I love to cook! I love when anyone asks me about something I have made. Also, it is a true joy for me to entertain guests in my home and offer delicious food. I am a long way from fancy and I have so much I still want to learn, but I can certainly offer ideas and tips for delicious, healthy, quick meals that I have on my weekly dinner menu.
Sunday: Stir Fry
I love things that are tasty, quick, and easy to make. I also like to have a protein, a vegetable, and a serving size of rice/pasta with each meal. This first dinner menu item was one of my original things to make when I moved from my parents home and in with my sister to our town home. This stir fry can serve 2 people and have leftovers for next-day lunches or it can serve 4-6 people for dinner! Also, a great thing about this meal is you can pick any protein and vegetables you want to include. My usual ingredients:
- Kikkoman Stir Fry Sauce
- 3-4 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1lb of Sirloin (already in strips)
- 1 red onion
- 2 peppers (I like one yellow and one orange)
- 3 whole carrots
- 1/2 lb of broccoli
- 2 cups of any rice of your choice
- Salt and pepper
- Olive or Avocado oil for cooking
Directions: Slice chicken breasts into strips. Add cooking oil to sauce pan and let it warm up. Next, add chicken to sauce pan until it is about half-way cooked through and then add steak strips. Add salt and pepper in amounts that suit your style and taste. Add first cup of stir fry sauce. Now is a good time to boil 2 cups of water in a separate pot where you will cook your rice of choice. Back to the main stir fry pan: I like to add carrots, peppers, and onions to the sauce pan before any other veggies so they cook down. After these veggies I would add broccoli and/or asparagus. After about 5 minutes cooking all veggies on Med/High heat add your second cup of stir fry sauce. Continue to mix your meat and veggies in the sauce, and now is a good time to add two cups of rice to your boiling water. Turn water to medium heat and cook rice for 20 minutes. When stir fry pot is cooked down to your liking and your rice is drained and rinsed, your meal is ready! Enjoy!
Monday: Lemon Chicken
This has been a favorite of mine for many years. Healthy and simple. I love anything with the refreshing taste of lemon and for years ordered Chicken Piccata in restaurants and have always believed you should know how to make your favorite things. Also, it is okay to make them your own way and in a way that is simple for your style. I call this ‘Lemon Chicken’ because I am no chef and feel a bit silly calling my simple recipe ‘Piccata’. However, this meal will please any palate and it sure is easy to do on any night after a long Monday. My usual ingredients:
- Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Italian Dressing
- Organic Lemon Juice
- Lemon Garlic Powder
- ‘Bowtie’ Pasta
- Olive or Avocado Oil for cooking
Directions: Add chicken breasts to baking pan with 1/2 cup Italian dressing and 1/4 cup organic lemon juice. Bake chicken breasts for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. After chicken is baked, take it out of the oven to let slightly cool. At this time boil 2 cups of water to prepare for your pasta. Next, I would turn my oven to high broil and place asparagus spears on a baking sheet. Prepare asparagus with Italian dressing and lemon garlic powder and put asparagus in the oven for 10 minutes. Now would be good to add pasta to boiling water and turn to medium/low for 12 minutes for this type of pasta. At this time add cooking oil of choice to cooking pan and turn on medium/high heat. Add chicken breasts and brown on each side for 2-5 minutes while also adding capers. Drain pasta and add butter/seasoning of your choice. Remove asparagus from oven and enjoy dinner!
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday
Who doesn’t get so excited for Taco Tuesday?! As you can see by now I like any meal options where flexibility is allowed. I have mentioned I love to entertain, and if I am having guests over who prefer chicken, I will use chicken. If my guests who like a more traditional ground beef taco, I will use ground beef. Also, same goes for the Taco Tuesday sides. This meal can include as little or as many sides as you prefer and you can choose your favorites and favorites for any special guests. My usual ingredients:
- 1lb of a protein of your choice
- 1 pack of Taco Seasoning
- Flour and/or Corn Tortillas
- 1 Bag Spanish Rice
- Shredded Lettuce/Spring Mix
- 1 Bag of Taco Shredded Cheese
- Sour Cream
*All of these ingredients are your preference! My links are my usual preferences but so many great options are out there!
