YO! It’s Friday again, you know what that means! A delicious round-up of good-for-you recipes the whole fam will love.
What have your faves been so far? I am obsessed with the No Clay Pot Chicken and the Pepperoni Pizza “Pasta”… both of those will be making reappearances in this house! I also loved the BBQ Chicken Chopped Salads from this past week. I totally took the easy route on that one and shredded up an organic Salt & Pepper rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods to make throwing the salads together WAY simple. Plus, chopping up all the veggies at the end of an exhausting day was kind of therapeutic! Anyone with me on that one? ;)
(P.S. On that note…did you guys see this meme floating around Facebook yesterday? I died laughing because, not gonna lie, this is totally me!)
Could this be more accurate?
SO, at some point by now, I’m sure you’ve said to yourself, Man, this is kiiiind of a lot of cooking. So I feel like maybe I should’ve had a disclaimer somewhere that, yeah, it is. Here’s the thing, I love to cook. Like I mentioned above with the vegetable-chopping, something about it is therapeutic to me. It’s almost like a meditation, because it consumes my attention and I focus less on other stuff that is weighing my mind down. We’ve gotten into a routine at my house where Tim can be hanging out with Lennon, giving her a bath or playing in another room or whatever, while I spent some “alone time” in the kitchen, which he honestly loves at the end of the day. I get that this may not work for everyone, I totally do. We all have different routines. So, taking that into consideration, this week I’ve added a note of EASY or MODERATE difficulty levels to give you a heads up of what you’re getting into… maybe planning the easy recipes for nights you know you’ll be pressed for time, and saving the more labor-intense ones for the weekend or your day off. Hopefully, this little note will make it easier to pick at least one or two new recipes to try this week!
Here’s what we’ve got coming up:
Paleo Pad Thai [MODERATE – there are a lot of things that go into this one, so if you’re nervous, try it on the weekend or on a day when you have a little more time. Definitely try this one, though! I’ve made it SEVERAL times, it’s great for guests, and it can be made vegetarian (just leave out the chicken and serve on the side)… and it is SO DAMN GOOD – everyone always loves it! I WILL SAY, this is a LOT easier to throw together if you plan ahead a little and have your spaghetti squash roasted, your chicken cooked and chopped, and your sauce pre-made. If you want to have this dish on a weeknight, maybe do those things on the weekend so throwing it together on a weeknight is super easy.]
Scotch Eggs with Braised Red Cabbage [MODERATE/EASY– if you buy pre-made sausage to wrap your eggs, then I would say these recipes, both the Scotch Eggs and the Cabbage, are pretty EASY. Just hard-boil your eggs in advance!]
Savory Steak and Mushrooms with Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower [EASY – you can make this one in minutes, just be sure to get your cauliflower and garlic roasting ahead of preparing the steak and mushrooms.]
Blue Ribbon Country Captain Chicken (with leftover Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower) [MODERATE – there are a few more steps to this one, but don’t be intimidated! Use up that leftover cauliflower or braised cabbage with tonight’s meal!]
Tangy Pineapple Pork with White Rice [EASY – throw this one in your slow cooker, and make your white rice on the stove.]
Get your recipes for this week right here…
And your shopping list, here.
Enjoy! Let me know what you think!