It’s Sunday. I don’t know about you, but I have a love/hate relationship with Sundays. I love them because it is part of the weekend, of course, and are typically filled with football games or movies to be lazy with. I hate them because it’s the ‘eve’ of a new week and that reminds me that the weekend is over. Blah. But enough of that, Sundays also mean deciding on our weekly menu and grocery shopping. Yay! [some sarcasm]
Here is our “menu” for the week.
Chili. I love this because it is quick, easy, delicious and filling. Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef, diced tomatoes, red kidney beans, chopped up onion, garlic powder, chili pepper and cayenne pepper. Brown the meat while seasoning with the spices. (I do not know exactly how much of the spices I use, I would say approximately 4 shakes of each spice to season the meat) Once it is browned, drain the grease and add all ingredients to a medium sized sauce pan to let simmer on low to warm it all up and really get those flavors mixing. I also sprinkle a couple more shakes of each spice again, stir, cover and let simmer. ENJOY. *Optional* Garnish with sour cream, Nut Thins Crackers, or a little bit of cheese. Yum.
Italian Chicken. Found this on Pinterest a couple days ago and think it sounds amazing! For the flour, I would substitute it with coconut or almond flour and not use as much mozzarrella. I also won’t pair it with pasta. If you want a side to add to it, try spaghetti squash (very close texture, taste to actual spaghetti), quinoa, cauliflower “rice”, or even just a vegetable of choice. But other than that, the recipe seems delicious. See link for recipe. http://aaronandjillw.blogspot.com/2011/08/italian-chicken.html
Smoked Sausage and Bacon/Onion Brusselsprouts. Kielbasa sausage link, sliced into 3/4 inch pieces. Cook on stove top until sausage is a nice brown tint. For the brusselsprouts, cut them in half and cook 4 pieces of bacon (or more, depending on how “bacon-y” you want it). Once the bacon is done, remove and saute chopped onion in the bacon grease. Once they are translucent in color, add brusselsprouts and cover on medium heat. Let them “steam” a little bit, then carefully stir them around. You want them to turn a bit of a brown color but you do not want them to burn. Once they are nice and brown and soft, remove from heat and add to a bowl. Mix the brusselsprouts with the bacon (cut into pieces) and a splash of lemon juice. Salt and Pepper optional. Yum!
Meatloaf and Cauliflower Rice. For the meatloaf I use 1 lb ground beef, 1 egg, 2 tbspn ketchup (organic), 1 tbspn mustard, chopped onion, salt and pepper. Mix all these ingredients with your hands together. Place in a baking pan and even it out. Place in oven at 350 degrees for about 45-60 minutes, or until meat is fully cooked. Cauliflower rice, you need 1 head of cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower into small florets. Steam the florets to warm and softened them up. Run the cauliflower through a food processor, using the grating blade. (if you do not have a food processor, use a cheese grater!) And thats it! Add salt, pepper and butter to taste.
Salad. Pretty straight forward here, folks. Here is what we usually do. Lettuce and spinach greens. Hard boiled egg. Bacon. Cucumber. Broccoli. Carrots. Peppers. Meat if we want, maybe some steak or chicken. With an olive oil/balsamic vinegar dressing with a pinch of salt to taste. We also use Kefir Ranch dressing (it has probiotics in it) That is more of a ‘treat’, do not use it all the time.
That’s our week. Let me know if you try anything and what you think! 🙂