner: Sheet pan cod with tomato and fennel. I have made a few of these in the past on the blog, most fish are really easy to cook on a sheet pan with some veggies.

Sunday:

Lunch: Bagel and smoked salmon platter. This gives me a nice break from cooking and makes everyone happy!!
Dinner: Roasted chicken with crispy potatoes and apple sauce. This dish from my childhood is always a hit with the kids.... They really love the combo and love even more when I tell them stories about my childhood at my grandma's house with all my cousins and we would always request this dish because we loved it so much!

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