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Have I told you that I started using a single notebook for all my weekly meal plans? True to my inner meal planning nerd, I’m really excited about it. Previously I used a sheet of paper, whatever I could find, but having each week neatly stored in a notebook is a great reference to have on hand. So forgive me as a I geek out when I see this beauty:
Now that I see the list, I can’t help but to laugh at beer and band-aids stuck over there by themselves, as it seems these two items could easily belong in the same aisle at any grocery store in a college town.
So this particular meal plan– I planned about 5 meals to allow myself some flexibility and to not waste food. This week was the week before we left for vacation (on a Thursday), which is why it only went through Wednesday. Usually I plan through the following Thursday in preparation for Friday grocery shopping. Over explanation? Okgreat, let’s get started!
Burger Plates with Sweet Potato Fries and Green Beans
I truly have nothing against buns, but I find I don’t miss them when they’re gone. It lets the burger and toppings shine. My burgers have been really good lately, as I started using a burger spice mix. I do feel like it’s kind of cheating, but until I perfect my own blend, the shortcut works wonders! I also made lemon and garlic green beans (my go-to) and some freezer sweet potato fries from Alexia.
Blackened Mahi Mahi with Apple Cider Vinegar Slaw
I used some blackening seasoning and pan-fried these in my cast iron skillet for 3-4 minutes per side. I used my food processor for the slaw and accidentally used the wrong setting for the carrots, but I just rolled with it. I topped the mahi with a lime/jalapeno/cilantro/sour cream mixture that really complimented the spice of the blackened seasoning. YUM!
Pulled BBQ Pork Bowls
Pulled pork is one of my favorite meals, especially if I take the time to skip the bottled sauce and make this instead. Served with roasted sweet potatoes, leftover slaw, roasted broccoli, and kraut.
This simple recipe is one of David’s favorites. With the fresh basil from the garden on top, I have to agree!
Pizza is honestly always my go-to choice for “wing it” nights. This one used olive oil to paint the outter crust, then topped with pesto, thinly sliced tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. Homemade dough from the bread machine just makes it so easy and delicious!
Breakfasts remain a variation of eggs and veggies. I find it keeps me full the longest! Though as the weather cools down, maybe I’ll try switching things up with oatmeal.
And lunches vary. Sometimes it is crackers straight from the box with hummus and other days it’s salads and tuna (which I’m loving for the sake of ease).
Today I actually have a friend coming in town and though I love cooking, I can never decide what to cook when I have guests! Can you help me out?
What is your go-to recipe when having a friend over for dinner?
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