As promised, below is my family’s dinner menu plan for the week.
My modifications to linked recipes are noted directly under the link with the pound (#) symbol.
On days where I list two vegetables, I usually use one fresh & one frozen. So I’ll mark the frozen ones with “FRO”, and all others are fresh. Unless otherwise noted, we cook most of our veggies, fresh and frozen, in a steamer pot, sprinkled with a little garlic salt and/or our favorite dried herbs.
So here goes for this week…Monday – Baked Chicken w/Spinach & Pears, Asparagus – roasted w/ garlic & olive oil (or steamed) #Omit bleu cheese or substitute goat cheese (It’s delicious without any cheese.) Tuesday – Sweet Potatoes w/ Collards & Adzuki beans, FRO California-blend veggies # I originally doubled the recipe because it said it serves 2 and we are 3. But it made way too much. I now sometimes double the beans (for more protein) & collards only. Weds – Baked salmon, Stir-fried Bok Choy, FRO Haricots Verts (green beans) Just brush fish with lemon juice and/or olive oil & sprinkle with your favorite seasonings or herbs. We discovered McCormick’s Mediterranean Sea Salt is fabulous for fish (& more). Thursday – Lentils with Zucchini & Herbs, FRO Brussels Sprouts # I’ll post this recipe separately, because it’s from a magazine. Friday – Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps, Broccoli, FRO Succotash* #We always omit the peanuts, because there’s already plenty of protein. Saturday – Tuscan Kale & White Bean Soup & Salad # We always use 3 or 4 (not 2) large, FRESH carrots, and 2 cans of beans for added protein. If it’s too thick, just add water or more broth. Sunday – Stir Fried Shrimp & Vegetables, Brown Rice #You can substitute pretty much any veggies you like with this recipe, which I recommend for this week if you are going to do the Lentils w/ Zucchini. For example, we’ve made this with bell peppers, snow peas & carrots.
* What I call “succotash” is some combination of peas, carrots & corn, sometimes green beans. That is just what my Mom always called it, but they’re usually called Mixed Vegetables on the package. I like these with vegetarian meals especially because you get a little more protein from the peas.