Week of Weeknight Meals: Could 2023

Hey mates. How are you? How was your weekend? Our weekend was dreary, chilly and wet and regardless of canceled out of doors plans, we made essentially the most of it. We did all the standard wet climate inside stuff — went to a trampoline park, a neighborhood arcade and the films —  but additionally loved the easy at dwelling stuff like board video games, cooked do-it-yourself meals, Legos and time collectively as a household. I ended up retaining my cellphone and digital camera away for a lot of the weekend so I don’t have a lot to indicate for it however I figured that in lieu of a weekend recap, I’d soar proper into sharing a peek into final week’s dinners.

This weblog submit is a part of the sequence I started some time again as a approach to spotlight on a regular basis dinners and what our actual meals appear like for one week of each month. Photos are snapped in actual time and no fancy meals pictures is allowed.

Final week, our dinners included leftovers, an Instantaneous Pot stew, freezer meals and a throwback recipe favourite and, as all the time, each single one was simple to make. Let’s dive proper in!

Week of Weeknight Meals

  • Monday: Air Fryer Scallops with Cucumber and Bell Pepper Ginger Salad and Buttered Inexperienced Lentil Safari Pasta

Monday evening’s dinner was a mixture of leftovers, freezer meals and recent meals. The scallops got here out of our freezer (I swear by ALDI’s jumbo scallops), the buttered inexperienced lentil safari pasta was leftover from the weekend (sadly it bought a thumbs down from all three boys therefore why it ended up on our plates) and the recent meals element was the ginger cucumber salad.

I made the salad by following the free instructions that made this salad a viral sensation: Mix diced bell pepper, cucumber, ginger dressing (I used Makoto dressing I purchased at Publix) and All the pieces Bagel seasoning, toss and revel in! (Be aware: The viral recipe additionally requires chili crunch however we didn’t have any available so I simply omitted that half.) It was a moderately random dinner however a superb one!

  • Tuesday: Curried Brown Rice + Inexperienced Chickpeas with Hen

Daily Harvest to the rescue! Ryan had a piece dinner on Tuesday evening and since I used to be using solo and needed a fast and straightforward dinner after the boys’ night swim staff apply, I turned to the bag of frozen grains I had in my freezer. My favourite grains mixture from Each day Harvest is their Curried Brown Rice + Inexperienced Chickpeas grains combine and I added some hen I ready earlier within the day within the air fryer to my bowl and dinner was executed. Simple, nutritious and scrumptious!

Wednesday: Shrimp with Cilantro Brown Rice + Black Beans and Baked Mashed Candy Potatoes

Dinner on Wednesday evening was nearly an identical to the meal I ate for lunch that day. Throughout lunchtime, I prepped a complete bag of Daily Harvest Cilantro Brown Rice + Black Beans grains combine on the stovetop and a bag of frozen shrimp within the air fryer and threw every part collectively as my mid-day meal. When dinnertime got here round, I wasn’t feeling overly inventive so I reheated every part and served it with a baked mashed candy potato on the facet to vary issues up a tiny bit!

Thursday: BBQ Meatloaf with Tomato and Candy Corn Salad

On Thursday night, I made a throwback favourite in our home: BBQ Meatloaf! My BBQ meatloaf recipe will eternally remind me of our engagement/early married days as a result of it was a recipe I first started making on repeat greater than a decade in the past. We nonetheless find it irresistible and I’ve solely come to understand it much more as a result of it’s one I can throw collectively within the morning or round lunchtime after which bake within the oven after we’re hungry for dinner whereas I prep sides.

On Thursday evening, we paired the meatloaf with a candy corn and tomato salad impressed by a recipe I heard about from my good friend Merri. On our school mates’ group textual content we have been sharing go-to facet dishes for cookouts and Merri’s sounded superb! She mentioned to simply mix candy corn lower proper off the cob in a blender with olive oil, salt, pepper, inexperienced onion and many recent basil and toss it with recent tomatoes. I did simply that on Thursday evening and it was fabulous!

The climate in our space Friday by way of Monday was fairly terrible. We’re speaking fixed rain and temperatures round 60 levels. Ryan deemed it good beef stew climate which was one perk of the back-to-back dreary days. He made my Instant Pot butternut squash beef stew but additionally added a bunch of riced cauliflower to the pot earlier than stress cooking. We liked this addition as a result of we couldn’t style the cauliflower in any respect however are all the time blissful to include extra veggies into our dishes after we can.

Questions of the Day

What do weeknight dinners appear like in your own home? Do you depend on leftovers? Do you meal plan? Do you’ve got sure recipes you make on repeat?