Directions: These can be pretty simple. Cook your meat of choice all the way through adding taco seasoning and heat your tortillas in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes. Also, the rice I use requires 2 1/4 cups water and 12 minutes in the microwave. After these steps are complete add your sides to your dishes of choice and enjoy your dinner! Taco Tuesday is the best!
Wednesday: Seafood Night
Ooo my beloved seafood night! I usually do my best to incorporate one seafood meal into my weekly menu. First and foremost, I love seafood. Second, by mid week the same old same old can start to get old so fortunately I like enough things to spice it up and this is how I do it! I will change between a filet fish like cod or salmon and shrimp. For this recipe I will share my usual take on ‘Shrimp Scampi’. Another favorite that was important for me to learn and put my usual healthy and easy spin on. My usual ingredients:
- 1 lb bag of fresh or frozen shrimp
- Organic Lemon Juice
- Lemon Garlic Seasoning
- Parmesan Cheese
- 1lb of Linguine pasta
- Broccoli (amount as needed)
- Olive or Avocado cooking oil
- Salt and Pepper
Directions: Peel shrimp if needed and add to a bowl and add 1/4 cup lemon juice to let marinate for a few minutes. Heat cooking oil on the stove top and add shrimp. Add 1/2 cup lemon juice to pan and sprinkle 1/4 cup lemon seasoning. Prepare broccoli on baking sheet. My newest and favorite way to prepare broccoli is to spray it with avocado oil and sprinkle salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes on 350. Boil 2 cups of water and add pasta for 5-6 minutes until it is al dente. Drain and add seasoning of your choice. Once shrimp is cooked all the way through and crispy or browned to your preference remove from pan and add to your pasta. Take broccoli out of oven after approximately 25 minutes and enjoy your dinner!
Please let me start by saying that I grew up eating real and true Paella made by the loving hands of my Auntie. After I moved out on my own and started cooking for myself I wanted to try and make Paella on my own. I do not use this title for this dish lightly and it is very important I make it clear this is just my version of a delicious dish rich in culture and tradition. My usual ingredients:
- 1lb pack of Chorizo sausages
- 2-3 Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Sazon Goya Seasoning
- 2 red peppers
- 1 red onion
- 1 bag of frozen peas
- 1 jar green Spanish olives
- 1 large carrot
- 1 box of family size Goya Rice
- Olive or Avocado Oil for sauteing peppers and onions
Slice chorizo to the thickness you prefer and slice chicken into strips. Dice peppers and onion finely and add to sauce pan with cooking oil. Once peppers and onion are cooked down add protein pieces to the pan. cook protein through while sprinkling 2 packs of Sazon seasoning on top. At this time boil 2 cups of water and add your family size pack of Goya Rice and boil on slow heat for 20 minutes. Place frozen bag of pees into microwave for 2 minutes. Once protein is cooked and rice is ready add your pot of rice into your Paella pan. At this time begin to shred carrot into your large pot and also add one jar of green olives. Now add 1 more pack of Sazon Goya Seasoning. Last step is to add bag of pees to the pot and mix everything together. Finally, enjoy your dinner!
My loyal readers may be wondering, what about Friday and Saturday!? Ooo my beauties and (few) male readers, these days are not for cooking inside and you deserve a treat! Order some sushi, go on a date with your friends or a special someone. Life is short and meant to be lived! While eating in 7 days a week is great and admirable, it is so important to indulge!!
Thank you to anyone who has ever enjoyed a meal of mine and thank you for reading. Always remember to consider asking someone what is on their menu. Food is a language we all understand and can appreciate together.