This week, I spent some time browsing new food blogs and tasting some recipes. I also realized that we’ve been straying away from our mainly vegetarian diet. We’ve been eating more chicken and turkey than usual. I would like to limit fish and meat to twice a week and for the rest of the time, just keep up with a cleaner, vegetarian diet. I wanted to expose my daughter to different proteins, but after trying it out, it seems the only luck I have is with turkey meatballs, or crab/salmon cakes, which basically means pretty much any time the meat and fish is undetectable. Looks like I will have to brush up my sneaking skills!
Saturday: Kale Pesto Pizza. For some reason, I keep thinking that my husband and daughter are going to like a green pizza. This wasn’t happening. I ended up having to make a regular/tomato based pizza which left me with the entire kale pizza!
Sunday: I made the Apple Pancake from Love & Lemons. The cinnamon/ brown sugared apples were delicious but I wouldn’t say the end result qualified as a pancake. It had more a custard like texture. I somewhat expected something fluffier.
For dinner, I turned dinner into an improv exercise. Not something I am necessarily comfortable with but it is a good exercise for me. I had a lot of zucchinis and red bell peppers so I decided to stuff them with a texture of wild rice, kidney beans, corn. Stuffed Zucchinis & Peppers
Monday: I used the leftover kale pesto that I had from the other night and tossed it with some brown rice pasta and parmigiano reggiano for a quick and satisfying lunch. Kale Pesto Pasta.
For Dinner, my husband and I ate the leftover stuffed vegetables and I made a Pizza Frittata for my daughter.
Tuesday: I tested this recipe from the blog I am a food blog. Easy Oven-Baked Sesame Chicken Thighs, Jasmine Rice & Baby Broccoli. My chicken thighs didn’t really get crisp but rather steamed in the oven. It was still good though, especially with the jasmine rice that nicely absorbed the sauce and the baby broccoli. My daughter even had few bites of it so it registered as a success.
Wednesday: Cauliflower and Tomato Coconut Curry. Back to vegetarian meals. This recipe is very similar to the curry from Deliciously Ella. Creamy tomato stew with hearty vegetables and coconut, curry flavors. I served it over brown rice. As often with stews, it was even better the next day.
Thursday: Tomato chickpea & Coconut Soup from Love & Lemons. I had mixed feeling about that one. I was a little too bland for my taste. so I would definitely use vegetable broth instead of water if I was doing it again. The coconut was hardly noticeable so I am not sure it added anything. It did had more flavor the next day, but still…
Friday: Baking day with my daughter and her new friend, Salmon the Grizzly Bear: Healthy Apple Muffins. I think my daughter likes baking more than eating cakes…or maybe it was just not her thing.
We had the leftover soup for dinner.