Meal Planning – Week of July 27th

Okay, as I suspected I would be a little behind in posting my weekly meal plans, but I’ll hurry and get this one up so I can catch up! This particular week was pretty simple as our meals went, we even got to dine out on a weekday¬†since J’s Aunt Maryann and Uncle Ron came by for a visit and treated us to dinner ūüôā Since I was going to be doing some extra cooking for a baby shower I was hosting, I planned this week’s meals accordingly, using some of our favorite no-fuss meals.

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This menu isn’t totally accurate since we ended up not dining out Saturday ūüôā If you like my menu, check out this pic’s link to my DIY Menu Chalkboard!

SUNDAY // Homemade California Rolls – lately we have been making homemade sushi! We have been loving our sushi nights, particularly because it’s a fun meal for us to prepare together. I will update this post with the details of our sushi recipe and method soon, but for now it’s pretty straight forward. For this meal, we prepared a simple California roll using imitation crab meat, cucumber, carrots and avocado, but also added some mango and spicy mayo!

Not bad for our first time!

Not bad for our first time!

MONDAY // Dinner Out

TUESDAY // Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps Рwe are a big fan of these, as they are super healthy and easy to prepare! A bonus is that they make a great re-heat for lunch the next day and sometimes we even eat it served over rice or noodle instead of in the lettuce wraps. We will usually make a double batch so we get lots of left overs!

WEDNESDAY // Slow Cooker Pepper Steak РI love almost anything prepared in the slow cooker but I especially love this meal as it is easy and super delicious. To save money I will often use a thin sliced top round or chuck in place of sirloin.

THURSDAY¬†// Quinoa Black Bean Veggie Burgers – these are one of my absolute favorites, hands down! A bonus was having my hubby love them as well, as he tends not to be a fan of veggie burgers. I know so many vegetarian recipes claim that “you won’t even miss the meat” but in this case it is 100% true. J’s boss even asked him for the recipe, haha.

FRIDAY¬†// Appetizers – I was so stuffed from eating appetizers at the baby shower (I’ll link that post to this one as soon as I write it) that I had no desire to eat dinner and J had no problem gobbling up the left overs as well, lol.

SATURDAY¬†//¬†Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach¬†– this was just a little something I came up with while trying to think of a way to jazz up a plain package of Trader Joe’s gnocchi. I decided to do a healthy non-soup version of Olive’s Garden’s Zuppa Tuscano (the cream based soup with gnocchi, sausage and spinach). I loved that I was able to incorporate the “cauliflower alfredo” sauce into the recipe since it is one of my favorite things ever!

Check out all of my favorite recipes on my “Tried and True” Pinterest board!

Grilled Portabella Sandwich

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So my dear ‘ol hubs is in NYC for¬†a conference for a few days, leaving me and master P to rot here in Jacksonville lol kidding. Anyway,¬†I always joke that when he is out of town I save so much money because I could literally eat one thing the entire time and be fine with it (usually it’s some kind of pasta dish that I love but he wouldn’t consider a “meal” .. like what? it’s carbs therefore it’s all you need lol). I used this opportunity to make something using one of my most loved (but one of my hubby’s most hated) ingredients – mushrooms! While my hubby and I agree on pretty much everything, mushrooms are not one of those things, but I guess if that is the only point of contention in a relationship, you’re doing okay! lol. Since I had along day (poor little P had to get his shots) and didn’t want to spend a ton of time preparing a meal for myself, I decided to recreate a sandwich from the Brickhouse Brewery back on LI. A little background info about this sandwich, it basically sustained myself and bff Tiffany during the summer of 2010 when our diets consisted of more alcohol than food haha. While I would be lying if I were to¬†say I remember¬†with absolute certainty what was on it besides portabella mushrooms and mozzarella¬†(since¬†it was usually preceded and followed by many Jack & Diets lol) I do know that¬†there¬†are a lot of fun memories surrounding this sandwich¬†lol.¬†From what I can recall it was super delicious and me and T would always split it, I miss her (and that summer) so much and wish I had¬†her here tonight to split this one with me and sing “You¬†Can¬†Call me Al”¬†ūüôā

The recipe is super simple but who wants difficulty when cooking for one? ūüôā

 

GRILLED PORTABELLA SANDWICH

*Serving size is 1 sandwich, you can easily make as many as needed ūüôā

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 portabella cap
  • olive oil
  • balsamic glaze
  • salt & pepper
  • roasted red peppers (jarred or homemade)
  • fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 1 Kaiser roll

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat outdoor grill or indoor grill pan. Clean mushroom and remove stem.
  2. Brush mushroom with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Place mushroom bottom side down on grill, wait about 5-8 mins and flip.
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    Ignore how filthy my grill is, it’ s just starting to see some action with all of this nice weather we’ve been having. Cleaning it will be tomorrow’s naptime project!

  5. Once mushroom has been grilling top side down for about 5 mins layer your sliced cheese on top and place your bun on warming area of grill to toast it. Allow cheese to melt.mush2
  6. Once cheese has melted assemble your sandwich by placing the portabella and cheese on the bun, followed by the roasted red peppers and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Enjoy!

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*Feel free to use a more budget friendly cheese or add extra grilled veggies! There are endless options with this delicious sammie ūüôā