Weekly Menu: March 1

nyc

This week’s menu planning is brought to you by gratitude – for being back in quasi-warm California after a week in the arctic chill of NYC! New York, you are a beautiful yet frosty wench.

Because it’s been so brisk outside, this is a week of healthy comfort food. These recipes were chosen because there is nice overlap between many of them, so by the end of the week you should have used up everything, especially the fresh sage, parsley, and lemons, those weird hangers-on that usually languish and die at the bottoms of refrigerators. This is why we menu plan.

Another thing to remember as you’re cooking this week – don’t be scared to make substitutions! If you’d rather make the meatballs with ground beef, go for it. If you don’t have a red onion, use a yellow one. Would rather spinach instead of kale? Totally fine. People often get scared to deviate from the recipe, but that’s how we learn!

Plus, if it looks and smells great when you’re done, you’ll likely still have something delicious for dinner.

I wish you a week of happy cooking and even happier eating!

 

Sunday – Lemon Rosemary Chicken Noodle Soup http://damndelicious.net/2014/04/25/lemon-chicken-orzo-soup/

Monday – Turkey Saltimboca Meatballs http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2014/10/turkey-saltimbocca-meatballs-low-carb-gluten-free.html#7CwbaK1lrFR3zPDC.32

Tuesday – Winter Panzanella http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2006/12/holding-the-gray-salt/

Wednesday – Zuppa Toscana http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/easy-zuppa-toscana-recipe/

Thursday – Leftovers! Clean out those fridges!

Friday – Pan-seared halibut and warm bean salad http://www.marthastewart.com/868515/halibut-warm-bean-hash#Quick%20Fish%20and%20Shellfish%20Recipes%7C/274502/quick-fish-and-shellfish-recipes/@center/276948/dinner-tonight%7C868515

Saturday – Date night! Take someone you love out to dinner!

Grocery List:

Kale

Lemons – 3

Fresh rosemary – 1 sprig

Celery

Carrots – large bag!

Bag of white onions

Garlic

Fresh sage

Fingerling potatoes (the tiny ones!) – small bag

Butternut squash – 1 squash or a pre-peeled packet from TJ’s

Brussel sprouts – 1/2 lb, or pre-quartered in a package from TJ’s

Parsley – 1 bunch

Head of cauliflower

Gnocchi

Small bag of orzo

Loaf of fresh bread – leave it out the night before making panzanella to get crusty!

Hot Italian sausage – 1 lb

Small pack of pancetta

Boneless skinless chicken thighs – 1 lb

Ground turkey – 1 lb

Halibut or cod filets – as many as you need

Jarred red peppers

Cannellini beans

Almond flour, if trying to be gluten free. The meatballs call for it, but you can just use regular flour if you’d like…

Half and half – 1/2 pint

Milk – 1 pint

*As always, this list omits things like chicken stock, olive oil, and spices that the average home cook has on hand. Double check before you shop!

Weekly Menu: May 12

Salzburg

This week’s menu is focused on light, bright, and healthy! Spring is busting out all over, from SF to Salzburg, where I was traveling for a work a few weeks ago. And no matter where I have traveled, there is no better place than San Francisco for fresh produce and organic deliciousness. But here’s a lovely photo from Salzburg. Nobody ever said this blog made sense.

Also – I’m going to be that person for a second, and I’m already sorry about it – but WEDDDDDDING. As the day approaches and dress fittings are now a thing, we are trying really hard to be better. Which, let’s face it, is hard. It’s no fun to whip up a bunch of kale for dinner, it’s just not. And from a cooking perspective, it’s way more fun to try new things and bake and drink a lot of wine whilst you do it.

However, I would rather be my most healthy and glowing in wedding pictures, instead of the me with a slight double chin that sometimes shows up. I think she comes straight from the bar, that dirty wench.

This week, I was focused on two things: using fresh produce with every meal, and trying to make delicious old comfort foods taste new and healthier in the process. Pad Thai got a health upgrade with 100% buckwheat soba noodles (vs. traditional rice noodles) and the addition of grilled chicken, shitake mushrooms, matchstick carrots and broccoli slaw. A dose of fresh lemon makes chickpea curry and noodle soup practically sing of spring, and of course, pizza is always better sans meat and with a very hearty dose of kale (and the rest of the mushrooms!) on top.

Also, in an effort to be extra helpful, I’m linking to the recipes we’re using wherever possible, even if they’re not mine. While that means I can’t vouch for and speak to the details of every single recipe, I always love to give other bloggers a little love – especially if we’re enjoying and using their recipes here in SF!

MondayPad Thai (makes 4 servings)

TuesdayChickpea Curry (makes 3 hearty servings)

WednesdayLemony Chicken Orzo Soup (makes 6 servings)

Thursday – Baked Tilapia and Broccoli (makes 2 servings)

Friday – Kale and Mushroom Pizza (makes 4 servings of 2 slices each)

Will you make any of these? I’d love to know!