Each Saturday, I sit down with Pinterest, a piece of scratch paper, & my handy-dandy shopping list (which you can snag here) to create my dinner plans for the week. Sunday, my Boo & I do our grocery shopping & then we’re all set for the week! I adore cooking, so I make dinner nearly every night. Saturday (& occasionally Friday) is an eat-out night, because humans are social creatures & there’s only so much couch-potato-Netflix-binging one can bear in a week. Monday night dinners are always meat-less, & I make one dessert a week that
gets gobbled up the first night lasts an appropriate amount of time.
If you’re a Curious George and want to see what foods I stuff into my Boo & myself each week, or if you’re so bold as to play along at home, come back each Monday (maybe even Sunday night if I’m being efficient) & I’ll post my personal weekly menu & any recipe links you may need.
Monday– Vegi Lasagna w/ salad & garlic bread
Salad in our home means mixed greens with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt & pepper. Sometimes I make different vinaigrettes like this one, but feel free to use what ever greens & dressing tickles your fancy.
Tuesday– BBQ Chicken w/ corn on the cob & green onion biscuits
My favorite dinner my mom made when I was a little babe was BBQ Chicken & the recipe couldn’t be simpler. Place boneless-skinless chicken breasts in a baking dish, grab your favorite store-bought or homemade (bravo) BBQ sauce & slather it over the chicken. Make sure everyone’s coated & toss it in a 375° oven for 20-25mins. You could wrap your corn cobs in foil & toss them in the oven with the chicken & bask in the glory of your oven-efficiency.
Wednesday– Steak Sandwiches w/ sweet potato fries & salad
I marinate the meat in beer & soy sauce. Put your choice of beef cut into a plastic bag, pour in your favorite brew to cover the meat, add a few shakes of soy sauce, & let that hang out for about 30mins. Pat the meat dry before cooking so you get a nice sear. (I pan fry my meat on high heat in a touch of olive oil for 5mins per side for medium rare.) Here’s a helpful chart for cooking times. Place your meat on your favorite bun/roll & dress it to your liking (ciabatta w/ mayo & spinach is my go-to). I shamelessly buy frozen french fries, because there’s no way I’m stinking up my apartment with oil when I can have delicious, crisp fries without the stovetop-babysitting. If you’re the biggest kitchen babe & home-make your french fries, please leave a comment so I can worship you.
Thursday– Chicken Piccata w/ spaghetti & salad
The rich sauce is perfect over your favorite noodle. Angel Hair is a prime choice, but use whatever you’ve got!
I like to sauté the veg (minus tomatoes) in a bit of olive oil until tender then dump them, along with all the other ingredients (minus cilantro), into the slow cooker. Cook on low for about 3 hours & serve. My boo likes his chili with Fritos & I glob on the sour cream & cheddar (which cancel out the Vegan), but please top up your chili with your faves. And check back Wednesday for a boozy 4th of July drink recipe!
Saturday– Eat Out
Sunday– Moroccan Beef w/ couscous & salad
On Wednesday I split the beef in 1/2 & use the second half for these kabob instead of chicken because I’m meat-lover & chicken breasts aren’t always the answer.
Weekly Dessert– Peach Crisp (a la mode, obvi)
You could not ask for an easier recipe!