Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cooking Ahead for the Week

Wow - what a crazy busy week! I'm not sure if it's just me but it seems that the summer days are flying by! Busy schedules means projects are piling up! So I have decided I needed to get back on track. I started with a suggestion from my husband, food! I guess in retrospect I can't really remember what we ate for supper last week, but I'm sure we ate! During the summer, I'm sure I could live on yogurt, granola, veggies, and fruit, but it seems that my husband is asking for a little more than that - haha!!
Here are a few of my tips:
  • For the grill: I always grill a few types of meat, fish or poultry at the same time. My usual routine includes 3-4 chicken breasts (enough for 3-5 meals), 2 buffalo burgers (enough for 1 meal), and a pound of cod wrapped in foil (enough for 2-3 meals). 
  • My favorite side grilled dish: Wrap in foil: baby potatoes, zucchini cut in 1 inch chunks, red onions cut in 1/2 inch chunks, 2 garlic cloves diced, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with rosemary, oregano, basil, and fresh ground pepper. 
  • I freeze the items that I won't be using within a few days. We love pasta meals so I slice my extra chicken breasts and freeze them after I grill them. Then when I am ready to make pasta, I take them out of the freezer and add them my pasta.
  • In the kitchen cooking: Yesterday I made yummy goulash, roast chicken with vegetables, and penne pasta with goat cheese and vegetables. (Recipes coming later). We had chicken and vegetables for supper, the leftovers went to the freezer with the goulash and pasta dishes.
  • Make a quick snack item such as the Healthy Energy Bites while your other food is cooking. These don't involve any cooking and are easy to put together. The kids love them too! 
  • Leftover coffee? Remember to pour it into a quart jar (or container) and store it in the refrigerator. I continue to add leftover coffee for the week and use it for iced coffee or an iced vanilla latte.
Healthy Energy Bites
If you have some good ideas to share, we'd love to hear from you! Angie and I hope you are all enjoying your summer and making some great memories!
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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