Aug 16

Six Easy Dinners

I can’t believe how fast the summer has gone!! I feel like I was just writing about what to do with your kids for the summer and how to get those lists done and now I’m buying back-to-school supplies and getting the kids ready for the school year! It got me thinking about my cooking “ruts” so I decided to make a list of a few quick, easy meals for those busy school days…

Crock Pot

1. Thai Lettuce Wraps A favorite not only of my family, but my kids love these!!!

a. 1 pound ground turkey

b. 3-4 oz Hoisin sauce

c. 1-2 TBSN minced ginger (I get this already minced in the container)

d. 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

e. carrot shavings

f. butter lettuce

g. cucumbers, seeded & diced

h. mint

Brown the ground turkey with the garlic and ginger. Once cooked, drain and add the shredded/shaved carrots and the Hoisin sauce. Simmer on low for 5 minutes, covered. Meanwhile, chop up the cucumber and mint. Once it’s all done, serve the turkey mixture in a few leave of lettuce. Top with the cucumber/mint to taste.

2. Greek Lentil Soup This is a favorite recipe of mine from the cookbook “It’s All Greek to Me” by Debbie Matenopoulos.

a. ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

b. 1 medium onion

c. 2 stalks celery, diced

d. 3 large carrots, peeled and diced

e. 2 tsps sea salt

f. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper

g. 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

h. 1 TBSN tomato paste

i. 1 pound brown lentils, picked over, rinsed very well & drained

j. 8 cups water

k. 2 bay leaves

l. 1 small fresh hot red chili pepper seeded & diced or ¼ tsp crushed red pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven, set over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper and sauté until the onion is translucent but not browned (about 5-6 minutes). Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in the tomato paste. Add the lentils , water, bay leaves & chili pepper/pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to love and cover. Simmer for about 45 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Taste and add seasoning if necessary. Traditionally, 1 TBSN of red wine vinegar is added to each bowl just before serving.

3. Paleo Chicken salad (recipe) You can serve this with crackers or as a sandwich or along side some hummus and crackers.

a. 2 pounds of chicken, cooked and chopped into bite size pieces (about 5 cups)

b. 1 cup sliced red grapes

c. 1 green apple, diced

d. 1/3 cup chopped green onion

e. 2/3-1 cup of Paleo Mayo

f. ½ tsp salt

g. ½ tsp pepper

4. Crock Pot Chicken

a. I cook chicken breast on the bone, seasoning it (love 21 season salute from Trader Joes & garlic powder). I shred the chicken and I either do taco night with it or chicken quesadillas or throw it on top of a salad or really anything!

5. Stuffed Potatoes (potato bar) My kids love this b/c they each get to dress their own

a. Broccoli

b. Shredded cheese

c. Black beans

d. Sour cream

e. Onions

f. Shredded chicken (from your crockpot ;)) or ground turkey

6. Ground Turkey Zucchini Boats Super easy and another one you can prep the morning (or even night!) before.

a. 1 pound of ground turkey

b. 1 egg

c. ½ cup (or more) of your favorite Italian cheeses

d. ½ cup bread crumbs (or seasoned almond flour)

e. 3 TBSN ketchup

f. 1 or 2 tspn cumin

g. 1 small to medium onion minced

h. 1/3 cup flat leafed Italian parsley, finely chopped

i. jar of pasta sauce

j. 5-6 zucchinis, halfed & gutted (you can also use bell peppers)

combine first 8 ingredients, stuff the zucchinis and top with the pasta sauce. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until done. Serve with garlic bread or a yummy salad or both!

And if you’re ever in a pinch: grilled cheese & tomato soup on those the cooler fall days or frozen salmon burgers from Costco. I bake these and serve them on toasted English muffins with avocado, carrots and hummus on the side. Also, nothing is wrong with a turkey sandwich for dinner or my favorite…breakfast for dinner!!!

Thai Lettuce Wraps

I hope this inspires you…I know just thinking about it helps me get out of my cooking rut and get a plan together for the fall when sports and the chaos kicks up…



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