Monday, February 20, 2017

Five Meals for your Family Table.....Week 7

It's Monday.....again. If you have no idea what you are going to eat this week, then I am here for you! And it is our third week in the "Cook Once, Eat Twice" series. Here are 5 simple meal ideas to get on your table this week.
Butternut Squash Ravioli. This is one of our favorites for a Meatless Monday. Bonus- it comes together very quickly! You can grab the recipe here.
Walnut Crusted Pork with Steamed Broccoli & Sweet Potatoes. I have shared this recipe before & we do it a couple times a month. For tonight, you want to double this and cook two tenderloins and use one for tomorrow's salads. This is a really delicious way to cook your pork. Take a one pound pork tenderloin & season with salt & pepper. Rub 1 1/2 TBSP of dijon mustard on  top of the pork. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and press 1/2 cup of  finely chopped walnuts on the pork. I pulsed mine in the food processor along with a few sprigs of thyme.  Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes. Let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing. This would also be delicious with pecans too! You can grab the recipes for the potatoes here
You already have the hard part of dinner done, with the pork you cooked last night. Tonight you can use it to top a salad. One of my favorite ways is to mix up some spinach and field greens. Some toppings that pair well with this are dried cranberries, blueberries, walnuts, and goat cheese. You can make a simple dressing by mixing up some EVOO, balsamic vinegar, honey and a little salt & pepper.
Spinach, mushroom and sausage casserole. This is a simple casserole, loaded with veggies and made a little better for you. Cook one package of pasta according to the package instructions. I like to use the Jovial brand- it is a brown rice pasta and tastes delicious. While the pasta is cooking, saute one small chopped onion with one package of sliced portabello mushrooms in a few tablespoons of olive oil until softened.I then add a few links of all natural chicken sausage. I buy one that is already cooked and chop it in bite size pieces. You can skip this step if you want to make it a meatless dish. Add in a few cups of spinach..don't be shy... the more spinach the better! Season with salt & pepper and mix with the cooked pasta. Transfer to a 13*9 dish and sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese. I bake it at 350 for about 10 minutes. This dish can easily  be made a few days ahead of time and just warm it when you need it.
End you week with some easy Shrimp Tacos! Layout one to two pounds of peeled and deveined shrimp on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle with EVOO and sprinkle with a few tablespoons of taco seasoning. Toss to coat and bake at 425 for about 5-7 minutes (until shrimp is pink and cooked trhough). Take them out of the oven and squeeze the juice of one lime over top and toss. Set up a taco bar with lots of topping options. You can check out my posts on taco bars here.
                                             What to prep to make these meals easier....
Chop the butternut squash for Monday's ravioli
You can make the pasta bake a few days ahead of time
Prep your taco bar toppings
We have lots of fun posts planned this week....
Let's Talk Tuesday... talking about one of my most dreaded tasks...packing for a trip!
What''s Up Wednesday... a little bit about what's happening lately.
Carpool Book Club.... a quick review of the books I have read this month.
and we will wrap up the week with Friday Favorites!
Have a great week friends! See you soon...there's always room for one more at our family table.

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