Jen's Dinner Plan July 7-13

Need some new ideas for dinner meals? Here is Jen’s weekly dinner menu with notes: 

Sunday: Grilled Chicken and Steamed Green Beans

  • The hubs grilled chicken for dinner and for my lunches this week. It was only seasoned with salt and pepper.

  • I do green beans the simplest way...buy the green beans in the bag and steam in the microwave. Add butter, salt and pepper to flavor. 

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Monday: Zoodles and Chickpea Spaghetti with Homemade Meatballs

  • Two firsts for this dinner: 

    • One, trying chickpea pasta. These noodles were made by Banza and were really good. The family really liked it. 

    • Two, making homemade meatballs. Recipe by Fox and Briar.

      • I wanted a recipe that didn’t use bread crumbs or other flour binders.

      • I didn’t want the ground pork, so I just did 2 pounds of ground beef, 3 cloves of garlic, and a little less for each of the seasonings. 

      • We really liked them. A keeper recipe.

  • Zoodles - spiralized zucchini noodles - accompanied. When making zoodles, do at least 1 zucchini per person. Because there is so much water in zucchini, the volume of zoodles greatly decreases after sauteing for a few minutes until soft.

  • Pasta sauce was a favorite from Whole Foods. 


Tuesday: Greek Salads

  • Grilled chicken leftover from dinner Sunday topped a bed of mixed greens with red onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and feta.

  • Olive oil and vinegar for dressing. 

  • Simple and fresh.

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Wednesday: Southwest Cod with Peppers and Onions

  • This is how I do fish tacos for the family but I don’t use the tortillas. 

  • I seasoned the cod with homemade taco seasoning then grilled it on the grill pan with some olive oil. Flavored with a little lime juice.

  • In another skillet, I sauteed thick slices of colored bell peppers and red onion.

  • Warmed up some refried black beans in a bowl. I didn’t like the brand we tried - Harris Tetter’s own brand of organic refried black beans..

  • I topped the fish with homemade salsa, avocado, green onions, and fresh cilantro.

  • Dinner done in under 30 minutes.

Thursday: Monday’s Leftovers

  • I never hear complaints with spaghetti leftovers.

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Friday: Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus

  • Hubs grilled steaks. He tried a new way of grilling it, a recipe by Naked Whiz, and they turned out the best.

  • Mashed potatoes made with red potatoes. I like to leave the skin on. After boiling diced potatoes until tender, drain and mash with a potato masher. Then, I added butter, milk, salt and pepper to taste. Use a hand mixer or immersion blender to blend until smooth and creamy. 

  • For the asparagus: wash and trim off bottoms of asparagus bunch. Lay on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 20ish minutes tossing at least once halfway through. 

Saturday: Date Night with the Hubs

  • Tried a trendy new tapas restaurant with the hubs - Del Mar

  • We paced ourselves with the small plates and it was really good! 

  • The Wharf area in DC is quite a hot spot right out on the Potomac River.

Let me know if you try any of these recipes or have good ones of your own to share. 

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Cheers,

Jen