Saturday, February 15, 2014

A week of dinners done right

First, I'll just say that these recipes are FAMILY SIZED. I feed two adults and two children off of these, and we generally have a *few* leftovers. So, adjust amounts according to your family size! :)

Menu: 
Ginger Steak with Rice and steamed veggies
Black Bean Vegetable Chili
Salmon Cakes with Corn and Cabbage Slaw
Bacon and Cauliflower Fettuccine with steamed broccoli 
Shredded Beef Tacos with Spinach Salad
Sausage and Spinach Penne 

Grocery List: 
As I've written before, I like to organize my list. Every store is a little different in its layout, but most have similar categories so I like to separate my list so I can make sure I get everything I need before I leave a specific 'area' of the store. With that being said, I don't do this because I love organization. I do this because I shop on a military base with two small children who are completely over those carts that look like cars and ifI don't shop efficiently, all three of us are in tears before checkout. So -- here is how I get in and out, with two kids and a weeks worth of groceries in 30 minutes. 

PRODUCE: 
2 bulbs of garlic
1 chili pepper
3 onion
ginger root
lime
2 zucchinis
1 green pepper
1-2 bunches green onions
red cabbage (looks purple)
head of cauliflower
red onion
avocado
cilantro
1 package spinach (or a bushel!) 

MEAT: 
1 lb. flank steak
1 lb. salmon
bacon
2 lb. boneless sirloin tip
1 lb. pork sausage 

DAIRY
sour cream
2 eggs
Parmesan cheese
Cheddar Cheese 
16 oz. cottage cheese
8 oz. Italian Cheese blend

FROZEN: 
corn
broccoli
green beans 

PACKAGED/CANNED: 
salt
soy sauce
olive oil
chili powder 
cumin
pepper
70 oz. diced tomatoes (probably more than one can!) :) 
8 oz. tomato sauce 
15 oz. black beans
vegetable broth
Panko breadcrumbs
honey
lemon juice
fettucine (whole wheat) 
tortillas 
apple-cider vinegar
Dijon mustard
16 oz. penne pasta 
Ginger Steak and Rice --> requires 2 hours for meat to marinate
1 lb. flank steak
3 cloves chopped garlic
1 chili pepper, chopped and seeded (optional)
1 finely chopped onion (size can vary depending on how much you like onions!)
3 tsp. finely chopped ginger root
3 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 C. Jasmine rice (or brown rice!)
veggies of choice (I like broccoli or green beans!)
Cut steak with the grain into thin strips.
Combine garlic, pepper, onion, ginger, lime juice, soy sauce and olive oil in  ziploc bag with meat. 
**To avoid a bunch of prep, combine onion, garlic, ginger and pepper in a food chopper. Finely chopped, less work! **
Marinate at least two hours, or over night if you can.
Begin cooking rice and steaming your veggies of  choice. 
Pour meat and marinade onto  a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil. 
Broil 5-10 minutes, until meat is done. 

Black Bean Vegetable Chili --> crockpot meal!
1 chopped onion
2 chopped zucchini
1 chopped green bell pepper
4 cloves chopped garlic
2 Tbsp. chili powder 
1 1/2 Tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt 
16 oz. diced tomatoes (give or take, depending on how much you like diced tomatoes) 
15 oz. drained and rinsed black beans
2 cups frozen corn
15 oz. vegetable broth 
1/4 C. lemon juice 
sour cream - for serving
green onions - for serving
**optional, 1 lb. ground beef or turkey 

If adding meat, brown meat ahead of time and drain. 
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker (except the sour cream and green onions). 
Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 3. 

Salmon Cakes
just trust me on this one. I'd never had a crab-cake or whatever in MY LIFE and I'm NOT a huge fan of salmon. But all of this (the whole dang meal) is delicious. 

1 lb. salmon
2 beaten eggs
3 sliced green onions
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 1/2 C. whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Heat oven to 350 and bake salmon for 15 minutes. 
Cool, and flake salmon (just stir it up) in large bowl with  a fork. 
Add eggs, onions, lemon juice, soy sauce and panko crumbs. 
Shape into small  patties. 
Heat oil over medium heat and cook salmon cakes about 5 minutes per side, until golden brown. 

 Corn and Cabbage Slaw
3 Tbsp. honey
3 Tbsp. olive oil
6 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 head thinly sliced purple cabbage 
1 cup thawed frozen corn 
3 green onions, sliced. 
Combine all ingredients in bowl and stir. 
Refrigerate until serving. 

Bacon and Cauliflower Fettuccine (I know this one sounds a little weird too. But it's delicious) 
6 slices bacon (or more, if you desire!) 
16 oz. whole wheat fettuccine
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets (the bushel at the top!) :) 
1 tsp. salt 
1 tsp. pepper
1 C. parmesan cheese
frozen (or fresh) broccoli
Fry bacon until crisp enough to crumble. 
Crumble and set aside. 
Cook noodles as directed. 
Drain, but save 1 C. of pasta water. 
Heat oil in  large pan. 
Add cauliflower, 1/4 C. water, salt and pepper to pan.
Cook 5 minutes. 
Add pasta to reserved pasta water with 1/2 C. parmesan -- toss until creamy.
Add cauliflower mix, bacon and remaining parmesan cheese. 
Steam veggies and serve! 

Shredded Beef Tacos --> crockpot meal
2 lb. boneless sirloin tip
1 sliced onion
1 clove chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. sat 
1 tsp. pepper
15 oz. diced tomatoes
tortillas
sour cream
2 diced avocados
2 C. cheddar cheese 
1/4 C. chopped cilantro
Place beef, onion, garlic, salt , pepper and tomatoes in crock pot. 
Cook on low for 8 hours. 
Shred beef and divide between tortillas.
Top with cheese, sour cream, avocados and cilantro. 
Spinach Salad
10 oz. spinach
1 chopped red onion
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard 
1 tsp. honey 
2 Tbsp. olive oil 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp pepper 
Combine spinach and onion in bowl.
Stir together remaining ingredients and pour over spinach. 
Toss together and serve. 

Sausage and Spinach Baked Penne
16 oz. whole wheat penne
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. sausage 
2 cloves chopped garlic
15 oz (or more, if desired)) diced tomatoes (undrained)
8 oz. tomato sauce 
16 oz. cottage cheese 
2 Tbsp. basil (fresh is best!) 
10 oz chopped spinach
8 oz. italian cheese 
Preheat oven to 400. 
Prepare pasta. 
Heat oil in large skillet and brown sausage with garlic. 
Drain and return to skillet. 
Stir in tomatoes and tomato sauce.
Cook 5 minutes.
Mix in large bowl with pasta.  
Add cottage cheese, basil and spinach.
Stir well, then add to large baking dish coated in cooking spray. 
Top with italian cheese and bake 15-25 minutes. 



Let me know which recipes you tried, and which ones were your favorite! Don't forget to share with all your pals, too! <3.