Monday, November 11, 2013

Quick & Skinny Weeknight Meals

Most weeks DFH and I attempt to plan our menu for each week before we do our Sunday grocery shopping.  It is so much easier and quicker to go grocery shopping when you know exactly what ingredients you need.  Some weeks we stick to our menu some weeks we don't, but it at least gives us an easy already planned out option for each night.   For example, last week we had planned to make a salad and add salmon to it, but instead we decided to add the salad on top of the salmon and make open face salmon patties. 
The menu above is from our first week back from the honeymoon.  When we were planning our meals we were feeling extra guilty about the large consumption of creamy frozen beverages we drank so we went with a low carb menu for the week. 
All of these meals took under 45 minutes from start to finish. Here were our favorites from the week.
Skinny Chicken Caesar Salad with Whole Wheat Croutons
In my opinion you can never go wrong with Caesar salad for dinner.  Although the skinny dressing version made with Greek yogurt may not taste as amazing as the truly fatty version it is still is pretty delicious. 
To make the Croutons I just use whatever whole wheat bread we have in the house and cut up the bread in little cubes.  The older the bread the better.   I then add some PAM to a cookie tray, spread out the bread cubes on the tray and drizzle the bread cubes with olive oil, salt and pepper, and garlic salt.  I cook the cubes at 300 degrees for 15 minutes, and then broil the bread for a few minutes until they start to brown. 
Turkey Stuffed Peppers
As I said, when we were cooking this week we very doing a low carb menu, so we left out adding rice to our peppers, and they were still super enjoyable. 
Open Face Salmon Arugula and Avocado Burger
I know this doesn't look like the most appetizing meal you have ever seen, but it really was great, and I don't even love salmon.   We kind of just made up this recipe, but it is quick and easy.
1. Salmon patties
2. Handful of Arugula for each patty
3. Slices of cheese of your choice for each patty
4. Whole wheat bread
5. 1 avocado - cut up
6. Lemon juice
7. Salt and Pepper
1. Defrost your salmon patties and place each piece of salmon on a slice of whole wheat bread.
2. Season each patty with lemon juice and salt and pepper
3. .  Add a slice of cheese ( we used light Swiss) and place avocado slices and arugula on top of the cheese
3.  Cook at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
4.  Broil for 2-3 minutes until the patties and cheese begin to brown.

1 comment:

  1. I love that menu frame! Maybe one day when I can plan meals regularly I'll do something similar. My cooking schedule is just way too hectic right now, i.e. leftovers in front of the sink most nights. Haha.

    Hope you're having a great day!