Awhile back, I talked about creating a meal plan with 30 quick, easy, and healthy meals that my family could rotate through. So far, I posted my Week 1 of meals. Now, I’m finally posting Week 2!
One thing has become quite apparent to me as I work on this project. I want to eat very different things in the warmer months than in the colder months. Obvious, I know, but I didn’t realize how much my family tries to eat the same things year-around, and how ineffective this has been for us!
I think I actually need about 15 recipes per “main” season – summer and winter. A few meals may overlap, but I just don’t feel like eating soups and stews in the middle of summer!
First world problems.
Anywhos, here is Summer Meals Week 2. Enjoy!
Veggie Chow Mein
Veggie Chow Mein Recipe – http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipes/veggie-chow-mein/
Note: I use gluten-free spaghetti noodles
Paleo Throw Together
Paleo Throw Together Recipe: http://www.health-bent.com/poultry/roasted-throw-together
Notes: We add in more vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, potatoes, and sometimes broccoli (The broccoli chars a bit, so you have to be into that sort of thing). If you add extra veggies, it requires double the cooking time. Worth it though!
“Buddha” Bowls aka – Veggies, Rice, Protein (chicken or tofu) in a peanut sauce
Notes: Serious yums! To make this super easy, I just steam up two bags of frozen vegetables (carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower).
English Muffin Pizzas
- Coat english muffins with pesto and/or spaghetti sauce.
- Add toppings
- Minced vegetables (we use broccoli, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts)
- Meat (chicken, bacon, prosciutto, if desired)
- End with cheese (we use a mozzarella mix)
- Bake in toaster oven (or conventional oven) at 400 for about 8-10 minutes.
Notes: I use Food For Life sprouted wheat english muffins. Better than regular ones and still super tasty!
Breakfast for Dinner (Breakfast Burritos)
- Scramble up some eggs the way you like ’em.
- Cook up bacon.
- Prepare veggies the way you like ’em.
- Warm tortilla and fill with eggs, bacon, veggies, and cheese.
Notes: We try to make these healthy by adding veggies in them such as mushrooms and spinach. I like the veggies raw, but hubs usually likes the veggies sauted. We also sometimes don’t eat the tortilla and just eat the burrito “stuffing.” If you are wanting to indulge, I highly recommend adding hash browns or fried potatoes. 🙂
Potstickers and Veggies
For a super quick meal, I have some Trader Joe’s dumplings in the freezer and some frozen veggies. I just cook these up in about 5-10 minutes and voila!, it’s a meal! I consider these a cheat day indulgence because the dumplings are not the healthiest and have loads of sodium. I try to balance it out by eating a ton of veggies. 🙂