April 14, 2013

Last week's dinners...and a smoothie recipe

Again, still trying to clean out the fridge, still making dinner from scratch when possible, still showing you last week's food because this week's will only be a smattering of leftovers and whatever's left in the freezer.

Saturday night (4/6): Roasted butternut squash and BBQ chicken wraps

Sunday (4/7):  Stromboli and asparagus

Monday (4/8):  Quinoa stir-fry (This was zucchini and frozen stir-fry mix + quinoa cooked in chicken broth)

Tuesday (4/9):  Thai Chicken (Crockpot) and Slaw (Amaaaaazingggg)  I didn't do the pineapple or the red pepper.  I used a bag of broccoli slaw that I had bought on clearance with no real plan in mind.  Then I stumbled on this recipe and I knew it'd work well.  I drizzled balsamic vinaigrette on it.  Also, I didn't have curry powder or turmeric.  After some research, I made my own "curry" powder: 1 t. cumin, 1/2 t. ground coriander, 1/2 t. chili powder, 1/2 t. ginger.

Wednesday (4/10):   Leftovers with another butternut squash.

Thursday (4/11):  Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps and leftover squash

Friday (4/12):  Went out to dinner at Turkey Red.  I had bread/veggies/hummus and half a steak salad. I brought Scott the moussaka.

Saturday (4/13):  Took pulled pork to Scott's co-worker's house.

Sunday (4/14):  Burritos made with the leftover salsa chicken (They include black beans and corn).

Sharing at Meal Planning Monday and Dinnertime Tuesday

I've been drinking a spinach smoothie every morning for the last week.  I've discovered that if you put in just a pinch of xanthum gum, the texture is perfect.  Smoothies for breakfast has been an adjustment.  I'm used to something crunchy (uh, cereal) in the morning with my coffee.  It's been months since I cut out the habit (uh, cereal) and it's tough.  Almost as tough as my after dinner candy habit (that's not going away anytime soon).
Oh well.  I've been drinking these on my way to work.  A frozen smoothie with the heat going full force as it's still in the single digits outside. Makes absolute sense.

Spinach Shake
makes 1 large or 2 small shakes

1/2 banana (can be frozen)
Handful frozen or fresh berries (I use strawberries)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 T. (or one scoop) protein powder
1 heaping cup fresh spinach
1 pinch xanthum gum

Mix it all up in the blender!  You can add ice and more almond milk if you'd like.

What are you eating for breakfast these days?


  1. YUM!! That stromboli looks delicious! I'm making calzones this week and I can't wait.

  2. STROMBOLI!!!! That looks so good. I'm trying to get back to GF but I'd make an exception for stromboli :)

  3. I also do the smoothie in the morning with the heat on high :)
    I'll have to try xanthum gum in it.

  4. I do my best all the time to use up everything in my house before shopping. Hubby sometimes is okay with that but then other times he just rolls his eyes because he wants something particular.

  5. I need to start drinking spinach smoothies again...but I'm pissed at our grocery store. Either they're OUT of spinach, or it's already rotten when you buy it. Yesterday I took a chance and the very top layer of leaves was fine, and underneath they were all soggy and looked like someone had stomped on them.

    I quit.

  6. Now I want stromboli and broccoli slaw!

  7. i keep wanting to try thai chicken in the crock pot! that sounds awesome! and I want those lettuce wraps too!

  8. Seriously this was me reading your post... "Ooo stromboli looks good. Ooo quinoa stir fry, what a good idea. Ooo Thai chicken and slaw that looks amazing. Ooo salsa chicken lettuce wraps, I just wanted more lettuce wraps. Ooo smoothie! I love smoothies!" So yeah, you've got a pretty stellar menu. lol

  9. I've been having shakes in the am too. I miss cereal! But if I drink the shake, that means I can have stromboli for lunch...

  10. In the summer smoothies are my go to. I think I will try out a spinach smoothie this year. (does it taste like spinach or just like the fruit?)

  11. That crock pot chicken recipe looks awesome. So does the restaurant in Palmer - who knew? ;)

  12. I always want to make stromboli, then I forget about it until I see it somewhere.

  13. I always want to make stromboli, then I forget about it until I see it somewhere.

  14. Maybe I'm just not that great at searching for green smoothies or something because this is the first recipe I've found that actually makes sense! Good thing I linked up with Wednesday Walkabout and found your blog! :) Those other recipes look delicious too!


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