What’s For Dinner?
In an effort to add value to our adult Taekwondo and fitness program we were encouraged to offer meal plans. Which we thought was a really good idea until we came down to the practical side of it. There are a lot of meal plans available on line (one of the most interesting is at the bottom of the page) but I personally have never ever used someone else’s meal plans. When I look at meal plans I generally just glean ideas from them and tweak meals we already eat.
BUT I do love cookbooks! That’s how I really plan new meals. If something looks good in the picture, then I look at the ingredients and decide if its something I think we will like.
Anyway I know everyone is different. For those who are looking for some different ideas for meals this is what’s for dinner in our household this week.
Better Butter Chicken from Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso
(Weekend meal or make ahead and warm up)
Spaghetti and Zoodles idea from Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan
Late night tonight so this will be made this afternoon. I will brown some ground beef with onions and add garlic powder. For sauce I add tomato paste and a can of tomatoes diced and 1T of Tuscan Sunset Blend from Pensey’s. This will warm up while a make Zoodles when I get home. Julienne zucchini and stir-fry for about a minute or two. I’ll add another green vegetable or a salad because I’m trying hard to do 3 cups of veggies at each meal like Terry Wahls.
Chocolate Chili by Melissa Joulwan (make ahead and warm up)
I sure hope another cold front blows in…
Pork Chops and Sour Kraut (quick meal)
I will pan fry these in their own fat…I do coat my iron skillet with coconut oil so they don’t stick. AND I’ve been reading about fermented foods being so beneficial so that’s why I’m adding the kraut. Each bite of pork gets a bite of kraut and it’s really pretty good. I don’t think I could just eat sour kraut as a side, but as a topping yes. My pork chops always seem a bit dry to me, probably because I cook them to death worrying about those trichinosis germs. So I usually add some sort of topping Blueberry Chutney from Mark Sissons new cookbook Dressings, Sauces etc. is currently my favorite.
Salmon Patties (quick meal)
I mix the canned salmon with just ¼ cup of almond meal and an egg or two depending on how dry the mix is and sauté in coconut oil, simple and quick. You can top with tartar sauce (I make my own with homemade mayo and 1 T of sweet pickle relish fake sugar style.) Or I press the patties in chopped pecans before sautéing.
We bought salmon and flounder at Whole Foods the other day, so I’ll be looking online or in my cookbooks for a yummy fish recipe. I don’t tend to know how to cook fish well so that’s my goal for this year…figuring out fish.
Spice Rub Slow Cook Chicken from Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso
Sliced onion piled in the crock-pot and chicken thighs rubbed with the spices and turn it on low and forget about it until you are ready for dinner!
Well that’s our week. Now I have a plan. Will I follow that plan to the letter? No I won’t but at least I know what I have planned and prepared for and if another chicken recipe strikes my fancy, no big deal I’ll switch and do that plan instead.
I generally make plenty so we have leftovers for lunches.
AND since I re-watched Dr. Terry Wahls video on Minding Your Mitochondria I’ll be busy trying hard to add 3 cups of greens, sulfurous and colorful veggies to the above meals. This weekend I think we managed 2 cups at lunch and dinner…baby steps. Three cups per meal is a little overwhelming, but a good goal. Check out this previous blog here that links to her video.
Anyway I hope you are inspired to cook!
And here is a link to the Meal Plan site Steve found. It has plans for any kind of diet you can think of!