I loved having all that food in the freezer. The only problem is that 90% of it were meals my boys wouldn't eat. This time around I want to make fewer casserole-type meals, because the kids won't eat them. What picky-kid-friendly freezer meals can you recommend? I want to get started soon!
Ok, on to our meals from last week:
Sunday: Cod, Whole Wheat Couscous/Quinoa, Broccoli
We had just returned home from the Bay Area and our fridge was pretty bare. I dug some frozen broccoli out of the freezer. On the side I microwaved one of those single serve quinoa bowls. Then I cooked the last of our whole wheat couscous and mixed it all together. It turned out pretty tasty! I also cooked this frozen cod I got from Costco. It has great flavor.
For the kids I baked these fish sticks, also from Costco.
Monday: Steak, Baked Potato, Salad
I found this grass-fed steak on a great clearance, so I snatched it up. I pan-seared it and just seasoned with salt and pepper. I dip my steak in Worcestershire (so does Ryan). On the side I baked a few Yukon gold potatoes and made a big salad of lettuce, cucumber, radish, cherry tomatoes, and avocado.
Tuesday: One-Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies
This was a new recipe for us. Here is the link: http://juliasalbum.com/2016/06/one-pan-pesto-chicken-and-veggies/ It contained chicken breast, pesto, cherry tomatoes, green beans (instead of asparagus), and sun-dried tomatoes. I served it over whole wheat thin spaghetti and topped with parmesan. Adam doesn't typically like pesto but he really liked this!
Wednesday: Ham and Bean Soup, Whole Wheat Rolls
I had ham in the freezer leftover from Christmas, so I defrosted it and chopped it up to make this ham and bean soup. Recipe is here: http://www.artandthekitchen.com/ham-and-bean-soup/
Now bean soup isn't generally Adam's favorite. And neither is ham. But Adam and I both love this soup. It has terrific flavor. On the side we had buttered whole wheat rolls, also defrosted from Christmas. Here is a close-up of the soup.
Thursday: Turkey Taco Quinoa Skillet
Another new recipe! http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2016/01/20/turkey-taco-quinoa-skillet/
I make tacos quite frequently because Adam and Ryan both love them. But sometimes I just get tired of making the same old thing. I found this recipe online and it sounded easy and healthy. It was basically a one-pan meal with ground turkey, seasonings, quinoa, corn, black beans, tomatoes, green chiles and cheese. I thought it was just okay. The flavor was good but we weren't exactly sure how to eat it. I guess I could have gotten out tortillas to put it in, but instead I ate mine salad style, over lettuce. I added avocado and tomatoes on top to freshen it up. Not sure I'd make this one again.
I had such high hopes for this dinner but I thought it was pretty bland. I added a little extra sauce on top, but it still seemed like it needed something. My Dad was here for dinner so he kindly brought us some garlic bread. I was going to cook the rest of our fresh green beans from earlier in the week but they had already gone bad, so I just opened a can of green beans.