Thank goodness for food. To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to transition back into my normal blogging, but I’m ready to. It feels amazing to pour my heart out, but it also feels good to get back to my routine. This week has been all over the place with obvious lows and still some tears, but several highs too in the form of support and kindness, and also my mom coming to stay for a couple days. As a family we are picking up the pieces, holding onto the memories and moving forward. So I need to do the same here.
Thus, food. My love language.
I don’t take pictures of my food as often as I once did when I wrote in a more diary-esque style, but I do still snap pictures of dinners occasionally to share and look back on myself during meal planning ruts. I put them all in a photo folder labeled meals lately, and once it hits 6 or 7 pictures, I feel it’s a good time to toss them into a post!
I’m going to keep them all organized under the tab dinner ideas, because I’m creative in my titling like that.
So let’s get to the good stuff…
Simple Crockpot Pot Roast over Mashed Red Potatoes
I used stew meat instead of a chuck roast and it worked great. Switching the quartered potatoes in the meal for mashed red potatoes as a base was a good move, as I was able to soak up all the gravy so I didn’t waste a bite.
I don’t often do vegetarian dinners because so many that I’ve tried leave me feeling unsatisfied, but this one was a hit! I loved the coconut curry flavor and the heartiness of the lentils. It definitely satiated my appetite and I will make it again, maybe with a 1/2 tsp of cayenne for a little kick (love my spice!) and sprinkle in a little more salt, as I’m always worried about over-salting on the first go ’round. I am excited to eat the leftovers again for lunch today and am grateful it made a large portion.
Chicken Nachos with Dippers
I really should dedicate an entire post to how I make nachos. It’s something I’ve perfected over the years and they’re always delicious because, well, you can’t really mess up nachos and you can use whatever toppings you desire. And yes, I do actually consider them a healthy dinner idea. When made at home I can control the toppings, amount of cheese, type of chips (or use roasted sweet potato rounds!) etc and I can pile on as many delicious veggies as I’d like.
Pulled Pork and Roasted Veggie Bowls with Kraut
I couldn’t remember if I had shared this one before, but it’s a really comforting bowl of deliciousness for colder months. There is no recipe, though I use this homemade BBQ sauce and this method of cooking the pork. Then I piled it on roasted potatoes, roasted Brussels, tomatoes and kraut.
I honestly don’t do a lot of stir fry meals, but I was drawn to this one because it was packed with so many fresh veggies. Though I think my cutting skills are sub-par since it took me about 30 minutes to prep rather than the 15 I anticipated, it did make for a healthy weeknight switch up.
Simple Salsa Chicken Wrap
I’m a toppings kind of girl for chili, sandwiches, wraps, pizza- anything really, so I hesitated to make these a last minute dinner with a fridge so empty from toppings, but I need to remind myself that crock pot salsa chicken can hold its own just fine. Just 3-4 chicken breasts and about 2 cups of salsa in the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours makes for an easy and satisfying wrap filler.
Have you eaten any share-worthy meal recently?