Meal Plan: August 9-14

My first week back to work went well, the schedule is pretty ideal for being able to see my baby lots! And how could I not want to see this face as much as possible?? I mean, look at her!
IMG_1623.JPGOk, now to the food!

Saturday: Homemade Ahi Sushi
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IMG_1942.JPGA family from church (thanks Tammy!!) gave us fresh caught Ahi, so what better way to enjoy such a treat than in it’s original state!
We used soy paper, spread sushi rice on the paper, then laid cucumber, artificial crab meat mixed with a little mayo and sriracha, avocado, and green onion. Then we carefully and tightly rolled up the sushi and topped with the fresh ahi.
For dipping sauce we made unagi sauce (equal parts soy sauce, mirin, and sugar that is reduced down). It was SO GOOD!!

Sunday: Ahi Sushi…again
It was so good the first time around, so we had it again!! 🙂
This time we had it with yummy egg drop soup
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Monday: Sweet Potato Zucchini Fritters
So I didn’t exactly follow the recipe…at all…I more used this recipe as an idea, so here is my version!

Grate the following into a bowl:
1 zucchini
1 sweet potato
1 onion
Add to the bowl and mix well:
2 eggs
4 tablespoons of flour
a little salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika
Heat vegetable oil in a pan. Place a spoonful of the mixture into the oil, saute until brown, flip and repeat. Place the cooked fritter on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
In the mean time, place a cooling rack on a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the cooked fritters on the cooling rack and place in the oven, bake about 10 minutes.
I topped the fritters with an aoli made from mayo, garlic powder, ground coriander, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice.

Tuesday: Tex Mex Orzo
IMG_1982.PNGThis one pot meal was super easy and delicious! I added some chopped avocado when I served it!

Wednesday: 5 Ingredient White Chicken Chili
IMG_2022.PNGI made a half batch of this and it was enough for dinner for both of us plus leftovers for lunch. In true VanGent fashion, I put my own twist on it by adding a can of diced tomatoes and a bunch of kale…delicious!
I served it with this homemade focaccia bread. IMG_1999.JPGSince I can’t eat dairy, I topped the bread with sea salt (I only put half the salt in the bread), rosemary, and thinly sliced onions.

Thursday: Grilled Veggie Sandwichthi

IMG_2023.PNGThis is always a hit in our house. So easy and delicious! This time we made it on the focaccia I made last night (see recipe above).

Stay tuned for next week’s meal plan!

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Been a while! Life with a baby…

Well, it certainly has been a while since we posted anything here! Life has been a little hectic adjusting to a new baby! We haven’t had as much time for cooking, but are starting to get back into it! I have had to stop eating dairy while breast feeding, so that has added a whole new layer of fun in the kitchen, experimenting with dairy free and vegan recipes! We also have been eating a lot of raw foods thanks to a huge zucchini and cucumber harvest from our garden!

Here are some of the things we’ve been eating:
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zucchini pasta with lemon garlic vinaigrette
zucchini salad with avocado and edamame
quinoa and black bean tacos

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brussel sprouts with cranberries and barley

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broccoli pesto orzo with lemon and avocado

These meals have been perfect for summer and all of them have been easy to make between crying, feedings, and lots of cuddles! I hope you have the chance to try some of these recipes, many of then can be made in advance!

Stay tuned for some of the vegan recipes we’ve been trying!

Orzo Salad with Spicy Ranch Dressing

I’m not a huge fan of pasta salad, but this dish completely changed my mind!

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1 C uncooked orzo
1 can of corn, drained and rinsed
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
3 green onions, diced
6 cherry tomatoes, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 T mayo
1/4 C ranch
3 T lime juice
1 t chili powder
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 avocado, cut in wedges

Cook the orzo, drain and rinse. Combine orzo, corn, beans, tomatoes, green onions, and bell pepper (also good with broccoli)

Combine ranch, mayo, lime juice, chili powder, and garlic. Pour the dressing over the other ingredients and mix. Service and top with avocado! ENJOY!