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Make Ahead Meals and Back to School

21 Aug

So this is officially our last week of summer vacation before B starts Kindergarten and we enter a whole new world of adhering to a school schedule.  I’m honestly not sure who is more nervous, me or B – but I’m sure once we get through a couple of weeks we’ll hit a routine.  In the meantime, to curtail some of my anxiety, I spent some time this past weekend making a few dishes to stick in my freezer and heat up later.  This way if our new routine hits a snag, dinner at least will be covered.  At the same time, a very good friend just had a new baby (yay! Congrats MN!) and I was lucky enoughto be  a) baby’s first visitor at home and b) the recipient of their CSA vegetables this week.  So the next two dinners are a combo of make-ahead meals and various attempts to use up all the yummy fresh corn, tomatoes, cabbage, and mini-eggplants that are in my fridge.  In the meantime, I’m always on the look out for more dishes that can be made ahead of time, and reheated easily, so feel free to share them!

1. Tomato Pie with grilled chicken sausage and corn on the cob
This tomato pie, adapted from Simply Recipes, is so super easy to make and is not like anything you’d expect (hint – it’s not a pizza pie!) 

2.  Pasta with Slow Cooker Eggplant Ragu
This is an easy alternative to spaghetti with meat sauce. 

3. Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
This is one of the dishes I made last weekend and froze.  I’ll pull it out the night before to defrost in the refrigerator and then reheat it for 45 minutes in the oven.

4. Cabbage, Turkey Kielbasa, and Pierogies
At some point I’d like to branch out on cabbage recipes, but for a busy weeknight this is a quick fix. 

5. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
This will use up the last of the fresh tomatoes and I’ll add the leftover corn too.

6.  Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bake
This is the second dinner I made ahead to freeze.

7. Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce
This is pretty much a pantry supper, with the exception of ricotta cheese which is easy to keep around. 

8. Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Preserves with Onion Soup Potatoes and Roasted Broccoli
While I love making pork tenderloins in the slow cooker, they’re really easy and quick to make in the oven too.   I make it with mustard and whatever preserves we have on hand.

9. Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese
The Ultimate comfort food from Rachael Ray – but I make it with 1/2 the butter, skim milk, 2% cheese and ground turkey so it’s comfort without the guilt.  Another make-ahead dinner.

10. Pasta Primavera
In case I have any leftover vegetables, this recipe should do the trick.  Use whatever you have about, and in whatever amount you have.  It’s very forgiving and delicious.

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Greek Week(s)

27 Feb

When I plan out menus, I like to try and use up many of the same ingredients so I don’t have some random bottle of something or another that I only needed two tablespoons for in one recipe sitting around for months, or conversely so I can buy stuff in bulk.  In the following recipes, the theme is obviously a variation on Greek/Mediterranean food, which is just fine by me because other than Persian food, I think Greek is my favorite.  The two cuisines share a lot of the same flavor profiles – salty, sour, lots of vegetables playing the main role.  And luckily my kids really like a lot of this food too (especially anything with olives in it).  It is going to be a tough two weeks, as Michael is out of town for a few days (Vegas, baby!) and I have 3 meetings over the next two weeks which will keep me out of the house after work.  So I’ve tried to do a lot of things that are either really quick or can be made ahead the night before.  And then one night we are going out (to a screening of the new documentary Cafeteria Man – about one man’s attempt to fix the school lunch system in Baltimore – check it out!) so that means it’s really just 9 dishes down there.  But it’s still two weeks of not having to think about what to  make for dinner!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kale, with sausage and white beans over mashed potatoes

I’ve never made this recipe before, but I know it’s going to be fantastic because everything I have ever made from Simply Recipes has been.  I’ll be making it with chicken sausage but either way it sounds great.  UPDATE: I made this last night and not only was it super delicious, inexpensive, and easy to make, but it was also ready from start to finish in about twenty minutes.  Seriously, make this.  And then head over to Simply Recipes and check out her other dishes!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Greek chicken with tomato sauce over orzo

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 (Happy Leap Year!)

Spanokopita

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pasta with Goat Cheese, baby spinach, and cherry tomatoes

Friday, March 2, 2012

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa

Monday, March 5, 2012

Greek Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

I’ve updated this to how I make it at home – same basic recipe, just a few changes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore over Spaghetti

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Baked Ziti with Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage

I make this exactly as is – except that I use fresh mozzarella on top – great dish to make ahead of time.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Take Out!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Slow Cooker Eggplant, Mozzarella and Polenta Casserole

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