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!

Tomato Sauce

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I don’t even know the last time we bought pre-made tomato sauce. After realizing how easy it is to make and how healthy it can be, we just can’t justify buying it!

What you need:
1 can no salt added diced tomatoes, mostly drained
1-2 cloves of garlic
A handful of fresh basil
1 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp white sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup red wine (optional)

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Place the peeled garlic cloves and basil in a blender or bullet (we use our bullet all the time, love it!). Blend until finely chopped, then add all other ingredients (except wine), and blend until combined (good chunky or very smooth).

Place in a small pot, add the red wine if desired, and cook about 10 minutes to eliminate the raw garlic flavor. Great as a dipping sauce, on pasta, on pizzas, in calzones, etc! ENJOY!

Breakfast Scramble

We love to make scrambles for breakfast. They are a great way to use leftover veggies and have a great, healthy breakfast! After Matt and I went for a hike yesterday, he made us a scramble, and let me tell you, it was the best we’ve EVER had. It definitely helped that all our produce was organic (we get produce delivered from Farm Fresh To You and supplement anything else we want from a local produce shop). We also had a couple Morningstar Sausage Patties (a really delicious meatless breakfast sausage!) in the freezer that we decided to throw in. The great thing with this dish is that you really can use any veggies you have on hand, this is just what we happened to have yesterday!

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1/2 large zucchini
1/2 onion
1 small bell pepper
1 small tomato
4 eggs (we used 3 egg whites and 1 whole egg)
6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
2-3 Morningstar breakfast sausages

In a large saute pan, heat a small amount of vegetable or olive oil. Dice the zucchini, onion, pepper, and tomato, and place in the pan. Season with no salt garlic herb seasoning (or whatever your favorite seasoning is, we just don’t add salt when cooking). Saute until the veggies are soft.

While the veggies are cooking, microwave the sausage patties about 45 seconds, flip, then microwave another 45 seconds. Cut up, and add to the veggies

Whisk the eggs with a little milk, and add to the veggies and sausage. When the eggs are mostly cooked, add the chopped basil and stir. Continue to cook until the eggs are cooked through. At this point you can add a little cheddar cheese if you’d like, and enjoy!

Grilled Veggie Sandwich

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This amazing sandwich is definitely one of our favorites right now, and is a go-to meal when we don’t feel like cooking much. We normally grill it outside, but this time I made it on my indoor grill pan and it was actually just as good! (Plus Matt had just gotten home from summer camp and was too tired to grill)
This recipe is from allrecipes.com but is slightly altered (I can never follow recipes directly…)

Ingredients for sauce:
1/4 cup mayo (I use olive oil mayo)
1 T lemon juice (also great with orange or lime!)
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. (We have also used other sauces for our sandwich, like leftover baja sauce from fish tacos)

Ingredients for sandwich
1/2 zucchini, cut into strips
1/2 bell pepper, cut flat
1/2 tomato, slices
2 slices of onion
Bread of choice (see below description for our favorite, but any kind will do)
Feta to sprinkle on the bread (optional)

Arrange cut veggies on a grill pan or on the grill and sprinkle with no-salt garlic herb seasoning.

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Once the veggies start to get grill marks, flip and grill the other side (should only take about 5 minutes on each side).
While the veggies are cooking, spread some mayo on one side of the bread (we have tried thick cut loaves, ciabatta, focaccia, but our favorite by far has been naan). Sprinkle feta on top of the sauce.

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Once the veggies have been removed from the grill or grill pan, place the bread, sauce side up, and grill until the bread starts to brown.

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Once the bread is done, assemble the sandwich and ENJOY!!