What’s for dinner? 2/3-2/9

Hi friends!  It’s hard to believe February is already here.  This week is going to be busy for our family with practices, meetings, and afterschool activities, so our dinners are all relatively quick and easy.

Monday – Crockpot Sausage & Peppers and Saladimg_0220

Ingredients – Italian sausages, red and green bell peppers, yellow onion, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes, garlic, jar of pasta sauce, tomato paste, pasta, lettuce/greens, hard boiled eggs, 1 can of garbanzo beans, 1 can of kidney beans, red onion, feta cheese,  yogurt ranch, balsamic glaze, olive oil.

Crockpot Sausage & Peppers – slice bell peppers and onion, mince basil, parsley and garlic.  Add to crockpot with pasta sauce and tomato paste.  Optional add more veggies such as mushrooms, zucchini, kale or spinach.  Stir well and place sausages on top of mixture.  Cover and cook on high for 5+ hours.  Serve over pasta.

Salad – Chop eggs, tomatoes, onion, drain beans, add feta, drizzle with yogurt ranch (I use Bolthouse brand), Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze and olive oil.

Tuesday – Crockpot Chicken Tacos

IMG_0728Ingredients – 3lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, 1 small can el Pato sauce, cumin, 1 jalapeno, 2 bay leaves, tortillas, salsa, cilantro, diced onions and tomatoes, optional rice, beans, sour cream, lettuce.

Recipe here, just substitute chicken for carnitas.

Wednesday – Grilled Salmon & Quinoa Salad

IMG_6152Ingredients – wild salmon fillets with skin, olive oil, 2 c quinoa, 1 can black beans, 1 can corn, 1-2 jalapenos, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, cumin, hot sauce, red wine vinegar, 2 limes, optional avocado or guacamole.

Salmon – grill on the bbq 3-4 minutes each side or grill in a pan on the stove or oven.

Southwest Quinoa Salad Recipe

Thursday – Kitchen Sink Breakfast Scramble

Ingredients – eggs, cheese, any veggies you have on hand, potatoes, leftover chicken from Tuesday or bacon, sausage.

We love breakfast for dinner!  I throw together whatever we have in skillet, stir in a few eggs per person and top with cheese and often hot sauce, salsa or avocado.  It’s fast, easy, cheap and delicious!

Friday – Tri-Tip, Twice Baked Potato Casserole & Salad

IMG_6153Ingredients – tri-tip roast, dry rub seasoning, russet potatoes, sour cream, bacon/bacon bits from Costco, shredded cheddar cheese, butter, green onions, lettuce/greens, hard boiled eggs, 1 can of garbanzo beans, 1 can of kidney beans, red onion, feta cheese,  yogurt ranch, balsamic glaze, olive oil.

Tri-Tip Recipe

Twice Baked Potato Casserole – cube 5+ potatoes, I leave the skin on, boil until fork tender.  Drain and return to pot.  Add 1 cube of butter, 1 c of sour cream, diced green onions and as much bacon and cheese as you like.  Mix well with a potato masher or hand mixer.  Transfer to a oven safe dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

Salad – Chop eggs, tomatoes, onion, drain beans, add feta, drizzle with yogurt ranch (I use Bolthouse brand), Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze and olive oil.

Saturday – Take Out

My son has a late basketball game and we’re treating ourselves!

Sunday – Rotisserie Chicken, Green Beans & Rice

Ingredients – whole chicken, 1 lb fresh green beans, red onion, bacon, rice, mushrooms, chicken stock, green onion, parsley or Rice A Roni.

Chicken -We tend to BBQ chicken seasoned with a dry rub with our rotisserie attachment, buying a cooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is a fast and inexpensive alternative.

Green beans – snap or cut off the ends of the fresh green beans, dice red onion, cook a few pieces of bacon.  Once bacon is cooked, remove from pan and add green beans to bacon grease, not a diet food!  Then add red onion.  Cook until green beans are fork tender.

Rice – to save time, I will often use Rice A Roni.  Otherwise, I cook rice in a large saucepan. I brown the rice in the pan with a bit of butter, then add twice as much chicken stock or water as rice.  1 c of rice = 2 c of liquid.  I then throw in mushrooms, parsley, green onion and bring to a boil.  I then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until done.

I hope you all have a wonderful first week of February!  Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

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