When do you meal plan? Or go grocery shopping? I’ve shared my favorite days are Fridays, but I know a lot of people are on the Saturday and Sunday train. We ate several great meals this week so I wanted to share them today in hopes they may offer some inspiration for the week to come. We have had a pretty full spring break week, full of fun, not slaving in the kitchen, so all these meals come together pretty quickly too!
I switched things up last week and did our grocery shopping at the revamped Lowes Foods (in Mooresville for the locals!). It is totally worth checking out if you live nearby. I did a (probably too) detailed tour the highlights on snapchat (follow me — ahealthyslice) and it includes some pretty snazzy upgrades like a clip-your-own-herbs garden, a new coffee shop, beer den, etc.
Ok, ok, on to the food!
Pork Tenderloin and Sauerkraut with a Roasted Potato and Arugula Salad
I used this easy and delicious marinade for the pork, then seared and baked it. Meanwhile I roasted a bunch of small red potatoes in olive oil, salt and garlic powder. Once roasted I tossed them (still hot) into a big bowl of arugula and tossed the entire thing in a simple vinaigrette of spicy mustard, vinegar, olive oil and a little honey.
Crockpot Enchilada Rice Bowls
I used this recipe for the enchilada mixture and loved how quickly and easily it came together. I used chicken breasts instead of thighs and didn’t cut them up, just shredded them at the end. Next time I will add a can of Rotel or a little salsa to spice it up (personal preference) but highly recommend it as a staple weeknight meal. I served it over brown rice and topped with scallions, cilantro, avocado, sour cream and hot sauce.
I’m also almost sold on the idea of a rice cooker after so many of you have raved about them. Will a simple one like this work? It’s on super sale and I’m super tempted. Feedback please!
Avocado Feta Salsa Grilled Chicken over Massaged Kale
Pretty ugly, right? Haha! I can’t get enough of this avocado feta salsa— seriously it is SO good. It is my favorite party dip to make but also goes great on top of grilled chicken for a flavorful meal. I tossed in some massaged kale, dressed simply with olive oil and salt, to fit in some more greens.
Pesto Pizza and Salad
I can’t wait until summer so I can grill this delicious pesto pizza outside, but we made do with the oven for now. I used a jar of pesto instead of making my own since I’m still waiting for my struggling basil plants to take off. The toppings combo on this pizza is so tasty that David doesn’t even mind this vegetarian meal!
Zesty Shrimp and Quinoa with Roasted Asparagus and Baked Sweet Potato
I used my favorite shrimp marinade that is perfect for grilling shrimp, but also ended up working really well with sauteing too. Served over quinoa with simple roasted asparagus with salt and garlic powder on the side.
The whole family really loved this meal. Maybe it was because they helped prepare it (again, behind the scenes stuff on snapchat– find me at ahealthyslice)? I’m sure it had nothing to do with the little bit of butter and drizzle of maple syrup I put on the girls’ sweet potatoes.
Both cleared their plates!
Breakfasts this week included some cheesy eggs and a lot of oatmeal smoothies.
We are hooked on this busy mom’s kid-pleasing smoothie.
Lunches were simple too. I think I’ve perfected the ham and cheese sandwich with mustard. I grill it on the stove in a little butter to make the cheese melt.
For more meal inspiration, check out my detailed weekly meal plans page.
What was the best meal you ate this past week?!
Have a wonderful weekend!